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Julie Stuart
Licensed Physical Therapist
Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Clinical Interests

  • Neurological disorders (particularly paralysis) and physical therapy interventions to regain function of limbs
  • Physical therapy following orthopedic injuries and surgeries
  • Physical therapy interventions and development of exercise programs for obese and arthritic dogs

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology (Indiana University, 1997)
  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (University of Rhode Island, 2001)

Training

  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) Courses (2012)
    The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Canine V - Joint Mobilization (February 22-23, 2003)
    Northeast Seminars - Deborah Gross, PT, OCS
  • Advanced Small Animal Physical Therapy (November 3 - 5, 2000)
    Northeast Seminars - Geoffrey Clark, DVM, Deborah Gross, PT, OCS
  • Canine Physical Therapy Lab Course (October 14 -15, 2000)
    Northeast Seminars – Geoffrey Clark, DVM, Deborah Gross, PT, OCS
  • Introduction to Canine Physical Therapy (September - October, 2000)
    Northeast Seminars – Deborah Gross, PT, OCS
    Independent Study Course
  • Canine Physical Therapy (June 9 -11, 2000)
    Orthopedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association
    The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Basic Science for Animal Physical Therapists (January - July, 2000)
    Orthopedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association
    Independent Home Study Course in Canine and Equine Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Self-Education (July, 1999 – present)
    Canine Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Orthopedics, Behavior
    Canine Physical Therapy, Common Disorders, Etc.

Background

Julie Stuart became a licensed physical therapist for humans after becoming very passionate about physical therapy following a serious shoulder injury in college which ended her competitive swimming career. While in physical therapy school, Julie's golden retriever, Tucker, was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and was told that he would need a hip replacement. A light bulb went off and she realized that dogs need physical therapy too! She knew this was the perfect blend of her two passions - dogs and physical therapy. So, she went on to take several continuing education courses in canine physical therapy and observed many orthopedic and neurological surgeries at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM). Upon graduating from PT school in 2001, Julie was hired by TUSVM as their physical therapist in the small animal hospital. From 2001 - 2008, Julie worked with primarily dogs recovering from neurological and orthopedic disorders or injuries. She also had the fun experience of working with some large animals and exotics while at TUSVM, such as goats, horses, a zebra, wallaby, possum, etc. Julie also owned her own outpatient private practice (New England Physical Therapy for Animals) from 2001-2008. Julie moved to Knoxville, TN in July, 2008 and while being a mother to her young child, she offered pro bono physical therapy services to the Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue as well as others in need. Julie joined the UTCVM Physical Rehabilitation department in November, 2012 and is thrilled to be a part of a wonderful rehab team!