Four years ago today we opened SOAR as a brick and mortar building at 850 Legion Rd in Burlington. There have been so many changes I want to thank all of our referring clinics and clients for all of your support.
Southern Ontario Animal Rehabilitation (SOAR) provides integrative medicine including rehabilitation, pain management, and acupuncture, to pets post-injury, post-surgery, or for treatment of common orthopedic conditions. We will work closely with your own veterinarian to give your pet the best treatment plan possible.
SOAR was started by Dr. Danielle Anderson in 2013. We started as a mobile rehabilitation service, but as of June 1, 2015 we moved into our new home at 850 Legion Rd, Unit 5, Burlington, Ontario, allowing us to offer more services including water therapy!!!
DR. DANIELLE ANDERSON
Honours Bachelor of Science
Dr. Anderson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002. After working at several small animal hospitals she developed a keen interest in pain control. In 2006 she was introduced to small animal rehabilitation and physical therapy and decided to pursue her certification with the University of Tennessee. Completion of her certification in 2013 inspired her to open Southern Ontario Animal Rehabilitation (SOAR). She then completed her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in April of 2016 and now travels to Colorado twice a year to help teach the clinical intensive portion of the course. She is a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.
In addition to running SOAR, Dr. Anderson is involved with the accreditation committee for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, and is busy with a 13 year old son, a 10 yr old daughter, two cats, a dog, and a wonderful supportive husband.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Canine Massage Therapist
Jenna started with SOAR as a rehabilitation extern in 2016. Jenna has always had a passion for helping animals, she has been involved with many different aspects of animal care leading up to and throughout her career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2013 earning a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Animal Biology. While completing her degree, Jenna found her passion for animal rehabilitation. In 2015, Jenna graduated from Seneca College as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Jenna was then able to fulfill her dream of practicing animal rehab. She attended the University of Tennessee, earning her credentials as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2016. Jenna currently heads the animal rehabilitation department at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital. Jenna became certified as a Canine Massage Therapist by the Royal Canadian College of Massage in 2016, and has since encorporated this skill into her practice. Jenna has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, geriatric care, and pain management. She is currently working becoming a board certified Veterinary Technician Specialist in animal rehabilitation, as well as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. She continues to further her knowledge in animal rehabilitation, so she can continue to provide the finest level of care to her patients. Jenna is committed to helping your pet live a healthier and more active life, and looks forward to guiding you and your pet along their road to recovery
DR. SHERRY EKSTROM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Dr. Ekstrom first came to SOAR in 2018 to complete her externship hours for her rehabilitation certification. She works full time in Caledon, Ontario, however we have convinced her to come work with us part time doing rehabilitation. Dr. Ekstrom has a busy life with two small children and we are very honoured that she will be spending occasional Fridays with us at SOAR!
Certified In Veterinary Acupuncture through the CHI Institute
Sophie graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the UNAM, Mexico City in 2012. She recently move to Burlington from Denver CO, having worked in Denver CO for four years at an alternative medicine clinic. In the fall of 2017 she completed her Acupuncture Certification through the Chi institute in Florida. Sophie started volunteering with us in March of 2019. Her warm personality, and work ethic quickly led us to realize what an asset she would be at SOAR. She now is helping with acupuncture and laser therapy treatments and enjoys seeing interesting cases. She is looking forward to completing her canine rehabilitation certification through the Tennessee University program in the future.
Sophie's heritage is French and Spanish although she grew up in Mexico. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Her professional interests include acupuncture, laser therapy, holistic medicine and rehabilitation. Outside of work, she can be found hiking with her veterinarian husband and her dog Mezcal, at the movies, concerts or exploring and traveling around the World.
Michelle first came to SOAR in the summer of 2017 as a volunteer. In 2018 she began working with us as a rehabilitation assistant while juggling her very busy University schedule and her other job at Starbucks!!
Paige joined the SOAR team as a volunteer in 2018. Her sweet personality and keen work ethic made us quickly realize she would be a great asset to our team. She started working part time in January of 2019 as a rehab assistant.
Registered Veterinary Technician student
Animal Rehabilitation Assistant
Alex started volunteering for SOAR in 2016. Over the last 3 years, she has completed her Bachelor of Science degree and has been trained as a rehabilitation assistant. Alex has been working for us part time during her university career and now while she is completing the veterinary technician program at Sheridan College. Alex is hoping to eventually complete her rehabilitation certification.
We constantly get asked the question of what it takes to become certified in rehabilitation. What does this certification mean? Where do you take the courses? How long does it take? How much does it cost? What are the legalities surrounding practicing veterinary rehabilitation? How come it is not called veterinary physical therapy or physiotherapy? Hopefully this blog will help you to understand more of what is involved in this growing and complicated field of medicine.
With our temperatures in the GTA dipping well below freezing and the snow and ice storms making for slippery road conditions, it has been virtually impossible to exercise our dogs. Safety comes first when it comes to our best friends, so often we opt for some cuddles on the couch rather than a walk on an ice covered side-walk, or a frostbitten run in the dog park. So what does this mean for our pets? Canine obesity is prevalent all year round, but most of our pets tend to gain some extra weight during the winter months. This is commonly due to inactivity with no dietary adjustments.
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat in the form of adipose tissue has accumulated to an extent that it may result in negative health effects. Obesity is proved to have a direct link to the incidence of joint inflammation, osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions such as ACL tears, hip and elbow dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease… to name a few!
So what can we do to help prevent this epidemic in our pets? Well to start, adjusting our pets treat and cookie intake may be enough to account for their decreased energy expenditure and balance out their metabolism. If your pet has more than just a few pounds to lose, have your pet examined by your veterinarian or a rehabilitation practitioner. At this time, we can weigh and perform a body condition score assessment on your pet and calculate an accurate ideal weight estimation specific to your pet. We will develop a structured weight loss plan tailored to meet the needs of your pet. We can do this by calculating more appropriate quantities of food to be fed, or we can suggest a veterinary prescription weight loss food to promote more effective weight loss long term.
Prescription weight loss foods are specifically designed for weight loss by containing lower calorie density than pet store “lite” or “weight care” foods. Since these prescription diets are lower in calorie and higher in fiber your pet can actually eat a higher volume of food and feel satiated between meal times…. this means less begging for scraps at the dinner table. Veterinary weight loss foods are completely balanced in protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins and minerals. By restricting your pet’s caloric intake with pet store foods, your pet can actually develop deficiencies which can lead to other detrimental health conditions. Prescription weight loss diets have been through extensive testing to ensure their efficacy in achieving ideal weight. We know these diets work and have seen these diets work their magic in our pets’ lives. So why not give one a try for your pet?
Talk to us about a weight loss plan for your furry friend! Let us help your pets live a happier and healthier life!
Everyday we have many discussions amongst our staff at SOAR. We are starting this blog to bring you in on some of the topics we are passionate about and even get you to weigh in on some of these sometimes heated topics. One of the things we talk about every day is pain management. Every day we see animals walk in our doors in varying degrees of pain. When asked what pain medications the are on, the answer is often none at all. Why is this? Sometimes medications are declined by owners due to their perceptions of "drugs". Sometimes it is because they have been deemed non-painful by their veterinarian. Sometimes it is just because these subtle signs we see are not known to be expressions of pain. So here we go....
Monday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Tuesday 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM