March 2020 Spotlight Practice
Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort
Jennifer Devine Fritzler, DVM, CCRT, cVMA
Beverly Fritzler, DVM, CCRT, cVMA
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The rehab department at Rose Rock started in May 2015. We focus on canine and feline physical rehabilitation. The majority of our patients are post-operative patients from orthopedic surgery or arthritic patients. We do see a number of sports medicine patients, primarily agility and flyball competitors. Our program includes underwater treadmill, cold laser therapy, gym equipment exercising, acupuncture, Shockwave Therapy, Protein Rich Plasma therapy, and STEM cell therapy. We also have the ability to fiberglass cast for custom orthotics and prosthetics for patients who would benefit from them.
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Dr. Beverly Fritzler is our Practice Owner and CEO. She is an AARV member and started the rehabilitation program here at Rose Rock. She is certified through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and is also certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA). Dr. Jennifer Devine Fritzler is a general practitioner and the head of the rehabilitation department. She completed her CCRT and cVMA coursework in 2016, and she specializes in senior pain management and post-operative orthopedic surgery care. Dr. Bryce Fritzler is also certified in rehabilitation and acupuncture through CRI. With his specialized training, he is able to offer in-depth treatment options for his patients and get them into rehabilitation therapy with Dr. Devine. Cassie Hartman is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been at Rose Rock since 2018. She is currently working on her VTS requirements for her application for admission into the APRVT. Her interests include sports medicine and conditioning work.
A complete consultation is performed on each patient prior to entering the rehabilitation program. A nose-to-tail examination is performed, and an original pain score is assigned to the patient. Each patient has individualized goals and treatment plans. Prior to each therapy visit, the owners answer a questionnaire rating the patient's exercise performance at home and they get a chance to document any changes they noticed. Based on the report and a quick exam, a new pain score is charted, and changes are made to improve the patient experience and to set the schedule for that particular therapy session. Four-week and eight-week progress re-evaluations are performed on patients to ensure that they are on track for goals or if some modalities need to be added or discontinued.
With the wide range of rehabilitation services that we offer, we are able to help a wider range of patients. For our senior patients, the euthanasia rate has decreased for those patients that are simply arthritic and painful. Whether it is strengthening and weight loss or targeting painful areas with shockwave therapy or PRP injections, we pride ourselves in offering senior patients several options for pain relief.
We are currently constructing a specialty building that is solely dedicated to physical rehabilitation and sports medicine. We are also hoping to soon offer chiropractic services for our canine patients. As a rehabilitation department, we do not work with a specific non-profit organization. However, Dr. Devine and Cassie volunteer their time and skills to our community feral cat sterilization program, community spay and neuter clinics, and community vaccination outreach programs.
Information written by Cassie Hartman, B.S., A.A.S., RVT
Dr. Jennifer Devine Fritzler, DVM, CCRT, cVMA