May 2020 Spotlight Practice
Vet-REC: Veterinary Rehabilitation & Exercise Clinic of the Carolinas
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ashley Nixon, DVM, CVA, CVMRT, CVSMT
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Vet-REC is a freestanding clinic outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, that has been providing care for the last 7 years. They see a diverse caseload, including patients with neurologic and orthopedic issues, athletes, and geriatrics. They also do a great deal of wellness care. They primarily see dogs and cats, but Dr. Ashley Nixon is happy to provide care to any animal that needs it! They also have a dedicated equine acupuncture and chiropractic service. They perform a thorough initial consultation, additional diagnostics as necessary, and create an individualized plan (including home care) for each patient that joins the Vet-REC family. They offer a full host of rehabilitation services, including but not limited to therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, massage, Class IV laser therapy, and much more. They also offer acupuncture and chiropractic services. In the future, they are excited to add a regenerative medicine service as they expand. They work with a local orthotics and prostheses group to have braces/orthotics/prosthetics crafted locally with a quick turnaround for patients.
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In addition to rehabilitation services, Vet-REC has a dedicated weight-loss program for otherwise healthy animals. This incorporates nutritional counseling, exercises and a home plan, as well as continual monitoring from their healthcare team as they reach their goals.
The Vet-REC team take a team approach to the process and work together to provide effective, compassionate care. The team consists of Dr. Ashley Nixon and therapists Molly Roberts, RVT, CCRP (pending), and Brittney Dye, as well as patient care coordinator/office manager Melissa Morgal. Vet-REC also has 2 therapist assistants, Shea Stewart and Zaria Steele.
One great thing about Vet-REC is the commitment to giving back. They have a private "foster fund," from which monetary donations are put towards rehabilitation care costs for pets in the foster/shelter system. They also donate massage and VSMT services to the Humane Society of Charlotte for shelter dogs in their care. They provide continuing education to both local colleagues and clients to help make sure Charlotte-area pets are continuing to get the best care possible.
Information written by AARV Member Ashley Nixon, DVM, CVA, CVMRT, CVSMT