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Meet our Rehabilitation Therapists

CORE Veterinary Rehab is proud to have a team of licensed veterinary professionals and physical therapists, who have received post-graduate training and certification in the areas of animal rehabilitation and massage therapy, as well as Companion Animal Laser Therapy. Our CORE Rehab therapists are dedicated to providing high quality, low stress animal rehabilitation.  


Leah Stapelman

I graduated from Carroll University in 2018 with my doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). While in college I enjoyed competing in golf and swim. Since graduation I specialized in lymphedema and canine physical therapy.

I received my certification in canine physical therapy (CCRT) from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2021. I was inspired to go into canine rehab when our family’s Golden Retriever, Savannah, was no longer able to use her hind legs.


I’ve always had a love for animals and a desire to improve their quality of life. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my dog Cali, a Shepherd/Blue Heeler Mix, running, and spending time outdoors. 

Dani Schmidt


Dani is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) who joined the IVS team in 2019. She has worked across the veterinary field for over a decade, and obtained certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2022. She is particularly passionate about geriatric care, and loves to help senior pets continue to thrive in their golden years. In her free time, Dani enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, exploring the Milwaukee restaurant scene, and traveling. 


Vicky Price


My career in the veterinary field began in 1998. In 2009 I became a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). I then completed postgraduate education and training through The Healing Oasis in 2018, becoming a Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist (CVMRT). Since that time, my educational focus has been on canine massage training at Canis Bodyworks since 2019, completing courses in general massage therapy, myofascial trigger point therapy, lymphatic massage, orthopedic friction for tendon and ligament healing, oncology massage for cancer care, and canine trust building to help our four-legged friends feel more at ease during their session. Beyond massage and rehab, I am also a level one reiki practitioner through Usui Shiki Ryoho, and a level one medicinal aromatherapist with Wisdom of the Earth. 


During 2018 I joined the wonderful team here at IVS and CORE. I come from a family of Border Collie lovers with a sheepherding background.  In my spare time, I like to write short stories, learn to knit, go to the farmer’s market and craft fairs, and help with Monarch butterfly conservation. Having the opportunity to work with animals in this capacity is a blessing. I feel most passionate about providing healing therapies for senior and palliative care animals.


CORE Veterinary Rehab therapists are not permitted to diagnose or treat medical conditions, or prescribe medications for your pet.  If your pet is experiencing a medical concern, please seek out care with your primary veterinarian or local animal emergency center. Services are provided by physical therapists and certified veterinary technicians, who have received training and certification in animal rehabilitation and massage therapy through The Canine Rehabilitation Institute and The Healing Oasis. Veterinary Technicians and Assistants are under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

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