At Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre, our “pack” is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitative needs of your pet so you can enjoy a happy and healthy life together. We’re all passionate about our furry friends and invite you to learn a little more about us!
Dr. Catherine Pampiglione – DVM
Dr. Catherine graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Bologna, Italy in 1998. She was offered a position with the prestigious CIRAD, a French veterinary agricultural research centre, however, she declined to follow her passion for animal rehabilitation. Instead, she pursued more education in veterinary physical therapy. After spending several months in Germany, at Vierbeiner Reha-Zentrum, an outstanding veterinary teaching hospital for physical rehabilitation, she went to the University of Tennessee where she completed the canine rehabilitation program. Dr. Catherine is also an American certified animal chiropractor.
After traveling all over the world, she found her home in the beautiful town of Okotoks where she opened Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre in 2013. Her clinic offers a unique, caring atmosphere where pets and clients are treated like family. Dr. Catherine, who has more than 15 years of experience in physical rehab, proudly offers her furry patients all the treatments available in human physiotherapy as well as chiropractic treatments and aqua therapy (underwater treadmill).
Dr. Catherine can’t really say that she has much spare time as she is very committed to her furry patients, her own two dogs, several fish and her teenaged son! Life is busy at Pampiglione casa 🙂
Breanna Chupik – Registered Veterinary Technician
Breanna joined our team in June 2016 and has a keen interest in veterinary rehab. She has completed the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College, graduating on June 4, 2016. Breanna has always wanted to work with animals. Before pursuing a career as a veterinary technician, she took the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Bow Valley College in 2012. She has a Cairn Terrier named Dakota and has fallen in love with the breed. She also enjoys doing yoga and taking her dog to the off-leash park in her spare time.
Deborah Spence – Office Manager
Deborah joined Canine Aquafitness in September 2016 after more than 30 years working in the news media and public relations. An ardent animal lover, she is excited to work in an environment dedicated to improving the quality of pets’ lives. Deborah first experienced what Canine Aquafitness has to offer as a client whose beloved greyhound Lucky was treated by Dr. Catherine. Laser treatments greatly improved Lucky’s mobility and comfort until he passed away in early July 2016 due to complications associated with osteosarcoma. Deborah and her husband LOVE greyhounds (they have had three over the years) and recently welcomed retired racing greyhound Deuce to his forever home. At the clinic, you’ll see Deborah at the reception desk and bustling around the office. Her responsibilities include welcoming clients and patients, booking appointments, and other administrative activities to help keep the clinic running smoothly. In her spare time, she loves taking long walks with Deuce and reading.
Micheal – Office Assistant
Micheal has grown up having a variety of pets. This has encouraged him to want to work with animals. He started volunteering at Canine Aquafitness in 2013 and is now part of the team. He has two amazing dogs, Sacus and Numa. Sacus is a handsome, mellow senior who has had an adventorous life! Numa is a beautiful wolf dog who is still growing and learning. She is quite mischevious which makes her the perfect fit for his family.