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
Upon graduating from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Bologna, Italy in 1998, Dr. Catherine was offered a position with the prestigious CIRAD, a French veterinary agricultural research centre. She declined to follow her passion for animal rehabilitation and undertook more education in veterinary physical rehabilitation. 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 an American Certified Animal Chiropractor, and a member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, the Calgary Veterinary Medicine Association, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. Dr. Catherine is also the co-founder of The Guinniss Foundation, a non profit organization which provides assistance and support to those who have pets with terminal illness.
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 wolfie (Numa), three very spoiled Guinea Pigs (Guido, Geppetto and Baby G) and several fish! Life is busy at Pampiglione casa!
Dr. Cecilia Kung, DVM
Dr. Cecilia received her degree in 2011 from the prestigious Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of the oldest veterinary schools in the world. Before veterinary school, she earned two degrees in Biological Sciences and Anthropology (Primatology) at the University of Calgary. She spent her first year as a veterinarian in mixed practice before focusing on small animal medicine. During her second year as a new graduate, she met Dr. Catherine Pampiglione and had a first glimpse into the field of veterinary physical rehabilitation. Dr. Cecilia has known and maintained a friendship with her colleague for over seven years and fondly recalls all the fun they had cooking and learning to play “Scopa” at Pampiglione casa.
Over her nine years as a small animal veterinarian, Dr. Cecilia noticed that many of her patients suffered from chronic and degenerative joint diseases at some point in their lives. She also found an increasing number of clients wanting alternative therapies to manage their pets’ mobility conditions. In 2015 she learned how to use the Class IV Therapy Laser to treat muscle and skeletal ailments and saw first hand the improvements it made in their quality of life. Seeing these rewarding results prompted her to focus on veterinary physical rehabilitation. Dr. Cecilia is excited to join Dr. Catherine at Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre while pursuing certification in veterinary physical rehabilitation and acupuncture.
Dr. Cecilia recently moved to Okotoks and is eager to explore this beautiful town. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys food, learning the ukulele and spending time with her husband.
John Stopforth, Office Manager
John, or as he’s known at the clinic “Giovanni”, first met Dr. Catherine in 2013 while his wife, Dr. Cecilia, was working in Okotoks. Giovanni has had a wide variety of career experiences over the years. He had been an executive assistant and proposals writer for oil and gas related companies for a number of years before changing profession to pursue his passion for food. He has worked as Chef de partie at the prestigious Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and as First Cook for the Marriott brand. These managerial experiences solidified his team leadership skills in fast paced environments. Recently he started volunteering at his friend Dr. Catherine’s clinic and enjoyed it so much that it has led to a position as veterinary office manager. Giovanni is excited to join the team where he can further develop and apply his wide range of knowledge and related skills.
Elichke Duncan – Receptionist
Elichke joined us in January 2020 after graduating from the Academy of Learning College with her Health Unit Coordinator Diploma. She continues to pursue her love for animals here and has lived alongside her best buddy, Cody (seen above) who is 14 years old. She enjoys board game nights with her friends and spending quality time with her mom. Elichke balances many of the office tasks along with the day-to-day interactions with our clientele. Her compassion for animals has followed her all the way from South Africa. With a welcoming smile, she is happy to help our clients navigate their schedules to get our patients the care they deserve.
Morrie Montgomery – Veterinary Office Assistant Volunteer
Making her passion her purpose, Morrie left her long standing project management role in luxury home building to follow her dream of working with animals. Morrie approached our clinic to serve in a volunteer capacity to gain hands on therapeutic practice experience, while working to complete her studies with the Academy of Learning College in High River. Quickly, Morrie captured our team’s interest, with her ability to connect and handle our patients with care and compassion. Her bubbly, outgoing energy is contagious and her adaptive ability to assess the needs of the office, staff and clients are a support system to our clinic. We look forward to her growing and advancing her skills and are excited to have her as a permanent “pack” member once she graduates from her Veterinary Medical Office Assistance program.
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 quickly became part of the team. He has an amazing dogs, Numa who is a wolf hybrid and is quite mischievous which makes her the perfect fit for his family. Micheal has also an hamster, Omo who sometimes comes to the clinic to help rehabilitating cats!
Volunteers are an important part of our team. If you are aspiring to a career in the veterinary field or simply have a passion for working with animals, we would love to hear from you! You can connect with us by completing our Volunteer Form.