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Who is Dalia?

  
Dalia and I met on a cold day in January.  I had decided to visit JSAC in search of a Labrador retriever as I had recently lost the older of my two labs, Miria and her daughter Arena was lonely.  I was guided to the back to meet her.  Dallas (her original name) was then 4 years old and was surrendered by her family as they were moving.  She looked up at me, wagged her tail and immediately showered me with kisses.  I had never adopted a dog before but Dalia was about to change that.  A few days later, I received the call that my application was accepted.  I brought Arena up to meet her and to make sure they got along.  They did well with their meeting so we all went home.  Dalia fit right in like she had been with me since she was a pup.  Well-mannered and shy, Dalia did all she could to please Arena and me.  She was overweight and not used to walking on a lead but she quickly adapted to our daily walks.  
  
With a careful diet and her new exercise routine, she dropped 15 lbs. in our first year together.  As Dalia adapted to her new life, she became more confident.  I decided she was ready to accompany Arena and me to my Physical Therapy office.  She did wonderfully.  Dalia became the ambassador of the office just as Arena had when her mother passed.  She had begun her new “career”.  Dalia was able to move around better and even jump up, which she was too heavy to do previously.  She even began running with me.  At age 8, Dalia began to have some clicking in her elbow and became reluctant to run.  X-rays revealed mild arthritis so we backed off to walking only.  We lost Arena when she was 13 to a tumor on her heart.  Dalia missed her buddy.  Shortly thereafter, Madison came into our lives, needing a home as her family was moving.  Madison was a yellow lab/shepherd mix who was also 8, as was Dalia.  These two ladies spent the next several years together, working at RPT by day and lounging around the house at night.  Dalia and I lost Madison also to cancer soon after she turned 12.  Hannah, a stray border collie/lab mixed joined us for a short 20 months until lymphatic cancer took her as well.  Dalia grieved with me through all these losses.
  
When I decided to attend CRI’s canine rehabilitation program, it seemed only natural that Dalia should accompany me.  Now 14 and very arthritic herself, she would be the perfect companion and teacher.  Dalia benefitted greatly from my newfound knowledge and skills as well as those of the course instructors.  Once fully certified as a CCRT, I decided to open my own business.  It seemed only fitting to name the business after my faithful and loyal companion who inspired me to enter the field of canine rehab.  Over the next 2 years, Dalia and I would continue our journey into the world of canine rehabilitation.  She would market with me at various venues, accompany me to the office and most importantly, continue to teach me about caring for an older canine companion.  When she was 15, DDR moved into our Silverton office.  An underwater treadmill was installed and Dalia was the first to try it out!  She had started to have significant difficulty walking, due to her advanced arthritis but the UWTM off weighted her joints and allowed her to walk more comfortably.  Although she could walk only 30 feet or so on land, Dalia worked up to a ¼ mile in the UWTM.  She would do this weekly and walked better for several days afterwards.  Dalia continued to participate in the family activities and Referee Kodiak and Mia as they played.  She celebrated her 16th birthday on January 15th, 2013!  Several weeks later, Dalia suddenly became very ill.  She was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia.  Despite emergency care at RBVH and TLC at home, this battle proved too hard for her to fight.  She crossed the rainbow bridge at home on her comfy bed on January 31, 2013.  I will always be indebted to Dalia for all the valuable lessons she taught me, the love she shared with me from the first moment we met and her tough fighting spirit.

Dalia’s Doggie Rehab, LLC is a tribute to my loving companion and partner who has taught me so much through the past 10 years and was truly my first canine patient.
  
Lisa A. Saez, P.T., CCRT

  
Lisa graduated from Downstate Medical Center, College of Allied Health Professions in June 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  She has practiced Physical Therapy in a variety of settings including acute and sub acute hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics and home care.  Lisa opened her own practice in 1996, Responsive Physical Therapy, Inc. providing specialty care for vestibular/balance disorders and women’s health in addition to general orthopedic, geriatric and medical care.  She has 31 years of experience in human Physical Therapy.  Lisa has also been quite active in the American Physical Therapy Association, holding many different positions on the state and national level, including the position of the NJ state liaison for the Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, Orthopedic Section. 

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Lisa’s lifelong love of animals has driven her towards combining her professional skills with her passion for animals.  In January 2010, she enrolled in the program for certification in canine rehabilitation at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, affiliated with the University of Colorado.  Lisa achieved her CCRT in August 2010.  In 2011, she opened Dalia’s Doggie Rehab, LLC to honor her 14 year old chocolate Labrador retriever, Dalia who accompanied her through CRI’s program.  Dalia was her first rescue dog, adopted from Jersey Shore Animal Center in 2001.  She has since rescued 3 additional dogs and 4 guinea pigs.
Lisa currently shares her home with her 2 dogs, Mia and Kodiak.  Mia is a collie shepherd mix and is a certified therapy dog.  Kodiak is a chocolate lab and her agility partner.
  

Jackie George, DPT, CCRT


Jackie is a 2009 graduate from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelors Degree in Health Science.
She has practiced physical therapy in subacute rehabilitation, outpatient and school settings with experience particularly in the geriatric and pediatric populations. 
Her continuous love for animals has motivated her to pursue her life dream of becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She obtained her degree in April 2016 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She completed her internship with Lisa Saez at Dalia's Doggie Rehab and loved it so much she stayed!
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