Dogs In Motion
In Home Canine Rehabilitation & Wellness

Serving Lake County, Northern Cook County & the near Western suburbs by Veterinary referral
About Us
About Dogs In Motion’s founder: Patti Triola, PT, CCRT

I graduated from Northern Illinois University and became a licensed
Physical Therapist in 1991. I've been an animal lover (having had dogs,  
cats, birds, etc.) my entire life. Up until 1994, these were just two
separate passions and had my dog,  Chelsea, not fractured her ulna,
they may have remained that way. In  an effort to help my dog return
to normal pain-free function, I began talking to veterinarians and
applying the same rehabilitation techniques that have been used on
humans for years. From that point on,  I started combining my love
for animals and my passion for  physical therapy. My home, post
college graduation, has also been filled with dogs, mostly rescued
Dachshunds with disk disease.   

Over the years, I’ve talked with many veterinarians, surgeons and  
neurologists, read available information and received advanced  
training to learn canine anatomy, physiology, neurology, etc. and how
to  apply the same concepts of rehabilitation to canines who are aging,
ill, injured or who have undergone surgery.

After 11 years of rehabilitating dogs, I formed
Dogs In Motion, In  
Home Canine Rehabilitation & Wellness
in May of 2005 to meet
the  need for affordable Canine Rehabilitation services to be
offered  within the comfort and convenience of the client's home.

In January of 2006, I was appointed to
American Physical Therapy  
Association’s (APTA) Animal PT Special Interest Group as the
Illinois State Liaison
to facilitate the working relationship between
Illinois  Veterinary Medicine and Physical Therapy. I’ve taken the
initiative to consult with the Illinois Department of Financial and
Professional  Regulations (IDFPR), the Illinois State Veterinary
Medical  Association (ISVMA), the Chicago Veterinary Medical
Association  (CVMA), the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)
and the legal counsel of Gerald Goldberg of Goldberg & Frankenstein
LLC to obtain the clearest understanding and interpretation of the
Illinois  Veterinary and Physical Therapy practice acts to help
educate  veterinarians, physical therapists interested in canine
rehabilitation, and dog owners on the growing popularity and need for
canine rehabilitation as a routine component in the overall care and  
well being of the canine.

In February of 2006, I became a
Certified Canine Rehabilitation  
Therapist (CCRT)
, one of only three Certified Canine Rehabilitation  
Therapists / Practitioners in Illinois. I received my certification  
from the Animal Rehabilitation Institute (ARI) in Florida under the  
instruction of Jan Van Dyke, DVM (FL), Christine Zink, DVM, PhD  
(MD), Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT (Canada) and Laurie McCauley, DVM

In October 2006, I formed the
Suburban Chicagoland Dachshund  
Lovers (SCDL)
a “members only” dachshund social group open to  
anyone who loves dachshunds / mixes. We have over 133 members and
over 230 dachshunds. We are the only social dachshund group in the  
Chicagoland area to require Proof of Vaccinations to ensure that  
safety and fun go hand in paw!!!  Included in our scheduled monthly  
activities was guest speaker Dr. Aaron Jackson, a surgeon at Animal  
Emergency and Referral Center in Northbrook (and owner of 2  
dachshund / min pin mixes), at our March 11, 2007 fundraiser for  
Midwest Dachshund Rescue (MWDR). Dr. Jackson spoke on the topic  
of Dachshunds and Intervertebral Disk Disease. We raised over  
$8,128.54 for MWDR.
Suburban Chicagoland Dachshund Lovers

In October 2006, I joined Dodger’s List an online community that  
helps inform dachshund owners and others about both traditional and  
alternative treatments available for dogs with IVDD. I contributed  
an article entitled “Living and Working with Intervertebral Disk  
Disease” for the December 2006 edition of their newsletter,
Dodger’s Digest.  
Dodger's List

In November 2006, I created a new home on Yahoo Groups for
VetRehab, a “members only” group for Veterinarians, Veterinary
Technicians, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants,
Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors interested in
veterinary rehabilitation. This group was founded by Dr. Laurie
McCauley in 2001 and was formerly known as VetPT on SmartGroups
up until late 2006.  Dr. McCauley
, Dr. Mayer and I maintain the site
which has grown to over 4
00 member from various regions of the
Patti working with Odie,
a Lhasa Poo.
Patti working with Lucy, a

Patti Triola, PT, CCRT
Dogs In Motion, In Home Canine Rehabilitation & Wellness
Phone: 847-949-8455 / Fax: 847-949-8456 / Cell: 224-430-3351 / Email: