December 2017 Spotlight Practice
Paw Rehab (Pacific Animal Wellness Rehabilitation Center)
Sherman Oaks, California
Joanne Bak, DVM, CCRT
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Founded in 2015 by Medical Director Joanne Bak, DVM, CCRT, Paw Rehab (Pacific Animal Wellness Rehabilitation Center) is a state-of-the-art veterinary rehabilitation facility located in Los Angeles. Our motto "Relieve. Recover. Restore." embodies our dedication to the rehabilitation and recovery of injured or post-surgical pets, pain management, and mobility solutions for debilitated and arthritic dogs and cats. In addition to post-operative and debilitative rehabilitation programs, Paw Rehab also offers services tailored for weight loss, preventative fitness, orthotic/cart consultations and fittings, and nutrition management. Special interests include geriatric, neurological, and feline rehabilitation therapy.
Services include manual therapies such as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy, and modalities such as therapeutic laser, electrical muscle stimulation/TENS, underwater and land treadmill, homeopathy, and pulsed electromagnetic therapy. Paw Rehab boasts a large, non-slip exercise floor, used for gait analysis and therapeutic exercises for balance, strengthening, and proprioception. Our holistic approach to rehabilitation incorporates both conventional and Eastern medicine — including acupuncture and herbal therapy.
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Paw Rehab was founded by AARV member Dr. Joanne Bak, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist with 12 years of experience in the fields of physical rehabilitation, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and more than 20 years in the veterinary field. She has studied acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, rehabilitation therapy with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and completed advanced study in China with a focus on geriatric medicine through the Chi Institute. Her interests in enhancing the quality of life of aging pets, providing comfort for pets in chronic pain, support for pets with chronic illnesses or cancer, and mobility solutions for debilitated pets, led her to create Paw Rehab. She has introduced and implemented rehabilitation services for two veterinary specialty hospitals and has worked with a number of other rehabilitation centers, thereby bringing a vast array of knowledge and skills to her practice, all of which have helped formed a fully integrative approach to healing and recovery.
Dr. Bak is joined by an exceptional and caring veterinary support staff, including a licensed CCRP and four veterinary therapy assistants.
Each patient begins the rehabilitation program with a comprehensive exam with our veterinarian, who formulates a tailored treatment plan for each case, oversees all treatments, and monitors progress with regular recheck examinations. An emphasis is placed on client education and home instruction for the pet parents, in addition to continual and frequent communications with referring and primary veterinarians, in order to encourage collaborative care and optimize each patient's results.
The facility was designed by practice owner and Medical Director Dr. Joanne Bak and is tailored specifically to maximize comfort and minimize stress for our patients in a calming atmosphere for both the pets and their parents. The use of natural light is optimized throughout the facility to enhance mood, and therapeutic healing music is softly played in each room. Paw Rehab works in a paperless environment, and we strive to stay on the forefront of technological developments in the veterinary field, incorporating equipment such as our stance analyzer, recessed floor scale designed for debilitated patients, enhanced sanitation system utilizing UV-light filters for the underwater treadmill, and an advanced internal-communications system for optimal customer service and hospital efficiency.
In addition to our active involvement in educating newcomers to the field by regularly hosting externs, we are looking forward to continuing our efforts and becoming more involved in educating both our clients and our local veterinary community on the benefits and advances in rehabilitation therapy.
In the future, we're looking forward to advancing our pain management and rehabilitation techniques in this ever-growing field.