“What an amazing class (Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)! Thank you to all of the instructors, TAs, and supportive staff for making this experience so great! My brain is full, and I can't wait to transition from human physical therapy to canine."
–Sunny Rubin, MSPT, CCRT
Seattle, Washington

“One of the best courses I've ever taken, and I've taken a whole lot of them. Very impressiveóset up, staff, even the refreshments! Material presented very well. Thank you!"
–Liz Powers, MPT, CCRT
Northampton, Massachusetts
CRI Staff  
Kathy Coffman, VT, CCRA
Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer

Kathy attended Northern Virginia Community College's Veterinary Technology program in 1988. Kathy began working for a general veterinary practice when she was 15 years old. When she moved to Maryland, she worked as the lead ICU technician in a large multi-specialty hospital for 16 years. She became certified in canine massage in 2004 and obtained her CCRA in 2005 when her own dog, who suffered from bilateral hip dysplasia, was showing more difficulty walking as she aged. Kathy drove with her dog 1.5 hours each way twice a week for therapy as there was only one veterinarian doing canine rehabilitation in the area at the time. Kathy was so impressed with how well her own dog did and knew she needed to be involved in the field of canine rehabilitation. Following certification Kathy began working with the veterinary neurologist at the specialty hospital. Since then Kathy has worked with many top specialists helping their orthopedic and neurologic patients. Kathy has been a teaching assistant with CRI's Introduction, Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine modules. Kathy works closely with Joyce Rudzitis, CRI's chief operating officer. She is the face behind our "info@" email address and performs many of CRI's administrative duties. She loves helping our current students and enjoys working with prospective new students and joins in with their excitement of getting started in the program. Kathy lives in Maryland with her husband, son and several rescue pets. She volunteers her time being a doggie foster mom and participates with her dogs in the "Pets on Wheels" program, visiting nursing homes and hospitals.

Kathy Coffman
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation (OC)
Exam Coordinator

Mary Ellen Goldberg received her bachelorís of science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and is credentialed as a veterinary technician in both Virginia and Florida. She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and a Certified Surgical Research Anesthetist. Mary Ellen has been the instructor for Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam since 2003. In 2018, she was chosen NAVTAís Veterinary Technician of the Year. Mary Ellen has written several books and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. Mary Ellen was certified by CRI as a CCRA (updated designation CCRVN) in 2012. She joined the CRI staff in 2012, and currently serves as the Exam Coordinator.

Mary Ellen Goldberg
Holly Logan, MSPT, CCRT
Teaching Assistant / Assistant Internship Coordinator

Holly Logan graduated in 1995 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. In 2013, she completed her certification in canine rehabilitation at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has worked at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (CSUVTH) and has her own mobile canine rehabilitation practice. She also continues her work with people with orthopedic, neurological and complex medical issues. Holly has been a teaching assistant for Canine Rehabilitation Therapist since 2013, and has served as Assistant Internship Coordinator since 2017. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her two pit bull rescues, Sabino and Devo.

Holly Logan
Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT
Manager of Social Media and Online Learning Operations francisco@caninerehabinstitute.com

Francisco Maia was born in Brazil and moved to the United States in 2005. He received a bachelorís of science in exercise science from Indiana University in 2009, and a doctorate in physical therapy from The University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Francisco decided to combine his knowledge of physical therapy with his passion for animals, and was certified as a CCRT by CRI in 2015. Francisco has a mobile canine rehabilitation business, TheK9PT, that serves Chicago and nearby suburbs. He joined CRI in 2016 as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

Francisco's other talents include using social media in the field of canine rehabilitation to encourage business growth and increase referrals. He is responsible for CRIís social media, digital marketing, and online learning operations. Francisco lives in Chicago with his wife and two dogs - Ringo and Lt. Dan.

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Francisco Maia
Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT
Internship Program Coordinator

Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT, is a licensed physical therapist and graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Krista previously practiced physical therapy with human patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings, with an emphasis on neurological rehabilitation. She began working in the animal rehabilitation field in 2005, and is Director of Rehabilitation Therapy at Scoutís House Rehabilitation in San Mateo, California. She has also developed two instructional DVDs with the Canine Health Foundation. Krista serves as CRI's internship program coordinator.

Krista Niebaum
Joyce G. Rudzitis
Chief Operating Officer

Joyce Rudzitis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management from West Chester University. Before joining CRI, she worked as an accountant and auditor in new home construction and commercial property management.

Joyce is a dog lover. She has demonstrated this time and time again not only with her own dog but also in her volunteer efforts. Joyce raised four golden retriever puppies for The Seeing Eye, Inc. in New Jersey and achieved a 100% successful placement rate. She continued her volunteer services at Guide Dogs for the Blind in California where she provided administrative support for the puppy-raising department and was directly involved with puppy testing and socialization.

Joyce started with CRI in 2008. As COO she is committed to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of our students and faculty. In 2013, Joyce and her husband Paul moved to Austin, Texas, to be close to her sister and family.

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Joyce G. Rudzitis
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Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT, appears on three podcasts in the Scout's House "Special Pets, Special Needs" series. You may subscribe to the series or download podcasts for free. To listen, go to the iTunes store (download the free iTunes software here if needed) and search for "Special Pets, Special Needs."