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Our History

Fitter Critters was established in November 2000 to provide reasonably priced rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine companions and education for their owners.

The need for support following surgery, injury or illness was inspired by our Newfoundland, Zowie, following a traumatic injury and also by Jody's extensive clinical rehabilitation experience with people who benefit from rehabilitation.

Jody Chiquoine is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and a member of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association. She has completed canine rehabilitation courses with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Loxahatchie, Florida, the NorthEast Seminars/University of Tennessee Veterinary School and attends the International Canine Rehabilitation Conferences.

Jody has completed courses in canine massage, acupressure, Tellington Touch and the Basic Science Course for Animal Physical Therapists offered by the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedics Division.

The Fitter Critters Staff is educated in canine rehabilitation, principles of massage and aquatic therapy techniques. Consultant staff include: Physical Therapists, an orthotics specialist and a physiatrist (rehabilitation medical doctor).

Jody has been a registered nurse for 34 years and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner with expertise in rehabilitation, cancer care, geriatrics and surgery.

Active in dog rescue and sharing her entire life with dogs, she offers experience, compassion and competent care to her clients.

Our Team

Our Team

Meet the animal lovers that work at FItter Critters.

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Jody Chiquoine

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Sunny Fudala

Clinical Manager;

BS Pre-Veterinary Animal Science,

Education at Canine Rehab Institute 

Currently enrolled in Citification for Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner at UTenn

Morgan Bliss

Certified Aquatic therapist since 2006

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Certified Aquatic Therapist since 2008

Mandy Vanalstyne

Certified Aquatic Therapist since 2004

Joanne Nunes

Certified Aquatic Therapist since 2018

Kelsey Trumbull
Jen Codding

Certified Aquatic Therapist since 2014


Certified Aquatic Therapist and Office Manager since 2020

Vicki Wilder
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