Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (C.C.R.P.)



Darryl Millis, M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, C.C.R.P.

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Surgery Section Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Services. Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals and is co-editor of the books Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (2004) and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats (2004).

David Levine, P.T., Ph.D., D.P.T., Diplomate American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (Orthopedics), C.C.R.P., Cert. D.N.

Cline Chair of Excellence and UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, adjunct associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary medicine, and adjunct professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has published in numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals and is co-editor of the books Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (2004, 2013) and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats (2004).  Books by David Levine, PhD, PT.




Deborah M. Gross, D.P.T., M.S.P.T., O.C.S., Diplomate American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, C.C.R.P.

Debbie Gross Saunders graduated from Boston University with her physical therapy degree in 1990 and continued with her postgraduate orthopedic physical therapy degree at Quinnipiac College where she graduated with distinction in 1999. In addition, she is a board certified specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Saunders received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2008 from the University of Tennessee.

She has been practicing in the field of small animal rehabilitation for over seventeen years and has published in both the veterinarian field and the canine athletic field.  She is owners of a successful physical rehabilitation practice in Connecticut, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC.  She has currently produced numerous DVDs aimed at the performance dogs and has authored many publications in the canine sports medicine field.  She enjoys speaking nationally and internationally. 

Denis Marcellin-Little, M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, C.C.R.P.

Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University.

Denis Marcellin-Little graduated from the French Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, in 1988. Thanks to an ambassadorial scholarship from the Rotary Foundation, he did 1-year internship on the Hollywood Animal Hospital near Miami, Florida, where he assisted Dr. Dee, a renowned specialist of racing injuries in greyhounds. Dr. Marcellin-Little has been at North Carolina State University since 1990. After a 3-year residency in small animal surgery, and a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship, he became Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery in July 1994, Associate Professor in 2000 and Professor in 2008. Dr. Marcellin-Little has several orthopedic research interests in rehabilitation and bioengineering.

Robin Downing, DVM, Diplomate American Academy of Pain Management, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, CCRP

Dr. Downing is Hospital Director of The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management, LLC, the first comprehensive pain management practice for pets in Northern Colorado.  She was the 2000 Hill's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award winner.  In 2001 the World Small Animal Association presented Dr. Downing the Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award (Small Animal Veterinarian of the Year), and she was named the Women of Influence in Healthcare by the Northern Colorado Business Report in 2009.

Dr. Downing is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, a certified veterinary acupuncturist, a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, and is certified in animal chiropractic.  She also holds the Diplomate credential in the American Academy of Pain Management.  In 2009 Dr. Downing became the first veterinarian to earn the designation Certified Pain Educator from the American Association of Pain Educators.

Dr. Downing has been sharing her passion for facilitating, enhancing, lengthening, and strengthening the Family-Pet-Veterinary Bond with audiences around the world since 1996.


Marti Drum, DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRP, CERP

Dr. Drum grew up riding and showing Thoroughbred horses which led to an interest in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation.  She received her DVM from Colorado State University in 2006.  Dr. Drum also received a PhD in Equine Orthopedics from the Colorado State University Equine Orthopedic Research Center in 2006 where her research focused on subchondral bone density mapping in racehorses and non-racing horses. 

Dr. Drum is the primary supervising clinician for the Small Animal Rehabilitation service and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Drum has a widely varied background, drawing from her experiences with Physical Rehabilitation in multiple species, including horses, camelids, pigs, sheep, chickens, avian/exotic pets, zoo animals and of course dogs and cats.  Dr. Drum's current research interests involve Osteoarthritis, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Physical Rehabilitation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.



Matthew Brunke, D.V.M., C.C.R.P., C.V.P.P., C.V.A.

Dr. Brunke was born and raised in Queens, NY. While attaining his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University he realized upstate New York was the place for him. After attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts he did his clinical rotations at Purdue University and began practicing in Columbia County in 2004. He was the first veterinarian in the Capital District to be certified in canine rehab (CCRP through the University of Tennessee) and oversaw a rehab practice from 2007-2012. He is also certified in pain management and acupuncture. Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients. He has a special interest in palliative care and sports medicine.  He is also working on his residency program for Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. When not at NCVRC he can be found outside training for triathlons and marathons. He just completed his first full iron triathlon and is training for Ironman Lake Placid in 2015. He has two dogs, Skeeter a Caribbean mutt and Penny a pit bull mix. Milo the cat oversees the household. He can be reached at