The Vet and Rehab Center of Cape Elizabeth

207 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107



What is Rehabilitation?


The Practice of physical therapy in animals is called rehabilitation. In Maine, this discipline falls under the definition of veterinary medicine and must legally be practiced under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. This form of physical therapy can address many issues, and pets young and old can benefit from it's help.


At Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth, our goal is to provide Maine with its first dedicated rehabilitation center, staffed with the most qualified and experienced rehabilitation professionals. Dr. Ginger Browne Johnson, Charles Evans, Lisa Woodman, Camille Clifford, and Darci Williams offer Maine pets the best in rehabilitation care.


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Member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)




Who Benefits from Rehabilitation?


Lisa and Marco in canine rehabilitation, Marco was rescued through Little Paws Big Hearts Rescue, with a spinal injury. He is working with our physical therapy specialists, and is gaining strength and balance. Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth is an AAHA accredited facility fully staffed with CCRPs trained in Canine sports medicine, physical therapy, wheelchair fittings, bracing and more.


Pets benefit from rehabilitation much as humans benefit from physical therapy.  Rehabilitation helps pets recover from injury or surgery, regain and maintain mobility and decrease pain. It is also helpful to keep pets mentally focused, lose weight and to stay in shape over the long, cold winter! This type of physical therapy is never painful and dogs who get rehab here always have fun! 


With rehab, pets can maintain strength as they age and prevent injury during times of inactivity. Some common conditions we work with include:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Lack of physical fitness due to weight or age
  • Obesity
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Bicipital Tendon Synovitis
  • Iliopsoas Injuries
  • Pre and Post surgical recovery
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Fibrocartilagenous Embolism
  • Traumatic or Progressive Paralysis
  • Joint Contractures
  • Pain Management (acute or chronic)
  • Patella luxations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament tears and strains




What is a CCRP?  


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CCRP stands for Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. This training allows veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or physical therapists, accredited by the University of Tennessee Professional Certificate Program, to offer the animal equivalent of human physical therapy.  VRCCE has three CCRPs on staff.  




Our Rehabilitation Team



Ginger Browne Johnson, DVM, CCRP

Ginger Browne Johnson, DVM, CCRP is a graduate of Tufts University Veterinary School and received her CCRP certification (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) from the University of Tennessee in 2007. She was the director of rehabilitation at Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center in Massachusetts before moving back to Maine and buying VRCCE in July of 2012.

Camille Clifford, PT

Camille Clifford, PT graduated from UNE in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy. She has used her skills in various settings, and has worked in Home Health Care for 17 years.

Camille has been raising puppies for Guiding Eyes For the Blind in NY for 13 years. She is finally fulfilling a long time dream of working with dogs, finishing up her Certification as a Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapist. 

Charles S. Evans, MPT, CCRP

Charles S. Evans, MPT, CCRP is a Licensed Physical Therapist. He received his degree from Notre Dame College in 2001 and his CCRP in 2003. Recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), he was Director of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at Dover Veterinary Hospital and practiced at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital and Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital before joining the staff here at VRCCE in 2015.

Lisa Woodman, PT, CCRP

Lisa Woodman, PT, CCRP is a well known member of the VRCCE canine rehab team.  A Maine native, she earned her BS in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1988.  A life-long dog lover, she got her CCRP education through the University of Tennessee.  Over the past 30 years she has developed her manual skills in treating soft-tissue and joint issues.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her life-partner, Mercy, and their golden retriever, Coast, biking, reading and painting with watercolors.

Darci Williams, PT Assistant

Darci Williams, PT, DPT Assistant, is the newest member of the VRCCE canine rehab team. She joins us from the human field of physical therapy, and is enjoying her ongoing studies to become certified in animal rehab as well.




How To Get Started



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Therapy begins with a patient evaluation completed by our rehabilitation team. We will develop a treatment plan, which is carried out at our rehabilitation office as well as in clients' homes. 


Treatments used for rehabilitation at VRCCE include:


  • Cryotherapy
  • Thermotherapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound     
  • Cold Laser
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Massage
  • Splinting and Bracing
  • Acupuncture
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Underwater Treadmill


Rehabilitation packages are available from as short as 4 sessions up to annual, unlimited passes. These packages are non-refundable and are designed to offer increasing discounts for long term physical therapy. Clients of other veterinary hospitals receive rehabilitation at Veterinary and Rehabilitation on a referral basis and return to their primary veterinarians for all other veterinary care.




Eddie's Wheels

Eddie's Wheels


Recently, Eddie and Leslie Grinnell of Eddie's Wheels for Pets were in to give us a class on measuring and adjusting pet wheelchairs. I love how incredibly dedicated they are to their mission! They have spent 30 years fine tuning these wheelchairs so animals have maximum comfort and mobility. Their dog Scout came along with them (for the cookies, no doubt!) and even though he has no use of his hind legs, he is able to lead a normal life with the help of his wheelchair.

If you have had one of their wheelchairs donated to you, be sure to contact them to have it made to fit your pet exactly. Each wheelchair is made to fit the animal who will be using it, so they are not comfortable for any other pet, and will need to be adjusted for the specific pet who will be using it.