Our Staff

Patricia Tribou BS, PTA, CCRP

ptribouPatricia Tribou, proud owner of The Canine Joint (founded in 2010) , received her BS at Springfield College to teach Physical Education in 1984 before attending Newbury College and received an Associated degree in Physical Therapy in 1996. Patti specialized in CVA (strokes), amputation and Geriatric PT.

Patti’s love for animals, and her passion to help them, led her in a search to find ways that she could use her talents as a Human Therapist to help the many dogs that require assistance in healing. Patti soon discovered that the University of Tennessee had a certification program in Canine Rehabilitation. There, she pursued and received her certification in Canine Rehabilitation, and soon realized that she could build a career in a field that she was so passionate about. Before opening The Canine Joint, Patti was grateful for the experience she received while working for Dr. Jeff Corey, in Providence, RI, refining her therapy skills using underwater treadmills, low-level lasers, massage and various other modalities, to treat a wide range of canines with physical disabilities.

Patti loves her canine patients as much as her own canine family members, Mojo, a 14 yr old rescue greyhound from a race track in Connecticut, Grace, a 13 yr old English yellow lab, Zoe, a 7 yr old English black lab, Leda (now known as Zena the princess warrior) a 6 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback Patti adopted after fostering her in the Fall of 2011, and Sammie, a 15 yr old yellow lab/greyhound mix from the East Providence SPCA. They are her inspiration!

Emily Perry BS

Emily started off as an intern in the summer of 2013 at The Canine Joint and got hired soon after! She received her associates in Veterinary Technology in December 2013 from Becker College, and is expecting to get her bachelors in Clinical Medicine with a concentration in Veterinary Science in the Fall 2014. She hopes to become a certified veterinary technician in the summer of 2014, and is planning to go to University of Tennessee to complete the certification process to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2015.

She has always had a love for animals, and never knew it could be a career. After her sister-in-law told her about being a vet tech, she applied to Becker College to pursue a career in the animal field. During a previous internship, the hospital had a physical therapy suite and Emily loved it and wanted learn more about the physical therapy field. She found The Canine Joint and completed two internships there, and got hired right after. She feels lucky to have found her career path so young.

Kara St.Germain Hydro-Therapist

After finishing 8 yrs in the military with two tours in Iraq, Kara, was hired and trained as a Veterinary Technician in Rhode Island. She has lived with dogs her entire life. She had a Dalmatian named Dice growing up and after she passed, Kara was determined to help dogs live a healthy life. SInce then she has been rescuing and adopting out dogs, finding a loving home for a stray or unwanted pet is extremely satisfying. Eventually Kara wanted to go into a more holistic approach in the medical field.

In 2012 Kara had a son named Sebastien. She worked up until 2 1/2 weeks before having him, at a Vet hospital and as dog walker. One month before having Sebastien, her dog Anya tore her CCL (ACL equivalent) and needed surgery. Anya started physical therapy right away at The Canine Joint.
Kara has been giving water therapy and swim lessons and is training in rehabilitation hoping to go on and get her Certification in Canine Rehabilitation.

Michele Crerar PT, CCRP

Michele has been practicing as a human Physical Therapist for 20 years after graduating from Northeastern University in 1993. She has worked in a variety of settings with her primary experience in orthopedics. In 2010, Michele adopted her 10 year old Min Pin Willum and became interested in working with dogs. She was excited to hear that she could become certified in canine rehabilitation. Michele completed courses for the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner certification program in July 2012. She looks forward to transitioning from human physical therapy to Canine Rehab.

Diane Macksoud, MSPT, CCRP


Diane brings extensive physical therapy experience to The Canine Joint. A 1991 graduate of Texas Woman’s University with both a B.S. and M.S. in Physical Therapy, Diane today has more than 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked in multiple clinical settings, including orthopaedics, SportsMedicine, neurology, home health and acute care. She took her first Canine Rehab class in 2001 in Canada. In 2014, she earned accreditation as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee.

Sharon Gilson MSPT, CCRP

Sharon has been a practicing human Physical Therapist for 14 years, since graduating from the University of Rhode Island’s Master’s Degree program in 1996. Her primary area of focus has been in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. She is also the proud owner of two mixed breed canines, Salty and Pepper. About four years ago, Salty tore his hind leg knee ligament and needed surgery to repair it. The veterinarian suggested he receive physical rehabilitation after surgery, which was the first she heard of this emerging area in animal treatment. After researching the field of canine rehabilitation, and realizing it is open to both physical therapists and veterinarians, she completed courses at the University of Tennessee’s Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner certification program. Sharon is very excited to be sharing and using her knowledge of rehabilitation on her canine friends, as she feels our fellow animals deserve all the physical, medical and psychological care that humans receive. Her long term dream is to move to a farm and provide a home for all kinds of furry friends in need. Sharon’s experience includes many hours of volunteer work at a canine rehabilitation practice. She also has had hands-on experience with Salty and Pepper, as the two of them required both knee ligaments to be surgically repaired in the past 4 years (that’s four knees in all!). Sharon’s short term dream to work as part of a great team in a canine rehabilitation facility has already come true, here at The Canine Joint!

Emily Rinaldo, DPT

Emily received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 from the University of Hartford with a specialization in geriatrics and neurology. After competing as a nationally ranked gymnast and Div 1 NCAA athlete, Emily developed a special appreciation for athletics and rehabilitation in particular. When her oldest dog, Tango, a nationally certified narcotics detection and trailing k9 tore his CCL, she researched rehab facilities in the area. The Canine Joint was the front runner and she entrusted her k9 with their care. While there, she realized that she could use her passion of physical therapy not only for humans, but for her four legged friends as well. Emily’s athletic background combined with her love for her many dogs led her pursue a certification in Canine Rehab from the University of Tennessee. Along with Tango, Emily and her boyfriend have 6 dogs: Blitz, a 4 year old German Shepherd, Aspen, a 2yo German Shepherd, who are both nationally certified police patrol and trailing k9s, Ecko, a 3 yo German shorthaired pointer, who is a AMPWDA nationally certified human remains detection k9, Dixie, a 2 yo Bluetick Coonhound,who is training in search and rescue trailing and a 7 month old Aussie, Rosie, who is training to be an agility dog and therapy dog for her human patients. Emily and her boyfriend train working dogs at their farm in Massachusetts.

Dr. Holly Brown, CCRP

Dr. Holly Brown graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and prior to that received a bachelors degree in Animal Science from UNH. She has experienced many aspects of veterinary medicine from shelter medicine to surgery to internal medicine and small animal behavior, but never felt as fulfilled as when she experienced physical rehabilitation. She is passionate about reducing pain and improving mobility and firmly believes that by doing so, we not only improve quality of life, but strengthen and support the human animal bond.

Dr. Holly is in the process of enhancing her knowledge of orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy by obtaining her CCRP from the University of Tennessee.

She is the maid to 5 spoiled cats, Merlot, a 5 year old Doberman and an adult son and feels privileged that they allow her to live with them. In her spare time, you can find her hiking, spending time next to and on the water and working on projects around her home.

Nancy Smith, CVT

Nancy has been a Veterinary Technician for over 20 years at various clinics and hospitals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan and Tennessee. Most recently she was hospital manager for a non-profit clinic/shelter in Massachusetts. Nancy has a 5-year old German Shepherd Dog and does lots of training with him. They compete in AKC Obedience and AKC tracking. They also have titles in IPO (Schutzhund) and train Agility. Through working with her dog in various sports Nancy started studying Canine Rehabilitation and Fitness to help keep her dog in optimal condition and prevent injury. Nancy lives in Tiverton with her dog and her 18-year old cat.