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Sonnet Jarvis, DVM, CCRT (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) has more than 18 years of experience in veterinary medicine, both in general practice and canine physical rehabilitation. She is the founder and medical director of Arizona Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation, a clinic in Phoenix focused exclusively on pain management, injury recovery, return to lifestyle, and return to sport programs and fitness for dogs.
Her rehabilitative background drives her to educate others on the importance of injury prevention through proper fitness and conditioning. Dr. Sonnet is certified as a personal trainer for people through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with specialization in Corrective Exercise and Youth Exercise programs. She is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through the University of Tennessee and helped develop the lab portion of the program, FitPAWS Master Trainer Program. She currently teaches this program, as well.
She combines her knowledge of human fitness and exercise with her canine rehabilitation skills and veterinary medical expertise. Trained to evaluate your dog’s whole body for weakness, imbalance and dysfunction, Dr. Sonnet combines all elements of fitness to maximize your dog’s physical potential in one comprehensive fitness program.
Dr. Sonnet is a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, American Canine Sports Medicine Association, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Sonnet has been featured on NBC’s Morning Show and ABC’s The List for her expertise in canine fitness.
Michelle Fromm, CCFT is a dog trainer and K9 sports competitor in many different venues. She trained her first dog in obedience in the early 90’s. She got his CD (a bullmastiff) but then had trouble in open when he was not able to do the broad jump without hurting his neck. While at an obedience trial however, she saw an agility demonstration and was immediately fascinated with the sport. She decided to train her 7 year old German Shepherd in agility and their first competition had her hooked on this new dog sport. Dog training and learning more about dog behavior have become her passions. She has trained and competed in many dog sports to include herding, agility, obedience, rally, conformation, barn hunt, schutzhund, and flyball. She has put more than a hundred titles on her dogs to include high in trials in obedience and herding, and advanced titles in many venues.
She is a former judge for agility and rally, and has done agility and obedience training for the last 16 years through her own business and for local clubs. She has also assisted her students in obtaining many titles and has been particularly successful with jump training and retraining performance problems.
With her involvement in K9 sports, and in the process of dealing with injuries in her own and in student’s dogs, she has become an advocate and student of K9 Fitness.
Michelle's other passion is her breeding program dedicated to performance oriented Swedish Vallhunds. She travels to Sweden frequently to increase her knowledge and background in the breed. Through this passion has come an increased study of canine structure and the correct temperament for a good working dog.
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