Julie Stuart is a licensed physical therapist with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. Julie began physical therapy school with the intention of treating only humans. However, part way through graduate school in 1998, Julie’s dog, Tucker, taught her that animals need physical therapy too! So, because of her passion for animals and Tucker’s insistence, Julie chose to apply her physical therapy knowledge and skills to the animal patient population as well as to her human patients.
She served as a consultant to local veterinarians in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and surrounding areas from 2000 to 2008. Julie founded and owned New England Physical Therapy for Animals (her own outpatient and consulting physical therapy practice) from 2001 to 2008. She was also hired by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. From 2001 until moving south in 2008, Julie worked at the hospital at the Tufts vet school as their physical therapist, providing both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services for thousands of patients with a vast array of injuries and health conditions.
Julie was the second physical therapist in the country to be hired by a veterinary school. And we know of no other physical therapist that has secured a position at a veterinary school and withheld it for so long. The experience of working at Tufts along side the best veterinarians and superior veterinary students was invaluable. Julie worked most closely with the neurology department and became an expert at performing physical therapy for paralyzed dogs. It wasn’t long before Julie had developed a program for treating dogs with paralysis (post disc herniations, FCE, etc.) that has withstood the test of time. Incredibly, 99% of the dogs with paralysis she has treated have gone on to walk again!
In 2008, Julie relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee.
Julie treats primarily dogs, but has also performed physical therapy on cats, horses, miniature horses, goats, llamas, and even a possum, wallabe, and a zebra!
Julie has attended several courses and conferences related to animal physical therapy and she has presented her work and shared her unique knowledge and experience with physical therapists and veterinarians across the country and around the world. Indeed, Julie is one of the most experienced canine physical therapists in the country.