Our Team

Keri Evers


I graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI) in 2003 with special interests in neurology and surgery and I have been practicing in the Niagara region since 2005. Thanks to the high energy rescue Boston Terrier, Molson, that came into my life in 2002, I developed a great passion for dog sports and have been competing in flyball with my dogs since 2004.

In 2010, I discovered that Molson had a completely collapsed disc space, an injury which could have been severely debilitating had he been unfit and overweight. Instead, he continued to race another 4 years before taking his well-earned retirement at the age of 13. For this reason, I have always been a strong advocate for keeping pets active and healthy.

This led to a keen interest in canine rehabilitation and sports medicine, a discipline which also relies heavily on knowledge of neurology and surgery. It was the perfect fit, enabling me to combine all of my interests for the advancement of my professional life. In 2014, I completed my certification in canine rehab through the University of Tennessee and am now a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP).

I love going to work every day to see what challenges may greet me with my patients. When not there or taking courses to further my knowledge in the field, I am either camping with my husband Joel and our pups, Bacardi Breezer and Coca Cola, or at some sort of dog sport competition whether that be flyball, dock diving or any other sport that Breeze and I think we should try out. Although dogs tend to be my focus, I love cats, too. We currently share our home with Lentil, an orange tabby, and Quill, a Bengal mix.

Barbara Lee

PT, Dip. Canine Rehab

I graduated from Salford School of Physiotherapy in England and worked in the UK as a Physiotherapist until leaving to come to Canada in 1985. Since then, I have worked in private practice, homecare and in long term care. Over the years, I have always used my physiotherapy techniques on my own pets when they have injured themselves and loved to see how well they responded to those treatments.

Through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), I joined the Animal Rehab Division (ARD) to further my knowledge in animal rehab. In 2005, I went to Red Deer, Alberta for 4 days, where I took the Introduction to Equine Rehab. I loved every minute of it and was able to use the skills I had learned on my own horses. After that, I decided I wanted to do animal rehab as the final chapter of my career.

Once my children were moving on to higher education in 2012, I started to work in animal rehab and I took the opportunity to do my Diploma in Canine Rehab through the CPA, completing it in 2014. I have also completed the Advanced Canine Spine Certification and attended many conferences to further my knowledge in animal rehab.

As a physiotherapist, I feel extremely lucky to have practiced in many areas of my profession and I have honestly enjoyed all of it but, I love animal rehab and cannot think of a better way to practice for my final working years. It is so rewarding to see how well animals respond to physiotherapy and how happy their owners are when their pet has recovered.

I am married to David (retired Pharmacist) and have 2 adult children, who, of course, have multiple pets! In my spare time, I am either riding my horse, Malone, or walking my Flat Coated Retriever, Stuart. We also have 2 cats, Bella and Brodie, at home who keep Stuart in line! David and I also love to travel whenever we get an opportunity.


Client Care Specialist

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have animals in my life. I grew up with dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, birds, fish, a hamster and even a turtle, at one point. I attended Niagara College for Travel and Tourism and have spent over 20 years working in Hospitality in various positions throughout the Niagara Region, including a local museum, an inn and several wineries.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my three rescued Chihuahuas. My oldest, Penny, was in need of a home and I just couldn’t resist. My bonded boys, Wendell and Duncan, were found wandering the streets of Los Angeles. I love taking them for long walks and going to the dog park with them. I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading and travelling as much as I can.

Always being passionate about animals led me to apply for the position of Client Care Specialist at the Centre in 2016. I enjoy interacting with clients and their pets and making your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I look forward to seeing you all and your fur babies!!



I graduated from the veterinary technician program at Georgian College in 2005. I have always had a passion for helping animals in need and did not want to see them in pain, which is what led me into my career as a veterinary technician. Prior to joining the Canine Conditioning Centre, I worked as a veterinary technician in general practice for 16 years.

After bringing my own pets to the Centre, I decided to further my education and I am now certified in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee. When I am not working on other people’s pets, I am at home with my Dalmatian, Maze, and hairless cat, Orbital Socket.


Veterinary Assistant

My love for helping animals started before I moved to Canada in 2009, when I was volunteering at a shelter in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.

With a background in Dog Socialization and Training, getting certified in June 2018 as a Vet Assistant and taking extra courses in Dog Food Nutrition, I was given the opportunity to work for the Niagara SPCA as an Animal Care Technician in April 2019. A couple of months later, I had the chance to become a part of their Spay/Neuter Clinic as a Vet Assistant. More recently, I also started my journey with the Canine Conditioning Centre as an Animal Care Assistant. I’m proud to work for organizations that share the same visions and goals as I do and that has immensely helped me grow professionally.

I am currently living in Port Colborne with my husband, a.k.a. partner in crime, Rick and when I’m not helping animals, you can find me outdoors, ready for an adventure… You name it! Rollerblading, hiking, canoeing, etc., with my 2 rescue dogs, Chula, an Akita X, and Balám, an Elkhound X.



I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (Newmarket) in 1997 and have been practicing massage therapy for people for the last 25 years. I went back to school and became certified in Canine Massage Therapy in 2012. I love what I do and I love dogs!

Being able to put the two of them together has been a dream. Seeing dogs benefit from massage just like people do makes me very happy. My goal has always been to help achieve and maintain healthy and active dogs. I rescued and adopted my girl Lexi, a terrier mix, from Mexico in 2020 and she is the love of my life. When I’m not working, I like to go for walks and car rides with her.



I graduated with honours in 2016 with my 3000 Hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma along with my Canine Massage Therapy Certification. Having been raised around dogs my entire life, I wanted to combine my love for animals and manual therapy into one. I hold additional certifications in Advanced Canine Nutrition, Animal Reiki, Acute Canine Herbalism, and Canine Essential Oils Specialist, to name a few.

A forever student, I am also working towards my diploma to become an internationally recognized Canine Osteopath.

I have also been able to combine my love for athletics and canine bodywork by being selected as the AAC IFCS Agility Canada Team’s Healthcare Practitioner in 2022, as well as the Healthcare Team working on Human and Canine athletes for the 2023 WAO UKI Canadian Agility Team.

When not working or completing schoolwork, I spend most of my time with my son Talon, and our rescue dogs Tucker (Bassador) and Caoimhe (Doberman).

Nicki Cunningham

PT, Dip. Canine Rehab

I graduated from St Mary’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy in London where I developed a special interest in cardio-respiratory and intensive care. I have worked in diverse acute care hospitals in both England and Ontario, after moving to Canada in 1993, in a variety of health care roles. I have had a very rewarding career working with patients, families and health care teams who have challenged me to be the best healthcare provider I can be and allowed me to contribute to making a difference in the lives of others.

My love of animals comes from growing up in rural England, surrounded by farms and having dogs always within my family. In Canada, I have been a proud cat owner, along with finally getting my first family dog, Meg, in 2014. I have seen firsthand the ability of animals to benefit from rehabilitation as part of their recovery from injury and/or surgery. This sparked my interest in combining my love of animals along with my chosen physiotherapy path.

Over the last 5 years, I have worked very hard to extend my physiotherapy into animal rehabilitation. I completed my Canine Rehabilitation Diploma through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Animal Rehabilitation Division (ARD) in early 2020. I have gained practical experience in working with animals on land and in water through volunteering opportunities at veterinary offices and through the Rehabilitation Department at the Toronto Humane Society. I love to learn and have recently completes my Level 4 certification in canine hydrotherapy for veterinary physiotherapists that is offered in the UK.

Behind me, I have an amazing family supporting my love of dogs: my wife, Tracy, and our two teens, Kieryn and Jayden. In my spare time (what spare time?!), I enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and tennis. In the summer, I love to be on the water, either on a paddleboard or in a kayak.

Music is a “key” part of our family. My wife loves to sing, my son plays the drums and I tinker on the alto saxophone and clarinet. Community and giving back is important to me; I volunteer as a foster for rescue organizations, support ElderDog’s elderly/marginalized clients with their dogs and sit as a Board of Director for the National Service Dogs of Canada.

I am thrilled to be a part of the team at NCCC and to work with an amazing team that is focused on making a difference in the lives of our animal clients and their families.

Debbie Wood


I graduated from Manchester Royal Infirmary and worked for over forty years as a physiotherapist in acute medicine, surgery and ICU in the UK and Canada. My lifelong love of animals led me to take many courses with the Animal Rehabilitation Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

This opened the door for me to provide physiotherapy services for seven years to canine patients of the orthopedic surgeons and neurologists at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital. In 2013, I achieved certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in the U.S. after which, I provided home visits to canine patients in the GTA.

I also recently completed two years of voluntary work in the rehabilitation department of the Toronto Wildlife Centre, which admits over 270 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles annually. I live in north St. Catharines with my family, which includes Artie and Sally, two puppy mill rescues.