PulseVet Small Animal Advisory Board Members
Dr. Leilani Alvarez
Dr. Leilani Alvarez is the Director of Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and certified in veterinary acupuncture, canine rehabilitation, and advanced Chinese herbal medicine.
Dr. Alvarez graduated with high honors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center. She has been practicing integrative veterinary medicine for over a decade and leads a few traditional residency programs in canine sports med/rehab. In addition to running a busy integrative and rehabilitation practice, Dr. Alvarez is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, teaches interns and residents, and has published peer review articles and book chapters. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Her research interests include geriatric medicine, regenerative therapies, and joint supplements.
Dr. Alan Cross
Dr. Alan Cross is a small animal orthopedic surgeon based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Cross is a Past-President of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and has served on many professional committees in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. He is active in clinical research, mentoring interns and residents in private practice nationwide.
Dr. Cross obtained his DVM from the University of Tennessee after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Georgia and became an ACVS Diplomate in 1998. Dr. Cross was an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida prior to entering private practice.
Dr. Marti Drum
DVM, PhD, DACVSMR
Dr. Marti Drum is a Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her wide-ranging background in rehabilitation and sports medicine draws from her experience with multiple species, including horses, camelids, pigs, sheep, chickens, avian/exotic pets, zoo animals, and of course, dogs and cats. During the past 15 years, she has helped develop a busy academic rehabilitation practice serving working, sporting, and pet canines in the East Tennessee region.
In addition to teaching veterinary students at UT, she is also an instructor to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, physical therapists, and physical therapy assistants enrolled in the University of Tennessee Certificate Program for Canine Rehabilitation. She also lectures internationally on rehabilitation and sports medicine techniques, including shockwave therapy. She was recently recognized for her excellence in teaching by the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Drum received her DVM from Colorado State University in 2006. Dr. Drum also received a Ph.D. in Equine Orthopedics from the Colorado State University Equine Orthopedic Research Center in 2006, where her research focused on subchondral bone density mapping in racehorses and non-racing horses. She became an ACVSMR (canine) diplomate in 2012.
Dr. Michael P. Kowaleski
Dr. Kowaleski earned his DVM degree at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After several years in general practice, he completed his residency training in small animal surgery at Tufts University in a joint program with the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2002. He earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003 and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. He was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at The Ohio State University from August 2002-August 2007. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
He returned to Tufts in 2007 and currently is a Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2017, he became an American College of Veterinary Surgery Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery – Small Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy and fracture repair).
Dr. Kowaleski’s areas of clinical and research interest include arthroscopy, enhancement of fracture healing, external skeletal fixation, fracture repair, and orthopedic implants, total joint replacement, clinical and radiological assessment of limb alignment, osteoarthritis, peri-operative and chronic pain management, and the role of osteotomy in the management of the joint disease.
Dr. Carolina Medina
DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVCH, CVPP
Dr. Carolina Medina received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University in 2005. During 2005-2006, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage, and Food Therapy by the Chi University. In 2010, she became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and in 2013 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Medina held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Integrative Medicine at the University of Florida from 2008-2013. In 2006, she was one of the founders of both the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and has been an Associate Editor since its inception. She served on the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management from 2011-2015 and for the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians from 2012-2017.
She currently serves on the Board of St. George’s University Florida Chapter Alumni Association as the Treasurer. In 2019, Dr. Medina became a certified veterinary pain practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Medina lectures nationally and internationally about pain management, osteoarthritis, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Dr. Medina currently works at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Florida, focusing on pain management, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and sports medicine.
Dr. Pam Nichols
Dr. Pam Nichols is the founder of 6 successful veterinary hospitals and dog boarding/daycare facilities. Her newest hospital is Animal Care Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah, which opened in October of 2019.
Dr. Nichols earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University in 1996 and her CCRP in 2004. She has been in both general and rehabilitation practice ever since. Dr. Nichols is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor. She is certified to teach Meyers Briggs assessments for teams and individuals. She also enjoys coaching veterinary teams around the United States in performing at their best by utilizing the Meyers Briggs tools. She is passionate about mentoring to create high-functioning teams.
Dr. Nichols is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Italian, and is learning to speak French. As the current AAHA President, her goal is to improve the perceived value of veterinary medicine, veterinary practice teams, and, importantly, the public perception of accreditation by AAHA.
Dr. Janet Van Dyke
DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT
Dr. Janet Van Dyke, a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, completed her internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then owned and operated Veterinary Consultants, Inc., a mobile surgical practice focusing on canine orthopedics and sports medicine, with locations in New York, Chicago, and Michigan. Recognizing how many canine patients benefitted from rehabilitation therapy, she founded the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2002 to train and certify veterinary and physical therapy professionals in canine rehabilitation.
Dr. Van Dyke lectures internationally and regularly consults with veterinary and physical therapy boards on legislative issues related to veterinary rehabilitation. She has served on the boards of directors of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), where she served as President, and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), where she is Past President.
Dr. Van Dyke is a founding diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She served as chair of the Residency and Credentials Committee for four years, followed by the PR Committee for four years. In 2020 she helped establish the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Chapter of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.