Donna LaRocque, BScPT, CAFCI, CCRT, CERT
Donna LaRocque graduated from the University of Alberta in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and has worked continuously in the field of physiotherapy in Alberta since graduation. Donna’s primary interest resides in the area of orthopaedics and chronic pain. This has led her to attend numerous post graduate courses and intensive training in orthopaedics, manual therapy, acupuncture and pain management over the last 30 years. Since 1985, Donna has been engaged in private practice physiotherapy in Alberta, both as clinic owner as well as a consultant physiotherapist. She has been heavily involved in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Private Practice Division, as well as the former Alberta Physiotherapy Association.
Donna became interested in rehabilitation for animals when her own animals sustained injuries and she experimented with applying human physiotherapy techniques to try to manage their pain. When the Canadian Horse and Animal Physical Therapists Association initiated talks with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), Donna discovered that there was a career option for treating animals and she started taking courses in canine and equine rehabilitation in 2005. Donna has worked with animals since that time. She completed her Certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2009, and is eligible for her Certification in Equine Rehabilitation Therapy through the Animal Rehabilitation Institute (both in the USA). Donna has been on the executive board of the Animal Rehab Division of the CPA since 2005, and is an instructor for the division’s Introduction to Canine Rehab course.
She currently provides ongoing rehabilitation support to her two geriatric golden retrievers.