About Us

We see a variety of complicated cases from pre-op, post-op, to no-op. We help dogs recover from surgeries. We also provide non-surgical options to many ailments. At Walking Paws Rehab we focus on complimentary medicine combining both holistic and conventional medicine to offer the best care.

The Walking Paws Team

veterinarian

Dr. Danyel Wynn

DVM, CCRT, CVMA, CVPP, CAPM

Hi there!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope I could be of service to you, your family, and your special loved ones. A little about me… I started my career working at an equine rehabilitation center. We would rehabilitate injured or abused horses and once healed train them to help special needs children through hippotherapy. This is where my passion for helping animals began and what motivated me to pursue my degree. I received my bachelors in physiology and veterinary science from the University of Arizona. Throughout college I worked as a veterinary technician at a wonderful practice in Tucson. I also performed research at the Arizona Cancer Center where I researched drug development to prevent the migration of ovarian cancer.

After graduating I moved to Colorado to pursue my doctorates in veterinary medicine at the amazing Colorado State University.  Shortly after passing boards I worked in South Africa in wildlife anesthesiology. Through my time in Africa I was able to treat rhinos, lions, giraffes, wildebeests, monkeys, zebra, sables, etc. It was a great experience that taught me to think outside the box with my patients. Upon returning to the US I started working in general practice while pursuing my specialization in rehabilitation and medical based acupuncture. I received my rehabilitation degree through Canine Rehabilitation Institute, acupuncture certification through Colorado State University, and massage certification through International Academy of Medical Massage for Animals. I then completed the 5 year training to become a certified veterinary pain practitioner and pursued further training in orthotics and prosthetics.

I transitioned from general practice to working as a rehabilitation veterinarian at one of the local rehab clinics. Shortly after starting I was promoted to medical director in which I developed a training program for all new doctors and technicians. I mentored for Canine Rehabilitation Institute and taught for Bel Rea Community College. While working as medical director I developed my vision for a dream practice. I dreamt of a practice that offered the latest medicine with some of the brightest doctors. A team trained to perform thorough exams and whom embodied the skill set to see some of the most challenging cases. A compassionate practice that could help many in need and give back to the community. I dreamt of working in Boulder, one of the most pet friendly communities in the nation. Then, in 2016 I decided to stop dreaming and make this practice a reality… Walking Paws Rehab- A place where we help pets get back on their paws! 

Years later our team has grown and so have our specialties. We focus heavily on continuing education, team work, and taking the time for each individual patient. 

I welcome everyone to the practice. If you are looking for someone to help with your aging or injured pet please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Dr. Erica Kirsch

DPT, CCRT

Dr. Erica Kirsch received her undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Realizing she wanted to work more directly with patients she went on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then practiced in human physical therapy, working with a wide variety of patient populations with a focus in geriatrics. Dr. Kirsch has always loved working with animals and volunteered at an animal shelter on a regular basis when she wasn’t seeing patients. Knowing her true calling to be in animal rehabilitation, she then became a certified canine rehabilitation therapist in 2016 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has been helping four legged patients ever since.


Dr. Kirsch has a passion for providing quality physical therapy services to help pet’s maintain and improve their mobility. She values collaboration with local veterinarians to provide comprehensive care for her clients and patients. She is constantly learning and advancing her knowledge to be a better therapist. She has furthered her training in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound to be able to help her patients even more. Dr. Kirsch particularly loves helping older pets regain some of their spark! Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time climbing, camping, and hiking with her husband and dog.

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Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Allison Cotter

DVM, CVMA, CCRT, FFCP

Dr. Allison brings a great amount of knowledge and passion to her patients. She is known for her commitment and dedication to the rehabilitation and pain management field; continuously learning and making sure her patients are well taken care of. 

Dr. Allison Cotter received her bachelors and veterinary degree from the prestigious Colorado State University graduating in the top of her class. While completing her veterinary degree, she obtained her certification in veterinary acupuncture. She then completed a rigorous internship in emergency, internal medicine, and surgery. Following her internship, she enjoyed 6 years working in general practice in San Diego. During this time, she completed her certification in Fear Free handling ensuring that her patients can receive top medical care while remaining stress free. 

She has always had a passion for pain management and keeping pets active in order to live long healthy lives. Once discovering all that rehabilitation can offer patients, she excitedly pursued this field through Canine Rehabilitation Institute. 

At Walking Paws Rehab she finds it incredibly rewarding seeing patients with difficulty walking learn to run again. She is well known for getting patients to fall asleep in her acupuncture sessions, even when it’s their first appointment. If your loved one ends up on Dr. Allison’s schedule, rest assure, they are in good hands.

Dr. Rebecca Hall

DVM, CVA, CCRT

Dr. Rebecca Hall was born into a military family and has spent much of her life traveling and moving to new places around the world.  Her dream of becoming a veterinarian started very early in life as she looked up to her father- a retired veterinarian. She received her bachelors of science in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and then went on to receive her doctorates of veterinary medicine from Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies, in 2005.  She then went on to the University of Georgia for her clinical years where she feel in love with emergency medicine and critical care. 

Immediately after graduating she was afforded the opportunity to join a large emergency and referral hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she practiced for 5 years and gained invaluable emergency experience.  In 2010, she moved back to Colorado and worked in Boulder at a large emergency referral hospital.  Then in 2013, she had the opportunity to go back to Ross University and teach at her alma mater.  

Dr. Rebecca completed her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).  This training really allowed Rebecca the opportunity to see how much of a difference can be made in the lives of animals that deal with chronic pain.  This path quickly lead to a thirst for more knowledge in rehabilitation from orthopedic and neurological injuries to chronic debilitating pain from osteoarthritis. In 2016 she relocated back to Colorado and joined another large referral and emergency center in Littleton, Colorado.  During her time there she completed the Canine Rehabilitation Institute course to become certified in canine rehabilitation.  She completed her training for that certification with an internship under Dr. Danyel Wynn at Walking Paws Rehab and shortly after joined the team.  

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys all that beautiful Colorado has to offer from hiking and camping, to snowboarding and cross country skiing with her dog every chance she gets.  She is an avid yogi and spends as much time outside in nature as possible.

Rebecca is known at Walking Paws Rehab for her huge heart, empathy, and compassion. She is a great listener and is very thorough in understanding the whole picture with each one of her patients.  If your pet works with Rebecca rest assure they are with a doctor with a lot of experience, but who also cares greatly.

canine rehab therapist
Dr. Cassie Swafford

Dr. Cassie Swafford


DPT, CCRT

Dr. Cassie Swafford graduated from the Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Neuroscience and Zoology. She has long desired to work with animals and worked in a bioacoustics laboratory in college. Though she originally planned to go to veterinary school, she discovered the field of physical therapy after sustaining an injury that put her in PT as a patient for over a year. She ultimately decided to attend physical therapy school, drawn to the unique healing aspect of the field and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with patients. She attended Duke University for physical therapy school, graduating with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. 

Dr. Swafford spent several years as a hospital-based physical therapist, helping her human patients recover from neurological and cardiovascular illnesses and injuries. She found it very rewarding helping people walk again and wanted to transfer those same skillsets over to animals. Knowing her true passion was to work with animals in a rehabilitative setting, she started her canine rehab certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and began working with dogs as a pool-based hydrotherapist. Her practice saw a variety cases including patients in orthotics and prosthetics, neurologic, and orthopedic conditions. 

She completed her certification through an internship with Dr. Wynn and Dr. Kirsch and instantly felt at home at Walking Paws Rehab! Dr. Wynn, being incredibly impressed by Dr. Cassie, recruited her onto the team. Shortly after Dr. Cassie moved from Washington to the beautiful Colorado. 

Dr. Cassie is known for her cheerful personality, huge smile, and dedication to learning. She has pursued many courses including canine massage, Walkin Wheels certification, and Class IV therapeutic laser certification. During her free time, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and hiking in the mountains with her partner and dogs. Dr. Swafford is thrilled to be a part of the Walking Paws Rehab team and to help pets live their fullest lives!

Kerry Kilgannon

MSc Vet Physio, EEBW, MRAMP, MNAVP

Kerry joins us from the United Kingdom where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science followed by her Master’s degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy.  Her private practice experience included a variety of four-legged patients including rabbits, cats, horses and dogs. She incorporates manual therapies, rehabilitative exercise, laser, ultrasound, pulsed magnetic field therapy, muscle stimulation and other electrotherapies into her treatments. She has also completed additional training in canine hydrotherapy, utilizing both the pool and water treadmill for achieving various rehabilitation goals. She was also one of the in-house veterinary physiotherapists for a specialist Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy centre. 

Kerry’s philosophy is to treat each patient holistically, focusing on the patient as an individual while encompassing the whole body, not just focusing on a specific diagnosis. 

One of Kerry’s most treasured experiences was working with a team of highly skilled rehabilitation veterinarians in Santiago, Chile where she saw a varied caseload of neurological and orthopedic conditions. Always up for a challenge, Kerry had fun learning to communicate with owners (and pets!) in Spanish.

Kerry has a passion for helping guardians help their pets. Her Master’s thesis investigated how therapists can improve their own communication skills to help ensure that owners feel empowered to perform home exercise programs with their pets in order to help improve their recovery. 

Always keen to grow and develop, Kerry brings a huge amount of dedication to our field and patients. She is highly praised in field of veterinary physiotherapy and brings a unique set of experiences to her patients.

In her free time, Kerry enjoys getting to know beautiful Colorado and exploring all the hiking trails it has to offer. Having a love of horses in combination with her competitive nature, Kerry is also itching to get back in the saddle! However, once settled, her first order of business is finding a dog to adopt who is in need of a loving and caring home.

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massage therapist

Phoebe Cook

Certified Canine Massage Therapist and Canine Rehab Assistant

Phoebe has been passionate about animals her whole life. Phoebe grew up in a small town in Maryland where her family lived on a farm for most of her childhood. There was never a time where her family didn’t have a pet in their home. She ventured in pet sitting and fostering dogs and cats while in college.

In 2019, she moved across the country to Boulder to start a new adventure. When she moved here, she was eager to find a career that she’d be passionate about and has found that at Walking Paws Rehab. She furthered her skills in canine massage through the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.

Phoebe loves getting to know all the wonderful clients and patients at Walking Paws and seeing them progress from appointment to appointment. She has a warm, calm demeanor that dogs relax around. Patients love her back rubs, constant treats, and praise. When you enter the progress you can guarantee you will meet Phoebe with a smile. She never misses greeting a pet with a smile, pet, and hug.

Dasch receiving gentle massage for Pet Rehab session.

Multidisciplinary Approach

The Walking Paws team brings together specialists from many backgrounds. We have physical therapists that bring knowledge from human medicine. And veterinarians that are be able to make a diagnosis, prescribe medications or supplements, and treat diseases. 

Collaborative Health

Our team of specialists work closely with your veterinarian to ensure the best care for your loved one. We pride ourselves in a team approach amongst all caregivers, including you, in deciding whats best for your pet. Our goal is to help you reach your goal for your pet.

Canine receiving hip treatment for Pet Rehab session.