Physical Rehabilitation For Cats & Dogs with Dr. Diane Paster

What Is Veterinary Rehabilitation?

Veterinary rehabilitation is similar to physical rehabilitation for humans.

Once a diagnosis has been made, the rehabilitation veterinarian combines physical medicine modalities such as hydrotherapy, LASER, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise with appropriate pain management to speed recovery and improve or maintain function in their patients. A rehabilitation trained veterinarian undergoes additional educations and testing to obtain certification in rehabilitation.

Dr. Diane Paster

Dr. Diane Paster


Dr. Diane Paster graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her experience includes both emergency medicine and general practice. Dr. Paster became a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline practices in 2004. Dr. Paster is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, a Certified Veterinary Vet Practitioner, and a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. Dr. Paster’s special interests include physical rehabilitation of postoperative and neurologic patients, canine sports medicine, and pain management. Dr. Paster has competed with her dogs in conformation, rally, and agility, and has recently begun nosework training.

Conditions Treated
  • Postoperative
  • Neurologic injury or disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Obesity
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Conditioning/injury prevention
  • Home exercise program design and instruction.
  • Underwater treadmill
  • Acupuncture/Electro-Acupuncture
  • Trigger point dry needling
  • Manual therapy/joint mobilizations
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • PEMF (Assisi Loop)
  • Assistive Devices
    • Wheelchair fitting
    • Harnesses/slings
    • Foot protection/traction assistance

Our Pledge

Every effort will be made to send patients to their primary care veterinarian during and after rehabilitation services. We ask that a referral form be sent from your clinic directly to us to ensure the patient is treated as your referral.

According to each individual clinic’s preference, the primary care veterinarian will be updated with the medical record each time a patient is seen for rehabilitation services including: hydrotherapy, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and rehabilitation exercises.

We promise to have timely and quality communication with updates.
Respect, compassion, and support for all of your doctors’ rehabilitation referral needs.
The Bark Avenue doctors and staff believe in supporting your clinic and services in any way that we can.

Please contact us if you have suggestions for improvements. We value your feedback and encourage you to use us as your resource for rehabilitation services. You may call the hospital at 480-210-5610 option 1 or e-mail

Gina Rapacki, Practice Manager

Ron Butler, Operations Manager

Get In Touch

Contact Us

Call: 480-210-5610 ext. 1
Text: 480-571-5008
Fax: 480-807-5542


3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

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Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sun: Closed

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Visit us at our convenient locations.

Bark Avenue Animal Hospital

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Noe's Ark Animal Hospital

717 N Lindsay Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Mesa Northeast Animal Hospital

1927 N. Gilbert Rd. Ste 2
Mesa, AZ 85203

Bark Avenue Pet Resort

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Bark Avenue Pet Supply

Mesa Location:
3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Gilbert Location:
835 W Warner Rd #111
Gilbert, AZ 85233