We welcome to the podcast Dr. Francisco Maia PT, DPT, CCRT,  the K9PT!!  Dr. Maia talks about his introduction into canine rehabilitation, the path to certification, his need to educate others about the specialty, and how physical therapists and other rehab professionals can advocate for the ability to provide canine rehabilitation nationally. 

Biography: Dr. Francisco Maia PT, DPT, CCRT

Dr. Francisco Maia is a Physical Therapist who specializes in Canine Rehabilitation. Born and raised in Brazil, Francisco moved to the United States in 2005. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science from IUPUI in 2009. Dr. Maia graduated with his DPT from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. In 2014 after spending two years as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist Dr. Maia first heard about canine rehab from a colleague. In a matter of a month he signed up for the certification courses to specialize in canine rehab and finished in early 2015 with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. As the time went by, he realized that a subset of the canine population was missing the benefits of canine rehabilitation due to a variety of reasons. These included difficulty going to a clinic due to pet owners’ busy schedule, difficulty with transportation, or a decline in pet’s mobility. Dr. Maia started reaching out to other PT’s through his blog on what canine rehab is and how to experience this arena of practice. In 2016 he joined the faculty team at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, teaching courses in canine rehabilitation to physical therapists and veterinarians going through their certification. In 2017, he decided to combine his experience in home health physical therapy with canine rehabilitation, and TheK9PT opened for business.

Dr. Francisco Maia Business Page: https://www.thek9pt.com/home/

 Dr. Francisco Maia Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/theK9PT/

Dr. Francisco Maia Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/thek9pt/

Dr. Francisco Maia Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/thek9pt

Dr. Francisco Maia Youtube Page: K9PT YOUTUBE PAGE

Canine Physical Therapists Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/254473941752977/ 

Animal Rehabilitation SIG: https://www.orthopt.org/content/special-interest-groups/animal-rehabilitation 

Canine Rehabilitation Institute: http://www.caninerehabinstitute.com/

Northeast Seminars: https://www.neseminars.com/ 

“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek: https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone-ebook/dp/B002Q6XUE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535168621&sr=8-1&keywords=start+with+why 

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