Sterling Impression Animal Rehabilitation Center of New England 2021. All rights reserved
Dr. Marjorie C. McMillan DVM, DACVR, CCRP
Additional Team Members
Carol Hetherington LicAc, MAOM, DiplOM - Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Reiki
Northeastern Coop - Kendall Marino
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1008 East Street, Walpole, MA 02081 | Email: SterlingImpression@gmail.com | Call: (508) 668 - 7946
STERLING IMPRESSION ANIMAL REHABILITATION
CENTER OF NEW ENGLAND
Cherie is the manager of the rehabilitation center. She graduated from Mount Ida College in 2010 with her degree in veterinary technology. Cherie previously worked at VCA South Shore,Weymouth in the emergency department. She interned at Sterling Impression in 2009 where she found her passion for animal physical rehabilitation. Cherie became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2011. She has a special interest in sports, and regenerative medicine such as PRP therapy, and stem cells. She also enjoys working with canine athletes for the Fitness and Fun program. Much of her career is also dedicated to teaching students. Cherie has two cats named Clover and Wrelic.
Cherie Parisi BS, CVT, CCRP
Dr. McMillan graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing for 45 years. In addition to specializing in avian medicine, Dr. McMillan is Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist which required internships at Angell Animal Medical Center, Tufts Veterinary School and University of California Davis.
With a deep fondness for geriatric dogs, Dr. McMillan began her coursework at The University of Tennessee in canine rehabilitation with the intention of improving the quality of life in senior dogs, dogs with orthopedic conditions and dogs with neurologic diseases. Her personal experience includes caring for her geriatric Labradors, Sterling and Norman, who both lived 16 years.
Currently Dr. McMillan has another yellow Labrador named Kyle.
How we started, and where we are now...
This center was created as a result of a longtime dream of Dr. Marjorie McMillan. She realized there had to be a better way to treat animals with lameness issues. She carried her 15 year old paralyzed, Labrador retriever named Sterling around for 2 years. That led to an interest in physical rehabilitation and her getting involved in coursework at the University of Tennessee Veterinary School.
Her experience with Sterling inspired Dr. McMillan to create the Water Wellness Center in order to provide state-of-the-art care for other pets with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
The University of Tennessee had been doing groundbreaking work in physical therapy for small animals. In June of 2003, Dr. McMillan successfully completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practioner (CCRP) program offered at the University of Tennessee. With the completion of the degree, she became one of the first thirty-six practionioners in the country!
In August 2004, the Water Wellness Center moved to its new location and was renamed Sterling Impression Animal Rehabilitation Center of New England. The center was named in memory of and dedicated to Sterling, Dr. McMillan’s Labrador retriever.
With the move we have acquired additional space and new equipment which includes a heated lap pool, Digatherm scans, and PRP treatments. In addition to new equipment we also have excellent staff members who not only enhance the center with their care and compassion but bring along expertise in the world of animal rehabilitation.
Kaitlyn Murphy BS - Veterinary rehabilitation assistant, part time
Cathy Symons CVT, CCRP - Pug Enthusiast, per diem, as needed
Kaitlyn graduated from UMass Amherst, previously Mount Ida College in 2020. She received a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology and interned with Sterling Impression, Canine New England, and Sleepy Dog Veterinary her senior year. She is in the process of obtaining her certified veterinary technician degree and will also pursue her certification to be a canine rehabilitation practitioner. Kaitlyn has five cats and two dogs named Shae and Gideon.
Cathy is also the author of Blind Devotion: Enhancing the Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs. She was inspired to write this book after her first pug, Booda, lost his sight at the age of seven. She also wrote a children's version Watching out for Digger. Cathy resides in the New England area with her husband and their pug, Mac.