Sterling Impression Animal Rehabilitation Center of New England 2017. All rights reserved
Dr. Marjorie C. McMillan DVM, DACVR, CCRP
Cathy, a certified veterinary technician, has been practicing in Massachusetts since 1986. She began her career at the Angell Animal Medical Center where she became the assistant supervisor of the radiology and nuclear medicine department. Cathy joined the staff of Windhover Veterinary Center in 1992 as the medical manager. While there, she was instrumental in establishing the first veterinary rehabilitation center in Massachusetts. Cathy helped to organize the most comprehensive veterinary rehabilitation team in New England. Much of Cathy's professional life is devoted to teaching students pursuing an interest in veterinary rehabilitation. In June 2003, Cathy became one of the first 36 individuals in the country to become certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. In 2007, Cathy was voted Home Town hero by Home Town Weekly (Walpole) for her dedication and compassionate treatment of patients. Cathy is the author of Blind Devotion: Enhancing The Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs and Watching out for Digger. Cathy also has a special interest in working with geriatric patients.
Carol Hetherington, Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine
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STERLING IMPRESSION ANIMAL REHABILITATION CENTER
Cherie is a graduate of Mount Ida College with her degree in veterinary technology. She balanced school with athletics by playing volleyball and basketball for Mount Ida. Cherie previously worked at VCA South Shore in Weymouth in the emergency department. She interned at Sterling Impression in 2009 and found her passion for animal physical rehabilitation. Cherie became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2011, and came on staff at Sterling Impression that same year. Cherie has a special interest in working with canine athletes.
How we got started, and where we are now.
This center was created as a result of a long time 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, 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.
The University of Tennessee has been doing groundbreaking work in physical therapy for small animals. As a result of her experience with Sterling, and a desire to provide state-of-the-art care for other pets with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, she and Cathy Symons created the Water Wellness Center.
In June of 2003, Dr. McMillan and Cathy successfully completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practioner (CCRP) program offered at the University of Tennessee. Becoming two of the first thirty six practionioners in the country.
In August of 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 lap pool with a whirlpool spa. In addition to new equipment we also have some new staff members who not only enhance the center with their care and compassion but bring along expertise in the world of animal rehabilitation.
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.
In 2003, she opened the first veterinary rehabilitation center in Massachusetts and continues to provide cutting edge care for dogs, cats and birds.