CCFT Faculty


Darryl Millis

M.S., D.V.M., C.C.R.P.

Darryl Millis earned his D.V.M with Distinction from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University after receiving his Bachelors from Cornell and his Masters from the University of Florida. After receiving his D.V.M., Dr. Millis completed a small animal internship and surgery residency at Michigan State University. Presently an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, he also serves as the Surgery Section Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Dr. Millis is also board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

While fulfilling his duties at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Millis also finds time to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. In addition, he was 2001 Session Chair of the Postoperative Rehabilitation, 11th Annual ACVS Symposium, in Chicago, Il and served as the 2000 Orthopedic Chair for the 10th Annual ACVS Symposium held in Washington, D.C. Dr. Millis has been conducting research since 1985 and has been published in numerous journals including Veterinary Surgery and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.



David Levine

PT, PhD, DPT, Dip ABPTS Orthopedics, CCRP,Cert DN

Cline Chair of Excellence and UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, adjunct associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary medicine, and adjunct professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has published in numerous peer-reviewed veterinary journals and is co-editor of the books Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (2004, 2013) and Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats (2004).  
Books by David Levine, PhD, PT




Angela Witzel



  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - 2000
    Degree:  Honors Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - 2004
    Degree:  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - 2009
    Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy
    Major:  Comparative and Experimental Medicine with concentrations in nutrition and endocrinology
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN
    Residency in Small Animal Nutrition
Board Certification:
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition
Professional Societies:
  • Vice President of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
Research & Clinical Interests:
  • Canine and feline obesity
  • Feline diabetes mellitus
  • Adipose tissue endocrinology


Julie Albright

M.A., D.V.M., D.A.V.C.B.

Dr. Albright is the PetSafe Chair in Small Animal Clinical Behavior Research in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  With a BS in Psychology and an M.A. in Experimental Psychology prior to obtaining her DVM, Dr. Albright completed a three-year residency and one-year post-doctoral program in Animal Behavior at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Diplomate of College of Veterinary Behaviorists, with clinical interests in pets with aggression, anxiety, phobias, compulsive behaviors, and inappropriate elimination.



Lisa Blanchard


K9 Fitness Coach LLC
Lisa has had dogs her entire life. She began formally training dogs in 1991when she started her Labrador Retriever puppy, Sergei, in obedience classes. After one class she was hooked and thus began her foray into the dog showworld. Since then, she has been actively competing in multiple venues since1993. Sergei got her started competing in obedience and agility and from there she moved onto competing with Doberman Pinschers. With the Dobermans she has achieved titles in conformation, agility, rally, obedience, lure coursing and scent work. Her competition background has been acomplement to working with athletes.

Lisa started her formal journey into the world of canine physical rehabilitation because she felt that her own competition dogs were in need of bodywork. She became certified in canine massage therapy in 2004 whichsparked a desire to learn more, so she changed careers and became aLicensed Veterinary Technician and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the Universityof Tennessee's Canine Rehabilitation Program.

From the time of graduation in 2008 until July of 2016, Lisa worked exclusively in the field ofrehabilitation. In her quest to expand her knowledge base Lisa discovered the FitPAWS ® Master Trainer™ program. She was intrigue by how the program blended physical and mental fitness together to offer a“total” challenge to the dog. Lisa completed the FitPAWS®/University of Tennessee, CCFT (CertifiedCanine Fitness Trainer) program in 2016. She has since been added to the team of FitPAWS ® MasterTrainer Instructors and has joined FitPAWS ® full time as their Education Program Consultant. In heryears of veterinary practice Lisa has had the pleasure of working to help with the rehabilitation of familypets, service dogs, show dogs, and canine athletes. As a fellow competitor she understands canine sportsand their rigorous requirements.

Through her own business, K9 Fitness Coach LLC she develops customized fitness plans, seminars andclasses focusing on the importance of fitness, balance and core strength for the canine athlete. Her classesand seminars aim to teach the significance of injury prevention and stress the importance of foundationexercises and behavioral cues.Lisa has been married to her high school sweetheart Tom, since 1990. They enjoy traveling and ridingtheir Harley together. They share their house with 2 Dobermans, Rylan and Dante.



Leslie Eide

D.V.M., C.C.R.T.

Leslie graduated from Colorado State University's Veterinary School in 2006. She  completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine in Albuquerque, NM. She continued her education by becoming certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehab Institute with a focus in sports medicine. She continues to learn more about rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain management through daily practice and continuing education seminars.

In the agility world, Leslie has trained two dogs to their ADCH, one to ADCH Bronze, ATCH2, and MACH. Three of her dogs have qualified and competed at USDAA Nationals with multiple Grand Prix Semi-final runs. She currently competes with 3 dogs in agility. In her spare time, she competes in triathlons.

Leslie's interest in sports did not just begin with dog agility. At the age of 5 she began swimming competitively for her local summer league team. She competed in many national events placing 3rd in the 1994 U.S. Swimming National Junior Championship in the 200 Breast Stroke. Leslie went on to compete for the University of New Mexico Swim Team from 1996-2000. In 1998 she broke the school record in the 400 Individual Medley and held that record until 2002. During her time as a swimmer, she learned about exercise physiology, sports medicine, and physical therapy.




Sonnet Jarvis

D.V.M., C.C.R.T.

Sonnet Jarvis, DVM, CCRT (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) practiced small animal medicine in Phoenix for more than 14 years before opening her own physical rehabilitation clinic, Arizona Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation. With post-doctorate training in the diagnosis and management of pain and loss of function, she recognizes the importance of preventing joint breakdown, muscle strains, and injuries through fitness and nutrition.  Dr. Sonnet is certified as a personal trainer for people with the National Academy for Sports Medicine. She combines her knowledge of human fitness and exercise with her canine rehabilitation skills and veterinary medical expertise. Trained to evaluate your dog’s whole body for weakness, imbalance and dysfunction. Dr. Sonnet combines all elements of fitness including flexibility, strength training, balance and coordination, speed and quickness, plyometrics and endurance with proper nutrition to maximize your dog’s physical potential in one comprehensive fitness and conditioning program.

She specializes in core strengthening, custom weight loss programs, and corrective exercises. Dr. Sonnet offers fitness and conditioning seminars in Phoenix and southern Arizona. Dr. Sonnet is a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Sonnet has been featured on the internet show The Animal Rescuers for her work with rescue groups, and has been featured on NBC's Morning Show and CBS’s The List for her expertise in canine weight loss and exercise.



Bobbie Lyons

Cert. C.F.

Bobbie has been training and competing in agility with her dogs for over 12 years.  She has been teaching private lessons, online classes and workshops educating others on how to properly improve body awareness and strength in their K9 Athlete to prepare for and improve performance.  

Bobbie got started in K9 Fitness because she has a dog with a rotated pelvis that prevents him from fully extending his hind legs when jumping in agility. This structural issue put more stress on his shoulders, spine and pelvis which lends to injury. Because of this issue, Bobbie made it a priority to obtain the knowledge and skill necessary to keep him more comfortable, flexible and stronger so that he could enjoy the sport of agility without pain or discomfort. What she realized along the way was that Force was not aware of his feet and how to properly distribute his weight, nor did he have the core strength needed to support his poorly aligned pelvis.

Bobbie researched every book, video and class that she could find on massage, gait analysis, acupressure, canine rehabilitation and canine sports fitness. She made appointments, quizzed and gained relationships with rehabilitation veterinarians, osteopaths, chiropractors and canine physical therapists.  She immediately started implementing exercises suggested by these professionals not just for her structurally challenged dog but her healthy dogs too.   

After seeing the benefits of improved core strengthen, body awareness, and flexibility training in her own dogs, Bobbie taught her first class on Canine Conditioning in 2006. Teaching and working with dogs over the past nine years has given her the experience needed to develop a well-rounded program that anyone can do with a healthy dog.  After several years of teaching, Bobbie was able to show her program to Dr. Bianca Shaw of Back on Track Veterinary Rehabilitation Center. (The leading Rehab Vet in the Portland Metro Area) Bobbie now teaches private lessons within Dr. Shaw's clinic. 

In 2015, Bobbie contributed knowledge and experience to help design the FitPAWS® Master Trainer™ Program and became a FitPAWS Master Trainer "Instructor". Bobbie will be one of the instructors available to teach the FitPAWS Master Trainer Program when it is offered.   

Bobbie has completed the certification program for Canine Fitness through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She regularly shadows the rehabilitation staff at Oregon State University Veterinary Hospital in Corvallis Oregon.  In 2014 Bobbie attended the International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. In August 2014, she visited Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) and shadowed Doctors Sherman and Debra Canapp during diagnostic ultrasounds, gait analysis, TPLO surgery, initial and follow up exams and rehabilitation appointments. Bobbie will be headed back to VOSM in July of 2015.  Bobbie is always looking for ways to better help her clients, further her knowledge and foster referrals to and from veterinarians. She is black belt in taekwondo and I come from a body building background.

Bobbie works with The Joys of Living Assistance dogs, starting puppies at 8 weeks of age and working with them until 2 years old to lay the foundation work for proper movement and muscle engagement for any task asked of them. The program for each dog is adjusted depending on what will be expected of the dog.  

Bobbie’s Canine Conditioning workshops and classes are held all over the northwest and across the county. She started teaching in the Daisy Peel Classroom in January of 2012.  Bobbie also has co-taught injury prevention and rehabilitation classes with Dr Debbie Gross of Wizard of Paws. Bobbie's classes fill mostly by referral.  Please see the testimonial tab for student and colleague references. She is also a black belt in taekwondo and comes from a body building background.



Filippo Orsenigo Teti


Product Manager for
Filippo’s passion for dog sports started about 13 years ago when his hobby turned very soon into a career path focused on canine sports. He first began as rescue dog handler but his interest for other sports activities brought him to enthusiastically approach among others disciplines disc dog in particular and lately agility dog. He is product manager for selecting innovative canine gear for this company specialized in on-¬line sale of high quality products for canine sports.

His passion and expertise obtained in dog competitions, made him start using canine conditioning equipment for dog fitness training. Filippo is the first European to have attended and completed the FitPAWS Master Trainer program and CCFT. Today he teaches in seminars and private lessons to spread the knowledge of Canine Cross Training both in Italy and Europe and with his two dogs Flanella (English Springer Spaniel) and Lana (Border collies) work to test and research new exercise and programs for conditioning the sporting dogs.




Darrell Wilkerson

FEMS Instructor - Search and Rescue

Darrell Wilkerson is a US veteran and career firefighter. He began his mission of training working dogs as an extension of his fire and rescue career through his own small business in 2006. Darrell has dedicated his career to recruiting, training and deploying highly skilled canine teams for numerous local, state, federal and international canine programs.

Darrell is a former Canine Instructor and Trainer for Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Center, he has served as a canine trainer for various agencies providing detection and patrol dogs for international contracts, served as a member of a federal US&R task force as a canine search specialist, served as a canine instructor for FEMA, a Canine Coordinator for a state US&R task force, and has certified and deployed his own canines on multiple disaster missions. He served on the canine sub-committee for the State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance for several years, is a graduate of the National SAR School, a certified instructor for a variety of specialty rescue disciplines, served as the training officer for his local fire department, and continues to work closely with law enforcement agencies to enhance their canine detection resources.

Darrell has written and presented courses designed to enhance the canine resources for Urban Search and Rescue teams across the country and delivered additional canine courses internationally

Darrell was the co- founder of a successful non-profit organization established in TN. He has been instrumental in developing canine programs for other national non-profit organizations including organizations dedicated to providing, urban search and rescue teams, service dogs for physical disabilities, and organizations dedicated to providing service dogs for individuals with psychological disorders.

Darrell currently serves on the Sports Medicine Advisory Council for the University Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. While his primary focus is on injury prevention and maintaining dog’s in peak performance condition, he is equally dedicated to advancing and improving canine rehabilitation should an injury occur.

Darrell is extremely passionate about ensuring working dogs are properly conditioned and appropriately prepared to meet the operational performance expectations demanded of our nation’s canine resources. He dedicates his time to researching, developing, and enhancing canine injury prevention and maintenance programs. Using his own experience and knowledge gained from operational missions, gathering information from his strong professional networks in a variety of canine related disciplines, Darrell hopes to advance and extend the working life of our nation’s canine partners.



Anthony Woerner

P.T.A., C.C.R.P.

Anthony Woerner has always felt an innate connection with the animals he has interacted with in his life.  From his varied background and experience, he has developed the unique ability to understand breed specifics, structure, and movement.  He uses his broad based knowledge to understand the whole picture behind every canine he sees.

His canine experience began by training sporting dogs and avalanche dogs. He worked for eleven years as a Level A dog team with “Whiskey” at Deer Valley Ski Resort (click link to watch a movie) and as a Wasatch Backcountry Rescue dog evaluator and mentor.

His path to canine rehab and fitness continued while working in human outpatient orthopedics at MountainTop Physical Therapy in Park City where he specializes in treating Park City’s vigorous and athletic people. He attended theUniversity of Tennessee Veterinary School where he achieved the Certification of Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.  By combining his in-depth knowledge from working with both human and canine patients, he has achieved an excellent understanding of structure and movement. He continues to study canine medicine as a veterinary technician.

Anthony joined the practice at Amor Animal Hospital as the Canine Rehab specialist.  His hands-on approach to treatment give all his patients, from the family pet to the elite canine athlete, a return to a healthy lifestyle.  He listens to his clients, both canine and owner, and creates a plan specifically designed to meet their needs and works within their lifestyle. In addition to rehab, Anthony develops fitness and conditioning programs, teaches canine fitness seminars, and has completed the Master Trainer program for FitPAWS.