Introducing Leilani Alvarez


Meet Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT, as she and Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, set the stage for their discussion on ECSW therapy

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Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Hey, everyone, welcome to VetPerspective. My name is Dr. Adam Christman, Chief Veterinary Officer here at Fetch and DBM 360. And we're gonna be talking about extra corporal shockwave therapy in veterinary medicine. We're gonna give a big shout out to our friends here over at Zomedica as well as PulseVet. And our special guest is Dr. Leilani Alvarez. How are you, my friend?

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: I'm great, thanks so much for having me.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: I'm so glad you're here. I'm so excited to learn all about shockwave therapy. I know you are as well. So we're really gonna be chatting about the history, application, administration side effects, machine comparisons, and comparing it with laser therapy as well, 'cause I know we have a lot of questions about that too. So a little bit of information about our wonderful colleague here, Dr. Leilani Alvarez. She's the director of the Tina Santy Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Service, and head of the Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine Department at the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center of New York City. Dr. Alvarez is one of few specialists worldwide that is board certified in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. She's been practicing rehabilitation medicine for over 15 years. Her advanced training specializes her skills in diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries, such as joint injuries, ligament and tendon tears, and spinal injuries. Dr. Alvarez utilizes integrative medicine, which combines modern conventional approaches with complementary and alternative medicine. And she is the 2017 recipient of a very prestigious John Sherman Award for Excellence in Veteran Rehabilitation. Congratulations, by the way.

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: Oh, thanks.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: That's fantastic. She leads one of only five accredited residencies nationwide for training residents in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Her research interests include soft tissue and sports injuries, geriatric medicine, joint supplements, and nutraceuticals. And a little birdie tells me that you're running the New York City Marathon.

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: I am.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Wow, congratulations.

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: I'm terrified actually. (laughing)

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: You might need a little shockwave therapy after this.

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: Yeah, likely.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: And you're also writing a book, right?

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: Yep, yep. I'm writing a book on, it's gonna be the handbook of canine exercise therapy. It'll be the first of its kind. We're excited.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Oh, congratulations. It's not easy writing a book. So that's fantastic.

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