Michelle Rupp, VMD, CCRT, FFCP
Director of Rehabilitation
Dr. Michelle Rupp, VMD, CCRT is a veterinarian with training in acupuncture and a rehabilitation veterinarian. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Bioscience and a minor in Microbiology in 1992. Dr. Rupp received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She completed her training in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2004 through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and received her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) in 2011. Dr. Rupp currently holds active veterinary licenses in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
Dr. Rupp has practiced in several areas of veterinary medicine including industry and general practice; however, her passions are acupuncture and rehabilitative medicine. “I love that Rehabilitative Medicine gives me the opportunity to improve the lives of our geriatric pet population. So many pets that in the past would have been euthanized for issues related to quality of life can now continue on happily with their families in relative comfort.” Dr. Rupp enjoys getting to spend more quality time with her patients and clients which helps her to understand the needs of each patient/family and tailor the treatment plans accordingly. Dr. Rupp was the previous Director of Rehabilitation at Saint Francis Veterinary Center from 2018 to 2019. She is the former Director of Rehabilitation at VCA Wellington Animal Hospital (Newtown Square, PA), Rehab Department Head – Mount Laurel Animal Hospital (Mount Laurel, NJ), Travel Rehabilitation Veterinarian for NVA hospitals (Princeton Animal Hospital, Cherry Hill Animal Hospital, St. George Hunt Memorial Medical Center, King of Prussia Veterinary Hospital) and owner of a small hobby rehabilitation practice (All Good Pets – Lansdale, PA)
Dr. Rupp’s practice philosophy is to develop a rehabilitation team that consists of doctor and family discussion, regular veterinary assessments and progressive treatment plans based on the patient’s response to treatment. She has a large number of modalities in her toolbox, so non-response to a particular treatment plan can be adjusted with different modalities until a plan is developed that is tolerable to the patient and results in meaningful progress. Dr. Rupp uses: acupuncture, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), LASER, therapeutic ultrasound, shockwave therapy, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Alpha Stim (microcurrent therapy), therapeutic exercises, Underwater Treadmill (UWTM), vibrational therapies and Reiki. A typical therapy session consists of the use of 3-4 modalities combined within the session. Treatment cost is by the hour regardless of what or how many modalities are used.
Dr. Rupp’s family consists of her husband (Peter), daughter (Emily), a Rhodesian Ridgeback (Bella), a domestic longhair cat (Grady), a domestic shorthair cat (Teo) and 1 guinea pig (Dori). She enjoys reading, knitting, stained glass, beadwork and special needs advocacy.