About Healing Paws

Healing-Paws-signHow far would you go to keep your dog happy and healthy, tail wagging and eyes bright with play? 800 miles – that's how far Dr. Jeff Corey went for a German Shepherd named Ike and he wasn't even Jeff's dog.

But Dr. Corey, a veterinarian, certified rehabilitation therapist and one of only about 350 people to earn certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), literally went the distance for his patient, driving Ike from Rhode Island to a specialized boarding rehabilitation center in North Carolina when the dog's owner wasn't able. It was that kind of compassion and commitment to his animal clients that prompted Dr. Corey to open Healing Paws in Providence's Armory district in 2005.

As Rhode Island’s first and only full-service veterinary rehabilitation center, Healing Paws is dedicated to giving all its animal patients a second chance at a healthy and happy life with their human “families” through a full range of veterinarian-supervised therapies including acupuncture, laser therapy, hydro-therapy and massage.  Healing Paws is the only veterinary rehabilitation center with a veterinarian on-staff in Rhode Island, ensuring thorough and proper care for patients.

"Because I'm a veterinarian I know what can be expected from, say, a post-operative patient. I have a better sense of what hurdles there are for each individual animal and I'm able to start the rehab process with a full physical exam," says Dr. Corey. "Several times a year I pick up on conditions that might not have otherwise been discovered and whether or not it's directly related to the rehab, successful treatment for the problem is more likely if it's caught early."  

That expertise, combined with the personal dedication of the staff and the great lengths they'll go to for their patients, is what makes Healing Paws the premier choice in Southern New England for veterinary rehabilitation.  Since Healing Paws was founded, Dr. Corey and his staff have cared for hundreds of furry friends, adding not only more years to their lives, but more life in their years.

dr-jeff-corey-healing-pawsAbout Dr. Corey

Dr. Jeff Corey is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has extensive experience practicing in both the emergency and small animal day clinic settings.  But he has found his true passion in the rehabilitation specialty.

Dr. Corey earned his certification for acupuncture (cVMA) from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is also one of only about 350 people to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Corey’s affinity for healing four-legged friends began when he got his first pet at 10 years old.  After finding an injured cat while on a family vacation in Cape Cod, he talked his parents into bringing the cat home and later named him Toby.  He didn't get his first dog until years later, when he was in veterinary school - he adopted Milo after the dog had been hit by a truck.  His next dog, Zoe, had suffered a similar accident before luck turned on her side and Dr. Corey took her in.  A mixed breed dog named Tucker is Dr. Corey's most recent adoptee.  He joins a buzzing household that also includes Dr. Corey's wife Siobhan, their young sons Liam and Hayden, and two cats.



emily-dog-healing-pawsEmily LeBlanc, Hospital Manager / Veterinary Technician

After growing up in Wickford, Rhode Island, Emily attended the University of New Hampshire. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelors in Wildlife Management. She then worked as a vet tech in a small animal clinic for four years before making the switch to Healing Paws in 2009.

Emily now lives in Narragansett with her husband, Phil, and two young children, Luke and Mackenzie, and their Australian Cattle Dog, Dink.



ALLISON-DOG-HEALING-PAWSAlison Fodor, Veterinary Technician

After growing up in Rhode Island, Alison attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in Animal Sciences: Bioscience and Technology. She moved to San Diego after graduation and began working at a pharmaceutical company in the in-vivo lab. After realizing that wasn't for her, she started a job as a veterinary receptionist at The Animal and Bird Hospital. After only a few months she moved to a busy 5-doctor, 24-hour practice and became a veterinary technician.

In 2006 Alison decided to begin her career in animal rehabilitation. She attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2007 while working at the Animal Acupuncture & Rehabilitation Center in California. Alison moved back east in September 2009 and joined Healing Paws in June 2010.

She resides in East Providence with Jezebel, J.J, Peg and Pia her 4 cats, and Ezekiel, her turtle.




Best Vet Rehab Center, 2007 - 2014
Best Animal Massage Therapist, 2010-2014
Best Pet Acupuncturist, 2010-2011
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