Petra Ford, P.T., C.C.R.T. (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)

Petra graduated from UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions 20 years ago with a degree in physical therapy and has experience working with an extremely varied caseload including pediatric through geriatric clients with a vast range of diagnoses. Her areas of expertise include in-patient rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurology. Petra attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2007 and is a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Petra is fully certifies in Canine Acupressure and is a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. Petra raced bicycles at the professional level and participated in international events.  She is now an avid runner, competing in half marathons and she practices yoga.

Petra has trained and trialed her Labrador Retrievers in obedience, agility, field and nosework.  Her black Labrador Retriever, Tyler, has the distinction of being the 2008 and 2009 National Obedience Champion and First Runner Up in 2010. In 2012, Petra and Tyler became the first American team to win the Obedience World Cup (they placed second in 2010).  Petra’s dogs have earned field titles (MH, QAA). Currently she is competing at the Master’s Level in agility with Zaidan. Zeal has earned his OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion) in Obedience and was Second Runner Up at the 2017 National Obedience Championship. Petra has written several articles on canine conditioning, canine injury prevention, competing with your dog and more.  She has been published in a number of magazines including Clean Run, Front and Finish, and Whole Dog Journal.

Kristine A. Conway, D.V.M. C.C.R.T. (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)

Kristine graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.  She worked in St.Croix USVI and New Jersey practices before settling at Hodes Veterinary Group in 1994.  In 2006, while swimming her dogs, her interest in canine rehabilitation was piqued. Kristine’s clients, looking for alternatives to drugs to improve their pets’ quality of life, further motivated her to seek an education in canine rehabilitation.  She attended the University of Tennessee’s “fast track” program for canine rehabilitation in July 2007.  Shortly thereafter, she opened Aqua Dog Rehabilitation, LLC with Petra Ford. In 2011, Kristine attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to complete her certification in canine rehabilitation. Whenever Kris has a moment , she is tweaking her dogs skills in AKC obedience and Internationale Prufungs-Ordnung (formerly known as Schutzhund). To date Nuku UD IPO II is semi retired at 10 working on her FH. Tonga is a double ccl boy, who at 7 has achieved his IPO III and is actively working on his UDX,FH and continuing competitions in IPO III. Yaga CDX, IPO II is 3 and is working on his UD and IPO III. In her spare time, Kris likes to work in her perennial gardens and take her dogs hiking or swimming.


Anita Zack, C.C.M.T. (Certified Canine Massage Therapist)

Anita has been working with dogs for over 20 years.  She used to run a sled dog team, competing in local and out-of-state races.  She is an obedience instructor, a professional groomer, boards dogs in her home and is a canine massage therapist.  She has been working side by side with Petra and Dr. Kris since Aqua Dog opened more than seven years ago. Her extensive experience with dogs combined with a thirst for knowledge has made Anita an invaluable asset to the Aqua Dog team. Anita has a special, soothing touch with all dogs and is patient and knowledgeable with the owners. Anita truly loves dogs and her work at Aqua Dog. She continues her education attending a variety of seminars and workshops in the related fields. In addition to on-the-job training, Anita completed comprehensive training and received her certification as Canine Massage Therapist from the Brandenburg Massage Therapy school. 

 In her free time, Anita volunteers by singing to residents at a local nursing home.  She also enjoys walking, training and playing with her dogs.   Anita shares her life with Tassi, a Border Collie; Hannah, a Samoyed, and a cat named Dobi.


Patty, OPCLC Certified

Patty is a welcome and well-rounded addition to the Aqua Dog family. Patty has over 12 years’ experience working with and caring for pets and comes from an extensive Business Management background. She owned her own dog walking and pet sitting business for many years. She is OPCLC Certified (Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center). The certification includes pet first aid and CPR, handling medications, internal and external disorders common in pet care facilities, infectious diseases, nutrition, and caring for the senior pet. Her passion and love for dogs can be seen by how she treats each dog at Aqua Dog like it’s her own. In her free time Patty enjoys artistic endeavors including drawing, painting, sewing and interior design. She also enjoys going to estate sales and auctions in search of vintage clothing. Patty is the proud mommy of two highly loved Chinese Cresteds, Rosey and Chandler.