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.


Carolyn Fischer, C.C.M.T. (Certified Canine Massage Therapist)

Carolyn has loved animals all her life. She was so interested in working at Aqua Dog that when she saw Petra’s car (advertising Aqua Dog) in the parking lot of Walmart she ran up to her and asked for a job. That was 2 ½ years ago and Carolyn is still passionate about her job. She truly loves animals (and humans) and this shows in her work. Under Petra and Dr. Kris’ tutelage she has developed a keen eye for analyzing gait and adjusting a dog’s program accordingly. She has completed coursework and trained with Petra and Kris for canine massage. In addition to on-the-job training, Carolyn completed comprehensive training and received her certification as Canine Massage Therapist from the Brandenburg Massage Therapy school.  Carolyn is also head of our “marketing department”. She always has creative and original ideas to market our services. Carolyn shares her life with Lady, a mixed breed, Nevil, a Jack Russell Terrier and two cats, Addy and Andy.



Jessica has been nurturing her canine handling skills and her understanding of our best friends since early childhood. Jessica's family has competed with and raised Flat Coated Retrievers and Irish Red and White Setters since 1997. It only seemed natural that she would join her mom to compete in the world of dog sports.

Jessica enjoys showing her Setters and Retrievers in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally Obedience. She currently has two Breed Champions: Sophie, a Flat Coated Retriever and Ruger, her Irish Red and White Setter. She has shown at Westminster and earned two Rally Novice Ttitles with Reba and Phoenix, her Flat Coated Retrievers. Jess's creative side took her to California to study welding. But her heart belonged to her dogs so she returned home to continue her independent studies on canines. In her free time she loves reading, welding and working with her dogs, especially Ruger.