Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines

Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines is Santa Barbara's only free standing, full service animal rehabilitation facility led by certified professionals. In June of 2017, Karen Atlas, MPT, PT, CCRT, teamed up with Dr. Bill Otto, DVM, to open ARC and offer physical rehabilitation services to pets. ARC is fully equipped with the latest underwater treadmill, cold laser therapy (class 3b), therapeutic ultrasound, Alpha-Stimulation (CES and MET), pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF), electrical stimulation (NMES and TENS), as well as innovative land based exercise equipment.

about ARC highly active canine course


New course offering for 2018!

Assessment, Treatment, and injury prevention for the sporting and highly active canine


Education and collaboration in a destination location!


When & Where


Assessment, Treatment, and Injury Prevention for the Sporting and Highly Active Canine:
May 4-6, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA

"You have asked...we have answered.  
Advanced canine rehabilitation educational opportunities have arrived on the West Coast!"




Ria Acciani, mpt, CCRP

Ria Acciani holds a graduate degree in Physical Therapy.  She is a licensed physical therapist (PT) with 20 years experience in human therapy, and has specialized in canine rehabilitation for more than 16 years. Ria received her Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) degree from The University of St. Augustine, FL, and trained directly with Stanley V. Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Ria received her CCRP from the University of TN and was one of the first PTs in New Jersey to practice on dogs in 2000. She owns and operates with her husband David, Advanced Canine Rehabilitation (ACR), a practice that focuses on rehabilitation of performance and sporting dogs. 

Ria travels extensively to many regional, national, and international dog competitions, and works with top-level competitors.  Ria was selected as Official Therapist for the IFCS US Agility Team, and traveled to Bristol, England with the Team in 2010.  Ria returned to England with the Team in 2011, South Africa in 2012, Spain in 2013, and Hungary in 2014. Ria has also traveled with the AKC World Team to Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. She also traveled with the WAO World Team in Italy and England. Additionally, she provides instructional seminars for handlers and their dogs on a variety of topics so she can educate handlers how to prevent injury and enhance performance within their sport. 
Ria worked closely with Dr. Sherman Canapp and the VOSM group to establish the rehabilitation protocol for various shoulder and elbow conditions; which is successfully used at VOSM and in her own practice. Together with her husband they have published articles in Veterinary Surgery and Clean Run, and have presented at the International Rehabilitation Symposium in 2008 and 2010. Topics included shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, and modalities use in rehabilitation. Ria has been a core instructor at the Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR), and has taught with STAAR since 2010. Ria has also presented at the Animal Rehabilitation SIG for the APTA in Springfield, MA, Denver, CO, and at the APTA CSM 2017 in San Antonio, TX. She also is a member of the
APTA ARSIG task force.
Ria continues to practice in Warren, NJ. When not working with her clients, she spends time with her husband, 3 children who are swimmers, enjoys doing yoga, pilates, and hiking with her 2 border collies.



Course Location

For those of you who are not familiar with Santa Barbara... It is beautiful here! So come a few days early or stay late and give yourself a chance to learn and then unwind (or be active!) in this wonderful vacation destination!

Course Highlights

*16 Course Hours
*20 Attendees Maximum!
*Hands On Training with dogs
*Networking and Socializing
*Included Meals: Dinner Friday Night, Continental Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, Lunch on Saturday