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.

Microcurrent Electrical Therapy


Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) and Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) both use a very specific, small wavelength of electricity (less than 1 mA). Here at ARC, we use an AlphaStim® unit to treat primarily pain disorders. MET can be administered to a specific area of the body using either probes or electrodes and CES is administered using ear clips.

While MET and CES do utilize an electrical current, they do not use the same physiologic mechanism as TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) in mediating pain.  MET and CES have a cumulative effect, and studies have shown that many patients have a more long-term reduction in pain with regular treatments.


Conditions that MET is indicated for:

  • Pain Disorders

  • Paresis and Neurologic Dysfunction

  • Sprains, Strains, and Spasms

  • Post-Operative Pain and Scars


Conditions that CES is indicated for:

  • Pain disorders

  • Post-Operative Pain

  • Paresis and Neurologic Dysfunction

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia