Veterinary Advisory Board
Ria Acciani, MPT, CCRP
Co-Founder of PageFly
Ms. Acciani is the Co-Principal and Rehabilitation Director at Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Center in Warren, NJ and has a special interest in rehabilitating sporting and performance dogs that have suffered musculoskeletal injuries. Ms. Acciani has a graduate degree in Human Physical Therapy and is licensed to practice Physical Therapy in the State of New Jersey.
After completing the Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program at the University of Tennessee, she was able to combine her love for dogs with her passion for Physical Therapy. Her expertise in canine rehabilitation include therapeutic exercises, balance therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, cold laser therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, magnetic pain relief therapy, microcurrent electrical stimulation, brace and cart fitting and acoustic wave therapy.
Ms.Acciani has taught Animal Physical Therapy both nationally & internationally to advanced practitioners. She has presented and lectured on varied rehabilitation topics and has written many protocols for common sports injuries. Her main focus is Sports Medicine Rehabilitation and has traveled internationally with the Agility World Teams as their Official Physical Therapist.
Albert Ahn, DVM
Albert Ahn, DVM has joined MYOS as a Strategic Adviser to guide the development and expansion of its animal health business of Fortetropin-based canine muscle health formulas.
Dr. Ahn is a veteran of the Animal Health Industry with over 25 years of industry experience, including roles as President at AB Science, USA, a canine oncology company; Chief Scientific Officer at Summit VetPharm, a division of Sumitomo Corporation of America, in addition to roles at Hill's Pet Nutrition. Dr. Ahn's accomplishments include developing the marketing strategy for Heartgard® Plus, the blockbuster heartworm disease prevention product while serving at Boehringer Ingelheim and bringing Vectra 3D®, a next-generation product for flea and tick control, to market during his tenure with Sumitomo.
Debra Canapp, DVM, Diplomate (ACVSMR), CCRT, CVA
Co-Founder of PageFly
Dr. Canapp is the Medical Director and Co-Principal at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, MD where she practices Sports Medicine, Acupuncture, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, and Rehabilitation. Dr. Canapp teaches Rehabilitation Medicine, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, and Regenerative Medicine to visiting Veterinary Students, Rehabilitation Therapy Certification candidates and Veterinarians.
Dr. Canapp’s current primary area of interest and research is Small Animal Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and defining specific pathology and treatment options. Dr. Canapp has published extensively on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and injuries.
1. McDougall, R. A., Canapp, S. O., & Canapp, D. A. (2018). Ultrasonographic Findings in 41 Dogs Treated with Bone Marrow aspirate concentrate and Platelet-rich Plasma for a supraspinatus Tendinopathy: a retrospective study. Frontiers in veterinary science, 5, 98.
2. Kieves, N. R., Canapp, S. O., Lotsikas, P. J., Christopher, S. A., Leasure, C. S., Canapp, D., & Gavin, P. R. (2018). Effects of low‐intensity pulsed ultrasound on radiographic healing of tibial plateau leveling osteotomies in dogs: a prospective, randomized, double‐blinded study. Veterinary Surgery, 47(5), 614-622.
3. Gamble, L. J., Canapp, D. A., & Canapp, S. O. (2017). Evaluation of Achilles tendon injuries with findings from diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound in canines–43 cases. Veterinary Evidence, 2(3).
Vedrana Gjivoje, DVM
Co-Founder of PageFly
Dr. Gjivoje completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1988 and her D.V.M. with High Honors at Michigan State University in 1994. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Oradell Animal Hospital in 1995 in New Jersey.
As a General Practice Veterinarian, she owned and operated her own Small Animal Hospital in New Jersey for 23 years. During that time, she was recognized by Congress as a distinguished woman in Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and as a leading woman entrepreneur in New Jersey in 2017. Currently residing in South Carolina, Dr. Gjivoje continues to practice Veterinary Medicine in the Greater Charleston Area.
Dr. Gjivoje has a special interest in Geriatric and Preventive Veterinary Medicine and has been a major champion of nutritional supplementation. Dr. Gjivoje was instrumental in the founding of the MYOS Animal Health Business as she recognized the potential of Fortetropin® to address muscle atrophy in dogs. Dr. Gjivoje persuaded MYOS to conduct its first Veterinary Clinical Trial, a study at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine that demonstrated that Fortetropin® reduces muscle disuse atrophy following TPLO surgery.
Autumn Harris, DVM, Diplomate (AVCIM)
Dr. Autumn Harris is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her D.V.M. at Mississippi State University, Dr. Harris completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Kansas State University followed by a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida.
Dr. Harris completed a Fellowship in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation at the University of Florida. Dr. Harris has a special interest in Chronic Kidney Disease-related Muscle Atrophy in cats. She has been honored with the C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award (2020), the Postdoctoral Excellence in Renal Research Award (2019) by the American Physiological Society and the Resident Best Paper Award Author (2016) by the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
1. Harris, A. N., Lee, H. W., Fang, L., Verlander, J. W., & Weiner, I. D. (2019). Differences in acidosis-stimulated renal ammonia metabolism in the male and female kidney. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 317(4), F890-F905.
2. Harris, A. N., Grimm, P. R., Lee, H. W., Delpire, E., Fang, L., Verlander, J. W., ... & Weiner, I. D. (2018). Mechanism of hyperkalemia-induced metabolic acidosis. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 29(5), 1411-1425.
3. Harris, A. N., Estrada, A. H., Gallagher, A. E., Winter, B., Lamb, K. E., Bohannon, M., ... & Mainville, C. A. (2017). Biologic variability of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide in adult healthy cats. Journal of feline medicine and surgery, 19(2), 216-223.
Sarah Malek, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (ACVS)
Dr. Sarah Malek is an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her D.V.M. at the University of Tehran, Iran, Dr. Malek completed a Residency in Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery (2014) and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dr. Malek has special interests in Canine Osteoarthritis and Minimally Invasive Surgery. While pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Malek applied Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy as a diagnostic screening tool in for naturally occurring Canine Osteoarthritis associated with Cranial Cruciate Ligament rupture.
1. Malek, S., Weng, H. Y., Martinson, S. A., Rochat, M. C., Béraud, R., & Riley, C. B. (2020). Evaluation of serum MMP-2 and MMP-3, synovial fluid IL-8, MCP-1, and KC concentrations as biomarkers of stifle osteoarthritis associated with naturally occurring cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs. PloS one, 15(11), e0242614.
2. Malek, S., Marini, F., Rochat, M. C., Béraud, R., Wright, G. M., & Riley, C. B. (2020). Infrared spectroscopy of synovial fluid as a potential screening approach for the diagnosis of naturally occurring canine osteoarthritis associated with cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open, 2(4), 100120.
3. Malek, S., Foster, C. D., & Huston, D. H. (2020). Qualitative Assessment of Four Types of Three-Dimensional Printed Anatomical Tibial Bone Models Compared to Commercially Available Models. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, 33(04), 267-273.
Korinn Saker, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (ACVN)
Dr. Saker is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Saker graduated with a D.V.M. from the University of Georgia, Athens and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her research interests include Nutritional Support Interventions for Cancer and Obesity as well as Clinical Care Nutrition including nutrients as related to oxidative stress disease. Some of the research that Dr. Saker has been involved with has been published in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Journal of Medical Primatology.
1. Adin, D., DeFrancesco, T. C., Keene, B., Tou, S., Meurs, K., Atkins, C., ... & Saker, K. (2019). Echocardiographic phenotype of canine dilated cardiomyopathy differs based on diet type. Journal of veterinary cardiology, 21, 1-9.
2. Conway, D. M., & Saker, K. E. (2018). Consumer attitude toward the environmental sustainability of grain-free pet foods. Frontiers in veterinary science, 5, 170.
3. Adamovicz, L., Applegate, J., Harris, J., & Saker, K. (2019). Use of a gastrostomy and jejunostomy tube for management of gastric distention following pyloric outflow obstruction in a ferret (mustela putorius furo). Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 28, 105-110.
Jennifer Jones Shults, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Shults owns and manages the Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary and the Veterinary Rehabilitation & Pain Management Hospital in Cary, NC. Dr. Jennifer Shults graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 after earning undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry & Chemistry. She completed a rotating Small Animal Internship at Southpaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in June 2010. After completing her Internship, Dr. Shults practiced Emergency Medicine in Cary, NC, but remains passionate about imaging and lameness.
Dr. Shults completed her certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy and opened her own rehabilitation practice in October 2013. She purchased an Emergency practice in May 2014 and moved with a Surgical practice to a new facility in October 2016. Dr. Shults is currently completing an alternative track Residency in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Shults also serves as the President for the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Shults enjoys working on a wide variety of cases in rehabilitation involving senior dogs to young working dogs. Dr. Shults has special interests in managing degenerative joint disease and recovery following Surgery and injury.