Debbie Gross Torraca, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus
Dr. Torraca believes EVERY dog deserves to live the best quality of life for the longest time possible, pain free, happy and strong. Her company, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC, focuses on that the moment an animal walks in the door whether they are eight weeks of age or eighteen years of age.
Dr. Torraca began her career in human physical therapy and specialized in orthopedics and pain management in both orthopedic and sports medicine atmospheres. Her knowledge and ability to translate her knowledge from the human side to the animals. She has been enjoying her work with animals for over twenty-two years and is considered a pioneer in the field of canine physical rehabilitation. She is one of the founders of the University of Tennessee’s certificate program in canine rehabilitation. Through the university and throughout the world, Dr. Torraca has been a well sought out speaker on a variety of subjects. She is also the founder and heads the Certified Canine Manual Therapy program through the University of Tennessee. She pursued her own studies at Boston University, and has received an advanced master’s degree at Quinnipiac college and her doctorate at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Dr. Torraca has authored many chapters in veterinary textbooks and writes for professional journals as well as magazines dedicated to the dog enthusiast. She is a regular contributor for Clean Run, Dog Sport, Working Dog Digest, Dogs Naturally, and various breed magazines. You may have seen her on Good Morning America, heard her on Ask Martha’s Vet with Marty Goldstein, or seen her and her practice on the local Connecticut news. She has been quoted in many newspaper articles, television shows, professional journals, and magazines. Her advice is well sought after on a national and international level.
She was a speaker at the Second, Third and Fifth International Symposiums for Veterinarians and Physical Therapists and at Brian Mulligan’s First International Symposium on her application of the Mulligan principles to dogs and produced an educational dvd on these principles with him. She is presenting at the Eighth International Symposium for Veterinarians and Physical therapists on her groundbreaking research on photobiomodulation and degenerative myelopathy.
She has taught at many veterinary conferences including the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC), Western States Veterinary Conference, and many state conferences. She lectures numerously throughout the world and loves spending her knowledge. She is a key speaker for AIMLA, American International Medical Laser Association and enjoys speaking on laser therapy and her latest research. She sits on the advisory board for Companion Animal Health.
A longtime member of American Physical Therapist Special Interest Group, Debbie has held the office of President. She is also a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is also an active member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, the American Bullmastiff Association, the Clumber Spaniel Club of America, and various other local dog clubs. She is very active in her own state, Connecticut, with the state police dogs and the local police organizations.
Dr. Torraca believes every day is an opportunity to learn from the wonderful animals and owners she works with. Her passions in canine physical rehabilitation include pain and free approaches, manual therapy, Photobimodulation, performance dogs, working dogs, and those super seniors.