CARE is proud to work with leaders in the fields of canine arthritis, rehabilitation, pain management, nutrition, and more. Managing arthritis requires a multi-modal approach and sharing expert insight from others is a core component of CARE’s educational philosophy.
Here you will find contributors to CARE and links to their content on the website.

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT

Dr. Leilani Alvarez is the Director of Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.  She is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and certified in veterinary acupuncture, canine rehabilitation, and Chinese herbal medicine.

Dr. Alvarez graduated with high honors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center. She has been practicing integrative veterinary medicine for over a decade and leads one of only 5 accredited traditional residency programs in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation.

In addition to running a busy integrative medicine and rehabilitation practice, Dr. Alvarez has a passion for teaching and research. She is a renowned lecturer at local, national, and international conferences. She recently traveled to Thailand to teach veterinarians about joint care and Russia to teach about advances in canine sports medicine. She also trains and teaches interns and residents and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Her research interests include geriatric medicine, regenerative therapies, and joint supplements. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Alvarez has a particular soft spot for senior dogs. She originally pursued advanced training in rehabilitation and acupuncture to help her aging dog and soul mate, Caretta, who had advancing arthritis and could no longer run or climb stairs.  The integrative therapies she uses today are all inspired to help dogs like Caretta continue to live pain-free and active lives.

Dr. Alvarez’ articles on CARE:

An Overview of Acupuncture for OA

Joint Supplements for OA: An overview for your practice

Canine Joint Supplements: How to Choose Among A Plethora


David L. Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons- Small Animal

Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.

Dr. Dycus is frequently asked to lecture locally, nationally, and internationally. He has given over 100 continuing education lectures and taught over 50 laboratories. He has published numerous research articles and authored or co-authored several book chapters. He was named by as one of the 10 veterinarians to watch in 2018. Dr. Dycus is a frequent contributor for updates in orthopedics to several veterinary websites and magazines. Dr. Dycus has also been featured on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio’s segment on Pet Health and Orthopedics. His passion for teaching has allowed Dr. Dycus to become a laboratory instructor for the CBLO, TPLO, extra-capsular stabilization, medial patella luxation, and fracture repair. He is on faculty for AO, and he is an orthopedic consultant for VIN.

Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery, the official publication of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. He has previously held an appointment on the research committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Currently, Dr. Dycus is on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a council member for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE).

Dr. Dycus became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition, he practices orthopedic surgery at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland.

Watch Dr. Dycus’ video on discovering incidental OA, or secondary to primary concern for an exam: