Dr. Cheryl Burke, DVM,CCRP
Dr. Cheryl Burke has been working at Paradise Animal Hospital for more than 30 years. For the past 3 years she has limited her work to the canine rehabilitation department exclusively. Canine Rehab and sports medicine is a passion for her and although she is not seeing patients full time, she continues to pursue new treatment options and opportunities to improve the services and care that we offer at Paradise. When she is not working, she enjoys repurposing old furniture, crabbing at her shore house with her husband Will and training her dogs for search and rescue. Dr. Burke is a founding member of Delaware and Maryland Search Dogs, a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing lost persons home to their families.
Dr. Jennifer King, DVM, CCRP
Dr. Jennifer King is a graduate of St. George's University. In 2011, she completed her training to become a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. She joined Paradise Animal Hospital in 2017 to continue to pursue her love of rehabilitation medicine. Currently she is training to become a Working Dog Practitioner and works regularly with Baltimore County K-9 unit. She visited Colorado in 2019 to continue our working relationship with Orthopets. Pain management is another of her interests and treating pain is always the first step with our rehabilitation patients!
Dr. King is married with two young sons, Robert and Isaac. She has a cat name Lovely and a dog named Socks (a shepherd mix).
"It is amazing to see what a difference rehabilitation and physical therapy can make in our animal patients. It is one of the most rewarding parts of my job!"
Christine Rico, VT,CCRP
Christine Rico, RVT,CCRP, has over 35 years’ experience in the Veterinary field. Chris is the manager here at Paradise Rehab. She completed her CCRP at the University of Tennessee in 2003. Chis also specializes in Orthopets and has traveled to Colorodo to continue her education with Canine/feline Orthotics. Chris’ specialty and passion is working with Neurological patients. In her spare time ( and let’s be serious we do not get a lot of it) she likes going for hikes with her 2 German Shepherds, Wells and Zsa Zsa. Chris also likes taking trips to the beach with her cat Noodles. She has worked here at Paradise for 20 years! When asked what she enjoyed most about her job, she said “It is very rewarding to see my patients get stronger and overall feel more comfortable.”
Emily James, Rehab Tech
Emily James is our senior rehab tech and has worked at Paradise Rehab for 11 1/2 years. She is certified in canine physio tape and is currently studying to become a CCFT (Certified Canine Fitness Trainer). Emily has also traveled to Colorado a few times to continue her working relationship with Orthopets and specializes in Canine/feline Orthotics. In her spare time Emily enjoys crabbing, the outdoors and spending time with her husband, daughter and her four legged companions which include Roby the German shepherd, Spencer the cockapoo Maddie the poodle mix and her 2 cats Calvin and Lucy . When asked what she enjoyed most about her job Emily said “I enjoy coming to work with a team who is dedicated to helping animals and working with clients to help maintain their four legged family member".
Emily DiNicolo, Rehab Tech
Emily DiNicolo has been working at Paradise Rehab for 3 years . She has her canine physio tape certification. Emily has also been to Colorado to continue her working relationship with Orthopets. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking. Her little friend Neeps is a Cairn Terrier/Westie mix who enjoys hiking and going to work with Emily . When asked what she liked most about being a rehab tech, she said “ I enjoy educating owners and demonstrating useful exercises they can use at home to help their dog improve and be more fit.”
Penny Gordon, Rehab Assistant
Penny has worked at Paradise Canine Rehab for 4 years as a rehab assistant. She enjoys caring for our in house neurological patients. Penny's favorite thing about Paradise is being able to work with animals. In her spare time she enjoys working out and going on hikes with her dogs Ocean and Shy.