Rod Newman has worked in the human rehabilitation field as a certified athletic trainer since attaining his Master's Degree of Exercise and Sports Science with a Concentration in Rehabilitation from the University of Florida in 1992. As a certified athletic trainer at The Lipscomb Sports Therapy Center, he worked with local high schools providing medical care to injured athletes. While at Lipscomb Sports Therapy Center, he also served as certified athletic trainer with the US Soccer Men's Under-21 National Team and the US Soccer Men's Olympic Team. He then moved on to become the Head Athletic Trainer at Tennessee State University for four years and then served as Athletic Trainer at Vanderbilt University covering Men and Women's' Basketball, Men's Golf and Women's Tennis. After a total of six years at Vanderbilt University, Rod embarked on a new journey that is now Canine Rehabilitation of Nashville, which started in 2006.
As an animal lover, Rod hated to see that our companion animals suffered from the same conditions and injuries that we do, but were receiving no rehabilitation afterwards. After some investigation, he discovered that UT-Knoxville partnering with NESeminars had the only university based program specializing in physical rehabilitation of animals. He enrolled as quickly as he could and has now completed over 100 classroom and hands on hours under the guidance of the excellent staff of veterinarians and physical therapists that run the program. He also spent time externing in Raleigh, NC at the Animal Rehabilitation and Wellness Institute to enhance his knowledge of companion animal rehabilitation, earning him his CCRP, or a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Canine Rehabilitation of Nashville operates out of Companion Animal Hospital in Goodlettsville, TN and Nashville Veterinary Specialists in Nashville.
Rod shares his home with his wife Shannon, two girls, Jessica and Alexandra, and their dogs, Lug, Emma, Dusty and their cats, Oreo and Baby Bear.