Our therapies begin with understanding the personality of each animal, and cultivating relationships that enable us to customize plans based on the individual animal’s likes and dislikes.
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Dr. Caraballo grew up in Uruguay, South America. While in College in her native country, she worked at a Research Institute in the areas of Pathology and Nutrition.
She moved to this country to pursue her dream of obtaining the best education possible to heal and help injured animals.
Dr. Caraballo attended Purdue University and worked for 15 years as a family veterinarian before she became involved in rehabilitation.
When her old german shepherd “Cid” started having neurologic problems, Dr. Caraballo started looking for other ways to help him besides just medication. She decided to pursue her Certification in Animal Rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI). In order to complete her training, she also attended Seminars on Canine Neurologic Rehabilitation, The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Patient and Canine Sports Medicine.
Dr. Caraballo brings tremendous hands-on knowledge to her clients, as well as compassion and confidence to her patients.
In addition to practice veterinary medicine, she enjoys photography and spending time with her husband, her son and two dogs.
Dr. Caraballo is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), and Memphis/Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association.
Emley Parish grew up in the Greater Memphis area. She has been working in the veterinary field for more than 5 years in various roles in both Mississippi and Tennessee.
She has always held a love for all animals, but her passion has been in helping geriatrics.
She first became interested in the veterinary field after volunteering at a mixed animal practice and later developed a love for Animal Rehabilitation after coming to Pet Fit.
She focuses on giving compassion to our patients as well as educating clients on the best ways to care for their pets. Her favorite aspect of working in canine rehabilitation is not only the quality of life it brings to patients, but the satisfaction and ease it brings to the owners.
She is currently pursuing a degree as a licensed veterinary medical technician and hopes to one day specialize in Rehabilitation and Nutrition, two areas that she has come to love.
She enjoys spending her free time with her three dogs, son, and husband.
Mary was born and raised in the Finger Lakes and Adirondack Mountain regions of upstate New York. As one of 6 siblings, there was at least one family pet and more often, several. In addition to caring for dogs, cats, rabbits and birds, Mary kept a tropical fish aquarium since the age of 10 and learned Western horseback riding in her early teens.
Upon graduation from high school, Mary attended the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy and was hired by Geneva, NY as that city’s first female Police Officer where she worked road patrol for 20 years. After retirement, she moved to SW Florida and went to work as manager of an accredited animal hospital in Fort Myers. In 2012, she and her husband moved to Houston, TX.
While in Houston, Mary started her own pet sitting business specializing in the care and comfort of senior and special needs dogs, which she continues today at her own home here in Memphis.
She came to Pet Fit in June of 2017. Mary says “I love seeing the excitement of the dogs arriving for their therapy and the transformations I have seen are both amazing and wonderful”.
Dea Ibarra became passionate about animal rehabilitation after caregiving a paraplegic Great Dane mix named Duke. She searched for resources and discovered Dr.Caraballo who then improved Duke’s quality of life and enjoyment significantly.
She is now intent on providing these improvements for every animal possible by working with Dr. Caraballo and Pet Fit Animal Rehabilitation.
Dea graduated from Germantown High School and studied 3.5 years at CBU and University of Memphis towards her degree in Marketing, with an emphasis in Science.
She was hired by FedEx as a World Wide Account Manager in the Medical/Pharmaceutical industry. Since leaving FedEx and returning to Memphis, she has worked as Dog/Cat Manager and Companion Animal Manager at PETCO, and as a veterinary technician in a general Veterinary Practice.
Dea “retired” and now spends her time running a rescue with Pet Fit to help pets enjoy their best in life. Over the years her home has become a haven for many stray animals in the area.
She shares her life with 16 rescued dogs, two rescued cats, seven rescued rabbits and one rescued parakeet.