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.
Sandy Barnhart, Office Manager
Sandy Barnhart is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. She comes to Pet Fit with an impressive background that includes 10 years in the Army, living in multiple countries and learning different cultures. She decided to settle with her son in Memphis after retiring from the Army.
Her compassion for animals since childhood led her to volunteering, rehoming and working with animals throughout the years.
Sandy has brought with her a strong work ethic, along with determination to please our clients, and tenderness towards our patients.
Her extraordinary organizing and teaching skills make her the best person to guide Pet Fit employees. Her bubbly personality and ability to listen to clients are crucial in her line of job.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her son.
They currently share their home with four dogs and one cat.
Nicole DeRosa, Veterinary Assistant
Nicole DeRosa grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She has been working in the veterinary field for more than 6 years in various roles in Indiana and most recently, Memphis.
Her love for animals comes from looking at her father working with animals at the Zoo. He has had an enormous impact on her throughout the years.
Prior to working at Pet Fit, she was the lead technician at Mid South Spay&Neuter, as well as relief technician for veterinary clinics in town.
Nicole has had training in massage therapy for people, a career she did attend to be able to help her father when he had an injury that required therapy. She is now applying the same techniques on our patients. She is knowledgeable in animal handling, the use of modalities and assistive devices.
She brings enthusiasm about learning and working, as well as compassion to our patients. She thinks the most exciting aspect of working on rehabilitation is the effect that it has on patients, not just physically but emotionally.
She is currently pursuing a degree in Registered Veterinary Technician.
On her free time, she enjoys spending her days with her four cats, one dog, 3 sugar gliders and two fish.
Dea Ibarra, Veterinary Assistant
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.