13383 4th Line, Acton, Ontario L7J 2M1, Canada

(519) 929-9222

Rehabilitation; Recreation - swimming and puppy play; Boarding

Rehabilitation; Recreation - swimming and puppy play; Boarding

Rehabilitation; Recreation - swimming and puppy play; BoardingRehabilitation; Recreation - swimming and puppy play; Boarding

Our Team

DVM; CCRP; Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Kristy DesRoche, DVM, CCRP; Founder

Kristy DesRoche, DVM, CCRP; Founder

Kristy DesRoche, DVM, CCRP; Founder

Kristy graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario in 2010. She worked in Burlington for 3 years before joining the team at Black Creek Animal Hospital in Acton. It was through her work in general practice that Kristy became aware of the need for adjunct and alternative approaches to injured, senior and overweight patients. In order to provide a comprehensive care plan to her own patients and facilitate other veterinarians to do the same, she elected to pursue certification in animal rehabilitation.


Kristy achieved her certification in canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee in 2017. Following this, Kristy and Deb were able to establish Blue Springs Animal Rehabilitation Center in order to realize their goal of creating a referral-based, patient-centered, and customized approach to better living and mobility through all life stages. 

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Deborah Hrynkiw, DVM; Founder

Kristy DesRoche, DVM, CCRP; Founder

Kristy DesRoche, DVM, CCRP; Founder

Debbie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Soon after graduation she moved to Acton to begin her career and gained years of valuable experience. She loved living in Acton so much that she decided to stay locally to start a new clinic of her own. 


Debbie has always strived to provide her patients and their families with the most comprehensive and current therapies to promote their health and wellness.  It was this dedication that sparked her interest in rehabilitation and physical wellness. 


Debbie shares her love for animals with her husband and three children. They all share their home with their kitty Cole and their dogs, BB and Tiberius. Outside of work she enjoys camping with her family, gardening and long strolls with her dogs.     

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Alix Murray, RVT, CCRP

Ema Puteris, RVT, CCRP Pending

Ema Puteris, RVT, CCRP Pending

Alix graduated from the University of Guelph in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Zoology and a minor in Psychology. She went on to complete the Veterinary Technician program at Sheridan College in spring 2019. While in school, she was introduced to small animal rehabilitation and physical therapy and decided to pursue her certification with the University of Tennessee. Alix has been working in the veterinary field for 5 years now, and thoroughly enjoys working with our patients and their owners. 


In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching and playing hockey, attending concerts, and spending time with her dog Toby.  

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Ema Puteris, RVT, CCRP Pending

Ema Puteris, RVT, CCRP Pending

Ema Puteris, RVT, CCRP Pending

Honours graduate of Northern College’s Companion Animal Physical Rehabilitation program and recent addition to the Blue Springs Animal Rehabilitation Center team, Ema has always fostered a love and appreciation for animals. From a young age, she could see no other future than one in the veterinary field, and wasted no time pursuing her goal of helping animals. In 2015, she graduated from Seneca College’s Veterinary Technician program and completed her National Veterinary Technician Exam in 2016. 

She is currently pursuing her rehabilitation certification with the University of Tennessee. 


In her spare time, Ema routinely visits schools and nursing homes with her registered therapy dog Ellie. In between hikes with Ellie and baking for friends, she enjoys photography and buying bowties for her two cats, Billy-Rae and Bubs.