Melissa (Lis) Conarton BS, LVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRP, CVPP began her career in the field of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. She went on to receive her license in Veterinary Technology shortly after joining the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY.
She is the Chief Finance Officer of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) and now holds the title of Veterinary Technician Specialty in Physical Rehabilitation through the Organizing Committee of the APRVT. She is also certified in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program (CCRP) and certified through the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Because of her passion for helping companion animals and attaining additional certifications, Lis has become an influential voice for the care and comfort of companion animals in the Central New York area.
Lis has lectured at various professional veterinary conferences and routinely contributes to newspaper articles, journal submissions, and book chapters regarding physical rehab and pain management. She has received special training in Canine Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy through Myopain Seminars and has special interest in myofascial issues and muscle dysfunction.
Lis developed the Physical Rehabilitation Service at the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY. In 2010, she initiated the Pain Management Service helping to establish the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY as the leader in Pain Management and Physical Rehabilitation in the Central New York region. In 2016, these services expanded into CARE Pet Therapy at VMC. In her free time, Lis enjoys outdoor activities with her family, and spends time with her horse “Whiskey”, kitty “Ella” and other foster animals in need of rehabilitation