Top Dog - Rehab/Sports Medicine

Winner: Paws Aquatics

Proprietor: Diane Kunkle CVT CCRP

12897 SW Vernie Ave Milwaukie • 971-244-2227 | Est. 2009

Winner: PAWS Rehab (Paws Aquatics Water Sports & Rehab)

Proprietors: Diane Kunkle CVT CCRP and Julie Thomas PhD

1800 NE 25th Ave Suite 17 Hillsboro • 503-640-4007 | Est. 2015

Philosophy/Mission:  Our mission is twofold: our first focus is to utilize the latest advancements in canine swim rehabilitation, striving to help with a speedy recovery from injury or accident, reduce pain and increase mobility.  Our second focus is to provide a variety of canine swimming options for exercise and fun. We are committed to providing affordable quality services to our clients while contributing to overall health and well-being.  Our combination of unique and compassionate services allows us to help maximize the dog’s performance, and improve the quality and longevity of his/her life.

Claim to fame:  The pool at PAWS Aquatics is used primarily for therapy and recreational swimming. PAWS Rehab has become the most comprehensive canine aquatic center in the Northwest, with an Underwater Treadmill, two pools for therapy, exercise and fun, and a therapeutic exercise area. PAWS Rehab is one of three indoor dock diving training and competition facilities in the US.  Our clients have said, “This is much better than Christmas!”

Community Involvement:   We actively support organizations such as Chase Away K9 Cancer and Golden Bond Rescue. PAWS Rehab is a member of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Swim sessions are donated for the Hillsboro Police Dept K9 Unit. Our pools are also used for Water Rescue training of Newfoundlands and Portuguese Water Dogs, and canine sports teams such as Agility, Flyball and Nose Work.  

2nd Place: Back on Track

9045 SW Barbur Blvd Suite 130 Portland • 503-546-8995 •

3rd Place: Heartfelt Veterinary Hospital

1127 NE Broadway St Portland • 503-765-1210 •