Animal Assisted Therapy

Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA

September 5, 2016



I am struggling to find OT's utilizing animal assisted therapy, specifically in Canada.


I think it is an underdeveloped niche but I am actually happy about that. We are at the point in animal assisted interventions that those of you who are doing it are setting the gold standard. I would also advise you hop on to the Dogwood Therapy Services website and hit the contact us button as that email goes directly to me. Let me look through my database and see if I can find you somebody.

melissa winkle

Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA

President, Dogwood Therapy Services

Melissa Y. Winkle is an occupational therapist in private practice, at Dogwood Therapy Services. She is President of Animal Assisted Intervention International, and has 15 years experience working as an assistance dog trainer for Assistance Dogs of the West (an Accredited Member of Assistance dogs International). Melissa is on a number of advisory counsels and boards including the Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board for Pet Partners. She is a researcher, adjunct faculty and clinical instructor with a number of universities. She has published 5 books and dozens of articles on animal assisted interventions. Melissa speaks, consults and collaborates internationally about disability, integrated and community based program development, animal assisted interventions, and assistance dogs.  

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