Background and Education
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy from Augusta University in 2017, BS Animal Science from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (2013)
Internship Training: SAGE Veterinary Centers, Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group in Colorado
Certification: RockTape FMT Equine Kinesiology Taping Certification (2016), Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program- In Progress
Dr. AJ Salch received her BS in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University (2013). While in college, she had a persistent interest in animal rehabilitation because of the unique focus on preventative care, biomechanics, and long term relationships with patients. This interest was only strengthened when her own horse sustained an injury and required rehab. Dr. Salch played an active role in her own horse’s rehabilitation while also interning at two equine rehabilitation facilities as well as with Dr. Jenny Jones and Dr. Jill Kuhl at SAGE’s Physical Rehabilitation department in Campbell. After graduation from Cal Poly, Dr. Salch pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Augusta University.
After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Salch worked as a “human” physical therapist in hospitals and outpatient clinics in Birmingham, AL where she was able to treat a variety of cases in settings ranging from outpatient orthopedics to inpatient rehabilitation. Meanwhile, she began work to obtain her Canine Rehabilitation Certification (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Salch transitioned to her “dream job” as a canine rehabilitation therapist at SAGE in 2019.
When Dr. Salch is not in the hospital, she is relishing being back in the Bay Area where she can take in the beautiful weather; spending quality time with her gracefully aging Golden Retriever, Koda, and riding her home-bred Dutch Warmblood horse, Ozzy. She loves to travel and tries to visit Africa as often as possible on photographic safaris where she revels in the serenity of nature and the fascinating behavior of wild animals.
While at SAGE, Dr. Salch particularly enjoys collaborating with different team members both in and out of the Physical Rehabilitation department in order to provide exceptional patient care. She thinks the best part of her job is being able to develop deep, long-lasting relationships with her clients while watching her patients progress and overcome challenges. Her favorite moments are celebrating her patients’ “Independence Day!” when they graduate from rehab.