Meet the staff at Animal Therapy Center!

Rehabilitation is a team effort at the Animal Therapy Center. While your pet will be evaluated by our veterinarian on your first visit, you can expect to spend time with one or more of our team members over the course of your pet’s treatment. All staff meets regularly to discuss cases and share ideas for improved treatment plans.

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    Medical Director, AKC Evaluator

    Dr. Ashley Nixon knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was just 3 years old. That passion inspired her to obtain her DVM from St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, and complete her clinical year at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her CVMRT (massage & rehabilitation) and CVSMT (spinal manipulation) certifications from the Healing Oasis, and was trained and certified in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Veterinary Medicine. She passed additional testing to become a fellow of the College of Animal Chiropractors, and received a certification in arthritis management. 

    Prior to the ATC, she most recently worked at a specialty referral practice in the south as a rehabilitation veterinarian. In her spare time, Dr. Nixon enjoys traveling and photography. She currently shares her home with a very opinionated cat named Turtle and two PBGVs named Dublin and Sarah.

  • Dr. Diane Gabriel, VMD, CVA – Veterinarian
    Dr. Diane Gabriel VMD, CVA, CVCHM, CVWHM

    Dr. Diane Gabriel, from Holistic Pet Healer received her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Her interest in geriatric animal care led her to pursue training in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2005. She received certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2007. Dr. Gabriel received her certification in veterinary chinese herbal medicine in 2020 from CIVT and IVAS, and in 2023 received her certification in veterinary western herbal medicine. 

    Dr. Gabriel has been practicing Integrative Veterinary Medicine using both conventional and holistic modalities, including Chinese and Western herbs, Homotoxicology/Homeopathy, and Nutraceuticals to name a few. Dr. Gabriel feels an integrative approach allows for greater breadth of treatment options for many underlying and or/ preexisting medical conditions, which allows her to maximize your pets’ healthcare to the fullest.

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    Jaime Nicole Torley BA, CVT, CCRP, CCKTP, CSMP
    Therapist Manager

    Jaime received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lock Haven University in 2008. She held several jobs, including interning with Wicked on Broadway, before deciding to follow her true passion: caring for animals. Jaime graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Bergen Community College in NJ and received her license in 2011.

    She has been specializing in companion animal rehabilitation since 2015 successfully completed her coursework to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) in 2017. This also included a certificate in companion animal pain management. She is also certified in kinesiology taping and myofascial techniques for the canine patient. In her spare time, Jaime likes crafting, movies and amateur paleontology. She lives with her two cats, Nandor the Relentless and Maeby.

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    Matt Putchat CVT
    Rehabilitation Therapist

     Matt received his Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University in 1999. While back home in Quakertown, PA, working as a substitute teacher in the Palisades School District, and working as a veterinary nurse, the family pet Webster, a boston terrier, had a spinal stroke and became paralyzed in his hind end. Helping him recover from his
    injury started Matt’s love of animal rehabilitation. 

    In 2003, he took the course for canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars. He has been a practicing rehab nurse since. He joined the Animal Therapy Center in 2022. When he is not helping patients recover, he is enjoying life with his wife, Vanessa, foster daughter, and Brittany puppy. They love being outdoors, hiking, camping, rock hounding, and music.


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Location and Hours

3247 Wimmer Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020




9:30 am - 5:30 pm


9:30 am - 4:00 pm


12:00 pm - 6:30 pm


9:30 pm - 4:00 pm


9:00 am - 2:00 pm



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