About VRCC's Founder
Dr. Heidi Hammel is the owner and operator of Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center (VRCC). After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Dr. Hammel studied at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2008.
After many years of small animal practice, she pursued advanced training in several additional therapies to complement conventional veterinary medicine.
Dr. Hammel is certified in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida. In addition, she is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hammel is a member in many prestigious veterinary associations and organizations:
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
- International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
- American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
- American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians
- American Canine Sports Medicine Association
In her free time, Dr. Hammel enjoys being active outdoors, frequently walking with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, and her three dogs, Crash, Porter, and Frank. She enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and traveling.
"On several occasions, Dr. Hammel administered acupuncture to help Stone, our aging Black Lab. He was like a babe in her arms and the relaxing effects of the procedure seemed to help his mobility. It was a spa treatment for him with healthful results. "– Chris S.
"When Gracie had her hip surgery, the surgeon referred me to Dr. Hammel for physical rehabilitation to speed her recovery. She steadily improved and now plays just as hard as our puppy! I think she misses her rehab sessions though!"– Patrick H.
"Cody, our 12-year-old German Shepherd, has osteoarthritis and difficulty walking. He has been coming to VRCC for physical rehab and it is helping him tremendously. He feels better, has started playing again, and is now able to go for walks. Cody loves his rehab sessions, especially the underwater treadmill!"– Becca P.
"You can tell that Dr. Hammel cares about each pet and treats them as if they are her own. My dog always feels right at home with VRCC and I love the excellent care she receives there!"– Missy S.