Our team will give you the value of our over 40 combined years in canine behaviour, communication, canine massage, canine hydrotherapy, animal care, canine anatomy, conditioning and rehabilitation experiences. Our goal is to help your pet be the best they can be as they paddle their way to wellness.

Shari Seymour (CEO, CMT, EMT, CH) is an animal artist, author, educator and has shared her life with many animals. Her background includes: 20 years in human laboratory medicine, Canine and Equine Massage, Canine Hydrotherapy, Anatomy and Physiology, with special interest in Myology, Canine Behaviour, Veterinary Sciences/ Assistance and Kinesiology Taping. She has many years of experience with dogs having grown up with them and competing in Obedience.
She has been massaging dogs and teaching dog guardians how to massage their own dogs since 1995. She has co-authored the best selling book “Canine Massage; A Practical Guide” (which is used in most Canine Massage Courses) after her collaborative work with J.P. Hourdebaigt RMT and Dr. E. Beltran DVM in 1994. In 2007 she began her work with dogs in the water and she has spent many hours with dogs in lakes and pools. In 2008 Shari spent over 70 hours with Cindy Horsfall during a Canine Hydrotherapy at La Paw Spa in Seattle.
In 2014, Shari and Janet created Dog Paddle K9 Aquatics and began in a pool located in Oshawa. In 2015, they found their current location and built the existing facility in Bowmanville with a 12’ x 24 foot indoor warm water pool and areas for land-based work.
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Janet Sharp (Manager, CH) has many years experience with animals having grown up on a farm as well as showing cattle across Canada, racing standardbred horses and owning pleasure horses. She shares many years of having her own dogs, has worked with animal control at shelters and has spent many years educating herself in Animal Communication, Reiki, Canine Massage, Canine Acupressure through Tallgrass Inc. and Animal Care at the University of Guelph. Janet has level two certification in Canine Hydrotherapy having studied under the amazing experts at Greyfiars Farm Veterinary Centre that specialize in Canine Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy in the U.K.

Kaitlyn Goodwin (RVT, Rehab) enjoys sharing her life with furry family members. She’s worked as a groomer and has her Veterinary Technician diploma as well as certification in Canine Rehabilitation including Massage, Hydrotherapy and Land-Based Conditioning for dogs from Northern College in Ontario. Kaitlyn joined the Dog Paddle team in 2016 and has been a valuable asset with her knowledge, awareness and love of dogs.

Cathy Balmer (CMT, CCT, RN) loves animals and has enjoyed performing several sport activities with her dogs including herding and agility. She has an extensive background in human anatomy and movement having worked in paediatric neuromuscular health, rehabilitation and fitness for over 30 years. Her passion has been studying movement and helping humans prepare for and excel in sport, gait and posture, injury prevention and rehabilitation as well as slowing the effects of aging. For the last 5 years she has applied her extensive knowledge and understanding in body mechanics towards the movement of dogs.
She became interested in helping dogs become stronger and live better lives over the course of a 6 year period. Her dog was born with structural abnormalities that required multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation with Tanya Costa. Cathy’s background includes over 30 years in human health care specializing in anatomy, movement, neuromuscular health, rehabilitation and fitness. She is a Certified Canine Massage Specialist from the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy. Cathy studied and worked with Debbie Torraca of the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation program and Denise Fenzi who is one of the leading authorities in training dogs for competition. Her role as Certified Canine Conditioning Trainer involves tapping into her ability to assess a dog for his/her own physical body type with it’s own structural differences and allows the family to become more involved in keeping their dog strong, to excel in activities and remain injury-free. She joined the Dog Paddle team in early 2018 and empowers the guardians of our dog clients to help their own dogs become stronger.

Wendy Ayre (Reception and Manufacturer) Grew up on a sheep farm and is amazing with her talents to sew. She has always had animals in her life and met the Dog Paddle team in early 2018 because of her dog Gwen. Gwen has Degenerative Neuropathy and has special needs which inspired Wendy to make mobility products and float enhancements. Her sense of humour and smiling face welcomes everyone to our facility since joining our team.