Our pets do so much for us with their unwavering unconditional love. Lets work together at giving
our pets the healthy and whole life they deserve. . .
At Pawsitive Healing, we understand how essential the human-animal bond is and how much our pets mean to us. Our commitment and mission is to offer services that will enhance your furry companions' quality of life and whole health in mobility and function.
With a relaxing zen environment, you and your pet will enjoy a unique experience where we focus on function, comfort, and recovery.
Mobility. Comfort. Harmony
Mind. Body. Spirit
Meet Stella- my 12 yr old rescue mix from
St. Kitts! Stella's progressive arthritis is managed with joint supplements, rehab, LASER, acupuncture, reiki, and herbs!!
Last year, Stella became neurologically
weak on her left front limb.
She is now one happy girl and loves to run around with her brother Jackson!!
Rehabilitation & Arthritis Management
Veterinary rehabilitation involves advanced training, and experience in the management of pain and loss of function within the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Rehab highly accelerates recovery and comfort caused by injury, illness, post operative recovery and aging.
Cold Laser therapy offers many benefits including anti inflammatory properties, pain management, promoting healthy blood supply, accelerate tissue or wound recovery, muscle relaxation, and more.
Our underwater treadmill offers amazing therapeutic strengthening, improved joint movement, neurologic training, and muscle mass gain while using the unique properties of water- buoyancy and resistance!
The use of props and fitness equipment to encourage strengthening, balance, and synchronous movement.
Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese medicine where the stimulation of acu points along meridians (or channels) open the pathway for the balanced flow of Chi- or energy of life.
Almost any condition can benefit from acupuncture, especially pain management.
Herbs are natural supplements derived from plants and are used to treat diseases, balance Chi energy, and maintain a balanced body.
About Dr. Rodrigues
Veterinarian. Traveler. Author. Life Coach
I'm a proud Portuguese-American, born and raised in Northern New Jersey. After I graduated from my alma mater, Montclair State University with a Biology degree, my wanderlust and passion to explore inspired me to move to the Caribbean, where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University in Saint Kitts. I was very intrigued and committed to exploring as many avenues as I could while navigating through my veterinary program. While in St. Kitts, I immersed myself in large animal medicine and exotics. I was fortunate enough to work alongside monkeys, sea turtles, wildlife in the plains of South Africa, zoo animals, many birds and reptiles throughout vet school and my first couple of years of practice. St. Kitts is also where I adopted my rescue mutt Stella! I bought her a one way ticket to the USA, and she never looked back! After Ross, I found myself completing my clinical year at the University of Minnesota and practicing in California and North Carolina before moving to Jacksonville four years ago, and I have been here ever since. Here my other rescue mutt, Jackson- a native Floridian, also found his way into my heart.
With each unique experience, I found myself exploring the world of alternative medicine, completing certifications in Reiki Energy Healing, Canine Rehabilitation at University of Tennessee and Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute.
Throughout my years of practicing as a veterinarian, I could not deny my passion for helping restore comfort and function to my patients. Whether I am treating a young injured pet or an arthritic senior, there is something so special about being a part of the happiness and fulfillment that comes with alternative and integrative medicine.
The human-animal bond is so precious. As a veterinarian, my commitment is to preserve this bond to my best ability and treat my patients as if they are my own- this is a promise. There's a peaceful reassurance that comes with knowing there are many options for your pets' health and well being. Lets work together at keeping your furry companions as healthy as we can.
I will work alongside your primary veterinarian and you to ensure we consider every aspect of your pets' health and happiness- including their existence as soulful beings!
Please join me at Pawsitive Healing. I look forwad to our journey.
Schedule a Consultation
Initial consult -$155
Please note, failure to appear for your scheduled appointment is subject to a $50 fee.
Please be courteous, there are many pets in need of help.
I sincerely look forward to working with you.
Please email patient medical records, including any relevant diagnostic imaging, to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to initial consult.
Referring veterinarians, please feel free to contact Dr. Rodrigues to discuss a case prior to referral.
A general scope of conditions that benefit from integrative referral are:
*Any post orthopedic procedures (FHO, CCL repairs, fracture repairs, MPL...)
*Non surgical cranial cruciate recovery
*Aging senior and osteoarthritis **
*Weight loss, obesity
*Any Neurologic condition, including IVDD, FCE
*Acupuncture- pain management and mobility
1617 Thacker Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: text 904-257-3336
Messages will be replied to during business hours
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dr. Rodrigues is an absolute gem! 💎 Simply being in her presence is a blessing. She loves what she does and it shows through and through. I decided to take my fur baby to see her for the first time today and I was blown away at how comfortable my child was with her. He became her mascot by the end of our visit. She made us all feel welcome and at home. I highly highly recommend her and her treatments. We are now on the acupuncture and laser therapy plan! Looking forward to seeing how my baby progresses with this treatment plan to treat Vestibular Disease. I’m honored to have met Dr. Rodrigues !
Dr. Carla is wonderful! She provided post-operative therapy and care for our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel before and after our dog's CCL surgery. Treatment included hydrotherapy, laser therapy and physical therapy. Our dog's mobility increased markedly and she is still doing well over four years later at age 14. Not only is Dr. Carla a extremely knowledgeable, but she is also nurturing and caring. She provides a holistic approach to care, listens to concerns, and shares advice. Thanks, Dr. Carla, for being there for Cookie (and us)!
Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Rodrigues is very caring and you can tell she loves what she does. When we came to her, Brutus could barely walk but now he runs around the whole office!! Cannot recommend her enough!
Dr. Rodrigues is totally amazing and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to helping you and your furbaby through tough times. She helped our boy Bogart in the healing process of a torn CCL in his back leg and a pinched nerve in his neck! He is fully healed and LOVES Dr. Rodrigues! We would highly recommend her to anyone who has an injured furbaby!
Dr. Carla Rodrigues is the real thing! There aren't many veterinarians out there that take a more natural approach to your pets health care. There are fewer still that are willing to to take a blended approach by mixing natural and modern methods. Dr. Rodrigues has achieved that balance brilliantly. She also legitimately cares about your pet. When she takes on your pet as a client, you feel like you've become part of the Pawsitive Healing family.
Awesome rehabilitation center!!
Dr Rodrigues treats your pet like her own family!
It's like been at home!