About My Pet's Brace
Press Release - My Pet’s Brace is Expanding to a Second Location in Knoxville, TennesseeMy Pet’s Brace of Morgantown, PA announced that a second My Pet's Brace location will be opening in Knoxville, TN this April to help more pets live happier lives with the use of their custom leg braces. Dogs who are limping and in pain can once again enjoy going for walks, interacting with their families and playing with other dogs through the help of their leg brace.
Bill Kitchens, a Certified Orthotist, will be leading the new practice. In addition to his 27 years of experience working in the field of human orthotics and prosthetics, Bill has trained extensively with My Pet’s Brace senior clinician and founder Jim Alaimo, at their PA facility.
Bill said, “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to provide pets and their families living in the greater Knoxville region with the best orthotic devices available by operating a My Pet's Brace facility in Tennessee. I am extremely proud to be part of a team of professionals who are truly committed to helping our patients live healthier and happier lives.”
For over seven years, My Pet’s Brace has provided custom leg braces and prosthetics to over 4,000 dogs and other animals living across the United States and around the world. These high-quality custom orthotic braces are used when surgery is not an option as well as a key component of rehabilitation and conservative management of orthopedic injuries.
Pet families choose a leg brace instead of surgery for their dog's injury or condition due to their pet’s advanced age, concern about the surgery recovery period, high financial cost of the surgery or the desire for a conservative management treatment of the injury. Veterinary professionals refer clients to My Pet’s Brace for the same reasons, but they also prescribe leg braces for pre- or post-surgical protection and as support for rehabilitation modalities.
Jim Alaimo, a board Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, founded My Pet's Brace in 2010 after providing orthotic and prosthetic care to humans for over 25 years. The custom veterinary braces are used to treat dogs with injuries in the knee, wrist, elbow and ankle. Over 80% of the devices fabricated are knee braces for dogs with Cranial Cruciate Ligament injuries, also knowns as ACL tears.
The process of making a custom brace starts with a cast of the dog's leg. The cast of the dog's leg is made 1) at the Morgantown, PA clinic, 2) by Bill Kitchens in Tennessee or 3) by the pet family's local veterinarian or rehabilitation professional. All devices are fabricated at the Pennsylvania facility. The cast is filled with plaster to make a positive model of the leg. Using the model, the custom brace is made.
Jim Alaimo said, “We are extremely excited that pet families close to Knoxville, Tennessee will now be able to receive hands-on care from a skilled and trained My Pet's Brace clinician. Bill is an extremely knowledgeable and caring practitioner and we look forward to working together to help even more pets through the application of our comfortable and effective custom leg braces."