Francisco moved to the United States from Brazil in 2005. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science from IUPUI in 2009, and graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Pittsburgh in 2012. After working in orthopedics and sports medicine rehabilitation, he decided to combine his knowledge in Physical Therapy with his passion for animals, and in 2015 he finished his certification in canine rehabilitation at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Upon finishing his certification, he moved to Chicago where he started working in canine rehabilitation while still seeing some of his human patients in a home health setting. As the time went by, he realized that a subset of the canine population was missing the benefits of canine rehabilitation due to a variety of reasons. These included difficulty going to a clinic due to pet owners’ busy schedule, difficulty with transportation, or a decline in pet’s mobility. In 2017, he decided to combine his experience in home health physical therapy with canine rehabilitation, and TheK9PT opened for business.
He is also very active in the profession and advocates for the advancement of canine physical therapy. In 2016 he joined the faculty team at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, teaching courses in canine rehabilitation to physical therapists and veterinarians going through their certification. He is also active with professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association and its Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.