Sonja and Rico Lopez have dedicated much of their time, and all of their home to the care and rehabilitation of broken wiener dogs. In the process of wanting to help the animals she so deeply loves, and with a professional background in medicine, Sonja dug in to find ways to improve their quality of life. For the dogs whom surgery was not an option or for those in which it was not a success, she began to develop alternative therapies.
With an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology, extensive training in therapeutic massage Sonja knew there must be a way to help these animals. The surgical portion of her training helped her understand the internal anatomy/surgical anatomy and tissue planes. Massage therapy is resplendent with working knowledge of muscle, nerve and vascular interactions. Learning insertion and origin points combined with surgical anatomy was beneficial to her when working with humans and with canines. While the dogs anatomy is obviously not 100% the same as humans, she can feel the markers needed to stimulate muscle groups and develop motions that are beneficial.
Sonja has a Bachelor degree in Health administration and a Masters in Organizational Leadership.
She has worked in Surgery, Chiropractic, Primary care and OB/GYN. Each experience has added to her life experience and she draws from all areas of her experience to work with the dogs. Surgery helps to envision what is beneath the skin, Chiropractic was a wonderful learning experience in mechanical treatment and pressure points. Primary care and OB/GYN teaches to pay attention to the vocalized AND silent signals that indicate a health need.
The help she receives from Rico on a day to day basis is the glue that holds it all together! His creativity and giving nature has made him an intrical part of the daily process in working with the dogs.
Together, they are making a very real difference in the lives of dogs who otherwise had little hope!
Sonja Lopez uses her education and experience in human medicine to change the outcome for dogs that others have given up on. She combines Massage Therapy, Water Therapy, Muscle Stimulation, and techniques to increase success in Brain & Muscle Group Retraining.
Sonja uses a Real Food diet at the Broken Wiener Refuge. The specialty K9 Kuisine was developed using her research and by working closely with her Veterinarian. The results she has seen in the dogs has led her to believe that diet plays a critical role in rehabilitation.
Improving quality of life for a broken wiener dog, helping them take first steps, doesn't happen overnight. All the good nutrition and Regenerative Therapy in the world wouldn't do the trick without the magic ingredients of Love, Patience, and Lots of Positive Reinforcement.