Meet our team of professionals
Animal Performance & Therapy Center is owned by and operated by Lin McGonagle, MSPT, LVT, and focuses on sports medicine and animal rehabilitation. Ms. McGonagle has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Beaver College and an Associates degree from SUNY Delhi in the Veterinary Technician program.
Ms. McGonagle serves as the Past President of the Animal Physical Therapy Special Interest Group under the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has served as a consultant to the Practice Committee of the New York State Physical Therapy Association as well as the NYS Liaison to the NYSVMA. She is also a consultant to local veterinarians in the Finger Lake’s Region.
Lin has over 27 years of experience as a human physical therapist and 15 years as a rehabilitation specialist working with large and small animals.
Ms. McGonagle has presented at national veterinary and physical therapy conferences on animal physical therapy. She has contributed to several books and journals relating to animal physical therapy and attends continuing education courses each year to stay current in new interventions.
Lin and her family share their life with Telulah, a 3 year old basset hound, Chloe, a 15 year old black lab, and Mai, a 8 month old black lab, 2 cats, a horse and 2 goats. Telulah has earned her CGC, completed foundation training in agility, obedience and tracking. Mai is just starting training for field and water retrieving.
Dr. Yanoff is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She graduated from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1977 and from the Veterinary College in 1980. After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While in the Army she completed a residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University in 1991. She gained extensive experience with sports medicine working with the military working dogs. Dr. Yanoff retired from the Army, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, in 2004 after almost 21 years of service. In 2005 she joined the staff at Colonial Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, New York, as their second surgeon. She retired from Colonial at the end of 2009 to spend more time pursuing her main interest, canine sports medicine. Dr. Yanoff shares her life with her 6 year old beagle, Charm, 1 year old beagle, Ivy, two cats, a donkey, and several chickens. Charm (CH Wilkeep Third Time’s A Charm, CD, RE, AX, AXJ) is Dr. Yanoff’s third performance beagle. She shows Charm in obedience, agility and tracking. Ivy is in training for obedience, confirmation, agility and tracking.
Tracy Sklenar is Leader Of The Pack’s Owner and Training Director and an instructor at Susan Garrett’s Say Yes! Dog Training (Ontario, Canada.) Tracy is also a regular contributor of training articles and event coverage to Clean Run and DogSport magazines. She was also the Manager of Team Canada at the IFCS 2008 World Championships in Ingelmunster, Belgium, helping to bring home a variety of individual medals as well as the Bronze medal in the team event.
Before moving to central New York, Tracy was on the staff of the Behavior Department of the ASPCA in New York City, and has appeared on Animal Planet’s “Animal Precinct.” She is a popular instructor and seminar presenter, having taught for clubs and schools throughout North America.
Tracy has trained extensively with Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Greg and Laura Derrett and Susan Salo, implementing their methods into her training and teaching. She has also been lucky enough to work on the “mental game” with Olympic-champion-turned agility champion, Greg Louganis
Tracy specializes in motivational training methods, behavioral problem solving, operant conditioning and clicker training. She believes that agility should be positive, motivational and fun for both the dogs and the handlers, and enjoys helping teams find the joys in challenging work. She has honed her skills under the finest trainers and handlers on the planet, including Bob Bailey, Susan Garrett, Greg Derrett and Laura Derrett.