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I’m an environmental scientist with over 20 years of professional experience gained in consultancy, local government and research. In 2003, I adopted an English Pointer named Daisy who would become my muse. She had a myriad of health problems starting with dietary intolerances, then a poisoning from landscape work on our property, followed by arthritis diagnosed shortly after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and, in the final year of her life, inflammatory bowel disease.
To manage her health, we needed more than traditional veterinary care and I began my path to becoming a professional canine massage and rehabilitation therapist. Along the way, I’ve studied dog behaviour and training with the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah and became NZ’s first Fear Free certified rehab professional (in 2018). 2019 marked my 10th year in professional practice.
I am committed to ongoing professional development and value my professional networks which include professionals from the USA and across New Zealand.
(All three certifications were gained from hands-on courses at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage, Colorado involving and exam and graded case studies.)
I keep track of my professional development. You can view the entire list here.
In December 2019, I was interviewed for the Dogs of New Brighton podcast. In Part I, I answer questions about my qualifications and practice and explain what occurred during Jess the Dog’s massage. In Part 2, I discuss Fear Free techniques, why I use a massage table, and the legal status of physiotherapy on animals in New Zealand. We also talk about responsible dog ownership and our Birthday Club.
You can listen to the Radio New Zealand Spectrum documentary about my practice here.
We met Kathleen when she and her greyhound Izzy did our Greyhounds As Pets homecheck in 2016. Shortly after we had our own greyhound, Mouse. Kathleen has been a source is well-researched knowledge ever since. She is caring and professional and works wonderfully with our reserved boy. We have attended […]
In-home consults are booked from 1 pm to 7 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays
We have partnered with the MoveWell massage and yoga studio to offer doga (yoga with your dog). Our first trial class with greyhounds was featured on Prime News, NewsHub, and in the Press/Stuff. Both you and your dog will benefit from the relaxation, stretching and bonding time in a fully air conditioned studio. First class on 22nd February 2020 is mandatory for all owners, you can register for individual classes after that or if you register for the entire series of 4, you'll receive a free gift worth more than $25 after the last class.