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Professional, trained and committed to your dog's care

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.

My most recent professional development includes:

  • Fear Freesm Certified Professional, USA (2018)
  • Pro-bono therapist for dogs rescued from research facilities, Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary, USA (2018)
  • Noise Aversion Beyond Thunder & Fireworks, Zoetis online seminar (2018)
  • Coaching the Canine Athlete, one-day seminar with M Christine Zink, DVM, in Christchurch (2019)
  • Effects and Management of Chronic Pain, Fear Free Pets professional development course (2019)
  • The Business of Pain Management, Fear Free Pets professional development course (2019)

My academic qualifications include:

  • Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist, 2009
  • Canine Sports Massage Therapist, 2010
  • Senior Canine Massage Therapist, 2014

(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)

  • Diploma of Executive Management, NZ Institute of Management, 2004

I keep track of my professional development.  You can view the entire list here.

You can listen to the Radio New Zealand Spectrum documentary about my practice here.

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