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About Us

Brooke Marsh | Physiotherapist specialised in Animal Physiotherapy

Masters Animal Studies (Physiotherapy)
(BPhty, MAnimSt) 

Immediate past Chair Animal Physiotherapy Group (APG) 

APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association)

Australian Rep for IAVRPT (International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy)

Member IAPTAP (International Association of Physical Therapists in Animal Practice)

Brooke is a qualified Physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications (Masters in Animals Studies), and a Pilates instructor. She is amongst Australia’s leading Physiotherapists specialised in Animal Physiotherapy.

She works at a busy small animal clinic at North Coast Veterinary Specialists (NCVS) on the Sunshine Coast and Queensland Veterinary Specialists (QVS) Northlakes.  In these settings she rehabilitates a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and enjoys providing holistic management to each of her clients.  Her rehabilitation includes a comprehensive treatment with her advanced Physiotherapy skills, acupuncture, underwater treadmill training, advice and provision of a specific home program to meet the needs of each animal. 

As the Immediate past Chair of the Animal Physiotherapy Group of the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) she is highly motivated member of her field. Brooke has been involved in development and teaching on APA courses for Physiotherapists, lectured at Veterinary and APA  conferences throughout Australia, and teaches students from University of Liverpool in their Post Grad Diploma of Veterinary Physiotherapy. She has written a chapter on Acupuncture in the latest edition of  Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals (Blackwell Publishing), soon to be published and is highly trained in Acupuncture for humans and animals.  

(Here is an article about Brooke in the 2011 APA In Motion magazine)

Brooke always strives to provide the best quality of care for all animals, with a great deal of respect for their behaviour and condition, and aims to maximise their quality of life. She prefers to work closely with the owners of the animals to provide daily care and ongoing management, with plenty of advice and support.

In QLD, Physiotherapists work closely with the Veterinary profession, which fosters a uniquely holistic team approach to your animal’s rehabilitation.  Each year Brooke presents to Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses and Physiotherapists at conferences and courses throughout Australia and teaches Physiotherapists, nurses and Veterinarians in Animal Rehabilitation.

While she has enjoyed many years in human private practice, she is now proud to transfer her skills to treating her 4 legged friends full time. 

Holistic Animal Physiotherapy – formerly HAPS (Human & Animal Physio. Services)

Anna Clarke - Veterinary Nurse/Physiotherapy Assistant

Anna qualified as a veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK  in 2003. She has worked at a variety of small animal practices including multi disciplinary referral centres and most recently a busy charity veterinary hospital near London where she was head nurse.

Anna has also volunteered overseas in the veterinary field including a 2 month trip to the Cook Islands where she assisted with de sexing and treating the stray dog and cat population.
Her interest in animal physiotherapy began in the UK where she assisted with and observed the benefits first hand.
Anna is excited to be part of the Holistic Animal Physiotherapy team and hopes to develop her skills in this field to maximise the quality of life of our patients.

Sally Elsom - Physiotherapist (BPhty)

Member APG, APA

Sally has enjoyed a successful career as a physiotherapist for nearly 20 years. She has been a senior physiotherapist in tertiary hospitals in both the UK and Australia. Sally’s expertise in the human domain lies with people with critical illness and also people with acute and chronic respiratory disease. She also has experience across many different areas of physiotherapy including orthopaedics, medical, neurosurgery and more. Sally has been heavily involved with the education and teaching of physiotherapy undergraduates as well as graduates, including lecturing at universities and a variety of physiotherapy courses. In 2012, Sally was fortunate to win the inaugural Australian Physiotherapy Association “I love my Physio” competition for her work with a young cystic fibrosis patient in the lead up to his life saving double lung transplant. 

APA Media Release - Physiotherapy Award Announced

More recently Sally has been able to actively pursue her life long dream of working with animals, and has begun studying for her Masters of Veterinary Physiotherapy through the University of Liverpool, UK via correspondence.  She has also completed the level one Animal Physiotherapy course through the APA, and more recently convened the level two animal physiotherapy course (canine).

Sally is very active in the dog community with her 3 year old Border Collie ‘Scout’, actively competing successfully in flyball, canine disc and jetty jumping, and in September Sally and Scout will be participating in the ACSW (Australian Canine Scent Work) Odour Recognition Test (only the second held in Queensland), so that she and Scout can compete in K9 Nosework trials in the future.

Her passion for dogs is obvious, and Sally looks forward to working with the Holistic Animal Physiotherapy team to help your animals reach their full physical and mental potential.

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