Our New Rehabilitation Centre

We are very excited to present to you our new purpose built complete animal rehabilitation centre on the Sunshine coast

brooke marsh holistic animal physiotherapy australia

Brooke Williams (nee 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 and the Director of Holistic Animal Physiotherapy.

She works at a busy small animal clinic at North Coast Veterinary Specialists (NCVS) on the Sunshine Coast directs the clinics at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Animal Referral Hospital in Brisbane.  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 manual skills, acupuncture, underwater treadmill training, laser therapy, and 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. Brooke also mentors Veterinary rehabilitation students with externships from international courses. She has written a chapter on Acupuncture in the latest edition of  Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals (Blackwell Publishing), and is highly trained in Acupuncture for humans and animals.

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.

Physiotherapists work closely with the Veterinary profession, which fosters a uniquely holistic team approach to your animal’s 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. (Here is an article about Brooke in the 2011 APA In Motion magazine). Outside of work, Brooke is a proud mum of 2 busy young children, relishes in her family time (including with her dogs and chickens), and does boxing training as an outlet. Life is full and rewarding.

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

Sarah Ryan (nee Roberts) – Veterinary Rehabilitation Practitioner (BVSc, CCRT)

Bachelor Veterinary Science

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CRI)


Sarah graduated as a Veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2013. She worked in mixed general clinical practice for 6 years throughout New Zealand and Australia before combining her passion for the human-animal bond, dog behaviour and competitive dog sports to travel to the USA to complete her certification with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

Sarah moved to the Sunshine Coast to join the Holistic Animal Physiotherapy team and enjoy the vibrant outdoors on offer. She has two working breed dogs who keep her busy and have competed successfully in agility, rally-o, obedience and herding. Both also continue to drive her interest in the rehabilitation field with their orthopedic issues as they get older. 

Sarah looks forward to meeting you all and working with your pets. 

Nicole Mayer – Receptionist

The glue to any practice is the front desk person. Nicole is an asset to our team and has an affinity with our 2 and 4 legged (and sometimes 3 legged!) clients. 

Nicole has lived on the Sunshine Coast for most of her life after moving up to the Coast from Brisbane. She has always loved animals growing up with horses and competing in show jumping. She still has her horses aswell as her 4 dogs ……..
Nicole has worked as Restaurant/Cafe Manager for most of her life but her passion for animals saw a career change where for the last 9 years she has been working in the horse industry. 
Nicole is efficient, friendly and happy to answer any question. She manages reception for all locations through Brisbane and Sunshine coast and looks forward to helping you all further. 

Diane Knowles – Groomer and Hydrotherapist

Diane Knowles (nee Sandham)

Di grew up on the Sunshine Coast and has 20 years of experience working with animals.

She began her work with animals as a Zoo Keeper at Australia Zoo. She worked in the Reptile department caring for animals such as Komodo Dragons, Tortoises, many venomous and non-venomous snake species. She also spent several years working with the Australian Wildlife hospital rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles.

She then started and built a successful mobile dog hydrobath and grooming business on the Sunshine Coast. She has a natural affinity with animals. This has resulted in special relationships with her own dogs and also the ones she has cared for.

With 15 years of dog grooming experience Di offers a safe environment for clients dogs to be groomed while recovering from injury or surgery. She is also training to be a canine hydrotherapist. 

Di looks forward to meeting you and your precious pets in the clinic.

Providing Physiotherapy for animals - all creatures great and small