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 Williams (nee Marsh) | Physiotherapist specialised in Animal Physiotherapy
Masters Animal Studies (Physiotherapy)
Finalist Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist Award 2020 (IAVRPT – International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapist)
Titled Member – APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association). Member Animal Physiotherapy Group
Member IAVRPT (International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy)
Member IAPTAP (International Association of Physical Therapists in Animal Practice)
Brooke is a qualified Physiotherapist who graduated in 1997, with postgraduate 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. Physiotherapists work closely with the Veterinary profession, which fosters a uniquely holistic team approach to your animal’s rehabilitation.
She has established a busy purpose-built Small animal rehabilitation clinic on the Sunshine coast. Her practice also consults in Veterinary Specialist centers on the Sunshine Coast and has established Physiotherapy services throughout Brisbane Veterinary Specialist centres over many years of clinical practice. 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 a past Chair of the Animal Physiotherapy Group of the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) she is highly motivated member of her field and helped to establish the profession and training programs in Australia. Brooke has been involved in development and teaching on APA courses for Physiotherapists, lectured at Veterinary and APA conferences throughout Australia, and runs the canine residential schools of the postgraduate Veterinary Physiotherapy program from University of Liverpool. Brooke also mentors Veterinarians in clinical placements through CRI and CCRT. 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 in postgraduate programs.
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. Outside of work, Brooke is a proud mum of 2 busy young children, relishes in her family time (including with her rescue dogs and cat), and does boxing training and yoga as an outlet. Life is full and rewarding.
Holistic Animal Physiotherapy – formerly HAPS (Human & Animal Physio. Services)
Nicole – Practice Manager
Nicole is the glue to our practice. She has grown up on the Sunshine Coast and has a passion for animals. Nicole has competed on horses growing up and is a loving mum to her 4 dogs.
She originally started in the hospitality industry where she managed restaurants and cafes and then shifted into retail working in the horse industry. She has years of experience in customer service and this comes across in her friendly, efficient and honest service.
Nicole prides herself in assisting every 4 and 2 legged friend thats enters our practice the best she can and looks forward to welcoming you to our space.
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.