ABOUT US

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) Member APA, MACP, MANZAVPA

Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture (CIVT)
Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CIVT)
Diploma Equine Acupuncture (Australian College of Eastern Medicine)

Finalist Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist Award 2020 (IAVRPT – International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapist)
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)

Emily Peacock – Physiotherapist

Emily graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy
and has worked in private practice in North Brisbane for the last 5 years. She has always had a
love for animals, growing up with German Shepherds and later owning, training and competing
her dressage horse, Harley. Emily has since added a large, chaotic dog named Appa to her
family.

Emily initially became interested in animal physiotherapy after watching treatment sessions on
her own horse and entered physiotherapy with the intention to eventually complete her
Masters of Animal Physiotherapy. Emily has a passion for helping people participate in
meaningful activities and is very excited to transfer this to animals. She loves the joy that
animals bring to people’s lives, be it through a sporting capacity or as a companion and can’t
wait to meet you and your four-legged friends.

Bianca Heilbronn – Physiotherapist

Bianca graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons). Bianca consults in private practice as well as for various rugby, surf lifesaving and swimming teams and holds post-graduate qualifications in women’s health and pilates. Across both human and animal work, she particularly enjoys the journey of rehabilitation and the empowerment that comes with the return to aspired activities.

After retiring from competitive iron-woman racing, she completed a PgDip (Veterinary Physiotherapy) through the University of Liverpool. Inspired by shoreline watching of dogs freely running and swimming at our local Golden Retriever meet up (while one with a broken leg watched on) and driven by a great love for four-legged friends, Bianca was eager to enhance the well-being of our beloved animal friends through physiotherapy. Her aspiration is to collaborate with animal shelters and rescue organisations to restore even a small bit of joy in the lives of dogs who need a helping paw more than most. 

A water sports and camping enthusiast, her spare time is spent surfing, SUPing with her beloved dog, Sunny, adventuring, and playing rugby. Bianca believes dogs possess a unique ability to remind us to approach life with humility, gratitude, and appreciate life’s simple pleasures; and is simply thrilled to be able to work with them. 

Beccy – Receptionist

Being a Vet was a childhood dream which sadly didn’t eventuate. When Beccy saw the rare opportunity to work for ‘Holistic Animal Physiotherapy’  she went for it. Her love for animals has been life long and now she is living her dream.

Beccy has been in Australia from the UK for 21 years and  the last 12 of those years have been on the Sunshine Coast.  She has worked in customer service most of her working life as well as enjoying a nine year break from the workforce to raise her two now grown up boys.

Now Beccy is enjoying spending as much time as possible with her two new fur babies Maggie & Henry who can do no wrong! She looks forward to welcome all humans and animals into the Clinic and help this process run as smoothly as possible for you all. 

Kaylene – Receptionist

Working with animals has always been a dream job for Kaylene and when the part time position came up, there was a hesitation of a second to say ‘yes’.  Kaylene’s love and passion of all animals (will tolerate snakes!) is now, like Beccy – living her dream job.  Born in Queensland and after living in Sydney and Melbourne for some years, returned to live in the Whitsundays for nearly 10yrs before coming back to her beloved Sunshine Coast.

Kaylene has an extensive administration background and now enjoys hanging out with her beloved 12yr + Lab cross JJ who has been a client of Holistic Animal Physiotherapy for many years.

Over her lifetime she has had dogs/cats/birds and lizards.  Kaylene has experienced some bucket list ticks – riding horses along the Man from Snowy River track in Victoria many times and over the last 2 years has had the amazing experience of riding along the Zambezi River as well as through the swamps of Vanuatu at a horse sanctuary. Kaylene is looking forward to meeting everyone from humans to their beautiful four-legged family members.

Emma – Fear Free Dog groomer/Trainer

There are many dogs who are scared, debilitated or post surgical who need very specialised care when it comes to grooming. Every dog or cat deserves this to be as stress-free as possible. This is not just aesthetic but functional and necessary for quality of life. Learning how to do this positively, and as stress-free as possible in our calm environment with owners present is GOLD. You can also learn techniques for desensitisation with a qualified and experienced trainer/groomer.
 
We are so proud to introduce Emma who is Certified Fear Free Groomer with 18 years experience, a certified PTA trainer, member of the Fear Free Grooming Ethics Committee and member of the Pet Professional Guild of Australia. Currently undertaking Australia’s only Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training and 10 years training experience. A fear free groomer uses scientific, positive based handling and grooming techniques, communicating with dogs and teaching them that the grooming experience is enjoyable and rewarding.
 
She has a 13 year old Maltese x Shih Tzu rescue girl named Lady Daisy Elizabeth and a 2 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Ernesto Bryn, 5 hermit crabs and 3 fish tanks. When she’s not working with us, she is training dogs, furthering her industry education, collecting Care Bears and going to the gym.
 
This service is available on a Tuesday at our Nambour clinic at Holistic Animal Physiotherapy.

Providing Physiotherapy for animals - all creatures great and small