Brooke Williams (nee Marsh) | Physiotherapist specialised in Animal Physiotherapy
Masters Animal Studies (Physiotherapy)
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)
Anna Clarke – Physiotherapy Assistant/Veterinary Nurse
Anna has been a Physiotherapy Assistant with Holistic Animal Physiotherapy for nearly 6 years. Before entering into the canine rehabilitation world she had over 11 years’ experience in the Veterinary Nursing field. Anna worked at various veterinary clinics in the UK and abroad before settling at a renowned veterinary hospital in London where she became head nurse.
She always had a passion for canine rehabilitation in the UK and when she moved to Australia nearly 8 years ago she met Brooke and became her Physiotherapy assistant after completing extensive training and an internship with Holistic Animal Physiotherapy. Anna has recently completed the Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation module with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and will be continuing with her study in this field. Outside of work she likes to keep fit and active – surfing, hiking, running and adventure racing are some of her favourite pastimes.
Sally Elsom – Physiotherapist (BPhty)
PGrad Dip Veterinary Physiotherapy
Member APG, APA
Sally has enjoyed a successful career as a physiotherapist for 20 years. She has been a senior physiotherapist in tertiary hospitals in both the UK and Australia, working with a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties, including critical care. Sally completed a Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Science in 2010. Sally has been heavily involved in the education of physiotherapists and physiotherapy students.
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.
In 2016, Sally took the plunge to make her dream of working with animals a reality, and moved to the Sunshine Coast to work with Brooke Marsh at Holistic Animal Physiotherapy, and also enrolled in Masters of Veterinary Physiotherapy through the University of Liverpool (UK). Sally recently passed her exam at the completion of the course work component of this degree, and only has the research project to go. She has also completed the level one Animal Physiotherapy course through the APA, and convened the level two Animal Physiotherapy course (canine).
Sally is very active in the dog sports community with her 2 Border Collies – ‘Scout’ and ‘Jem’ who she adores. When she isn’t studying, she is training or competing in flyball, sheep herding and jetty jumping.
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. Sally is located primarily in Brisbane to service the clinics at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Animal Referral Hospital.