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Meet The Team

Who are we?

Who are we all at Sune du Toit & Associates

Our main priority at Sune du Toit & Associates is to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and our equine athletes. Below you will find out a little bit about all of the members of our team, their qualifications and what makes them so invaluable to providing the best possible care to our patients.

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Sune Du Toit

Senior Veterinary Physiotherapist & Chartered Physiotherapist

Sune graduated in BSc Physiotherapy, in South Africa, in 1997 and practiced as a Chartered Physiotherapist in South Africa for a year. Sune then went to complete a post graduate acupuncture qualification in 1998 and in the beginning of 1999, she came over to England and began working in the NHS as a Chartered Physiotherapist, as well as practising privately. In 2002, Sune qualified as an equine veterinary physiotherapist and started working with Victoria Spalding, who is the British Equestrian team Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist. In 2003, the practise was launched, and she started treating horses as a veterinary physiotherapist in Nottinghamshire, whilst continuing to practice as a Charted Physiotherapist.

   

Throughout her career, Sune expanded her expertise by doing several courses. These courses include the "Pilates for horse riders" course through APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) and Kinesio Taping courses from KT1 – KT4, as well as KT1 and KT2 equine. Kinesio taping and Pilates are something that is used regularly on both human and equine patients.

 

Sune is a Clinical educator for the postgraduate students of the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy courses at Hartpury University and University of Liverpool.

 

During her spare time, Sune likes to stay fit (although running around after her children keeps her quite active!).

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Ruth Crossley-Wedgewood

Veterinary Physiotherapist
Member of NAVP

Ruth qualified from Nottingham University's Vet School in 2022 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy; and is returning to complete the MSc thesis this academic year. In 2015 she obtained her BSc (Hons) in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation where her dissertation investigated 'Biomechanical responses of the equine pelvis to different water heights during trot on a water treadmill'. In 2017 she also obtained her Equine massage certification.

Ruth began riding at the age of 9 at an inner-city stables, loaned her first horse at 15, and purchased her horse Ned in her final year of university in 2015. Ruth has been a client of Sune du Toit and associates since 2018 and has experienced her fair share of ups and downs in Ned's rehabilitation journey. This has led to years of developing their groundwork skills and they now enjoy long hacks in the woods and aim to start some low level dressage.

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Connie Elliott

Practice Manager

As the Practice Manager, Connie’s main aims are to provide an administration support network across the team and to the be main point of contact for all our patients. She offer a professional but friendly approach and enjoys building relationships with everyone she works with whether they have two legs or four!

Connie has a varied background that has given her the skill set for the position of Practice Manager. Having graduated from university with a 2.1 in Equine Sports Science, Connie then spent a couple of years providing freelance equine services. With a change of direction, Connie then headed off into Residential Childcare, where she started as a new face to Residential Care and worked with children from various backgrounds, which, at times was incredibly challenging. However, she enjoyed the challenge and went on the promotional ladder resulting in being the deputy head of care and finally on to the training officer and a diploma assessor.

During her time within Residential Care, her family grew, and they welcomed two children along with a chocolate Labrador and the odd pony or two. With a busy home life, Connie took the opportunity to work from home in an office admin role.

Around her time at work, Connie says she enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her daughter, they are regularly out training and competing as well as just enjoying being around them and all that they teach. Connie’s son is football mad, so the family generally spend their time at weekends between football pitches and show rings in all sorts of weathers.

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