Who Are We?
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!).
Equine Massage Therapist & Equine Rehabilitation Specialist
Hannah Dury has been working with Sune du Toit and Associates for some time. Hannah supports the Equine Physiotherapy services by providing rehabilitation, pole work and massage therapy sessions.
Hannah is an invaluable member of the team.
Hannah completed her degree in BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation ay Writtle University College. Her dissertation research investigated the 'Factors affecting the use of therapeutic intervention by horse owners in the UK'. Alongside her degree she completed the Equinology Equine Body Workers certification which required over 300 hours of training, examination and study. She has also completed the Rock Tape equine taping course. Hannah is trained and qualified to perform musculoskeletal massage/bodywork techniques, along with developing and conduction rehabilitation and exercise programmes.
Hannah works alongside Sune with the rehabilitation and pole work clinics and offers mobile massage therapy and rehabilitation therapy sessions to equines and their owners.
Hannah has been around horses for as long as she can remember. Prior to university she competed nationally in show jumping and produced her own horses, before eventually competing for both her school and university teams in both dressage and show jumping.
Veterinary Physiotherapist & Chartered Physiotherapist
Emilie Shaw joined the practice in 2021 with the following qualifications: Bsc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, National Dip Dental Nursing, BSc Physiotherapy, PG Dip Veterinary Physiotherapy.
Emilie qualified in Physiotherapy from Salford University and then completed post graduate study at Hartpury University in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Emilie has experience of working with humans in orthopedics, respiratory, musculoskeletal, surgical and neurology fields.
Emilie is a registered member of professional bodies; Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN), The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) and Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).
Emilie is trained in human acupuncture and kinesiology taping and has completed further courses in neurological assessment and treatment techniques.
Emilie has always had a passion to work with animals. She has a long history of working with horses and dogs and has previously worked in Australia with trail and racehorses. Emilie now has three dogs of her own which she enjoys training with. In her spare time Emilie likes to explore new areas to hike, of course her 4-legged friends tag along too.
Practice Manager, Chartered Physiotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist ACPAT C
Passionate about learning and providing high-quality physiotherapy services, Kamil joined the practice in 2021 whilst still studying for her MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy. After four years working as a Physiotherapy Assistant in Leicester and then Bristol, Kamil qualified as a Physiotherapist with a First-Class degree from the University of the West of England in 2017. She spent three years working in the NHS and private practice before going on to start a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury University.
Kamil has experience of working with humans in paediatrics, trauma and elective orthopaedics and respiratory, as well as both acute and chronic neurology. In 2019 she went on to specialise in musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, helping to run three private clinics across Bristol.
Kamil is also a registered member of the HCPC, CSP and ACPAT. Kamil is further trained in human sports massage, deep tissue massage and kinesiology taping, and is under the ongoing mentorship of Pro-Sport Physiotherapist Dave O’Sullivan.
Kamil has been a horse rider for 20 years, and has had horses since she was 16 years old. She now owns two horses – Piglet and Ace. Whilst Piglet spends her time doing # fun Pony Club stuff, Ace has unfortunately been diagnosed with PSD and has spent the last year on a rehabilitation track livery. This means that Kamil has first-hand experience of rehabbing horses and is very familiar with the ups and downs of rehab!