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
Emily 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.
Mary was born and grew up in Canada. She came to England for a holiday in 1980 and has been here ever since. During her time in England, Mary has raised a family and enjoying the English countryside. She has had various jobs working as a receptionist and in administration roles, including a YMCA in London, the leisure industry, the charity DARE, the conveyancing department of a firm of solicitors, as well as for a business insolvency practitioner.
Mary was starting to think about retirement when she was approached by Suné to join the firm, working part-time and from home, which suited her; so in August 2020, Mary took over the “reins” from the previous practice manager, Hannah Gajos.
Mary manages bookings and deal with the general administration that is generated by the business; many of you will have spoken to Mary on the phone or had an email/text, nudging you to complete your forms!
Mary's interests include baking, knitting, dog walking, gardening and travel.