Sune du Toit
Physio & Managing Director
I graduated in BSc Physiotherapy, in South Africa, in 1997 and practiced as a Chartered Physiotherapist there for a year. I gained my post graduate acupuncture qualification in 1998 and in the beginning of 1999, I came over to England and began working in the NHS as a Chartered Physiotherapist, as well as practising privately. In 2002, I qualified as an equestrian veterinary physiotherapist and started working with Victoria Spalding, who is the British Equestrian team Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist. In 2003 I set up my own practice and started treating horses as a veterinary physiotherapist in Nottinghamshire, whilst continuing to practice as a Charted Physiotherapist.
In 2014, I started doing horse and rider physiotherapy clinics. I have always had an interest in helping riders and their horses work together to find that perfect mix of symmetry and balance. The clinics are a great benefit to those who attend them.
What sets me apart from many other physiotherapist is my holistic and multi-disciplined approach to my patients of both the human and equine variety. My human patients come from all walks of life, while the equine patients vary from the pleasure horse who enjoys a weekly hack out in the fields to the eventers, PSG dressage horses and racehorses.
Throughout my career, I expanded my expertise by doing several courses. Courses I have completed 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 I use regularly on both human and equine patients.
I am a Clinical educator for the postgraduate students of the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy courses at Hartpury University and University of LIverpool.
During my spare time, I like to stay fit (although running around after my children keeps me quite active!). I own a lovely little Scottish Terrier and my cheeky Dutch Warmblood, Fresco.
Hannah Dury has been working with Sune du Toit and Associates for some time. Hannah supports the Equine Physiotherapy services by providing rehabilitation sessions.
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 ober 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 has been around horses for as long as she can remember. prior to university she competed nationally in showjumping producing her own horses, before eventually competing for both her school and university teams in both dressage and showjumping.
Many of you will have spoken to Hannah Gajos on the phone, practice manager who keeps Sune and Hannah Dury on the road! Hannah manages bookings and deals with the general admin generated by the business.
The two Hannahs do very different jobs and should not be confused!