Meet the Contributors

 

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Steve Courtney

Master Dog Trainer & Behaviourist

Steve is the founder of K9 Pro, Australia’s premiere dog training facility and online equipment store and is a nationally accredited dog trainer, behaviourist , certified temperament assessor and law enforcement dog trainer with 30 years experience and thousands of success stories behind him.

Renowned for his expert skills across all areas of behaviour modification, Steve develops tailored programs based on years of experience working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments.  Steve has rehabilitated many aggressive, fearful and phobic dogs and is the preferred behaviourist for numerous vets, dog trainers, breeders, councils and instructors around the country.

Steve’s signature training programs for working and competition dogs are legendary within the dog training industry. He has designed and taught numerous dog training workshops for Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS), Customs and other Government Departments, as well as search and rescue groups.

Steve’s philosophy on training dogs is straightforward, pragmatic and proven:  It has to have a healthy dose of fun, deliver tangible progress, be simple enough to follow but technical enough to work. 

Steve believes that teaching and equipping dogs with fundamental life skills such as walking on a loose leash, remaining calm around other dogs, appropriate behaviour inside the house, coming when called every time and under all distractions, as well as learning good manners around people, food, toys and dogs, is the foundation for creating a dog happy life for all dogs and their people.

When it comes to the most ideal way to train a dog, Steve explains “I have not tried every method there is, but I have tried many, researched even more and I feel that with a good relationship, communication and reward system, most dogs can learn very fast and be very reliable.  This is how I train my own dogs.”

Steve also breeds working line Belgian Malinois under the kennel name Herzhund.

Dr. Karen Goldrick

Dr. Karen Goldrick

Small Animal Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Physical Therapies Practitioner

Dr. Karen Goldrick is a Small Animal Veterinarian and co-owner of All Natural Vet Care with Dr. Barbara Fougere.  Established in 2003, All Natural Vet Care was the first dedicated veterinary practice in Sydney to offer Integrative Veterinary Medicine that combines conventional treatments and services with complementary approaches, including herbal medicine and acupuncture.

She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and is currently completing her Certificate in Veterinary Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.  She has also trained in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, and Canine Massage for Rehabilitation.

Graduating from the University of Sydney in 1987 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, her early career interests were in the areas of emergency, anaesthesia and intensive care.  For the last 15 years she has followed her passion for Integrative Veterinary Medicine, with special interests in Veterinary Imaging and Ultrasound, Natural Nutrition, Cancer Care and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Karen’s holistic approach to patient care provides the “very best of both worlds”.  She believes in improving the wellness of her patients through diet, exercise, stress and anxiety management, decreasing exposure to chemicals, insecticides and toxins and reducing the frequency of vaccines while ensuring adequate protection against serious disease.

She uses a combination of therapies for her patients, including acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbs, Bach Flower Remedies as well as physical therapies to aid mobility.  These include chiropractic adjustment, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, therapeutic ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for natural paint relief.

She is committed to giving pet carer’s information and choice and where serious illness has taken hold, providing options for palliative care and end of life decisions.

Dr. Karen is a member of the Centre for Continuing Veterinary Education, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and the Australian Integrative Medicine Association.

She writes a regular column on holistic animal care for Wellbeing Magazine and is a former editor of the Journal of Veterinary Botanical Medicine.

Dr. Karen shares her chaotic life and home with black Labrador Kira, cats Yoshi and Tommi, long neck turtle Alex, as well as her two legged family, husband, John and teens, Jack and Briony.

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Tim Norris

Canine Muscle Function Therapist

Tim is a certified canine Myofunctional Therapist, Bowen Small Animal Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist who offers a comprehensive range of treatment approaches and manual therapy options for dogs (and their people) at his unique Sydney-based clinic,  Both Ends Of The lead. 

As a passionate dog lover and owner, Tim had always wanted to work with dogs.  This inspired him to qualify in a range of soft tissue therapies for dogs, blending many of the skills he honed during 20 years working as a human Sports Therapist and Corrective Exercise Specialist.  He offers a rare combination of therapy treatments for dogs and humans alike, so that they might lead healthier, happier and more active lives together.

Tim believes that any treatment for dog or owner should be more than just symptomatic and utilises effective strategies from his Eastern Medicine, Bio Energetics and Acupuncture training for preventative care and enhancing overall health and wellbeing.

“Our dogs may not understand every word we say, but they always respond to our body language, movement and emotional state.  Understanding what’s happening at one end of the lead will naturally affect what’s happening at the other end.  It’s just as important to be aware of your own wellbeing as well as that of your dog”, Tim explains.

His specialist approach sees him working synergistically with a range of veterinarian practices to provide dogs with the best possible treatment plans and outcomes for a range of conditions, including osteoarthritis, muscle injuries and lameness as well as post-operative therapy and rehabilitation, enabling dogs to live longer, happier and more active lives.

Tim is currently completing his training with the Animal College of Physiotherapy.  He regularly runs interactive canine health and wellbeing workshops for owners and their dogs on topics that include stretching and conditioning, acupressure, massage and stress management.

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Patty Walcott

Small Animal Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist & Physical Therapies Practitioner

Patty is a certified Small Animal Naturopath, Myofunctional Massage Therapist, Animal Nutritionist, Herbalist, and member of the Small Animal and Equine Therapy Association who has been providing holistic animal healthcare at her busy Sydney-based clinic,  Healthy Pets Naturally since early 2010.

Patty is committed to educating and informing pet owners on the benefits of taking a proactive and integrated approach to their pet’s healthcare; one that is safe, natural and effective in helping to build and support a strong, resilient and balanced immune system with improved quality of life.

She believes that sharing a close and collegiate relationship with pet owners is key to having a healthy pet.  “Where conventional medicine focuses on the disease or condition and on drugs to reduce the symptoms, holistic healthcare looks at the whole animal and all the factors that can affect your pet’s health and wellbeing, such as genetics, nutrition, family relationships, hygiene and stress factors.  I will often work with veterinarians to combine conventional treatment with a complementary approach to provide individual animals with the least toxic, least invasive, least harmful and most nurturing path to healing,” explains Patty.

Patty provides consultation and advice on a range of complementary therapies and medicines, including herbal & homeopathic remedies and natural supplements, as well as nutrition and diet for the promotion of good health and the prevention of disease.  She is also qualified in the physical therapies of Canine Myofunctional Massage, Photonic Therapy, Equissage, and Reiki Treatment for dogs and cats.

Kerry Allman - Homeopathist

Kerry Allman

Animal Homeopathist

Kerry is a certified Animal Homeopathist and qualified Advanced Vet Nurse who has been working with animals for more than 25 years.

Her interest in homeopathy was originally sparked by the impressive results achieved in curing a chronic ear infection that her beloved dog, Jed  had suffered with for most of his life; a debilitating condition that many years of traditional medications and surgery had failed to successfully treat and resolve.

Inspired by this unique form of medicine that stimulates the body’s natural healing ability, Kerry began her studies in Homeopathy For Animals and after completing four years of study, embarked on a new career in this field.

Her love for animals and her passion for natural therapies, treatments and products became the catalyst for starting her business, Natural Healing For Animals in the tropical North Queensland town of Cairns in 2012.  Relocating back to her hometown of Sydney in 2014, Natural Healing For Animals continues to rapidly grow at its new Castle Hill based premises.

Kerry provides consultation and advice to clients both locally and interstate, offering natural treatment options, remedies and relief for many pet health issues, including ear infections, skin problems, digestive issues, behavioural and anxiety problems, endocrine disorders, immune system dysfunctions and other chronic diseases.

Kerry is also certified with IAM Nutrition For Animals and is currently completing a certified course in Healing With Herbs with Dr. Randy Kidd (DVM, Ph.D).