Leanne George MSc Vet Phys, BSc Phys, MCSP, ACPAT Cat A
Practice Co Owner & Chartered Physiotherapist
Leanne lives in the new forest where she has lived all of her life and is thrilled to be working in the surrounding area doing a job that she used to dream of. Leanne completed her human physiotherapy degree at Southampton University and went on to complete her post graduate Veterinary Physiotherapy study through the University of the West of England being based at Hartpury College. Leanne has been actively involved in horses from a young age and still regularly competes at both local and affiliated level; predominantly in eventing; where she has had successes at novice level, especially with her ex-racing mare. She also enjoys her dressage and schooling horses to a high standard. She currently has some homebred youngsters that she is bringing on with the aim of them competing at eventing. Leanne has been an active instructor in the area, both privately and for the local pony club. She has had experience with breaking and training youngsters and often re-schools horses. As a Chartered Physiotherapist part of the treatment process often involves providing a rehabilitation program to enable the animal to recover back to full fitness. Leanne believes that rehabilitation is the missing link between treatment and recovery. This hugely neglected area in animal treatment is an area that Leanne is bridging with her equestrian skills and physiotherapeutic knowledge.
As an instructor, incorporating a physiotherapy approach concentrating on posture, balance and co-ordination can have a huge beneficial impact on the way of going of a horse, giving the missing link between horse and rider observations of balances and imbalances. Together with the horses Leanne has a passion for dogs, with her family currently having a collection of Border Terriers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. She is now enjoying applying her physiotherapy interests and skills to working with dogs and rehabilitating them back to fitness. Alongside working over this next year Leanne will be completing a research dissertation project in a subject of interest to her, with the aim of applying any relevant findings to her everyday practice.
Stephanie Brighton MSc Vet Phys, MCSP, BSc(Hons) Phys, ACPAT Cat A Practice Co Owner & Chartered Physiotherapist
Stephanie qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2002, going on to specialise in paediatrics for the last 7 years, developing world renowned skills in paediatric neurology and respiratory care. She then qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 with an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy. From which she had her research published in the Veterinary Journal “Kinetics of jump landing in agility dogs” in November 2010.Further to this Steph went on to working within central London in a hydrotherapy and specialist veterinary referral centre for neurology. This provided Steph with vast experience in Canine hydrotherapy and Neurology, whilst working within a veterinary multidisciplinary team. Stephanie also has experience with post surgical management and management of diseases such as Osteoarthritis. Stephanie does however enjoy all aspects of canine treatment from management of elderly and companion dogs through to management of top canine agility athletes. Steph started working with the practice in 2009, and has subsequently given lectures throughout the country and treated horses across Europe. Within the equine community Steph specialises in the treatment of racehorses working as part of a multidisciplinary team with the trainer, vet, farrier and other relevant persons. Steph has been instrumental on advising on the integration of alternative training programmes in race horses and the use of laser acupuncture alongside musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has also assisted at competitions and carried out on site therapy to assist in recovery and athletic performance. Stephanie is currently spending her spare time retraining her rescued race horse and her rescued agility collie.