Sandra is a qualified Canine Myofunctional Therapist with a background in Therapeutic Massage and Shiatsu for humans. Prior to working in the healthcare industry for humans and dogs, Sandra completed a Master Degree in Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a Phd in Anthropology at Monash University, and held lecturing positions at the University of Melbourne and Monash in the past. Today Sandra dedicates her time fully to improving our dogs’ quality of life. She is the founder and owner of Paws4Paws (since 2015) and very proud mum of a Shepherd x Staffy.
Michael’s interest in canine rehabilitation, sports injury and conditioning came about indirectly through his hobby of training, trialling and showing his Weimaraner’s, thus turning a profession of 25+ years as an architect, to that of a “canine rehabber” specialist. A CMT certification at NCTM led to extended training in other allied modalities including Bowen, K-taping, acupressure and laser eventually leading to studies in CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) and many other international continuing education programs.
Faye is a NCTM graduate of Canine Myofunctional Therapy, who joined SAENA in 2018. Faye has a Diploma in Animal Technology and worked as an animal technician for 10 years. As a wildlife lover, she has been a penguin guide in Melbourne and rehabilitated elephants, moon bears and rhinos overseas. Blending her interest in animals and natural health, Faye also became a qualified Canine Bowen Therapist and runs her pet practice, Sit Stay Heal. She also works part time as a quarantine officer and is a loving mum to her 2 fluffy dogs, a Pomchi and Pomeranian X.
Tasha is a qualified Canine Myofunctional Therapy practitioner with more than 10 years experience working in the animal husbandry industry, who founded her business, Release The Hounds: Canine Muscle Therapy, in 2018. Tasha also has a Bachelor in Animal Science and Management and her passion for promoting wellness for all has led to her recently joining the aged care industry in administration. The proud mum of a Dobermann, Tasha enjoys competing in conformation shows and dog sports.
Wendee became interested in canine massage when the mobility of her senior dog became restricted due to arthritis. Unable to find a local massage therapist she became trained in Canine Myofunctional Therapy through the National College of Traditional Medicine in 2018. Wendee has been involved in conformation showing and breeding of Manchester Terriers and is currently the proud mum to a 14 year old ‘Mannie’. She is passionate about improving all aspects of canine health.
Sarah has always had an affinity with animals and is especially passionate about equine and canine health and well-being. Sarah is currently studying a Diploma of Equine and Companion Animal Naturopathy at the National College of Traditional Medicine. Prior to commencing the Diploma, Sarah completed a Honours Degree in Marine Biology and Freshwater Ecology Bachelor degree at Deakin University and worked as an Environmental officer. Sarah is also very passionate about digital marketing and growing online businesses.
Katrina joined SAENA in 2019 after completing her Diploma of Equine Myofunctional Therapy at NCTM the year before. In addition to this, Katrina holds a Certificate III in Performance Horses, a Diploma of Horse Industry Management, and a Statement of Attainment in Saddle Fitting. Being involved with volunteer organisations such as WIRES, and Riding for the Disabled since a young age, Katrina became passionate about the health and welfare of animals. It was this passion that led her to pursue a career in natural therapies for animals, specialising in equines.
Melissa is currently studying the Diploma of Nutrition for Pet Companions through the National College of Traditional Medicine. Melissa is very passionate about the health and wellbeing of our pets and wants to help contribute to the sharing of quality information to our pet owner community.
Sandi founded SAENA in 2006 in response to the growing recognition of and demand for the need for an Association that sets standards in education and professional practice in the fields of natural therapies for animals. A qualified Medical Herbalist, Naturopath, Reflexiologist, Lecturer, Massage Therapist, and Founder of the National College of Traditional Medicine, Sandi also has a Masters in Education and Training and a Doctoral Degree. Having published many papers and authored books on natural medicine, Sandi is also in demand on the corporate speaking circuit with engagements both nationally and internationally.