About Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Centre and Michelle Monk
Over 20 years ago I started my physio journey as a human physio because I wanted to help people to have a better quality of life and mobility. Having always had a huge love for dogs, it was a natural progression to shift my skills over to animals. When I entered into the canine rehabilitation industry in Australia I was shocked to discover that our pets didn’t have access to the same quality physiotherapy and rehabilitation services as we as humans do. I became determined to change this for Australian dogs and their owners.
Initially I started with a short course in animal physiotherapy and not long after this we bought an existing Dog Swimming Pool and this became our first clinic. My husband Greg and I worked solidly to educate the vets around us about the importance of rehabilitation and the business steadily grew. We installed our first underwater treadmill in 2003 and the rehabilitation process for dogs accelerated.
Not long after this we took on a little dachshund ‘Roonie’. She had spinal surgery and couldn't walk, or toilet herself. Her owners were told she would never walk again. They were unable to manage her and had elected to euthanise her. This was when we heard of her plight and the owners agreed to sign her over to us.
Roonie gave us experience first hand the caring for and rehabilitation of a dog that was told she would never walk again. It took a lot of hard work, lost sleep, and lots of washing, but after 5 months of intense rehabilitation she was able to walk again!
This really proved to us that not only were we able to help dogs move and feel better but we could also save their lives. Roonie went on to live another great 6 years in our family until she passed on as an older dog.
In 2004 I completed my Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy and my award winning research proved we could help dogs recover faster and get back to doing what they love with their owners sooner. Since then we have been fortunate enough to help many dogs walk again, run again, and of course to save dog’s lives.
Over the years we have worked tirelessly to provide first class physiotherapy and rehabilitation services to pets and in 2009 we expanded our services to include distribution of custom animal prosthetics and orthotics from the world leader in this industry.
I am still completely passionate about providing access to rehabilitation for as many dogs and their owners as possible. Not just through my own clinics but also by teaching other health professionals such as Vets, Vet Nurses and Physiotherapists how to provide quality rehabilitation in their clinics.
I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had, to meet and help so many great dogs and their owners. Seeing a dog and their owner get back to enjoying life together, or for some, just maximizing their quality of life until the end is an extraordinary feeling that I'm fortunate enough to experience every single day.