After retiring from nearly 20 years as a medic in the Royal Navy, Kelly retrained as a massage and hydrotherapist after her beloved Newfoundlands were diagnosed with both elbow and hip dysplasia. Seeing there was no centre which could provide all the services she wanted for her boys to avoid surgery, Kernow Paws Rehabilitation Ltd was born. To date, she has managed to avoid surgery using a combination of hydrotherapy, laser therapy, massage and correct diet and exercise.
Kelly qualified with merit in Canine Sports Massage at the College of Animal Physiotherapy, Aylesbury, Bucks, and is close to finishing the Diploma in Canine Physiotherapy at the same college. Kelly also has the Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and the Advanced Underwater Treadmill Certificate.
Kelly is a registered practitioner with the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT) and the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and is fully insured in accordance with their regulations.
A note from Kelly:
"I wholeheartedly believe in a holistic approach to the care of my patients, looking at all aspects of their lifestyle and I constantly strive to further my knowledge to provide a quality service to my patients and their owners."
When Kelly is not working at the rehab centre she is busy with her three children, 3 dogs, a cat and a husband!
Gemma also took an interest in hydrotherapy when her staffordshire bull terrier, Jazz, started to deteriorate with suspected degenerative myelopathy; a spinal condition which causes gradual paralysis of the hindlimbs. Due to her age surgery was not an option so Jazz attended weekly hydrotherapy sessions with added massage and chiropractic therapies when needed. This enabled Jazz to live a fulfilling life for a further 18 months.
Gemma has a keen interest in the ageing canine and post orthopaedic rehab patients.
Gemma also has the Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy and is working towards the Advanced Underwater Treadmilll Certificate and Level 3 in Canine Nutrition. Gemma is also a full member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) and is fully insured for hydro treatments and pet sitting!
A note from Gemma:
"It still amazes me just how beneficial hydrotherapy is for the elderly patients. Even those who have never been keen on water realise the relief and benefit of swimming or water walking and love their sessions. Owners can see the change in their pets, sometimes after only 4 or 5 sessions. It gives me a lot of pleasure to hear owners say they've got their puppy back!"
When Gemma isn't working she's generally out with her horse, Gromit, who is still ridden at 25 years old.