ABOUT PAWS4PAWS

Paws4Paws is committed to keeping your dog healthy and happy. We offer a wide range of therapies through private home consults and a personalised treatment plan designed to your dog’s individual needs. 

 

We work closely with veterinarians in order to ensure the best possible care for your dog!

Sandra’s Story

Sandra’s dog Chito has been her inspiration and support throughout and Paws4Paws would not exist without him. He gave her a nudge back in 2012 to follow her passion and redirect her path from being an academic (anthropologist) to helping dogs live a longer and happier life. And he is living proof! He is now 14 years old and despite suffering from spondylosis and lumbosacral disease he is in great condition. Therapeutic strengthening exercises, remedial massage, myofascial pain release, trigger point therapy, and heat therapy have all contributed to him living a long and happy life.

Sandra became a Canine Myotherapist in 2015 and has continued professional development in canine rehabilitation. She is also currently enrolled in the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) program at the University of Tennessee and works one day a week as a vet nurse. 

Our Team

Sandra Bader

Sandra Bader

Owner and Therapist | Canine Myotherapy and Rehab

Sandra has completed her studies in Canine Myotherapy (CMT) at the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM, now ANME) in 2015. She also holds a diploma in Shiatsu/Acupressure (EastWest College), a Certificate in Remedial Massage (East West College) and a PhD in Anthropology (Monash). She has a particular interest in canine rehabilitation and has completed several continuing professional development courses in canine rehabilitation. She is currently enrolled in the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) program at the University of Tennessee and will complete her training in 2024. She also works one day a week as a vet nurse in a clinic on the Mornington Peninsula.

Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison

Therapist | Canine Myotherapy and Bowen Therapy

Jan is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist for humans and has worked in an Osteopathic clinic in Melbourne for many years. Five years ago she followed her heart and combined her massage skills and her love for dogs into becoming a Canine Myotherapist (National College of Traditional Medicine) and a Canine Bowen Therapist (International School of Bowen Therapy).  With her experience and expertise, she hopes to contribute to our dogs living happier, healthier, and longer lives.

Josephine Thompson

Josephine Thompson

Therapist | Canine Myotherapy

Josephine is a qualified Canine and Equine Myotherapist (NCTM, now ANME). After growing up around working horses and dogs, she became passionate about body maintenance, injury prevention, and balancing workload and recovery. She hopes to help people view their dogs as working beings and help treat their bodies as they would treat their own. Josephine has a 3 year old Bull Arab mix who has taught her a lot about keeping the balance of an active body and the importance of providing for a peaceful mind, something she believes Myotherapy sessions have played a significant role in. 

Chito

Chito

Emotional Support Technician | Training Specialist

Chito is qualified in being the best dog ever! He has been a great emotional support throughout the Paws4Paws journey, is always happy to be the test subject for a new technique or modality we learn, and has been the star of several workshops we ran to further our education. He is well and truly part of the Paws4Paws team. We love you Chito!