MEET THE TEAM...
Heather Whitfield - Owner/Therapist
I have been involved in the companion animal industry since 2005 when I first started as a puppy handler, I then progressed to qualify as a dog trainer.
I started to present puppy socialisation classes and went on to present basic dog obedience training classes and was hooked for life!
In 2007 I qualified as a canine behaviourist and in 2008 as a Tellington Touch practioner, Durning this time I studied in the UK and qualified as a canine hydrotherapist.
I am the proud mommy to Jesse and Scofield my elderly jack russels and 20 hedgehogs!
Michelle Shackleford - Therapist/Practice Manager
Animals and helping animals in need has always been my passion, working in this field I have found my calling, being able to Heal the Hurting and Mend the broken is exactly what I strive for.
I have studied various courses from Animal communications, TTouch, Behaviour, Massage, Compassion fatigue and everything inbetween. I have completed my Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practionioner Course from the university of Tennessee in 2016.
I have also in conjunction with some friends opened up my own non profit organisation in order to help feed dog in poor areas.
I have a bunch of rescue dogs at home who are the light of my life.
Kayla Du Toit - Therapist
As long as I can remeber I have wanted to work with animals for a living because I firmly believe that if you do what you love you dont have to work a day in your life. I grew up with dogs in the house and started horse riding at the age of 14.
I studied a 4 year course in veterinary physiotherapy at Equine-Librium College in Plettenburg bay. I have also been competing in Agility with my Cocker Spaniel, Hazel, which I thoroughly enjoy!
Jonas Thupilifana - Right hand man (and left)
Jonas came to South Africa in 2009 from his home town, Neno, in Malawi.
He started with Paws-itive Paws-abilities in 2011 and has grown into the most amazing second hand any person could wish for. He is our absolute all-rounder and has an amazing report with all the animals and clients alike.
Over the years Jonas has learnt valuable skills in kenneling, basic obedience and dog training equipment, handling patients, preparing the practice for the patients and doing all the necessary maintanice where required.