Growing up in country NSW, Chris was born into a family where horses were a central part of life. Her parents met in Western Australia while studying horse stud management and the family went on to own and operate businesses in farriery and blacksmithing, starting young horses, retraining horses and later as owner-trainers and breeders of thoroughbreds.
With horses forming an integral part of Chris’ early life, it seemed inevitable that the year 2000 would see her travel to Western Australia to study Veterinary Science at Murdoch University. The following five years contained plenty of hard work and fun, all the while Chris maintained her passion for all things equine. She even found time to participate in endurance riding events, helping out at studs during breeding season, as well as working nights nursing horses suffering from the dreaded sand-colic.
After graduating in 2004, Chris travelled to India to work with an Australian charity organisation providing basic veterinary care in local communities. Expecting to be working with donkeys and mules, Chris’s project focus ended up being on street dogs and public health. It was here that Chris found her passion for community work and travel, which provided invaluable experience and adventures in the years to come.
Chris funded her community work and travel with short-term locum work throughout Australia and this continued happily until she took a two week locum job in Ballina. Two weeks turned into two months, two months to a year, and seven years on, Chris is still here and now calls the area home.
Living in the Northern Rivers with her dog Shanie and horse Millie, Chris has focused her attention on working closely with horses again. Chris completed her studies in Bowen Therapy in 2012, with qualifications in both small animal and equine therapies. Chris has a holistic approach to health and found that many of her equine patients had dental problems that were affecting their overall health. Having always had a strong interest in preventative medicine and animal welfare Chris found that adding Equine Dentistry to her services made sense.
Chris is committed to keeping up to date with developments in this exciting and dynamic area of equine healthcare and has completed many Equine Veterinary Dentistry courses, workshops and attended conferences in both NZ and Australia.