CAM team

Hannah Capon

Hannah Capon
MA Vet MB MRCVS, CAM Founder

Hannah has been a qualified first opinion small animal vet for 15 years. She is the founder of CAM which started off as a small one on one vet with owner external service in 2013. She had noted that there was a disproportion of dogs being euthanased for poorly managed arthritis and felt that this chronic disease needed to be managed differently. After a succession of euthanasias of dogs that had gone off their back legs, she felt compelled to initiate CAM online and help owners through an online platform as she had noted there was a lack of consistent reliable no commitment to buy resources for owners of dogs with arthritis to turn to. Hannah continues to work as a vet as well as expand her one on one service. Her other full time job is looking after the star of the show Holly her 14 years old Collie who suffers from lumbosacral disease. 

Gwen Covey-Crump
BVetMed CertVA Dip.ECVAA MRCVS

Gwen has been a vet for 16 years and, after 3 years in general practice, went off to train as a specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and pain management. Over the last 5 years she has concentrated her efforts into setting up a chronic pain clinic at the veterinary referral centre where she works. Vets can refer complex cases for her expert opinion on how to manage pain in dogs and cats. She uses medication and acupuncture and works alongside 2 physiotherapists and a hydrotherapist to provide a truly holistic service which includes lots of advice to the pet owners on how to improve their pets condition through their own efforts. Through this experience Gwen has come to realise just how much need exists for an increased awareness about chronic pain, both vets and the pet owning public need more information to help manage the debilitating and life-shortening disease that is arthritis.

Daisy Tipping

Daisy Tipping

Daisy has recently joined the team working as Hannah’s PA after being a full time mum to 3 year old daughter Poppy. Prior to this Daisy worked at the Arundel Equine Hospital for 12 years where she originally started working as an equine nurse but then moved into the office as a reception and was promoted to reception manager. Her role then changed again when she was asked to run the clinic and liase with the clients and deal with the inpatient paperwork and also set up and run the closed pharmacy within the practice. During her time being a mummy Daisy did some part time work for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and also administration for Sussex Animal Acupuncture. 

Kirsty Cavill

Kirsty Cavill
BSc (Hons) RVN Galen Canine Myotherapist

Kirsty qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1991 and has worked in various disciplines including small animal, mixed practice and exotics. Kirsty is our go-to person for all things social media. In 2016 she graduated with an honors degree in Natural and Environmental Science and has a keen interest in all aspects of the natural world. Kirsty is currently working towards the Galen Myotherapy Diploma. She has a longstanding interest in incorporating rehabilitation, especially of senior dogs, into general practice.

A proud mum of three boys and the devoted owner of Sam the Golden Retriever that features through out CAM posts. Kirsty is currently loving life in Devon and while not working on CAM projects or working in practice she volunteers on the Discovery and Learning team at Dartmoor Zoological Park. 

Luisa Greig

Luisa Greig
BSc Equine Science, MSc Animal Manipulation, Registered Galen Canine Myotherapist

Luisa qualified as a McTimoney Animal Therapist in 2011, then later as a Galen Canine Myotherapist in 2013. Prior to this, she gained experience as a veterinary nursing assistant in small animal practice, and at a large canine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation referral centre in Guildford.

Patients with arthritis, chronic pain, mobility and postural issues form a large part of Luisa‘s current West Sussex based practice. Educating, supporting and assisting owners in managing their arthritic dogs is key to the job. The home environment, exercise, pain indicators, other therapies, and lifestyle advice are all considered. She is a keen advocate of a multi modal team approach, and dedicated to improving her knowledge and skills.

She is mum to two Alaskan Malumutes, one of which is arthritic himself, and two Canadian Eskimo Dogs, who are raced during the winter season at various rallies across the country.

Lynsey Tindall

Lynsey Tindall
AVNDip(Med)RVN

Lynsey qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and gained the RCVS diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2008. She works in practice in Brighton, in a busy first opinion, referral and emergency clinic. Lynsey is currently working towards the Galen Myotherapy Diploma and will be working with Hannah as a CAM therapist once she has achieved this. She lives in West Sussex with her husband, two children, cat, crazy dog and five chickens. Mabel the dog is a Flat Coated Retriever cross, who is a beautiful family dog and a sandwich short of a picnic!

Kerrie-Oakley

Kerrie Oakley
RVN and Veterinary Physiotherapist

Kerrie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 where she worked in various disciplines from domestic animal, livestock and Orthopaedics. In 2007 Kerrie made the transition into teaching and trained Veterinary Nurses, Animal Management and Agriculture students while gaining a teaching Qualification.

In 2012 Kerrie decided that she needed to go back to practice but in a different capacity so embarked on a Veterinary Physiotherapy course which lead her to qualifying in 2014. Since then Kerrie has been running a mobile Veterinary Physiotherapy company across Sussex, Surrey and parts of Kent and Hampshire while also helping out as a night nurse/Veterinary Physio at Anderson Abercromby Veterinary Referrals in Surrey.

Shona Fernyhough

Shona Fernyhough
BVM&S MRCVS MSc

Following graduation in 2001 Shona worked in general mixed practice for 6 years. During this time she developed a particular interest in pain management, which led her to undertake postgraduate training in veterinary acupuncture with the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists) in 2006. In 2007 Shona left general practice to focus her time and clinical skills towards supporting patients, owners and veterinary colleagues in chronic pain management. She set up her own practice in Devon working with clinical pain assessment, acupuncture, home environment assessment, nutrition and stress and exercise management.

Shona really enjoys working with geriatric patients, and also patients recovering from injury. She has a particular passion for supporting and empowering owners in adjusting to life with an ageing or otherwise less mobile companion, and also in raising awareness within the public and veterinary profession around the importance of a multimodal treatment approach for chronic pain.

Shona loves being mum to her 17 year old daughter, and taking every opportunity for outdoor adventures with her family.

Currently in between having a dog at home, she spends time with her 8 year old cat and young tortoise.

Romny Cristopher

Romny Cristopher
UI/UX designer & Front-end developer

Romny is a UI/UX designer and Front-end developer who joined the team working as support for the CAM web environment. He lives in the center of the Caribbean, in Dominican Republic, where the summer always lives. A car lover that uses his free time to discover new places in the city and conquer dungeons on the internet.

Jennifer-Kew

Jennifer Kew
NVQ level 3 in Business and Administration

Jen is our Veterinary Team Coordinator and is always busy behind the scenes to keep CAM running. Having worked as a senior administrator in in a variety of industries, Jen turned her attention to the canine world and is now studying to be a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. When not working, Jen spends much of her time with her four-legged best friend and is devoted to raising awareness of arthritis after her boy developed Spondylosis at just 5 years old. Having been a keen user of the CAM Foundation forum, Jen has first hand experience as a pet owner of arthritis and the difficulty of getting a diagnosis and putting together a multi-modal care plan.

Carly Nairn

Carly Nairn
Registered Veterinary Nurse

She has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for 13 years, head nurse for 9 years and actually in practice for 17 years! She has worked in mixed and small animal practice in South Devon and have done every bit of nursing you could imagine. In the last 6 months she instigated the use of Laser therapy in practice and have seen amazing results not only for things like wound healing but mainly in arthritis, her patients have shown different degrees of improvement but actually seeing the change in them has been amazing.

She is currently in the process of moving her career into the rehabilitation route and she’s going to do hydrotherapy and physiotherapy as well as keeping up with her laser therapy.

In her spare time she is a fundraiser for Galgos del Sol a charity in Spain who rescue and treat Galgos and before that she fundraised for Greyhound rescue in the UK.

Kim Rufus

Kim Rufus
Registered Veterinary Nurse​

Kim is qualified as a Veterinary Nurse back in 1998 and overall she has been in general small animal practice some 25 years gaining lots of experience along the way.

Dogs have always fascinated her (her earliest memory is feeding her family dog, Coal, from her high chair) and she has had the closest bonds with all of them in her life including clients. She holds several interests including canine behaviour obtaining a Diploma in dog psychology and a Diploma in dog training. Other subjects she finds interesting is clinical nutrition (diet plays an overall important factor in health) and oncology after a recent diagnosis with her lad, Mak.

She held an interest and believe in complimentary and holistic therapies and how these can be integrated into Veterinary practices. With this is mind she undertook a two year course to train and learn canine massage therapy used to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries and support Orthopaedic issues such as Hip Dysplasia. This is still a fairly new form of treatment in the Veterinary world so it is slow progress however it is under estimated especially as a tool for pain management alongside hydrotherapy or physiotherapy. She passed her exams after extensive study and she can proudly say she is a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist owning and running her own business, Macoby Canine Massage Therapy and a full member of the Canine Massage Guild.

She feels that senior care is often over looked and there is a lot more that can be done to help especially Arthritic patients alongside conventional medicine. Since being a massage therapist she has developed an understanding of pain management and the various modalities that can help, that’s when she discovered CAM and she knew she wanted to be involved.

Melanie Bruder

Melanie Bruder
Occupational Therapist and Small Animal Physiotherapist, DipCOT, PostGrad Cert(Dist), HPC, IRVAP

Mel has worked in the NHS for over 25 years, mainly in the field of acute paediatrics and heads a small team at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital. Her areas of specialism include paediatic rheumatology, paediatric hands and chronic pain management. Mel has a further degree in systemic family therapy

In 2014 Mel qualified from Nottingham University School of Veterinary Medicine and Science as a small animal physiotherapist, having undertaken her practical training with Barbara Houlden at K9 Hydro services, and Helen Fentem-Jones at Dick White Referrals.

Mel now has her own business, Phoenix Veterinary Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, providing a mobile physio service, and a specialist veterinary splint making service. Mel is passionate about providing a service where therapeutic handling is at the centre of therapy. She enjoys working holistically with owners to maximize the functional abilities and quality of life for her patients and their owners.

Mel has 5 badly behaved Basset Hounds, all over the age of 11 and a variety of other creatures sharing her home! She is a closet rabbit  lover , and has an opinionated 10 year old house rabbit called Dillon! Her vet friends believe this to be a sign of insanity!

Sarah Campbell
BVSc BSc MRCVS

Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2012 and since then has been working in small animal general practice. Even before the discovery of CAM her main interest was in chronic pain management and trying to make sure the oldies get the best care possible. 

 She is a big believer in the complementary therapies and regularly refers arthritic patients for physiotherapy and hydrotherapy before altering their medication. She especially enjoys the challanges of managing arthritic patients with concurrent diseases after her own arthritic dog developed kidney failure. She is also looking to expand the treatments she can offer and to do an acupuncture course. 
 
In her spare time she can mostly be found training or walking her border collies. Failing that she will be at agility or flyball competitions or enjoying a nice dinner out with her partner Will!
Carolyn-Barber

Carolyn Barber

Carolyn first met Hannah in the consult room after her dog Angus had a seizure and was walking very gingerly. With a previous diagnosis of Arthritis, Hannah began treating Angus using Galen Myotherapy and after his very first session, there was a huge difference in his mobility. As an owner, Carolyn knows the importance of implementing a multi modal approach to support Angus and to give him the best care using a variety of techniques and specialisms.
Having joined CAM from the very beginning and now working as the CAM Media Coordinator, Carolyn manages our media libraries and is always on the look out for images of your dogs who fancy being a CAM Model!

Lisa Webb

Lisa Webb
Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist MA (Oxon) DipCABT (COAPE) RQF Level 6

Lisa is a COAPE Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist and holds the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology Level 6 (BSc standard) Higher Diploma in Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Neurophysiology and Therapeutics in Companion Animal Behaviour. She has over 10 years experience in animal behaviour and training and runs her behaviour practice, Canine Thinking, in and around her home county of Cheshire. Lisa works with both private clients and national and international animal rescue organisations on rehabilitation, training and behaviour cases. She also provides volunteer and staff training for rescue organisations, gives talks and lectures, and carries out dog behaviour assessments for rescue intake and rehoming, child adoption applications and for court cases.

Catie Francis

Catie Francis
BSc (Hons), Cert HSA, RCH, RVN

Catie began her veterinary nursing career in 1999 working in a mixed practice in Essex. Following a stint travelling and having a family she moved to Cambridgeshire where she continued nursing in both mixed and small animal practices before venturing into academia.  The last 10 years of her nursing career has involved the training and mentoring of student vet nurses both in an FE setting and in clinical practice back home in Essex, for almost half of this time she has also been a student herself, having recently graduated in Natural Sciences through the Open University. After deciding to leave veterinary practice in the summer of 2017 with no particular plan in place, looking for adventure, the opportunity arose to become involved in setting up the state of the art rehabilitation Blue Bear Animal Rehabilitation Centre in north east Essex. Thus, combining her love of anatomy with something to get her teeth into! She has since undertaken a small animal hydrotherapy certificate and is currently working towards her diploma. Catie has signed up because, when she is passionate about something, she is like a dog with a bone and as someone who suffers with chronic pain (she rides and falls off horses!) feels she has to be the voice for those who don’t have one!

Matt-Brunke

Matt Brunke
DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA Certified in Rehabilitation, Pain Management and Acupuncture,
Diplomate of the Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group

Dr. Brunke is a native New Yorker, growing up in Queens. He received his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, graduating in 2004.

He received his certification in rehab in 2008 from the University of Tennessee CCRP program. He is also certified in pain management (IVAPM) and acupuncture(Chi Institute). He incorporates these into his athletic patients, as well as his hospice/palliative care services.

Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients. He just completed his residency requirements for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and sat for boards in January 2018.

He works at VOSM (Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group), and lives in the Washington DC area. Penny his 4 year old pit bull running buddy/ training partner and Adelaide the 3 year old Newfoundland

David L. Dycus

David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons- Small Animal

Orthopedic Staff Surgeon,
Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM)

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.

His research was focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to for cruciate rupture. To remain on the cutting edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery and numerous other veterinary and human orthopedic journals.

Dr. Dycus has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification in 2010, and he became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. Currently Dr. Dycus practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM). He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition he is the founder and CEO of Dycus Veterinary Consulting

June Le Fevre
PDip V.Phys, MIRVAP, FP-MT, CCFT

After a full on career as a Procurement Specialist, June decided to “do what she loves” as opposed to doing what she needed to do to pay the mortgage and re-trained as a Veterinary Physiotherapist.  June has loved dogs all her life and indeed when she was born there was a “household” pet dog, so when she was old enough and had her own home, it was natural that she got her first dog.  Since that time. she has both competed and instructed competitive obedience and agility, very occasionally she will dip her toes into the world of breed showing (conformation).  

Over the last two years, June has become fully qualified as a small animal veterinary physiotherapist (www.positivepawformance.co.uk), and as a FitPaws Master Trainer as well as a  Certified Canine Fitness Trainer.  June feels passionately about the welfare of dogs and about the CAM cause.

Tania Paterson

Tania Paterson
Graphic & Web Designer

Tania is a graphic and web designer with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Living and running a design consultancy in the Scottish Borders with her husband while wrangling two hyperactive Border Collies Talisker and Nevis.

In her spare time she enjoys Fitpaws and competing in dog agility with her younger mad collie Nevis, who she struggles to keep up with. “we’re both very much novices, but find it great fun!” Craig acts as chief caravan driver and dog groom!

Talisker, was in his second year of agility competition when diagnosed with early onset arthritis when he was only 6. Two years on, a chance meeting with Hannah at their local vets in February gave Tania the chance to say thank you for all the information that was available to her through CAM website and Facebook to help manage Talisker’s ongoing condition as effectively as possible.

Now she’s delighted to have the chance to put her own skills to use and give something back by helping the wonderful CAM team with their graphics work.

Kate Lister

Kate Lister
Student Representative

Kate has recently joined the team as a student representative. She is currently in her 4th year of veterinary medicine at RVC and hopes to work in small animal general practice.
 
Kate got inspired when Hannah gave a talk at RVC for International Women’s day and wanted to be involved straight away. Having had an arthritic lab she understands the importance of correct management and wants to spread the work CAM does across the student population.