Katrinka is a qualified Physiotherapist, a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APAM), and representative for APA Animal Physiotherapy Group. She has recently completed her Masters’ degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

Katrinka entered the veterinary industry in 2006 as a veterinary nurse, with a keen interest in animal rehabilitation. This passion led to the pursuit of a career in human physiotherapy, with the intention of transferring her physiotherapy skills to animal care. She has worked for over 10 years as a senior physiotherapist in a variety of roles, in particular acute inpatient care and rehabilitation.

Katrinka made the transition to animal physiotherapy in 2017, spending three years working as an Animal Physiotherapist in Sydney at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2020.In 2021 Katrinka founded OPTIMA Animal Physio, a Sunshine Coast based physiotherapy service specialising in the treatment and rehabilitation of domestic, working and performance animals.

Katrinka has a special interest in postoperative rehabilitation of animals following orthopedic and spinal surgery, as well as performance dogs and horses, and beloved family pets. Katrinka is passionate about animal physiotherapy and its unique complement to veterinary medicine,and thrives in helping patients return to their optimal function and performance. Outside of physiotherapy, Katrinka is a keen sports woman. When not working, you are likely to find her exploring the outdoors.

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