Hailing from Ireland, Eilís grew up in the countryside surrounded by animals, including her ever faithful Rough Collie, a multitude of feline companions, as well as Connemara ponies and even donkeys. Much to the dismay of her folks, Eilís ‘caught the horse bug' at an early age, when a school friend introduced Eilís to her pony – and it was love at first sight! It wasn't long before Eilís was spending all her time with ponies, in her element grooming horses, mucking out stables and exploring the Irish hills and forestry by horseback with her Rough Collie by her side. She was fortunate enough to be able to spend her weekends at pony clubs, hunter trials, eventing and show jumping.
Summers were spent working with mares and foals in Coolmore stud, learning all about the Thoroughbred industry in Ireland, and shadowing as many Veterinary Surgeons as would tolerate her, as well as working with boars, sows and piglets on a variety of pig farms.
Eilís graduated as a physiotherapist in 2007 from the University College of Dublin, Ireland, before travelling to New Zealand where she worked in private practice for 12 months. She traveled to Melbourne in 2008, planning to gain a further 12 months experience abroad, and is still here today.
After several wonderful years of working with people in both the acute and sub-acute public health sector as well as in private practice, Eilís decided to take the plunge and pursue her dream of studying Veterinary Physiotherapy.
In 2013, Eilís commenced her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the University of Liverpool, UK, with a mixture of online correspondence and working with Australia’s most established physiotherapists to complete the practical tasks. Eilís completed her postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2015, and has since completed her Master’s Degree, evaluating long term outcomes for dogs post-cranial cruciate ligament surgery.
In addition to her equestrian and animal work, Eilís also works in the hospital setting providing outpatient physiotherapy for people recovering from orthopaedic surgery, musculoskeletal injury or for those suffering from persistent pain.
When not doing anything physio related, Eilís is most likely found trail running, dabbling in art or hanging out with her two adopted hounds, Indiana Jones and Greyhound Adoption Program retiree Zafonic Josh, exploring the beautiful countryside of Victoria.