Hello and thank you for visiting my corner of the web. I feel so honoured to share this space with you.
As anyone who knows me will tell you, my number one passion in life is animals. If I could surround myself with animals and just be with them, forsaking all others (well, most others - I'd keep a handful of my closest people nearby) I would be like a pig in mud.
I have loved animals since I was a little girl. Cats and dogs were always a part of our family. I was so lucky to share my childhood with Fred, Ginger, Tilly, Kitty Pride, Storm, Lockheed, Mirage, Wolverine and Alf.
Growing up with cats and dogs helped to instil in me a great love for our furry friends. So much so that when I was 11, I made the decision to stop eating my friends. I became vegetarian.
16 years later, I chose to forsake all animal products, not just in my food but in every product I use - I chose a vegan lifestyle.
As an animal lover, it seemed nonsensical to eat them or indeed, use products that contain parts of them. How can I love one and eat or use another?
As a girl, I dreamed of being a forest ranger. I wanted to surround myself with nature, be amongst the animals. But that was not the career path I chose. Rather, I became a lawyer - a construction lawyer.
After some time, as my calling to help the animals grew, I pondered how I could use my legal career to help animals. I stumbled across animal law and my life changed. I decided that I wanted to be a legal advocate for animals. I started attending animal law lectures and got involved with a university animal protection group.
In 2010, I was giving the tremendous opportunity to live my dream to become an animal lawyer - I was offered a job as legal counsel at Voiceless - The Animal Protection Institute in Sydney, Australia.
Despite being my dream job, it was emotionally taxing. I had to stay up to speed with our two focus areas - the commercial kangaroo industry and the factory farming industry - and was regularly exposed to the cruelties that are inherent in these industries.
What kept me going was the direct interaction I had at the end of every day with my cats, Lilly, Max and Elvy. This direct interaction proved to be a non-negotiable and an important factor in my future career choice.
I returned to Brisbane, Australia after three years of living the dream. I returned to work as lawyer in private practice. The frustration at not living my purpose grew. I wanted to do more. I wanted every day to take action to help animals.
I was helping animals through various pro bono involvements I had with animal groups and through speaking at animal rights rallies - but I wanted more. I wanted direct interaction with animals - those who reminded me why I do what I do.
And so came the idea to pursue animal naturopathy. Not only was this a profession that would allow me to spend my days directly interacting with animals, it also satisfied my interest in health and nutrition. I immediately started studying a Diploma in Small Animal Naturopathy through the National College of Traditional Medicine, and the rest they say is history.
And so here I am today, directly assisting cats and dogs with natural remedies for disease prevention and achieving optimum health. To say that I love what I do would under-estimate how I feel.
I get to help individual animals feel better!
I get to help make their lives happier (and of course, their humans too)!
You can't put a price tag on that.
Watching cats and dogs thrive as a result of the recommendations I offer their human companions for natural healing and disease prevention brings me so much joy. It's something I know I will be doing to the end of my days.
My legal qualifications and experience have not been left aside.
I maintain an active presence as an animal advocate - assisting with legislative change, policy improvements and education via collaborations with a number of organisations including Voiceless, The Animal Law Institute, the Centre for Compassionate Conservation and the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal.
As a passionate vegan, I use my knowledge of plant-based living to mentor others in their exploration of a plant-based lifestyle. You can find out more about how I help people as a plant based living coach here.
Overall, it really is all about the animals for me. To continue the fight for animals takes dedication, compassion and an overall abundance of love for each and every one of them. I couldn't do this without a solid support network of friends, family and most of all my cherished darlings whom I share every day with - cats Lilly, Max, Elvy and rescue greyhound, Louie.
If you're drawn to working with me, or even if you just want to chat, I'd love to hear from you. Just pop over here and say hi.
Always for the animals,