From a young age, my sister and I stopped going on family vacations during the summer, so we could spend every day at the stables with our friends . But growing up, I needed to make a choice. A career as a rider was out of the question, becoming a vet was not for me, and starting a livery was not going to keep me happy for long. But not having horse-time as the main part of my day just didn’t feel right. Feeling a bit lost, I chose to become a physiotherapist.

 

During my third year, when I found out there was a thing such as “equine physiotherapy” , everything fell into place. This was what I wanted to do with my life! I didn’t just want to work with horses, I wanted to make them feel good. From then on, this has been my main focus, and for the first time in my life I even started enjoying school. After 7 years of working, planning, and dreaming about this every single day, I still cannot believe I am this lucky… 


I have discovered how to make my passion into my life: waking up every day and having the pleasure of working with horses and their owners to make them a happy and successful combination!

Who is Charlotte?

Education

MSc     Hartpury University, Veterinary Physiotherapy, 2018- present

MSc     University of Antwerp, Rehabilitation Sciences and  Physiotherapy, 2016- 2018
            Graduated Cum Laude

BSc      University of Antwerp, Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, 2013-2016

            Graduated Cum Laude

 

Research Experience
 

Thesis, University of Antwerp, 2016-2017

Advisor: Eric Van Breda

  • “The horse-rider interaction and its correlation with spinal discomfort in the equestrian: a systematic review”

Thesis, University of Antwerp, 2017-2018
Advisor: Eric Van Breda

  • “Assessing the functional characteristics of backpain in the equestrian”
     

Internships

Human 
 

  • Ostschweizer Kinderspital St Gallen, Switzerland, 07/2014

  • AZ St Jozef Mortsel, Belgium, 10-11/2015

  • RVT Meerminnehof, Belgium, 02-02/2016

  • KINEXPERT, Belgium, 02-04/2017

  • ZP Erik Schenck, Belgium, 04-06/2017

  • UZA SPORTS, Belgium, 09/2017

  • Support 2 move, Belgium, 09/2017, SPARTANOVA screening

  • Sports Performance Center Antwerpen, Belgium, 12/2017

  • Movement Therapy Center, Birmingham, UK, 03-04/2018

Equine 
 

  • Bieke Thill, Belgium, 2016-2017

  • Equi-training, Belgium, 2016

  • Dierenkliniek De Bosdreef 2016

  • Roos Dyson, Belgium, 2016

  • Grainne Ni Chaba-Byrne, UK, 11/2016

  • Animal Health Center, UK, 11/2016

  • DD-physio, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; 2018-2020

  • SMDC, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 2018-2020

  • Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK, 03/2019

  • Dasivet, Belgium, 04/2019

  • Kat Clarke, ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist, UK, 01/2020

  • Victoria Henderson, ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist, UK, 02/2020

  • Felicity Rodriguez, ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist, UK, 02/2020

 

Lectures
 

  • Animal Health Center, 16/11/2016, “Structure of the lower leg: how it affects performance”

  • Animal Health Center, 18/11/2016, “How lameness may masquerade as backpain and influence neck position, ease of turning and symmetry of contact”

  • University of Utrecht, 9/2/2017, “Equine locomotion problems”

  • ECSS Congress Dublin, 2018 ,“Cutting sport science at the cutting edge”

  • Centaur Biomechanics, 05/05/2020, "Sharon May-Davis, Equine Complex Vertebral Malformation (ECVM)"

  • Myopain Seminars, 16/06/2020, "Beyond dry needling"

  • Centaur Biomechanics International Equine Sports Science Virtual Summit, 03/10/2020 

  • Centaur Biomechanics, 23/11/2020, "Marie Rhodin, Movement asymmetries in horses - biological variation or lameness?"

 

Additional courses
 

  • Certified Rock Doc: FMT I and FMT II (taping course) since 2018

  • Posture and Wellness Fundamentels: Level 1. RMotion education system, 2019

  • Advance Movement Corrections: Level 2. RMotion education system, 2019

  • Horse & Health, 18/01/2020, “Rider biomechanics”

STUDIES AND COURSES

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