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Dr. Rachel Mahoney (Osteopath)

M. Osteopathy, PGCertHS (Sports Medicine), Dip Animal Osteo, B.App.Sci, CCRP, CPCFT

Over 14 years ago Rachel started her journey as an osteopath because she wanted to help people to reduce pain and have a better quality of life and mobility.

Since graduating as an osteopath she has completed post-graduate study in sports medicine through the University of Auckland (New Zealand). She also spent over a decade designing and teaching exercise prescription to personal trainers in Auckland, New Zealand.

In 2012 Rachel moved to Australia and she is currently practicing as an osteopath in Bowral. Her osteopathy website is here.

After many years of treating people, Rachel realized her passion for dogs and wanted to incorporate this into her career. She completed a Diploma of Animal Osteopathy and she has also completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) course through the University of Tennessee in the USA.

In 2021 Rachel also completed a Certificate in Animal Dry Needling and the CPCFT Fitness Trainer course.

In 2020 Animal Wellness & Performance Clinic opened in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Rachel is co-owner along with Dr. Montana Mays. Animal Wellness & Performance Clinic is a custom-built rehabilitation facility for dogs.

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Rachel has two miniature schnauzers – Patrick and Betty. Patrick is 5yrs old and Betty is 2yr old. Partick had a spinal stroke (FCE) in August 2021, he recovered well and living his best life. He has retired from agility.

If you would like to discuss your dog’s condition please email Rachel at


Dr. Montana Mays (Veterinarian)

B.V.Sc, CertVBM, M.R.C.V.S., CCRP

Montana is a practicing rehabilitation veterinarian and the co-owner of Animal & Wellness Performance Clinic in the Southern Highlands, NSW. She is also the owner of Pawsitively Awesome, a dog training, and behavior service.

Before returning to Australia in late 2018, Montana worked throughout the UK as a locum veterinarian and it is during this time she realized that her passion in the veterinary world was specifically in canine rehabilitation and behavior. She undertook further training in canine behavior through Absolute Dogs UK, becoming an accredited Pro Dog Trainer. 

When Montana returned to Australia, she wanted to offer veterinary rehabilitation services in her local area. She spent a year as the head rehabilitation veterinarian at Illawarra Animal Hospital before relocating to the Southern Highlands. In this time she has also completed the CCRP course and is currently completing the FDSA Canine Fitness certification.

Montana is passionate about the correlation between pain and behavioral change and therefore wants to provide a rehabilitation service that can assist in all aspects of canine life.

When not working, Montana will be found either in the agility arena running her two Border Collies, Tilly, and Kozi, or in the dog room working on their conditioning/fitness programs. She is a country girl at heart and looks forward to providing these services in her home region of the Southern Highlands. 

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