Sandra and Ailsa

Dr Sandra Dunbar

Veterinary Surgeon

Well known and respected veterinary surgeon Sandra Dunbar joined the HPet rehab and pain management team 2 years ago. She has 40 years experience as a veterinary surgeon spent both in general practice and DAERA. A dog lover all her life she became competitive a decade ago enjoying dog agility and Kennel Club good citizens scheme. Seeing the value of therapeutic exercises while working with HPet inspired her to complete her Canine Conditioning course and she has been a wonderful addition to our team providing  in-depth therapeutic exercise sessions for owners in addition to our usual multimodal analgesia and rehab treatments. Sandra consults at the HolisticPet pain management and veterinary rehabilitation clinic at Earlswood veterinary referrals where her main focus is conditioning patients back to full fitness after illness or injury. 


Siobhan Menzies

DR Siobhan Menzies


Siobhan Menzies graduated from the Royal [Dick] School of Veterinary Studies in 1990. After 2 very enjoyable years in mixed practice in Dromore she moved to small animal practice in Bangor. She studied homeopathy with the Faculty of Homeopathy, physiotherapy at the Royal Vet College and in 2003 she studied acupuncture with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists eventually serving as a council member. Siobhan left general practice and established HolisticPet in order to provide complementary therapies for pets in NI. In 2007 Siobhan attended the Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program provided by the University of Tennessee. Inspired by this course she opened the province's first dedicated pain management clinic with Earlswood vet referrals housing Northern Ireland's first underwater treadmill.

HolisticPet now offers veterinary led pain management clinics in Earlswood Vet Referrals; Garden Lodge Vet Clinic; Clare Vet Clinic; Cromlyn House Veterinary Hospital; Cedargrove Veterinary Clinic; Ards Vets4Pets and at her home base in Millisle. In June 2017 Siobhan obtained a GP Certificate in Western veterinary acupuncture and chronic pain management. In February 2018 Siobhan became the first vet on the island of Ireland to become an Emmett practitioner for animals.

She is passionate about pain management and continues her studies into all aspects of multimodal analgesia. She is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists; the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association; International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical therapy; the British Small Animal Veterinary Society and has been accepted onto the RAMP register.

Elsa Izaguirre

Dr Elsa Izaguirre


Elsa qualified from Leon University (Spain) in 2011, and immediately showed an interest in the field of animal rehabilitation. Once she had finished her veterinary degree, she studied a course in Small animal rehabilitation. She then worked in the rehabilitation area of a veterinary referral hospital in Spain for a year until she moved to Belfast where she met Siobhan who introduced her to the world of acupuncture and pain management. Elsa has focused in the Pain Clinic while also working in a first opinion clinic that helps her keeping her veterinary skills up to date. She has a special interest in feline medicine, especially pain in the geriatric cat.

She lives with her cat 3 year old cat Elvis, who arrived to her life as a stray who had to recover after being hit by a car and still behaves really well whenever he needs acupuncture treatment. He has made an amazing recovery and is now hard to believe he was so lame then.