Becoming a Physiotherapist has always been something that was on my radar but it has taken me a little while to get here. I developed a fascination with the workings of the human body at school and I briefly flirted with the idea of following in my fathers’ footsteps and pursuing a career in medicine. But for one reason or another I decided to study something I was passionate about and that I knew I would enjoy so I took myself off to Leeds to read ‘Anatomy and Physiology’.
Once graduated I decided to go and see some of the world and look for some inspiration. It was on a stroll around Bondi in Sydney, where there were signs everywhere for ‘Physio Wanted’ that I made my decision, and the rest as they say is history. Doing a job that allows me to work with a huge variety of people, constantly problem solving and learning new skills whilst in awe of the complexity and ingenuity of the human body is a perfect fit for me.
It is not until you are qualified and working that the learning really begins, and learn you do. Constantly! One of the joys of being a Physiotherapist is that there is, and always will be something new to learn, although sometimes it can feel like the more you learn the less you know! I started my learning at Stroud General
Hospital, and continued to learn working in private practice in New Zealand before returning to the UK to learn some more working in a private hospital in Cheltenham alongside some very experienced colleagues, consultants and a doctor with the British Olympic team. Finally, I have become one of the newest members at Courtyard Clinic, which is the perfect environment in which to continue my education surrounded by a fantastic team of therapists.
I am committed to staying abreast of the latest research and evidence as I believe all Physiotherapists should be. However, I also think that there is a huge amount we do not yet know about the human body. This is why I take a very open minded and holistic approach to treatment, ensuring that I really get to know
my patients and not just their symptoms. A key ingredient to successful rehabilitation is understanding, so education plays a significant role in my practice allowing people to know what has happened and why chosen treatments will be successful. I utilise a range of manual techniques, Acupuncture, Pilates and function/sport-specific exercises to enable my patients to achieve their goals whilst keeping treatment as enjoyable as possible.