I work in sunny Byron Bay!
My Story :
Despite my accent I am actually a Queenslander! I was born on the Gold Coast but left there at a young age to live in Scotland. Everything I remember about growing up involves being in Scotland so I consider myself a Scot at heart. I spent my whole childhood playing sport, practicing field hockey skills, and pushing my physical fitness. My love of sport definitely kept me out of trouble! Once I started to learn the Sciences at school I became fascinated with human biology and physiology, and this led me to study Physiotherapy at University in Glasgow. A lot of physiotherapy students are guided towards the profession due to their own experience of injury, but I was never injured. I knew from the start that I wanted to be a Sports Physiotherapist.
When I’m not at work I am the mother to two beautiful young girls. I love hanging out with my family, being active and eating good food. These days I like to relax by experimenting with new recipes, reading non-fiction books or listening to podcasts; all within the realm of health and wellbeing.
What makes me different:
I have over 18 years of experience as a Physiotherapist and I have worked alongside (and been mentored by) some great Physiotherapists and Sports Doctors. I specialised in Sports Physiotherapy in 2004, initially working with contact sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation. For 5 years I worked with athletes from two professional Sydney based rugby league teams. I loved the excitement of game day and the pressure to return players quickly to match fitness. As my attention changed more towards injury prevention I undertook an extensive mat work Pilates accreditation program with PITC. My focus in recent years has shifted towards overuse injuries and I am passionate about running based injuries, maximising physical performance and injury prevention. I love teaching everyone about the importance of good postural habits.
When I joined The Physiotherapy Clinic in 2007 I had started to become channeled towards treating lower back, hip and pelvic pain, and at times, didn’t look far past this area. Since training in the Integrated Systems Model over 5 years ago (under the guidance of a pioneering Canadian Physiotherapist called LJ Lee) it has opened my eyes to using a whole-body approach to assessment and treatment. The model shows you how, for example, a problem in the neck might be causing foot pain, or how poor thorax control may be implicated in turning off the core muscles. I now use a global screening of alignment, mobility and strength for all injury assessments and have a strong focus on hands on treatment techniques. I love working with motivated people, helping them achieve their performance goals through exercise rehabilitation, lifestyle changes and mindset.
I myself have suffered from chronic gastrointestinal ill health and musculoskeletal injury and I understand how suboptimal wellness can impact every facet of life. Because of this, I have an understanding approach in helping you recover from your own complex journey out of ill health to achieve your physical goals.
What I have learnt:
- BSc (Hons) Health Science, Glasgow Caledonian University 1998
- Post grad: MSc (Sport) Physiotherapy, Sydney University 2004
- Running Biomechanics: Trish Wisby Roth
- Muscle Energy Treatment of the Lumbar spine and Pelvis Level 1 and 2: Barbara Hungerford
- Muscle Energy Techniques for the Cervical Spine and Thoracic Cage: Barbara Hungerford
- Dry Needling Plus Level 1: Andrew Hutton
- The Discovery Series Level – level1-4: LJ Lee (The Integrated Systems Model)
- Dynamic stabilisation of the hip and pelvis: Alison Grimaldi
- The Dynamic Pelvis: Steve Saunders
- Pilates Instructors Mat Accreditation Program (Part of the Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction) PITC
- The Cervical Spine and Whiplash Workshop: WHO
- Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain
- Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 + 2: Sports Physiotherapy Association
- Brian Mulligans Concepts
- Biomechanics and Running Retraining – Level 1 and 2 – Dr Christian Barton
- Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain – Dr Christian Barton
- The Sports Thorax – Thoracic Ring Approach – Dr L.J. Lee
- A Practical Guide to Nutrition for Allied Health Professionals – The Integrated Health Academy – Level 1
- Visceral Manipulation – Level 1
- Sydney Roosters NRL Club for 5years
- Senior Women’s NSW Netball
- Junior Women’s NSW Hockey
- Representative NSW Rugby League Selection Teams
- Junior Australian Women’s Basketball
- Randwick and North Sydney Club Rugby Union Teams
- British Universities Women’s Hockey Team
A Fun Fact:
I am going to try and learn to surf this summer…. it could be a disaster!