Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy.
I graduated from Salford University in 2013 and immediately moved to Singapore. I spent 7 years working in a variety of hospital and private clinic settings. Whilst in Singapore, I was also lucky enough to work with many of the sports teams there including Singapore Rugby. After a year working in a clinic in London, I made the decision to relocate back to Asia and join the Sports and Spinal team in Hong Kong. During my time as a physiotherapist, I have continually looked to keep my knowledge up to date by attending many musculoskeletal courses.
What are your interests?
From a sports perspective, I enjoy both participating in team sports as well as the mental challenge of competing in individual events. I play football and touch rugby (my rugby days were unfortunately curtailed by too many injuries when I was younger, hence part of the reason why I became a physiotherapist). From an individual perspective I love running and triathlons, having taken part in many events around Asia. If I am not doing any of the above then I can usually be found climbing a mountain or on the golf course. Outside of active interests I am a keen photographer and traveller.
Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.
In terms of shaping the person I am today, one of my biggest life changing experiences was making the decision to quit my job as an accountant and retrain as a physiotherapist. Initially I found the transition quite difficult, watching my peers progress in their respective careers whilst I went back to university to study; I felt I had dropped back down to the bottom of the ladder. 10 years on however and I feel confident that I made the best decision, which has led to one adventure after another allowing me to live in Singapore and now the chance to experience living in Hong Kong, whilst doing a job that I love.
What is your area of expertise?
I am particularly interested in treating and managing shoulder problems due to the complexity of the joint. Due to my love of all things active, I also enjoy treating knees as this joint is one of the most common areas that affect people’s ability to do the things they enjoy doing. From a general perspective, I have had many years of experience treating post-operative patients and sporting injuries, taking the patient through their journey from day 1 post-op or injury back to full activity. I also have a great deal of experience in treating occupational related issues causing spinal problems in the lower back or neck.
My treatment approach is through a variety of methods all of which is backed up by the latest evidence-based research. I combine a hands-on approach through the use of soft tissue, joint mobilisations and dry needling along with a tailored exercise programs targeting the patients’ individual needs. This is all practiced in conjunction with a biopsychosocial approach and the latest pain neuro-science education which targets the root cause of the patient’s pain allowing them to regain control of their bodies.
What is the most fulfilling part of this job?
Seeing patients return to the activities that they have been prevented from enjoying due to pain or injury.