I completed my Physiotherapy degree at the University of Queensland, which had a deep focus on both acute and chronic pain management. As my experience grew through clinical practice, I began sharing my passion for pain care by teaching others, at UQ's School of Physiotherapy.
My time teaching cemented my interest in the treatment of persistent pain. It also made me realise just how unique, how individualised, every person in pain is. There are so many personal and diagnostic variables, and the only avenue toward effective pain care, was through highly tailored programmes. With this in mind, I moved here to the west coast to complete further studies in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Perth’s great lifestyle meant that I never quite got around to returning to Brisbane.
I have worked in a variety of private practices and pain clinics here in Perth. I enjoy working with pain specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists and other professionals who embrace a team approach. I find that having ready access to so many experienced pain-focused health professionals improves our patient outcomes immensely.
I have a great amount of empathy for people with persistent pain, having experienced chronic lower back pain myself. My firsthand experiences allowed me to see through the eyes of a patient in a way I couldn't have otherwise. It's made me even more committed to a treatment approach where the "patient is in control". I tend to place a lot of emphasis on active self-management strategies and tools that a patient can use independently, in their everyday life.