I graduated from the University of Queensland in the early eighties and spent my first few years as a physiotherapist practicing throughout Australia. Then I progressed overseas. Working in various environments, with a wide range of people, made for a diverse and engaging initiation into the world of physiotherapy and pain management.
By the time I returned to Australia, I’d developed a keen interest in back and spinal pain. This led me to return to the very place I started, the University of Queensland, to study with Julie Hides using real-time ultrasound-assisted exercise to improve spinal muscle function. Since then, I’ve spent many years in practice using these tools to help patients overcome chronic back pain.
Over the years, I've had the privilege of working with a diverse cross-section of health practitioners delivering multidisciplinary pain care. I've worked as the senior physiotherapist in the Pain Medicine Units of both Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. Our multidisciplinary team included a wide range of health professionals. I found that, together as a team, integrating various skill-sets and perspectives, we were able to achieve far better outcomes than when applying any single therapy in isolation.
I enjoy the problem-solving side of working with patients with persistent pain. Every patient is so unique, and therefore, my treatment approach must continuously change. My focus is always to educate and empower my patients by equipping them with active self-management strategies and skills that enhance their independence.
I enjoy creating personalised exercise programmes to suit the individual and supporting them to maintain motivation and consistency whilst on their programs. I employ a myriad of different techniques, from manual therapies and movement practices, to neuroplasticity therapies and pacing skills. It really just depends on the person: their needs and their goals.