Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I have always had an interest in health and fitness giving rise to 6+years’ experience in gyms, personal training certificates, strength and conditioning qualifications, several years running around with the Army and 3 university degrees in the health science and medicine field. Consequently, I find myself finally joining the team at RAW who I’ve had a long association with. I am currently splitting my time between RAW and Bond University where I have a teaching role in the post graduate Physiotherapy degree and two research positions with the Water Based Research Unit and Tactical Research Unit. The Water Based Research Unit is dedicated to investigate injury prevalence and management and performance parameters of sports such as surfing and stand up paddle boarding while the Tactical Research Unit has contracts with organisations such as the Australian Army, Federal Police and NSW Police and is focussed on injury monitoring and prevention. I recently completed my PhD focusing on Stand Up Paddle Boarding and have worked in a variety of clinics on the southern end of the Gold Coast.
Why did you join RAW?
Having had a long association with Scott due to proximity to the gym I managed, it was always going to happen, just a matter of when. The team at Raw stand for the same principles of holistic treatment and well-being which I do, so it’s a great fit. I’ve always desired to be a part of a team which can be on the same page as I am when it comes to treatment and to obviously be working alongside experienced practitioners is another perk! I find it’s a nice complement to be able to keep active as a hands on practitioner in conjunction with teaching and research roles, to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together.
“Don’t treat sickness, preserve well-being”. This quote resonates with me as I’d much rather see people ‘before’ the injury. It is much easier to prophylactically offer advice, suggestions and rehabilitative exercises to someone BEFORE they come crawling in the door! Absolutely every single person would benefit from an annual “check-up” with their physio, like they would their physician.