"I love forming relationships with clients and supporting them through to becoming mothers"
I have always been a keen sports woman. The moment I could walk I was competitive and loved a challenge. This has seen me through a very active childhood becoming county champion for hurdles at 16 and an U18 England Lacrosse player. This did not come without its injuries. I spent many an evening after school with the physiotherapist working on a sore knee, hip or ankle. But rarely did I miss a game whether that was advised or not.
I think this experience feeds into my understanding as a physiotherapist. No one wants to be in pain and no one wants to be grounded. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to do what it is that you love.
Not sure what I wanted to do when I left university, I studied Sports Science. I like sports and science, so it made sense. Then having done some work experience as a physiotherapist I realised this was my calling.
I have worked in every sector. Community hospitals, huge busy teaching hospitals, the community, sports teams and the private sector. Each has come with its own rewards and lessons.
I loved my NHS career and it was a big decision to leave but following the birth of my daughters it felt the right thing to do.
At the time of writing this my children are now 2 and 4 or in other words a handful. They were a huge drive for me to leave full time work and set up independently allowing me to have more flexibility and spend more time with them.
Following the birth of my eldest I also became painfully aware of how uninformed women are before they embark on starting a family. The changes that occur during pregnancy, how to look after your body, the birth, and the recovery… Geez. All in all, my birth story wasn’t even that bad, but it was bad enough for me to have a complete career shift and start to move towards educating women to help prepare them for all to come.
I have loved the change. Its challenging and loaded as you are dealing with such a precious time of people’s lives. But I love it. I love forming relationships with pregnant women and supporting them through to becoming mothers. Many of my clients end up friends which makes it all the more fun to work with them.
I think it is safe to say my passion is working with and helping people. Knowledge is power and there is nothing better than travelling along a rocky road with an ally. And most importantly, it should be fun. As a client once said to me. “If you only travelled when the sun was shining, you wouldn’t get very far”. So, I hope that I can make a difference to that journey making the tough days a little easier and helping you towards your goal.