What are your work responsibilities?
Assess and treat patients of all different ages with a wide variety of physical impairments (mostly musculoskeletal). Of course there is the less enjoyable portion that includes charting, reports, extension requests, doctors letters, and communication with adjusters/case managers.
How did you become interested in your field?
Growing up I was involved in just about every sport and I loved being active. As I progressed through school, it become more and more apparent that I really enjoyed learning about the human body. My combined enthusiasm for health, athleticism, the science of the human body and helping people feel better lead me in the direction of Physiotherapy. To help solidify my decision of pursuing a masters in Physiotherapy I first took the opportunity to get some work experience in the Physiotherapy setting through both the Co-op program and volunteering.
What led you to this position?
When I was nearing the end of my Masters program in Australia, I was lucky enough to have a girl that I went to high school with contact me through facebook to let me know that her friend owns a couple of Physiotherapy Clinics and she really liked Australian-trained Physiotherapists and was wondering if I would be interested in meeting with her to look at possible job opportunities. I set up a meeting for when I arrived back in Canada and I realized very quickly that their clinics had the kind of work environment that I was searching for.
What do you enjoy most about your current career position?
I love being able to connect with so many different people on a daily basis and help them through such a wide range of injuries. It feels great to help people in their recovery! I also really enjoy how my job keeps me active and mentally stimulated throughout the day. Each person who comes in presents a unique case, so it always keeps things interesting.
What have been the biggest challenges in your career?
The occasional patient can be quite challenging to deal with, but most are very pleasant. I also find the time-management aspect somewhat challenging, although manageable.
What were the keys to your success in overcoming these challenges?
The most helpful strategy I’ve found is to use my colleagues to help brainstorm different problem-solving ideas.
Why did you choose Simon Fraser University and BPK to pursue your education?
I heard that the program had a great reputation and the proximity of SFU to my home definitely played a factor.
What were the major challenges that you faced during your studies at SFU and BPK?
There was nothing I would consider to be a major challenge. Just the usual challenges of trying to achieve my desired GPA goals.
How did your education at SFU and BPK influence your career?
I really enjoyed the Kinesiology courses at SFU and it helped me to realize my passion for the components related Physiotherapy. The co-op program also helped me to feel more confident that I would enjoy a career as a Physiotherapist.
What is your favorite memory from your time at the university and the department?
I loved it all!
Who do you think make a difference at SFU or BPK, or who do you remember the most from the department?
Darleen Bemister helped me the most through both the co-op program and assisting me in my various roles with the student association.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments (both personally and professionally)?
Completing my Masters program in Australia (Graduate Entry Master of Physiotherapy (M. Phty) at the University of Sydney) and coming back to work in a career that I feel great about.
What advice would you give to current students at BPK?
I found that the most rewarding experiences and accomplishments I’ve had have come from putting myself out of my comfort zone.
What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Soccer, hiking, running, spending time with family & friends.
This post was originally posted on the SFU BPK Alumni Page.