In my school years, I had a passion for science and sport. One evening, I typed those exact words into Google – and up popped a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. To become an ‘Exercise Physiologist (EP)’, I completed my university degree and clinical hours in a variety of settings – gyms, hospitals, aged care, clinics, etc.
I really enjoyed the pathophysiology and exercise prescription components of the uni course. I really believed that exercise treatment should be versatile and functional. I trust that EXERCISE IS MEDICINE.
Most of my knowledge on functional exercise and technique came from employment at a boutique fitness studio during my final years of study. I enjoyed the fast-paced setting and precision my mentor provided. I transferred those skills to empower colleagues and residents alike in an aged care setting and moved onto becoming a mobile/home visit provider.
I continue to complete home visits in the St George area of Sydney and call St George Health ‘home’ two days per week! I am also involved in a clinical trial at Sutherland Hospital; hydrotherapy at a rehabilitation hospital, corporate health assessments; and group exercise training. I must admit, it keeps me out of trouble!
My passion, however, is with the ageing population and chronic disease management. It is a humbling experience working with the elderly, especially when they make life-changing progress!