I trained as a physiotherapist in Adelaide, Australia after deciding I wanted a change from sitting at a desk all day working in IT. I had the great pleasure of learning pain science from David Butler and Lorimer Moseley as an undergraduate student – their sessions were always entertaining and thought provoking.
After working with children with disabilities for a year, I joined a musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice where the owner was a chronic pain specialist, and I realised I enjoyed the challenge of working with people who have persistent pain.
My second love in physiotherapy is women’s health and I have run ante/post-natal exercise classes, taught practical skills for labour, treated pregnancy and postnatal symptoms, and assessed and managed pelvic floor/continence issues.
Combining women’s health with persistent pain has led to me having a special interest in chronic pelvic pain syndromes, including conditions such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, overactive pelvic floor muscles and vulvodynia.
I moved back to England in 2018 for family reasons. While many think I must be mad, I love getting outdoors into the beautiful English countryside with my family and our dog (whatever the weather), and I’m very happy to not be checking for spiders and snakes in my garden anymore!