Welcome to our new blog
As many of you already know, I recently joined Physiotherapy London after taking over the reins from Anne Roebuck, who has worked tirelessly to build a great practice for 13 years. It’s been a busy few months but I’ve had great support from a fantastic team who have made it much easier. While we are still making improvements to the clinic, we also wanted to keep in touch with our patients.
This blog allows you into conversations my colleagues and I have with our patients every day, whether it’s lifestyle tips to help you stay active, insight into practice life or some personal stories from our patients. I want it to grow into a valuable resource for our current patients as well as those finding us for the first time.
But first I’d like to start by telling you more about me and and why I think Physiotherapy can be so helpful in transforming lives.
My journey to physiotherapy started with basketball. In my final year of secondary school I was playing daily and – like many teenagers – I felt invincible until I overdid my training and injured my back. In a single moment I was knocked out of my favourite sport for two years of frustratingly slow rehabilitation to help cure a ‘slipped disc’.
This made me keen to understand how the body worked and how to fix it when it didn’t, so I enrolled at LaTrobe University and studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy for four years.
Blessed with fantastic teachers and mentors, it was also one of the few programs teaching students to painstakingly dissect cadavers until we literally knew the human body inside out. Morbid as it may be, there’s no replacing this truly physical understanding of how we all work.
After various stints across Australia and the UK – including a year with the Oxford rowing team, and a year treating stockmen in the outback of Australia – I decided to make a permanent move to London in 2004 and soon after sought to set up a world class physiotherapy practice. What was clear to me was that there was a gaping hole in the market for high quality physiotherapy.
In 2007 I established our first clinic in Kensington. Over the past eight years we’ve worked hard to provide patients with the highest level of care, and from feedback we have received from our patients and referring doctors, it seems we’re on the right track. Physiotherapy London has also been a pioneer in the industry, and has been helping patients achieve great results for over 13 years, so together we are looking forward to helping more people recover and become active again.
I’m passionate about helping people return to what they love doing without pain. Having treated thousands of people over the past 20 years I really believe an active life is a better life. Health prevention is as important as curing injury, and it’s my hope that these blogs help you prevent injury and inspire you to become more active. I’ve had a major back injury, and a number of ankle and knee injuries. Yet when I’m not chasing my 3 kids, I still play basketball, football and tennis. I know deeply the importance of keeping strong and active, and through these blogs we’re going to keep you informed on how you can be the same.
My colleagues are amongst the best clinicians in London so I’m confident you’re going to find their insights helpful.
Clinical Director, Physiotherapy London