Clinical Myotherapist and Lecturer
I opened my own clinic but before that I gained experience as a Myotherapist working in another clinic until I was in a position to start up my own business. I was approached by Endeavour to lecture following my graduation and they kept touching base with me post-graduation. Once I was able to teach, I came on board, first as a sessional academic and then as a permanent lecturer.
I also work for a football club. I am an AFL sports trainer with an elite level sporting club. I started as an intern while I was studying and then continued on and held a few different roles at that club and have worked my way up to AFL game day.
One of the really nice things about my career is that I have variety in my days.
It really depends on where I am. I try to segregate my days, I’m on campus two days and the rest I am in clinical practice. In clinical practice I work eight hours and split the days in half, I see back to back clients and then have a large break in between. It also works well for the demographic that I am in, I can fit in clients before and after their work commitments. I’ve tailored that to the area that I am in.
I really enjoy my time giving back to the industry, and my way of doing that is to help and mentor new Myotherapists.
The versatility. I need to know that I can still grow within a role otherwise I get bored.
To impact people’s lives, whether that be my clients to help them achieve the goals they want to achieve or helping students become the best practitioners they can be.
Balance is the biggest challenge. I am obviously wearing a few different hats and it can be a challenge juggling everything. The other challenge is that in our profession we give so much, and as a clinician and an educator I give a lot of my own energy and support to people. At the start I was not very good at looking after myself but as time goes on I am learning particular ways to combat that. You get into this profession to help people, but you do give a lot of yourself. I wish someone had pulled me aside early on and spoke about that. Especially as a Myotherapist we spend so much time in other’s personal space and touching people. People open up and tell you about their lives, it is important to find ways to process that information.
My degree in Myotherapy lead me to do post-graduate studies, I did the Honours program through Endeavour. It gives me the advantage that I can liaise with other health professionals on the same level. To be a published author in a peer reviewed journal holds me in pretty good steed as well.
I came across to endeavour as a Pathways student from another institute. What I loved was that the lecturers and clinic supervisors really accepted that I had come from a different pathway and they pushed me in the right ways to be the best practitioner I could be and step up to the Bachelor’s degree mindset.
How has your career developed and what are your career ambitions?
My career has developed from being in a multi-modality clinic to going out on my own. I already had a lot of networks and I got to the stage in clinical practice where I felt like the next natural step was to start a clinic of my own and a space where I could mentor new graduates. During this process I asked lots of questions, read books and blogs, listened to podcasts. And then took the plunge and still kept asking lots of questions!
My career ambitions are to extend the clinic over a few locations. I would like to create a safe space for graduates to start their careers. Eventually I would like to do more research for the profession, I think it’s really important to make the industry more credible. What that means is a PhD at some point in my life.
Find a clinic / mentor who you trust. The right person will take you on the journey with them.
Don’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter 20, you are on your own journey.
Ask for help. We work in isolation and start relying on ourselves but if you open your eyes there are plenty of people who have walked the same path or at least some of it. And you can ask those people questions.