1How did I choose podiatry?
I knew that I was the type of person who enjoyed a challenge, helping people and bringing happiness to people. These qualities can be found in so many different professions. I knew I could do anything I set my mind to, but what? I visited a podiatrist for a consultation the first time when I was 16. During this consultation she highly recommended that I become a podiatrist. She highlighted all the great aspects of this profession; high demand, challenging, great satisfaction with helping people, good working hours and not stressful, just to name a few. This made a big impression on me, so I went with it.
2Why do I enjoy working within the podiatry profession?
The most incredible thing about my work is restoring a person feet or legs back to good health. It puts a big smile on my face knowing that someone who has been putting up with severe pain for years, which has been impacting so badly on his or her life, is able to finally walk without pain! I feel that I have accomplished so much with my work helping that person get back to enjoying life and accomplishing goals.
3What is my favourite specialty within podiatry?
I am passionate about being involved in sports and biomechanics of sports in relation to podiatry. There is continual learning involved in understand how our intricate body works and how it gets injured. Furthermore, to determine for every individual what are the best treatment protocols to help them heal quickly and completely is always a new challenge and always a thrill with each new client who has that successful outcome.
4What do I enjoy doing outside of the clinic?
Triathlon training and racing, reading and learning about podiatry and sports biomechanical related info, watching movies, travelling and spending time with my husband and family.
5What is your favourite sport?
Triathlons of varying distances, with the Ironman 70.3/half challenge (which involves a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run) events being my preferred distance. In 2012 I started training for and competing in triathlons. This sport has created so many incredible outcomes in my life; driven me to strive for personal best, outstanding improvements in stamina, discipline and determination to reach goals, friendships with people who share the same experiences. It has allowed me to personally experience sports injuries and strive for best treatments and prevention of injuries. It has given me a far greater insight into the life of athletes and the immense stresses they put their body through. My successful highlights in triathlon includes: racing at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant in 2014, achieving PBs in each leg and placing 23rd in my division. Also completing the Australian Ironman event, in 2014, in 11hours 20minutes and placing 3rd in my division. My goal is to continue to gain huge improvements within this sport. I aim to place in the top 5 women (30-35 year category) in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2016, which will be at Sunshine Coast, Qld.
It puts a big smile on my face knowing that someone who has been putting up with severe pain for years, which has been impacting so badly on his or her life,