Where did you grow up?
I was born in Toronto and lived there until Grade 2. Our family made their way to Chatham through my dad's company and it's been my home ever since!
What was your first job?
Like most, corn detasseling. This lasted until I was then hired at YA Canada and worked there until the end of high school. I may not have appreciated it back then, but these jobs certainly helped me gain and value a good work ethic.
Name an experience that has positively motivated you.
Volunteering. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in staff and executive roles in various charitable organizations such as MacWheelers (McMaster University's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program), Shinerama (the largest post-secondary fundraising campaign for cystic fibrosis), Relay for Life, and the Terry Fox Run. I continue to support local non-for-profit organizations when I can. It's important to recognize the privilege we have and use it to better our community. It's one of the many reasons I became a physiotherapist in the first place.
What are you doing now?
I am practicing as a pelvic health and orthopaedic physiotherapist, and recently opened my own clinic in Downtown Chatham, Radius Health Clinic. I have also been a Research Supervisor for McMaster University's Physiotherapy Program for the past 2 years. I am currently leading research in improving interprofessional dynamics relating to conservative management strategies for pelvic floor disorders among pre-licensure health care students.
What challenges did you face in moving baCK2CK?
Well, opening my own business has certainly not been an easy task. But the support I've received has been instrumental in the opening of my clinic. I was also concerned that my move back to Chatham would hinder my research opportunities, but as the saying goes, where there's a will, there's a way. So, thanks to telecommunications advancements, I am still able to continue my research efforts while maintaining my life and business in Chatham.
What surprised you about your move baCK?
How many young people are staying or coming back to Chatham-Kent.
What is your #1 reason for choosing Chatham-Kent as "home"?
Aside from being close to family and friends, economic and financial reasons! Had I not come back, I would not have had the opportunity to open my own clinic this early in my career.