I have over 10 years of clinical practice in physical therapy from the United States. I completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2010 at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, United States. After graduating, I worked for over 4 years within a hospital based outpatient practice, with a large focus on rehabilitation post-orthopedic surgery, musculoskeletal and sports rehabilitation, and chronic pain. I acted as a clinical educator for doctoral level physical therapy students during their clinical placements. In late 2014, I transitioned into pediatric practice and gained a wide experience of working with a multitude of pediatric conditions. I practiced mainly within the educational environment with children diagnosed with physical impairments impacting their ability to function within the educational setting. In this position, I developed close working relationships with a large health professional team, including occupational therapists, orthotists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and educators. As part of my experience, I value the importance of multidisciplinary practice in order to achieve the best outcomes with patients. I hope to bring the importance of multidisciplinary care and collaboration into my teaching. In May of 2021, I moved from Chicago, Illinois to Edinburgh, Scotland with my family, and joined QMU as a lecturer in physiotherapy.
I am keen to promote the importance of physical activity within the daily lives of every person, and how we as physiotherapists can impact a patient’s long term wellbeing. With a personal background in sports (including competitive swimming and triathlons), I also value the importance of physiotherapy in return to activity, whether it be post-injury, postpartum, or post illness.
With a varied clinical background in physiotherapy, along with practice in clinical education, I seek to utilize my knowledge and clinical experience to enhance the learning of physiotherapy students. I will be working towards a post-graduate certificate in Professional and Higher Education in order to develop a greater skill set for instruction within higher education.
Affiliations (including memberships) to other organisations:
- Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (mCSP)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
I completed a case study as part of my dissertation for my Doctorate degree. I investigated the use of textured foot orthotics and the impact on proprioception, balance, and function post ankle fracture. I also was involved in collection of data for a new standardized assessment specifically to assess the functioning of school aged children with disabilities.
Active research interests:
- Use of physiotherapy to enhance return to sport or activity postpartum
- Physical conditioning in sports or athletics postpartum
- Childhood dyspraxia and the impact of physiotherapy on long term outcomes in sports/activity performance
- Biomechanics of gait while running in relation to chronic tendinopathies or injury
- Quantitative study designs
- Qualitative methodologies
- Systematic reviews
I teach within both the undergraduate pre-reg physiotherapy programs. Modules I am currently teaching include Foundations of Health Science, Advanced Clinical Practicing, and Supporting Health and Wellbeing.