I completed my undergraduate Physiotherapy(Hons) Degree at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen in 2008. Moved to New Zealand and worked as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for 3 and half years in private practice gaining a large amount of experience working with sports team both elite and amateur. I spent most of my time in Auckland with some time spent in a small town called Te Awamutu. I worked with sports such as Rugby, Rugby Sevens, Touch Rugby, Netball, Basketball and Cricket. I was involved with delivering treatment in sport centres and to local schools. On returning to the UK I continued my physiotherapy career in Edinburgh in private practice where I still continue to work clinically part time. I developed an interest in Hand Therapy and am working through the BAHT level training courses to hopefully become an accredited Hand Therapist. I completed my Human Anatomy MSc in 2015 and started working at QMU as an Assistant Lecturer part time and carry out a PhD part time. I am very passionate about my health profession and continue to maintain a high level of care for my patients with holism being at the centre of my beliefs in patient management. I have a new found love of teaching, especially increasing the enthusiasm of current students in the profession of physiotherapy and enjoy being involved in the development of new therapists.
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I am in the preparatory stages of my PhD and will continue to do this over the next 5-6 years part time where I will look at introducing interventions to try and increase Physical Activity in children with Cerebral Palsy, focusing on barriers to rehabilitation and trying to create a family encompassing approach. I have recently been involved in helping with data collection for the PEDAL trial with Dr Cathy Bulley. Currently working on publishing and presenting my Masters Level dissertation at the BSSH for the research I completed on using bone anchors for flexor digiotrum profundus surgical repair.
Active Research Interests:
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Upper Limb and Hand Physiotherapy and Function, Physical Activity in Children, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Human Anatomy and Biomechanics.
- Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research
I have just begun my teaching career at QMU and I am continuing to develop my skills in this area. I mostly enjoy teaching on the anatomy module where I like to employ lots of innovative teaching strategies such as the use of body painting, drawing, plasticine and clay modelling to aid the students in their learning process. I would like to continue to develop these innovative teaching methods as I progress.