Alex is a physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates instructor at FORDESPHYSIO. She has worked in healthcare for over 10 years in both private and hospital settings. Alex has a passion for learning which has taken her back to university a few times, not only is she a physiotherapist but she is also a pharmacist. Her dual qualifications put her in a unique position to provide healthcare services in a holistic way. Alex's passion is helping people better manage their pain because although it can be very complicated it is often the first step in providing the best outcomes.
My health philosophy
There are so many different ways you can approach living a healthy life. At the end of the day your goals should be to feel the best that YOU can - physically, mentally and emotionally. Some days your physical health will be your priority and other days it might be your mental health, and thats ok.
The question you get asked most by your clients:
Wait, let me get this straight, you're a physio AND a pharmacist? How many years at uni is that? What made you change?
And the answer…..
Yes! I'm a physiotherapist and a pharmacist. Each degree was 4 years at university (yes, that's 8 years all up) and pharmacy also has an additional intern year as well. For me it wasn't so much about wanting to change, but wanting to grow; I never stopped being a physiotherapist I just added a new set of skills into the mix. I wanted to learn more about different approaches to pain management so that I could find more ways to help my clients. Medications play such a big role in the treatment of pain that pharmacy seemed like the logical choice.
What makes you wildly happy?
Living a life filled with things I'm passionate about - and seeing the people around me living the same way. Some of my favourite moments from the last month include a girls weekend away with my sister sipping vino's in Margaret River, building an outdoor cinema for our backyard (we're having the inaugral viewing this weekend - so fingers crossed it works!), FaceTiming my nephews and watching the pure joy on their faces when they tell me about their day, and watching a friend of mine play AFL - it's her first season this year and she's awesome!
If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
I've recently become more passionate about the importance of sustainability and the impact each and every one of us can have. Over the last couple of years I have been focusing on educating myself about the better choices we can all make to help promote a better future for us all. Simple things such as using re-usabe coffee cups and water bottles, supporting fashion brands that have ethical and moral values that align with my own, and choosing recycled (or pre-loved) over new where ever I can.
One thing I wish everyone in the world could know about Physiotherapy is...
So many of us are living with aches and pains that we often start to perceive them as normal - most people don't realise just how good 'normal' is meant to feel. Physiotherapy isn't just about peak performance but is involved in making the everyday better.