I started training as a physiotherapist in Germany in 1987, followed by work in hospitals and private practices. I also loved travelling and was lucky to combine that with working for 9 months in Cairo. Then, in 1997, I went travelling for 6 months and met my now husband, Paul, in New Zealand.
Since 1998 I have been living in the UK and, when our twin daughters started school, returned to work in 2002. For the next 12 years I worked for the NHS at Solihull Hospital and specialised in Neurology. During this time I realised that I love supporting people with long term conditions and helping them to maximise function and mobility.
I started a part-time Masters degree in Physiotherapy at Coventry University, focusing on the evidence behind neurological rehabilitation and service improvement. My dissertation examined the experiences of people with neuromuscular conditions having aquatic therapy. After 4 years of study, I graduated with a first in 2016.
Whilst studying, I saw an advert for a Physiotherapist role at the MD Support Centre and was immediately interested. I joined the Centre in 2014 and now work additionally in private practice and with the MS Society in Solihull.
I feel very fortunate to be able to work in such a wonderful environment as the MD Support Centre, providing patient-centred care and long-term support. This makes a huge difference to how I can help service users to optimise their function. Seeing people change and feeling more positive about their mobility is hugely rewarding. Working regularly in Coventry and Birmingham, I’m looking forward to seeing the satellite clinics develop further, bringing therapies closer to people’s homes and making it more accessible. Working with a fantastic, dedicated and super friendly team is just the icing on the cake!