What led you to become a physiotherapist?
I always been driven by the passion to help people overcoming pain or injuries allowing them to live the life they deserve.
The first time I saw a Physiotherapist practicing was at the age of sixteen when my eldest brother was involved in a serious car accident. I witnessed his recovery from day 1 and despite my young age I was amazed about the ability of the human body to recover its functions through the help of a physiotherapist.
What has surprised you most about the profession as a practitioner?
Working within the acute hospitals allowed me to develop strong foundations about the pain mechanism and the negative psychological impact that it can have on people’s lives.
When I started my profession I was surprised to see the huge number of people currently relying on pain killers and anti-inflammatory thinking that “this is the only way to live a pain-free lifestyle.”
This made me realise that pain should not be “killed”, instead it should be “unacknowledged” and used as a guide towards change in order to address its root cause.
What have been the unexpected hurdles you have had to face?
Studying in my second language and achieving two degrees alongside my professional rugby career was a huge challenge to face.
What have been the unexpected benefits you have enjoyed?
I was lucky to be exposed to the elite sport while I was at University, it gave me the ability and the confidence to treat athletes understanding the importance for them to recover fast from an injury and return to do what they love the most!
What has been your most momentous moment?
Working for the Italian rugby team during the 6 nations was a dream coming through for me. I was able to help top level athletes recovering from injuries working alongside some of the best physiotherapists and medical professionals in the world.
Outside of work, what do you enjoy in life?
I love playing rugby, despite I only play for fun nowadays I still enjoy the environment and the beers after the game.
I spend most of my spare time with my other half and we love training together in the gym.
What will always bring a smile to your face?
Seeing a patient recovering from an injury returning to do what they love is something that will always bring a smile on my face!
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