What career highlights since graduation would you like to share (including where you’re currently working)?
I’m working as a full time Physiotherapist (PT) at CBI Rehabilitation in Motion, Port Alberni (BC), and as a casual PT at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria (BC).
What did you study?
I did bachelors in Physiotherapy from Indore Institute of Medical Sciences, and then graduated in Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
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How and why did you decide to attend Memorial for your degree? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and uncommon career?
I always wanted to understand the physiological aspects of Physiotherapy, and from where its roots and protocols came. To get the view from another corner, I decided to attend Memorial for my Master’s.
What drew you to your chosen degree?
The endless support and co-operation of renowned Researcher Dr. David Behm (my supervisor) and, the entire faculty team of HKR kept me motivated throughout my degree.
Do any particular memories stand out from your time here as an undergraduate/graduate student?
There are so many! However frequent slips, trips and falls (during extra harsh winters) on my way to school is one of the memories that I would love to relive again.
What did you learn while in your program that’s been particularly helpful in your career?
The research program was so elaborative and significant, that helped me to understand human bodies in detail. After experiencing a broader vision through my degree, I am able to relate almost the majority of the things in my day today practice with much ease.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Life is not easy. It’s better to get used to it. It’s all up to you, how you want things to be taken. Nothing in this world that has meaning comes easy. Hard work and determination is the only key to success.
What is it about your chosen career that appeals to you so much? Did you have an “a ha” moment that influenced your decision-making in terms of career?
The best thing that appeals to me about my profession is how being a physiotherapist helps me to add to the healthy lifestyle of my patients. Ever since I was young, I was interested in how muscles work. When I was in Grade 11, my mom had osteoarthritis so I had a chance to go with her to see a physiotherapist. I was able to see how they help heal people and, allow them to become more active. That was the moment that influenced me to choose physiotherapy as my career.
What’s a typical day like for you today?
My day typically starts at 6:30 am, and involves email checks, then core exercises and yoga and, then breakfast. After that I am on my toes from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. My focus after 5, is to take things at an easy pace and, involves preparing meals, watching television, getting back to phone calls, skype with family in that order before I go to bed.
What advice would you give a student who is unsure of what to study?
It’s very important to take time to explore before you dive into any profession. Just to get a broader view, take classes about those subjects as well, that you never wanted to do in your life before coming to any decision.
What are you most looking forward to within the next year?
I am looking forward to extending my physiotherapy services to nearby places and, to further study related courses. After all, a strong body will help people improve flexibility and prevent injury. Please add anything further you’d like to share including twitter handle or email address if you would like classmates or former faculty to get in touch.