I’ve been involved in health in a variety of roles for most of my adult life. As a qualified physical therapist since 2003, I’ve worked in a variety of clinical roles, from hospital based positions to community health and for a number of years as a private practitioner.
When I talk with students and others about what I do, I explain that my role is that of a healthcare provider, with the emphasis on care. I think this is an important distinction to make, as in my view anyone who takes on healthcare as a profession should be coming at it from a basic standpoint of caring about the health and well-being of others. The specific profession of that person – in my case physical therapy – merely reflects the skill set that person applies to caring for someone’s health and well-being. If you make that distinction – if you’re willing to broaden your role beyond the limits of your professional training – something incredible happens…
You start making a real difference to people’s lives.
It’s for that reason that I choose to be a healthcare provider, and why much of my working life has been dedicated to this role. Not just as a clinician, but also as an advocate for optimal health for all.