Meet the team – Juliette Dowland

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Juliette has worked as a physiotherapist for Willis Street Physio at various different locations around Wellington. She has spent time working at a number of rest homes as well as at the Victioria University and Willis Street clinics. She enjoys the variety physiotherapy offers and loves each aspect of her job. As Victoria University gets busier with the influx of returning students, Juliette will be based predominantly at the Kelburn campus.

Juliette completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Dunedin and spent her final year on placement in Palmerston North. Aside from her university studies, Juliette has lived in Wellington all of her life and, despite the temperamental weather, absolutely loves it. After high school she did a gap year and spent a summer working through the Camp America program as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a summer camp in Massachussets. Since then she has had a serious travel bug and has ensured that each year she goes overseas at some stage. Last year she travelled to South and Central America where she was lucky to experience the entire football world cup in Brazil and visited 11 different countries over 6 months. Her next adventure will be a brief stint in London later this year to support the All Blacks at the rugby world cup.

Juliette was always involved in sports growing up. By the time she reached high school she discovered her strength lay in water sports and was heavily involved in competitive swimming as well as water polo, underwater hockey and surf lifesaving. Since finishing high school she has remained involved with surf lifesaving and throughout the summer is found training with her canoe crew or volunteer lifesaving at Lyall Bay. She loves travelling with her team mates to compete at some of New Zealand’s best beaches. While travelling through Central America she also discovered a great passion for surfing and hopes to maintain this.

Juliette is not limited to the water however (although admits she does not have great coordination for ball sports). She maintains a fit and healthy lifestyle by regularly attending gym classes at City fitness and going on the occasional run, completing her first round the bays half marathon last year. She picked up snowboarding a couple of years ago and intends to travel to the slopes regularly this coming winter. In her first year of university she played womens rugby for her Hall of residence, however 3 minutes into her first game she dislocated her hip so that short career was soon over.

Juliette has a close group of friends who she loves to spend time with. Whether it be travelling together, attending musical festivals, going to the movies or simply going for a walk or for a coffee date, she ensures that there is always a good social balance in her life.


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