Our first clinician profile comes from Elaine Pollard who joined the Willis Street Physiotherapy team a few months ago. Elaine also treats out at Wellington Sports Med and Healthfit Collective, takes patients for sessions on the Alter G treadmill.
The body fascinates me. I wanted to be in a growing profession with an open mind. I loved the individual nature of the job- the varying specificity from one person to the next. I was always inspired by physios I met growing up- their ability to make great changes to someone’s wellbeing with their hands and voice.
I enjoy working with anyone who is motivated to reach a higher level of health and fitness. I particularly enjoy treating sporting shoulders and knees. I also have a new found fascination with tendinopathies!
With almost every client I will bring other professions into the IDT and management plan (with clients consent)- generally other physios with specific skills related to the client, psychologist, nutritionist, sports physician, GP, employer and podiatrist.
I don’t get offended if the client is not improving- I accept that the ‘fit’ is not right or that someone else has a more particular set of skills to suit the client and I refer them on.
Studied my undergraduate degrees in Aberdeen, Scotland (just think Wellington but colder and minus the wind)!! Worked in private practice in Napier Hawkes Bay for 5 years- occupational Physiotherapy for ACC Stay at work, Functional reactivation and work ready programmes (all heavily rehab based). DHB contract- post-op joint replacement rehab, chronic injuries and some women’s health physio. Pitch-side physio for rugby. Neurodynamic and injury-prevention assessments and workshops.
Currently studying towards Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.