Hawker Place Physiotherapy & Pilates Newsletter #4

Dear clients and friends, so much news to tell!
Grant married Nicole at Strathnairn Homestead on the only wet and windy day in March (Friday 18th). He looked very handsome in his kilt and Nicole looked beautiful in her Grandmother’s shortened wedding dress – there were a few Marilyn Munro ‘white dress moments’ for both! Despite the weather it was a wonderfully warm wedding.

Julia married her sweetheart Mark in April (she initially proposed to him in Primary school!). They also were a handsome pair on their special day – I will organize some photos on Facebook. Julia surprised us all at the end of June with the announcement her and Mark are expecting a baby – this of course accounts for Julia looking positively glowing. She and Mark have just returned from their delayed honeymoon in America where they also attended the wedding of a friend. Julia returned home with a cute little ‘baby bump’.

In my last newsletter I mentioned we were interviewing for a new physiotherapist to join the practice. I am pleased to formally announce that Natalie was the ‘chosen one’. She has already won all our hearts with her quiet and very professional manner spiked with a dash of dry humour. She is a very capable physiotherapist with excellent manual therapy skills and now training in Clinical Pilates. As part of her last position Natalie travelled overseas for several months at a time with Nitro Circus. She is also a National Level Touch Football player. A very warm welcome to Natalie!

It is with a very sad heart that I have to inform everyone that Cherie Wells, one of our experienced senior physiotherapists, decided to move to Queensland where she has taken up a position at Griffith University. She left mid July. Cherie will be greatly missed by her clients and all of her colleagues at HPP&P and I am sure at Canberra Uni as well. We wish her all the best and hope to keep in touch.

Unfortunately our massage therapist had to leave for health reasons. We have decided not to replace her at this stage but rather we have developed an affiliation with Daniel O’Sullivan who works nearby. We now refer our clients requiring massage to him. Daniel works with the Brumbies and Raiders as well. His bio will appear on our website soon. We have had excellent feedback about his massage skills. He is also the Rocktape rep for the ACT and we look forward to some in-service in any new techniques in sports taping.

At this point I would like to welcome Leila, who commenced in February and works at the front desk from 10 am until 2pm each day. She has a delightful manner and compliments our already wonderful front desk staff – Maria and Diane. We also have Phoebe who works casually at the front desk whenever she is in Canberra. She has been a great help with stocktaking and improving our inventory. We have so many compliments about our front office staff. I feel very proud of them.

I would like to update you with what we have achieved so far this year. In June, Julia completed the Introduction to Women’s Health Physiotherapy Course in Sydney. She loved the course and wants to specialize in this area. Julia also completed the Lyn Watson Shoulder Course in February. Grant attended a course in Melbourne called Mastering the Martians: Comprehensive Men’s Health Physiotherapy.

I finally completed the Advanced Temporo-mandibilar Joint course (jaw) with Mark Latimer in Melbourne and had a wonderful week in Byron Bay in early March completing a week of ‘Better Breathing’ training with Tess Graham. The course included the Buteyko Method for the management of asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Natalie is more than halfway through her APPI Clinical Pilates training. In August we are all doing the Orthopedic Plastering weekend course at the Canberra University. In November, Ashley will complete her Level 2 Lymphoedema training. Ashley has already developed a high level of competency in this area and by the end of the year will be one of a handful of physiotherapists with Level two training. Ashley and Cherie attended the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) seminars in Canberra with David Butler providing new insight into our understanding of chronic pain.

As the ACT Orthpopaedic Group Professional Development representative I have organized several lectures this year. The first was in February with Dr Maurizio Damiani giving a lecture on wrist and elbow trauma. The lecture was well attended by local physiotherapists and students. The second lecture for the year was in June with Professor Paul Smith and Dr Angela Fearon collaborating to present a joint presentation on Assessment and Management of Hip Joint Pathology. This was also well attended. We have two more Othopaedic lectures organized for the year. One in August with Dr Katherine Gordiev lecturing on labral tears of the shoulder and then another October with Dr Damien Smith giving an update on the management of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee injuries.

In September I will be attending a 5-day course on Lady Elliot Island (tough I know!) in the Great Barrier Reef. The course presenter is Diane Lee and she will be delivering her Integrated Systems Approach to The Thorax and Pelvis.

I have just returned from three weeks in Scandinavia with my husband, John. It had been over three and a half years since my last break that was not work related! I feel very fortunate being able to have this break knowing the practice was in excellent hands. In particular, Shannon, the Practice Manager, and Grant, the physiotherapy Team Leader have worked hard to develop a well-oiled work environment and a cohesive team.
We have just started term three Pilates, once again with full classes. This means, of course, that we are already half way through the year – which would almost be unbelievable if we didn’t have the weather to prove it. Thankfully it’s only four weeks until Spring now, and I know everyone here is looking forward to some warmer days.

For now, I wish staff and clients all the best and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things after my holiday.

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About the Author

Jennifer Kellett established Hawker Place Physiotherapy in 1991 and is the principal practitioner of the family run practice. Jenny has served the local communities of Belconnen and North Canberra with commitment and pride for over 26 years. She is a strong advocate for maintaining fitness, health and well being across all age groups and has a keen professional interest in combining Pilates with weight training for treating postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis.

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