Hi, my name is Brianna O’Toole and I graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from JCU in 2015.
I was fortunate enough to have been accepted for a position as a Physiotherapist with Physionorth commencing the beginning of 2016.
I was very nervous making the transition into the ‘working world’. I had this idea that there would be no support and help like Uni. I was afraid of the unknown. However, at the same time I was eager and excited to start work, to put 4 years of hard work into practice.
2016 came around very quickly! And it turns out I was wrong. I have received more help, encouragement, and support than I ever have before since starting at Physionorth.
over 12 months has gone by and I feel as though I have always been here. The team at physionorth made me feel welcome from day 1. They are approachable, non-judgemental, supportive and encouraging.
My skillset has grown tremendously since working for Physionorth. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be part of a team who strongly believe in continuous education. As a team, we all get together and have Professional Development sessions, as well as one-on-one sessions with senior physiotherapists. Since being introduced to the Thoracic Ring Approach I have learnt an alternative approach to my assessments and treatments which I cannot believe how fortunate I am to have been exposed to. I have become a very confident, enthusiastic and driven physiotherapist which I have Physionorth to thank for.
Physionorth owner Jaquie started her career in Physiotherapy working at a busy sports and orthopedic practice. She learned a lot in her first few years as a physio, under great mentors, however, became frustrated by short appointment times and the inability to spend time providing effective treatment to her clients. Jaquie enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients and their histories and found shorter appointment times took the effectiveness out of her treatment, as well decreasing the enjoyment of her job.
With this in mind, Jaquie purchased Physionorth in 2008 from founding owner Melissa Hooper (who established Physionorth in 2001) with the aim of setting it apart from the other clinics in Townsville. Her aim was to provide friendly, professional service, with longer appointment times, so that clients felt listened to, could play an active role in their recovery and ultimately get the most out of their physiotherapy treatment. She wanted to provide a clinic where people who had insidious onset pain could get a thorough assessment and treatment plan.
In the early days of her career, Jaquie enjoyed treating all areas of the body, however, wondered why some patients recovered from local treatment to their area of pain and others did not. She also wanted to find out answers to questions such as ‘Why some people ruptured their ACL’s from nontraumatic events’ and why ‘Some people with disc prolapse or rotator cuff injuries had pain and others did not.’ To answer these questions Jaquie then set out on a professional development journey, taking courses with the likes of Peter O’Sullivan, Barbara Hungerford, and Dr. LJ Lee.
Dr. LJ Lee’s approach really resonated with Jaquie as well as giving her answers to some of her questions, so she signed up to complete the Connect Therapy series with LJ, a year-long journey of learning to assess the whole person from head to toe. LJ’s approach incorporates all aspects of the body and mind and taught Jaquie to find the ‘Driver’ of a person’s pain rather than treat their symptoms.
As a result, Jaquie has been training her staff to look at their patient’s body’s differently- taking into account their stories, history and beliefs, assessing their whole bodies and doing a thorough assessment of the way they move so they can discover where a patient is ‘breaking down’ in a task and working with patient’s to restore optimal movement patterns.
Jaquie is always on the look out for Physiotherapists to join the team, who have a passion for being more than just a Physiotherapist. If you enjoy treating the ‘whole person’, embarking on a journey of life long learning, and changing not only the way people move, but changing their lives, a career at Physionorth might be for you.
We have longer appointment times, fortnightly in-services on a range of contemporary topics, excellent support for our therapists and a great reputation. To find out more about employment at Physionorth contact our practice manager Rosie on 0747240768.
Employment opportunities also exist for enthusiastic practitioners (Physiotherapy, Massage, and Acupuncture) who are able to work well in a team environment and strive to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.
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Physionorth is on the look out for a new Paediatric Physiotherapist to join our team. If you have a passion for working with children, an enthusastic personality and you work well in a team environment this may be the position for you!Continue reading →