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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