Director - Physiotherapist

My journey with pain began when I was 13 years old and suffered an injury as a Ballet dancer resulting in me building a long term relationship with my Physiotherapist. Unfortunately this correlated with the cessation of my two passions at the time, dance and swimming. 

Entering University very young I chose a broad double degree of Science / Arts and soon became obsessed with the human body and mind through the fields of Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology.

After majoring in Neurophysiology I exited out of the double degree and pursued my passion of Physiotherapy through post-graduate studies at Sydney University. 

Studying the human body seemed incomplete without further exploration of the mind so I resumed my Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology whilst finding my way in the world of Physiotherapy and graduated some years later. 

This lateral entry into Physiotherapy, coupled with my love for studying the human mind and my own experience with chronic pain as a young person built my interest in the area of complex and chronic pain presentations very early on my in career. 

It's been a wild ride so far... 

To Ghana and back, not without Malaria and some serious rehabilitation and repercussions of my own.

I have been very fortunate to have worked alongside and mentored by some of Melbourne's leading Pain Physicians and Australia's leading pain minds (well, let's be honest, Australia's leading pain minds are the World's leading pain minds. We are so lucky!). My colleagues and teachers continue to deepen and broaden my passion within the ever-growing world of the pain sciences and together we are just touching the surface of what is possible.

In addition to my private practice work, I'm energised and grateful to be a member of the faculty of the Neuro Orthopeadic Institute (www.noigroup.com) teaching, and learning from other incredibly inspiring health and medical professionals.

I'm enjoying dipping my toe into the research world through my current and ongoing involvement as a treating Physiotherapist for the NHMRC granted MEMOIR (CRPS) and EPIPHA-KNEE  (Knee OA) clinical trials. 

Most importantly to my current (as well as past and future) patients. You inspire me to be better, think harder and read more, question everything and never give up. Tears of despair evolving into tears of joy and becoming whole again is an achievement we aim to celebrate. Thank you all for sharing your journey with me.  

- Rachael Sheat