Time to sit down with Physiotherapist Rachel van der Veen

Where did you grow up? What did you enjoy about it so much that it made you consider staying here after uni?

I was actually lucky enough to spend eight years growing up by the beach in Torquay before my parents made the decision to relocate to Albury for work. After briefly heading to Melbourne for university after graduating high school I quickly realised that I wasn’t a city girl and moved back to Albury. I love being close to family and having a bit of a slower pace of life so I would definitely say that Albury is home for me! 

The classic – what got you into Physiotherapy?

Funnily enough physio wasn’t even on my radar back when I was at school. I had my heart set on being a maths teacher but one semester of university and two weeks of placement later I quickly realised that wasn’t actually for me. After moving back home to Albury I was having a browse through the courses that were offered at the local university and having always had an interest in health and fitness I thought that physiotherapy sounded pretty fun so decided to give it a whirl!

Have you had any serious injuries?

I have been pretty lucky over the years and would say that I haven’t had any injuries that have been too serious! I managed to give myself a gluteal tendinopathy in my later years of high school after getting back into running which still gives me a bit of grief from time to time but other than that I’ve been relatively injury free. 

What rehab did you do and what are you doing now to prevent them from happening again?

I did a lot of Pilates based rehab under the guidance of my physiotherapist at the time to try and strengthen up through my glutes to get back to running. Whilst I am not as religious with my Pilates anymore you will definitely still find me in the gym but I definitely have a preference for resistance based training over cardio these days!

What have you enjoyed about your time thus far at Sports & Spinal Albury Wodonga?

How lovely the entire team is! I was a little bit nervous coming to a workplace where I was the first physiotherapist but everyone has been so supportive and it has been a great learning experience seeing how the osteopaths treat. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Pretty much anyone in the clinic can tell you that my latest obsession is hanging out with my newborn nephew. Otherwise I enjoy going to the gym, having a hit of golf or spending time with friends and family. 

What is your favourite sport and sporting team?

I’m going to have to say golf! And because there’s no teams associated with that I guess I’ll have to go with the Carlton Blues (even though I’m not an avid AFL fan). 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Not that I can think of!

If you would like to book into see Rachel please click here, Rachel works out of our Albury & Wodonga clinic

 

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