I interviewed Kelly Mcginnity who is a dedicated Physiotherapist and also passionate in Women’s Health management.
1) Who are you?
My name is Kelly and I am a Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist from Western Australia. I moved to Singapore towards the end of 2016 and was fortunate enough to be offered a job at UFIT Clinic prior to the move as they were looking for a specialist who could assist in their Prenatal Program. UFIT started off as an outdoor fitness and personal training company, with the clinic opening in May of 2016. I am passionate about health and fitness so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the UFIT brand.
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2007. I have spent most of my career working in a practice that was contracted to the maternity ward of a local hospital. It was there that I developed a passion for Women’s Health. I went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy (Women’s Health and Continence Major) in 2015 and since then, this has been my specialty area of physio.
2) Why do you do what you do?
I initially did my post-grad because I loved treating women in their pregnancy. It is such a special period in a woman’s life and it’s lovely to be a small part of that.
Since finishing my post-grad I have been treating women with pelvic pain conditions such as dyspareunia and vaginismus. Pelvic pain often has a huge impact on a patient’s quality of life and sometimes just a little bit of information can go a long way in improving someone’s symptoms. I feel privileged to be able to listen to these people’s stories and to be able to help them in any way that I can. It is the best feeling hearing when patients have made improvements!
3) How do you find time for all of that?
Being a physiotherapist is my full-time job. I try to practice what I preach and do my best to maintain a healthy balance between work, exercise, socialising and some down time.
I would like to go back to uni to finish my Master’s Degree in Women’s Health and Continence within the next few years.
I would also like to educate more Singaporeans about the role of Women’s Health Physiotherapists in the management of pelvic pain and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction as I feel that we are an underutilized resource!
5) Any advice for others?
I see so many patients with issues related to stress and/or a poor work-life balance so my advice is to try your best to fit good quality sleep, exercise and things that you enjoy into your everyday life – even if it’s a good cup of coffee!!
For those with issues related to pelvic pain or the pelvic floor muscles – see a trained Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist! Having someone explain the cause of your symptoms can be a huge relief and can help the healing process in a big way.
Note: I have not vested interest or benefit from interviewing Kelly Mcginnity. I am doing so in the pure intention to inspire more people.