Staff Spotlight: Sophie, Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is one of our Exercise Physiologists based in Queensland!

You might remember Sophie from a Good News Story we’ve shared before!

Sophie (Exercise Physiologist) with Yasmin

Sophie attended the University of Queensland, where she completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Playing competitive netball exposed her to different allied health professionals, which later inspired her to pursue a career as an Exercise Physiologist.

Read on to learn more about Sophie.

What made you study Exercise Physiology?

Growing up, I played competitive netball where I was exposed to different allied health professionals assisting our teams to reach their optimal physical performance. Leaving school, I was certain I wanted to be a health professional, but I was unsure which career was most suited for me. To help me decide, I studied a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland. Once I had completed my first Exercise Physiology subject, I knew that it was the career for me. I enjoyed learning how exercise can positively impact different systems in the human body and could not wait to share my knowledge with others. I completed my bachelor’s degree and then went on to study a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at The University of Queensland and haven’t looked back since.

What is your favourite part about working with our participants?

I find great joy going into the community and helping those that are vulnerable change their inactive routines and build a passion for movement. It is incredible watching people begin therapy sessions really nervous and apprehensive of exercise and movement but finishing the session laughing and smiling because they’ve enjoyed themselves or achieved their goals. I love working alongside our participants and seeing them improve physically, mentally and emotionally through the help of exercise.

Can you think of a time recently that made you feel really proud to be working with Better Rehab?

I have recently had multiple participants admit they don’t engage with or enjoy physical activity. I have had the privilege to assist them in changing this mindset and overcoming barriers to start them on a journey of living a healthier lifestyle.

One proud moment of mine is being at the pool doing hydrotherapy with one participant, when another participant walks into the pool facility to complete his hydrotherapy program independently. This was a massive win for him as he had lived an inactive lifestyle for years. During his initial assessment, he confessed that he had never enjoyed exercise but was willing to try what I suggested. After his first session in the pool, he was overjoyed with how much he enjoyed it and how great it made him feel. He has never missed a therapy session since and now attends the pool independently at least once a week with only monthly check-ins from myself. Watching him engage in physical activity after years of being inactive is so encouraging to see.

What is something unique or interesting about you?

I love to bake! I find baking both enjoyable and relaxing. I love to experiment in the kitchen but the most common thing I bake are my family’s secret chocolate brownie recipe.

If you would like to book an appointment with Sophie or another Exercise Physiologist from Better Rehab, please call our friendly Admin team on 1300 0 REHAB (1300 073 422).