Meet The Team: Claudia Pisano

I have wanted to be a musculoskeletal physio since the early years of high school, mostly from my sporting background. I was completely astounded at how these physios could have a patient with a sore knee or a patient with a sore neck walk through the door and have the knowledge to treat both in completely different ways! Particularly when I was younger with injuries, I thought that these people were magicians!

I would say my sporting background is quite unconventional, having taken up golf from the age of

four. I started playing at Mount Lawley Golf Club with my dad, who is a die-hard golf fanatic, and continued to train and compete while I was still at school. I have competed for WA & Australia from the age of 13, and was lucky enough to be part of the team that won the National Championships in 2014! I have been so lucky in that I’ve been able to travel all around Australia playing the sport I am passionate about.

However, there was a certain point in my life where I had to consider where my future was going – was I going to try turn professional as a golfer, or continue onto a physiotherapy career? This was a very difficult decision for me, but having struggled with performance psychology and the immense pressure of performing well on an individual stage, I decided to continue learning and study Physio at Curtin, graduating in 2019. This allowed me to be kinder on myself with my golfing performance, to a point where I see it as a social sport for me (with a hint of competition, who likes to lose!). I have also had a few years’ experience with powerlifting and competed in 2020, which I look forward to doing again in the future.

When I am not at Nextmove taking classes or treating patients, I like to try new cafes, go to the gym, catch up with my friends & family or trying new activities (next on my list is axe throwing!)

As a physio, I have the most interest in treating patients with limited mobility or soft tissue injuries (particularly shoulders). I also enjoy working with the teenage/young adult population, helping them become more aware of how their body moves and how they can use it to maximise performance, or even just to do the things they love. I look forward to continuing my career here at Nextmove and improving my skills so I can help as many people as I can.

Claudia Pisano

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