3 years

Unlike sport, in business the win-win is the best possible score.  -Rasheed Ogunlaru

And it's the only possible score.

It's been 3 years at Mainland Medical Clinic and I feel 20 years younger. It took a while to let go of the stress and fear, and allow myself to feel... absolute zen. I'm finally in my zone, my happy oasis. I actually want to be at work!

Something is happening to me. This gratitude shit really works.

I went into this profession for me, to figure out my own pain. If I can help others that's a bonus. I make a 6 figure income by doing nothing and knowing very little. I'm a work in progress. Like most of my major life decisions, this one was shaped by pain and the ensuing uncertainty. When despair and hopelessness become an exhausting feedback loop, I try to approach the problem like any other injustice over which I have no control - with curiosity. Learning about pain helped when nothing else did. 

Being authentic at work is a necessity. Anything else makes me physically sick, and there's no long term financial gain anyway. People in pain may be desperate and vulnerable (I know I was), but they're highly educated, probably smarter than me, and can smell bullshit a mile away. To better serve you all, I make a serious effort every day to ensure that my office is a science-informed, bullshit-free zone. 

To Danica Willson, RMT, and Dr. Brian Montgomery, thank you for this life changing and career defining opportunity, it means more than I could ever tell you. Danica, I'm forever indebted to you for referring me here. And thank you to my loyal patients - I hope you never *need* to see me again, and I hope to go out of business (yes I really want this to happen!). It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with and learn from each and every one of you. I wish you all the peace, happiness, and prosperity this work has brought me. 

 

San Diego Pain Summit 2017

Massage therapy will be unavailable at Mainland Clinic from Tuesday Feb 7th to Monday Feb 13th 2017.

I'm thrilled to be attending the 3rd annual San Diego Pain Summit, an incredible conference that helps physical and manual therapists incorporate pain science into clinical practice. It's also a chance to meet and catch up with my pain-obsessed friends and colleagues over beer and Mexican food.

I was fortunate to attend the inaugural event in 2015, with none other than Prof Lorimer Moseley, a physiotherapist and world leader in pain research, as keynote speaker. To learn more about his fascinating original research visit bodyinmind.com.

This year I've secured one of the last spots in keynote speaker Prof Peter O'Sullivan's workshop Cognitive Functional Therapy, a holistic and evidence-based approach to treatment of disabling back pain.

If you're a professional who works with people in pain you should be there! It's not too late to join us. And if you're a person living with pain check out PainBC's 2nd Provincial Pain Summit Feb 17-19 in Vancouver.

I'll be back in the clinic Tuesday Feb 14th. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates!