Thursday, February 10 2011
There is a new physio working at Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy in Cooma. She is 25 year old Kristy Nichols.
Kristy joined Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy after completing her physiotherapy training at Newcastle University and gaining practical experience in Wyong, Grafton, Tamworth, Armidale and Cowra.
“My major interest is rural health, and that is why I chose to gain practical experience in different rural centres throughout the state. It is also one reason why I chose to attend Newcastle University, which has a Department of Rural Health based in Tamworth and requires all its physiotherapy students to spend time working in rural areas,” Kristy told the Cooma-Monaro Express.
“But now I’m thrilled to be returning to Cooma to work as a physiotherapist in a community that I know so well.”
Kristy is a keen sportswoman. “I was brought up in a cricket-mad family and I now particularly enjoy skiing, netball and touch football.”
“For the past four years I have been working with Alison Coles (previously the principal of Cooma Physiotherapy Centre, but now based in Canberra) providing physiotherapy to the ACT Men’s Veterans Hockey Teams.”
“And, in fact, I’m off to Singapore later this year to provide physiotherapy support to the Australian Over 40s Men’s Hockey Team.”
When we enquired whether she, too, played hockey, Kristy coyly replied “No, I’ve never played hockey…I think it’s too dangerous!!”
Kristy is one of two new physiotherapists who have just joined Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy. The other is Tegan Butters, who will be working in their Merimbula clinic.
“On top of their interest and experience in sports physiotherapy, both Kristy and Tegan have a special interest in women’s health services,” Renee Pirozzi of Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy’s Cooma clinic revealed to us.
“So Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy can now enhance and expand the services specifically aimed at women at all its clinics, and this will be one of our main aims in 2011.”
The Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy group now has a total staff of 17 working in its clinics in Merimbula, Bega, Bombala, Eden and Cooma. One of these coincidentally is Kristy’s Mum, Maree, who is receptionist and general assistant at the Cooma clinic.
Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy’s Cooma clinic is located within the Bombala Street Medical Centre at 62 Bombala Street. It has extended opening hours from Mondays to Fridays. Appointments can be arranged by phoning 02 6452 4203. No referral is necessary.
Clients are able to access EFTPOS at the clinic and claim appropriate on-the-spot rebates for their physiotherapy from private health funds.