Get to know Sophie
Well I’m an Irish trained physiotherapist who moved to Singapore nearly 4 years ago. But when I’m not being in a physio in my spare time, I enjoy staying fit and exercising.
I used to play hockey when I was younger but in university I got crazy into weight lifting, circuit training and group exercise classes. So most days after work you’ll see me running off to do some form of class or bootcamp! I find this is not only good for my fitness levels but also for clearing my head after a busy day at work and keeping my energy levels up. And the group vibe keeps me motivated and working hard!
During the weekend I mostly enjoy socialising with friends. Since my family are so far away, my friends have become my extended second family and are a great support network. We mostly enjoy doing some form of activity like cycling or going for walks through MacRitchie or Bukit Timah, or more recently we’ve been trying some new sports like wakeboarding. Then afterwards we usually reward ourselves by going for a big dinner or cooking BBQs at home. Being Irish I might enjoy a drink or two too!
I would like to think people would describe me most of all as having a caring heart, being a good listener and a loyal, dependable friend. But would also say people would describe me as fun loving and adventurous. Someone outdoorsy who loves meeting new people, having new experiences and creating memories!
What inspired you to become a physiotherapist?
I always had an interest in science and biology in school. I knew I definitely wasn’t a person who wanted to sit at a desk all day. I wanted to be active in my job. Most of all though I knew I wanted to help people. This led me down the path of thinking about physiotherapy. In actual I took out university prospectus and started reading about the course layout and job opportunities in different lines of work after and knew it was the job for me. Physio is more than just private practice work, some people are not aware of how far reaching physio it is and how many different population groups and conditions it can help. This really interested me.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would say it would have to be taking the leap and moving so far away from home on a new adventure and then succeeding settling in a very foreign country.
I’ve always been someone who enjoys, travelling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I’d travelled a lot around Europe with my family and spent some time living in the US and Canada while in university so when the opportunity came up to work in Singapore I thought I was up to the challenge! I’d never even set out in Asia before and although daunted by moving so far away from home, the new adventure really excited me!
Now looking back a realise it is one of the best decisions I ever made and had really helped me to grow as a person and take steps forward in my career also.
What are some of the largest culture shock you had after arriving to our sunny shores?
I think the largest culture shock I had was probably the language barrier. Day to day of course you can survive perfectly fine with only English but as I was working in a hospital for my first 3 years here that I was total different story. I was on an orthopaedic ward for most of my time there and with many patients over the age of 70, a lot did not have much English. This was very difficult at first but having done Mandarin and Malay classes and picking up words from colleagues, the families and patients themselves I managed to learn a lot and begin enjoy speaking and using the new phrases I learned. Even if the patient did end up laughing at my incorrect use of words or tones, I think they appreciated my effort! Now having come out to private practice I don’t get to use my Malay or Mandarin so much so I hope I don’t lose it! Phrases such as .. are you in pain, can you lift your arm, stand up, walk .. just are not so useful day to day! Although I have many of these physio related phrases, I still can’t order any food from the Ahma at the hawker centre which I find quite funny.
You can find Sophie at SMU and Parkway Parade
Call +65 6226 3632 or fill up this form to book an appointment!