Leo Yiru, Principal Physiotherapist

Principal Physiotherapist - Profile


A firm believer in continuous learning, Yiru obtained her Clinical Doctorate in Physiotherapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2018. Prior to that, Yiru had spent more than a decade working in the outpatient setting in various public hospitals, after graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from University of Sydney, and Masters in Physiotherapy from Curtin University.

Yiru has had experience dealing with a wide array of musculoskeletal issues, from back and neck pain to post-operative conditions such as total knee replacements. She also spent 7 years working in the emergency department of Changi General hospital, as one of the pioneers in developing the physiotherapy service in ED to manage acute musculoskeletal pain.

Yiru finds fulfilment in assisting her clients with reducing and managing their pain, as well as collaborating with them to find the most effective way in which they are able to lead the lives they desire.


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney
  • Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy), Curtin University
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, United States

Areas of Interest

  • Spinal Conditions
  • Work Ergonomics

Career Highlights

  • Hospital Research Grant (2010) for the study Neck and Shoulder Pain in Computer Users – Muscle Activation Patterns, Postures and Responses to Physiotherapy Treatment (Primary Investigator)
  • MOH Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Fellowship 2011 – Acute musculoskeletal pain management
  • 2nd Prize Poster Presentation Changi General Hospital Annual Scientific Meeting (2012) (Co-Investigator) – Cost Effectiveness of an Emergency Department Initiated Early Physiotherapy for Acute Non-Ambulant Low Back Pain Patients
  • Platform Presentation World Congress Physical Therapy 2015 (Primary-Investigator) – Physiotherapy in the Emergency Department – A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study of an Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Service
  • Physiotherapist, ASEAN Para Games 2015