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Meet Britney Chase, DPT Student

Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?


I have been an athlete for my entire life, so I always knew that I wanted to be involved in something sports related for a career.  I have also always loved learning about the human body and being in school, so I knew that I had to get myself into a field that is constantly evolving and where there is always an opportunity to continue educating myself.  Physical therapy was always the forefront of my mind when it came to options, but I really solidified my decision when I was going through my own return to sport rehab after I was hit by a car in October of 2014.  What I really fell in love with was the fact that I had put my body through some relatively traumatic situations, I could also fix it by using movement retraining in order to let it heal itself.  I had done some research and found that there was ground-breaking gains being made in the physical therapy world in Australia, so when the opportunity came up for me to apply to The University of Melbourne, I took it and ran with it.  The rest is history!


What is your background?


I am a second year DPT student at The University of Melbourne.  I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where I completed my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in neuroscience in 2015.  I have been involved in sports since I was about 5 years old and competed in Irish dancing, hip hop, soccer, volleyball, badminton, figure skating, snowboarding, swimming, cross country running, and basketball (my main love).  Although I do still play basketball in rec leagues, my “active” time now is mostly a mix between weight training, Pilates, and hot yoga.  I have coached a handful of basketball teams, and I am certified to teach Modo yoga, mat Pilates, Joga, and I taught swimming lessons for about 8 years up until I moved to Australia.  I am currently studying to sit the exam for Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach at the end of January 2019.


What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?


Without a shadow of a doubt I will be in sports, which is where my entire passion is.  My ideal job would be to work for and treat professional grade athletes, whether that be in the NHL, NBA, or the Olympics.  Although these are my dream situations, I LOVE educating and sharing knowledge, so wherever it is I end up I think I will be happy as long as I am making people feel better as well as teaching them the why’s behind treatment and their bodies so that they can take their therapy into their own hands as well.


What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?


Although we have gained a ton of experience in the hospital rehab setting in Melbourne, we have not yet touched upon the private practice sector of things; and I know from my own experience in rehab that these are two very different worlds.  I am most looking forward to getting exposure to the private practice world especially because I know Rehab 2 Perform has a niche area in athletics and return to activity/sport.  I am looking forward to all of the things I will learn in a more context-dependent environment.


What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?


I have been told that I could connect with and talk to a brick wall if I had to, so I plan on just being myself and engaging with every person that comes through the doors as much as I can, especially because I am here for such a short amount of time.  I think that building real human connection and showing that you genuinely care about what people are coming in and saying is what separates the good health professionals from the great ones.  I love to hear people’s stories and really learn about who they are, because I feel like this is a skill that is underestimated when it comes to getting people fully back to who they were before they initially came in for therapy.