Hi, I’m Kaye Hillsdon…May 11, 2017 2:36 pm
So for this post I have been ‘bullied’ into – or rather encouraged as I hate talking about myself – telling you a little bit about myself and how I came to join The Ralph Mobile Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation service (MPRS).
Like Kim, I started my career in the human field; initially working as an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) on a Neuro-rehabilitation ward in Berkshire. This role involved helping people presenting with a wide range of complex diagnoses (e.g. stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome) to recover and rehabilitate. Alongside my OTA role, I spent 4 years training to become a fully-fledged occupational therapist (OT) and after qualifying in 2009 I went on to gain experience working in a variety of physical health settings (an acute stroke unit, paediatrics, care of the elderly, acute medical wards), community-based settings, and forensic mental health services.
During my time working as an assistant and qualified OT on the wards, I was given the opportunity to oversee the regular visits by the ‘Pets as Therapy’ dogs and their handlers. To say this was the highlight of my week is somewhat of an understatement; I absolutely loved it! So much so, it made me determined to find a way of combining my human career with a new career working with animals. Hence, I began regularly volunteering at my local animal sanctuary and riding for the disabled centre; I also arranged time to observe assistance dogs in training through Canine Partners in Hampshire; and whilst travelling around India I volunteered at the International Animal Rescue Centre in Goa. These experiences eventually led to me finding out about veterinary physiotherapy and four years of post-graduate education soon ensued.
In 2009, I moved to Hampshire to complete my MSc (Pre-registration) in Physiotherapy. In the human field I have resumed my specialist interest in Neuro rehabilitation but I also work with people with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. I am also trained in Pilates and hydrotherapy.
In 2013, I undertook a Post graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury College / University of the West of England, Bristol. After qualifying I was fortunate enough to work at a busy small animal referral hospital in the south east of England. It was here that I really learnt how to be a safe and effective veterinary physiotherapist and I had the opportunity to work with a fantastic team of people. Sadly the 3.5 hour, sometime 4.5 hour, round trip became too much and so I took the very difficult decision to leave. I then went on to provide a small domiciliary veterinary physio and rehabilitation service in the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area, and was recently contacted by Kim and invited to meet with Shailen (founder of The Ralph). Now, here I am!
I continue to have a specialist interest in Neuro rehabilitation but I also treat both humans and animals with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. I am a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) and an active ACPAT committee member striving to promote safe and effective practice in the care of animals. I am also registered with the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).
So, I’m sure you’ve had enough of learning all about me. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and I look forward to serving you soon.