Physiotherapist Pooja Hamirwasia believes that you do not have to lead a restricted life due to injuries caused due to sports or corporate working environment. Physiotherapy keeps you moving
12/31/2016 2:58:02 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Are you moving poorly because you are in pain? Or are you in pain because you are moving poorly?’ If you have any of these questions in mind, it is perhaps time to meet a physiotherapist.
Pooja Hamirwasia is a young physiotherapist who has recently set up her own clinic, Pooja Physiotherapy & Health Centre that offers personalised treatment. Having worked in specialist clinics and hospitals both here and in India, she said that it was the confidence and encouragement she got from her patients that led her to branch out on her own. “When I was on an extended maternity break, I constantly got enquiries from former patients here about my whereabouts. That was a good sign,” she said. Her patients here come from various ethnic groups.
In an exclusive interview with India Se, the 32-year-old physiotherapist talks about her journey as well as her inspiration to take up this field of medical profession.
India Se: Tell us a little about your background and upbringing? Where did you get your education?
Pooja Hamirwasia: I was brought up in Bombay and completed my schooling there. I went to study physiotherapy at a medical college in Wardha, near Nagpur. So I got my degree from Maharashtra University.
I grew up in a very loving and caring family whom I adore to the core. From my parents to siblings, relatives and friends and now my parents-in-law, I have been fortunate to have great loving and strong personalities around me.
Moving from the comfort of a home in Bombay to hostel life in a small town was challenging, but at the same time it was a great learning experience, to know the real world. This made me independent, taught me to accept challenges and take tough decisions that help you in future. I joined in 2001 and the course is a four-and-a-half year course.
India Se: What got you interested in physiotherapy and why did you choose this area of medicine against others?
Pooja Hamirwasia: My younger sister was born as a special child and suffered from demyelination (a motor disorder), so she was bedridden. She needed constant care and nurturing by our family. She was always a loving child, and everyone doted on her.
During that period, I saw how physiotherapy helped her in many small ways. It did not change the condition but definitely made her living easier. After all, physiotherapy gives quality to quantity of life. This was one of the most important reasons that made me choose this field as my career.
Also, as I am a family-oriented person, I always wanted to give my career and family equal time, so this was a good choice as there are no medical emergencies. It’s a good place to get work-life balance. But in the last two years, I lost both my mother and sister and it was my mother’s dream to see me as an established physiotherapist.
India Se: You have worked with some well-known clinics and hospitals here. Could you talk about that experience and how did that prepare you for the future?
Pooja Hamirwasia: My clinical experience actually started in Bombay. I worked for a German company that sold machines, which helped paralysed patients gain movement. The job was a combination of marketing and some hands on physiotherapy. But that did not interest me as I wanted to actually see results in patients. Even in college, patients appreciated my work during the training period.
I really bloomed when I joined Prakruti Sports Science & Physiotherapy Clinic- under my mentors: Dr Harshada Rajadhayksha and Late Dr Vipul Chavda. These two moulded me into a person I am today. Every single day of those two years at Prakruti was a wonderful learning experience. The perks, of course, was getting to treat Bollywood stars and cricket celebrities.
India Se: What were some of the challenges that you had to face while setting up independent practice in Singapore, considering that the rules and regulations here are very stringent?
Pooja Hamirwasia: I moved to Singapore six years ago and first got employed by popular Therapy Centre. My overall experience here was good and unlike many newcomers found employment easily. I had to pass examinations and go through the registration process, but all my hard work paid.