I’ve always considered myself a ‘healthy’ person, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 23 that I began to understand the true meaning of the word.
Diabetes is a very small part of what makes me Drew. I’m an exercise physiologist, diabetes educator, sport scientist and most importantly – I’m a happy and healthy guy thriving with type 1 diabetes. I’ve not only accepted living with it, I’ve learned to love it and manage it so that it doesn’t manage me.
I really am fascinated with biomechanics of the pelvic floor – and so a lot of the women I see have incontinence, prolapse, are pregnant or just had a baby and are looking to return to exercise, or are athletes who need to optimise their performance.
I also see a lot of musculoskeletal injury, such as lower back pain or shoulder pain or post surgery (anything from ACL repair or arthroscopy on joints to hysterectomy or lymphectomy). At my clinic’s, we provide the missing link to return ladies from acute rehab, injury or after birth, back to full functional movement safely!
Emil has several years of experience in the field in both clinical and healthy populations. He has worked with junior representative rugby league athletes as well as working as a consultant with Olympian Emanuele Fuamatu, who represented Samoa in shotput in the 2012 Olympic games.
He has also spent 6 years working in clinical rehabilitation in health clinics and medical centres. He has experience as a lecturer at a personal training college and has coached tennis for 7 years. Emil also lived in Boston, Massachusetts in 2011 and 2012 whilst attending the University of Massachussets, Boston, where he would be involved in athletic training and further university studies.
I’m a husband and father of two young children. I started as a personal trainer in 2007, and I then joined the army in 2008 and served until 2013. I finished my degree and went back to uni to do postgraduate studies. I’ve been in private practice since 2015 and have always been involved with exercise and physical activity.
Usually I see musculoskeletal patients. We see a lot of patients with acute conditions of the shoulder, back and knee. When they come through to me, I complete their rehabilitation and work on injury prevention. We also see patients for chronic conditions (such as low back pain) and post-operative care (total knee replacement), again exercise physiology will compliment physiotherapy.
I have been an accredited exercise physiologist since 2010 and I especially love those who are extremely dubious at the beginning then before they know it, they are sleeping better, less pain and noticing a big improvement in their quality of life.
I love exercise and sport so initially that is what attracted me to start studying sport and exercise science. However, once I realised how much one could benefit from seeing an accredited exercise physiologist I returned to do further education. It is such a crucial component to the allied health world.
Our bodies are genetically designed to be active. Our gene expression changes depending on our levels of physical activity.
I have been in the industry for over 25 years but became an accredited exercise physiologist four years ago.
I wanted to help people improve their health and quality of life and I believe moving more is one of the simplest strategies that people can use to do this. My clients range in ages from children to the elderly with a variety of health conditions and injuries.
Many clients have never seen an accredited exercise physiologist before and not sure how we can help them. I use simple language and break down lifestyle changes into small sustainable steps. It’s important they feel confident they can make these health changes.
I became an exercise physiologist by accident! When I graduated high school all I knew was that I enjoyed being active, and that I wanted to help people. I was in my second year before I even knew what an exercise physiologist was! As soon as I read up about what you can do for people as an exercise physiologist, however, I haven’t looked back.
As an accredited exercise physiologist I am responsible for giving people any and all information they need to start a more healthy life. I am proud to be an accredited exercise physiologist because I feel we provide an important service that can change people’s lives.