Who I am…

Donna McCook / Medfit

Managing Director : Medfit Pty Ltd
Physiotherapist (PhD Cand, MHSci Physio, PGD Manip Physiotherapy)
Exercise Physiologist (PGD Clinically Applied Ex Science)(ESSA Accredited)
Athletic Trainer Certified, Dip Nutrition, PT / AE : ACE
Director : Core Healthcare Group
Executive MBA Candidate

2020 has been a massive challenge for us all – but we are in the perfect profession to reach out and help people regain their health; and I am thrilled to have the capacity to do so. It is taking some deep creative thinking along with the rapid building of new strategies to engage with our clients, our team and with our families. I do love pushing my perspectives – so as stressful as it is, I do feel that this new world provides many opportunities for us to adapt and evolve.

As we also have professional requirements and so I have decided to also step up into his space and provide you with a few options for your CPD requirements and ongoing learning for 2020. I am going virtual with the “works” for the second half of 2020. As a result – I have produced (and am still working on) a series of short courses that will integrate some of my prior course material and also present some new concepts.

I am hoping to make these sessions engaging, interactive and of course – educational.

The proposed courses are available in the Courses tab. Please email me if you are seeking any further information. My goal is to run a course a least most fortnights between July 1 and the end of the year.

2020 for me has been challenging with ensuring business survival while tackling the change in social measures and demands imposed for the safety of our patients.
I have also embarked on my Exec MBA at QUT and loving the lateral stimulation and professional growth that I can feel is evolving.

Post my head injury (May 2016) and ongoing post concussive problems – I was very apprehensive about returning to study – and had points in time where I was unable to read even a magazine heading let alone the words one a page – so I have come a long way. I ran through a few business papers late last year online and felt I was ready to return to study – and I am. Amazing thing though is that my learning style appears to have changed. I am no longer primarily kinaesthetic, and have obviously developed other areas of my brain with increased auditory and visual capabilities that certainly weren’t there before. Its amazing how the brain has recovered to that point and adapted to bring around a totally new approach to information acquisition and recall. Its now 4 years, there are still problems from time to time, but – I still feel like it is improving. Tis good!

My background –
With 30 years of clinical experience, I have developed a platform (Medfit) to share my passion about my professional life as a hybrid clinic physiotherapist and exercise physiologist that specialises in an exercise based approach for recovery.

My speciality remains – Back pain / Spinal injury and Shoulder rehabilitation. This is both clinically and for purposes of training.

My clinical and academic experience has been extensive – and I am continuing to learn.
Earlier in the piece, once qualified as a physiotherapist, my interests channeled into the sports and exercise arena, completing a range of fitness, nutrition and personal training certifications.
I turned to exercise science studies at local universities as I worked internationally to consolidate my knowledge further and build some science into my clinical practices.
My passion for learning continued and I completed post graduate studies in both physiotherapy and exercise science to further build my understanding of both fields., and moved to commence a PhD looking at muscle function changes in people with lower back pain. While this has not been completed (yet), key findings have been presented internationally, and findings published in international conference proceedings and journals accordingly.

My clinical life is focused on spinal and shoulder rehabilitation with a special interest in pre and post surgical (and “don’t want to have” surgery) clients in SEQ.
I am a Director at a growing company based in South East Queensland, (Core Healthcare Group) which has over 17 clinical sites through the region, a team of physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and other allied health professionals working together. At Core, I provide clinical services at a range of our locations through Brisbane, mentorship to our clinical team and directorship within our management team.

Through MedFit, I teach to impart my expertise – it balances me, challenges my thinking processes, and sparks new thought and direction for people who attend my workshops.

I have always found it frustrating to spend a career gathering large volumes of knowledge to then only share it with one person at a time. Here, I can spread my knowledge and expertise, and know that in doing so, can also share my methods of getting great results for my own clients to 100’s of others.

2020 is creating a further shift… its creating opportunities to take a little more time to focus, empathise and connect. I feel this is going to be a substantive growth year for me professionally and personally.

It is so good to be able to think again. I truely appreciate the capacity (and limitations) of my mind…

Talk soon!