Kathleen Baker CAT(C), CSEP-CEP
Certified Athletic Therapist
What inspired you to choose physiotherapy/athletic therapy as your mission?
Growing up I was a very active person, competing in swimming and partaking in extracurricular sports at school. I was also that kid who was constantly falling, hurting myself and ending up in the first aid room. It got to a point where I would show up in the office and someone would just point to first aid room. I ended up having to get rehab from all the bumps and bruises I sustained. While undergoing rehab, I discovered I found the human body fascinating, especially how it tries to keep you vertical and moving forward. I developed a love of helping people and getting them back to where they were able to do the things in life they may not have been able to do before!
Where did you get your training?
I graduated in 2014 from Camosun College with a Bachelors of Athletic and Exercise Therapy. I completed 1200 hours of field and clinical hours, and I discovered my passion working with people suffering from chronic disease. I completed my practicum hours at a variety of different locations, including Crofton Mill and Take Heart Breath Well Program at Saanich Commonwealth Place.
What do you do to stay active?
The majority of the time you can find me in the weight room working on overall body strength or you can still find me in the pool on occasion. I try to keep some variety in my workouts as well as do what feels good for me at the time.
What injuries or conditions have you overcome? How did you resolve the challenge?
Being a swimmer, I have some chronic shoulder issues that still bother me occasionally, but as long as I keep on the maintenance and my ‘tune up’ exercises the beast stays at bay. My worst injury occurred during a strength and conditioning class. I damaged my ankle pretty badly during a drill. It took me out of the pool for a while but thanks to doing the proper rehabilitation I have managed to strengthen it back to 100%.
Which of your life’s accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am proud to have completed my Athletic and Exercise Therapy program. There were moments that I found so challenging I wanted to throw in the towel but I found that I loved what I was doing too much and pushed through. I’m so glad that I stuck with it.
What top three goals do you have yet to accomplish?
- Give a TED talk one day
- Complete the Osteopathic Diploma Program in Vancouver
- Start a family
What is your best advice to stay healthy for life?
Be kind to your body and take care of it – it’s the only one you have. Make sure to keep it watered and fed while keeping it in motion. Motion is the lotion that keeps us going! Your body is like a machine – it needs a tune-up once in a while. Don’t let the small aches and pains turn into big aches and pains. Have them checked out before they reach that stage!
What are your words to live by?
“Don’t forget to breathe!”