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February 21, 2017
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Practitioner Spotlight: Jennifer Wood

JEN WOOD
How long have you been practicing? I have been an RMT for 20 years. I completed my training at the only existing BC massage college at the time, West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver. Once I became licensed in 1996, I worked in a multitude of clinical settings including RMT partnerships, a home based practice, and ultimately multidisciplinary practices like OHP.

What problems/issues do you see most frequently? I assist patients of all ages recover from muscular soreness due to injuries, repetitive strains, postural habits, and stress.

Favorite thing about your job? One of the most appealing aspects of working at OHP is the teamwork approach. It is exciting to work with such motivated professionals in massage therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic care. Within my own treatment room, I find it rewarding to alleviate my patients’ physical discomfort and to be a positive moment in their busy day.

How do you manage work and life? Stress management/avoiding burnout.  I love what I do because as a healthcare provider, I am living out my values of health and fitness.  When I am not working, I seek to balance my life with physical exercise like cycling, climbing and yoga- to name a few.

What was the most interesting case you have ever worked on? One of my most unusual and memorable experiences was working with an expectant mother, in the early stages of labour, and learning she had a healthy hospital delivery later that same day! I was further surprised when the new mom returned for treatment 2 days after having her baby!

What was your first job? My first job was working in a busy clinic on Main Street & 49th in Vancouver. I was spoiled by my East Indian patients who would surprise me with delicious homemade samosas. I knew then that I had chosen the right profession!

What is your most treasured possession? My inner compass is steadied by my most precious treasures- my three amazing teens who inspire me daily.

If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do? If I had a month off, I would pack up a small trusty campervan with climbing gear carefully stowed and my well loved roadbike strapped on out back. In the driver’s seat you would see me with road map in hand, eyes toward the horizon, and a soul joyously awaiting the adventure to unfold.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a girl, I dreamt of being an art teacher. I went so far as to complete a Bachelors of Fine Arts from UBC before becoming inspired by the healthcare field.
What do you consider your biggest professional achievement so far? When asked what is my biggest professional achievement, it remains that I was able to complete the intensive massage therapy training and pass the rigiouous licensing exams that enabled me to have this 20 year career that I love as much as I did the day I first started.
Is there something unique that people might not know about you? (hobbies, hidden talents, etc.) Most people would be surprised to hear I have a hidden artistic side. At one time I was quite talented at sketching, painting and pottery -throwing on a wheel to be precise.  Who knows, maybe one day I will return to that create side.

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