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Practitioner Spotlight: Kristi Anutooshkin

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Favorite thing about your job?
I love that every case is different and every person presents differently. I love figuring out what is really going on in order to help each person more effectively.

What problems/issues do you see most frequently?
I definitely have seen a wide range, but overall a common problem I’ve seen is neck and shoulder pain. This is often related to desk and computer work, which is very common in our society.

If someone at a party asks you what you do, how do you respond? 
I say I am a massage therapist and that I work at OHP.

How do you manage work and life? Stress management/avoiding burnout
Being aware of my posture and making sure I don’t overdo the number of hours I work is important. Also, outside of work I try to maintain a healthy routine with exercise, stretching, and downtime.

What was the most interesting case you have ever worked on?
I once worked on someone who had a lot of swelling in their legs and had lost sensation in their feet and toes. I did some light fascial work and lymph drainage techniques and within 2 treatments the patient was able to feel their toes again. It was very interesting and rewarding to see a positive progression.

What TV show character do you identify most with? 
If you could combine Monica and Phoebe from Friends, that would be me.

What was your first job?
When I was really young I had a paper route and babysat. My first official job was at Dairy Queen!

If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do?
If I had a month off I would drive across Canada and see everything I could. When thinking about traveling, I always thought about going to other parts of the world and sometimes would forget that we live in a big, beautiful country. I would love to explore the East more, the farthest I’ve been is Saskatoon!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The first job I wanted was to be a chef who only cooked spaghetti, apparently, that isn’t a thing but maybe one day. I also wanted to be a teacher for many years.

What do you consider your biggest professional achievement so far?
So far, just finishing the massage therapy program and passing the provincial board exams. It was a very difficult and extensive program and it feels really good to have achieved that and be working in the field.

What is on the top of your bucket list?
I’ve wanted to go to Venice, Italy since I was really young. So hopefully in the next few years, I can make that happen!Is there something unique that people might not know about you?
Outside of work I am quite crafty. I love to paint, sew, scrapbook, make jewelry and candles, and have also refurbished some furniture.

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