Vanessa is a physiotherapist currently practising in Miles, who grew up on the family property outside Wandoan. The focus of practise has always been getting as close as possible to the root cause/s of presenting problems.
Ongoing education and study aren’t just a registration requirement for Vanessa, it is a passion, combining nicely with a love of travel, accumulating fun and challenging life experiences, whilst meeting new and interesting people!
Accordingly, whether firsthand or by association, she has great insight into, and love for the land and its people; the highs, lows and challenges: be they mental, emotional or physical.
Having started education by correspondence (now called Distance Ed!) with the help of her mother Mary Golden, she then attended Yuleba State School, Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and then UQ, staying at the Women’s College.
After graduating, leaving “The Big Smoke” was the priority and Vanessa completed a valuable first 3 years’ hospital work in Townsville. Then came 5 years in a high-profile sports practice in Brisbane, before heading bush again, with Vanessa working in Toowoomba and Brisbane in Aged Care, then Goondiwindi, Moree, Warialda, Goomeri, Cracow, Theodore and Wandoan over the next 20 years, the last 17 as sole practitioner in her own practice.
Along the way she designed and implemented the Move Better Feel Better injury prevention programme in the underground metalliferous mining industry, which earned Cracow Gold Mine the Downer Edi Safety Innovation Award at the time.
Vanessa has a 17 year old son at boarding school, two dogs and a (very small!) herd of cows.