Meet The Team: Fraser Perry
We are pleased to introduce you to Fraser Perry! This guy rarely misses a UBC Men’s Volleyball home game, loves the Vancouver seawall and is a huge fan of Roger Federer. Want to more? Here you go!
Why did you become a physio?
I became a physio because it allows me to combine two of my passions: Movement and Teaching.
I am passionate about movement because I believe that, like a personality trait, it defines who we are. Similar to individual fingerprints, we all have unique subtleties in our movement patterns that our body recognizes as our own. Unfortunately, when you have an injury or have pain, your brain changes the way you move in order to avoid that pain, for example limping. These compensation movement changes are not optimal physically, but also give the brain a different image of its movement personality.
Whether it’s for immediate pain management or future pain prevention, better movement has the ability to enhance one’s quality of life because of both it’s physical and psychological effects on the body. From personal experience with injuries I know that they can affect self esteem, self image and confidence. If you’re not moving like yourself, you don’t feel like yourself.
Remember that movement is a personality trait and a way that we can actively express ourselves. Being a physiotherapist is more than simply treating a sprained ankle, it involves addressing the whole person - the compensations due to pain, possible return to work strategies, self management strategies and more- to ensure that the client feels like themselves again. As a result, being a physio is a very super-cool and REWARDING job.
What is your favourite way to break a sweat?
Playing squash, tennis or shooting 3 pointers for the HapHazards basketball team.
Who do you look up to and why?
Definitely my parents. My dad for his amazingly optimistic attitude and my mom for her thoughtfulness.
What is the most challenging thing you've overcome?
The West Coast Trail Hike on Vancouver Island wins this one for sure. One of the most amazing weeks of my life with some of my favourite people.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being nominated by my Physiotherapy Class to give a grad speech at our Convocation. Still to this day, I feel honoured. It also continues to amazes me how quickly 2.5 years locked in a classroom passes by when you are surrounded by 79 hilarious, well rounded, party-loving go-getters.
If you could only eat one more meal what would it be?
Soup and sandwich for sure, with a liberal amount of sandwich dipping.
Last thing you read?
Ooo… nerdy . The 5th Edition of the Pelvic Girdle Textbook.
Next place you want to travel to?
South America or Scotland (I went when I was 2 years old and I have lots of family there).
What scares you?
That the TV show Homeland might actually be all non-fiction…..
What's one thing you would like to accomplish in the next couple of years?
I would like to complete my Canadian Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Certification.
Fraser works at our clinic on 8th and Ash. To book an appointment with him call 604-875-6207.