Miss Anita Onwuteaka - Physiotherapist
My first thoughts are that I am an energetic young lady who enjoys bringing joy and kindness to every room. I am passionate about people, I thrive on learning everyday and I often find myself spending time on being a part of the solution to a problem. While creating solutions can be great, I am constantly learning that I am human and cannot solve every problem, at least not fully anyway.
My desire to be a part of the solution and an inherited interest in academia has pushed me to pursue and obtain three degrees, hold several teaching and leadership roles, and start several projects. For instance, as an undergraduate student, I was a tutor for chemistry, mathematics and biology and held a position as a chemistry teaching assistant for multiple semesters. I also started the first African Society dance group to increase cultural representation and awareness at my university. In addition,, during my national service year in Nigeria, I led a team of graduates to provide drug abuse education and awareness in secondary schools which was supported by the National Agency for Food and Drug Abuse. More recently, I started a conversation group for young adults to discuss, initiate and support solution-based projects.
I enjoy the thrill of a new idea, assessing its feasibility and forming an effective team with action and thought-oriented individuals. My loved ones will attest to actively listening to at least one idea a month and I am so grateful for the supportive environment they provide. In my reflective moments, I often ask how they can be so patient and encouraging. However, it helps me see the positive effects of creating a welcoming environment. Resultantly, I am constantly interested in developing my skills in effective communication.
In recent times, I have been intrigued by cognitive therapies and the transferability of associated concepts in personal and professional settings. I think this can facilitate effective communication while supporting the change management process which I often encounter with individuals, teams and organizations. Furthermore, understanding these concepts will help me serve my patients better, refine my podcast and take me one step closer to giving a TED talk on cultural competence and healthcare.
Finally, as a clinician, my mission is to improve access to quality healthcare and promote the value of physiotherapy practice. I have been privileged to experience health care delivery in several countries which has heightened my interest in redefining quality of care, highlighting its benefits and sensitizing the global community on physiotherapy practice. I firmly believe that the digital space provides a unique opportunity for addressing issues of access and the perception of physiotherapy. This fueled my focus on digital health delivery in my recently completed doctorate. I look forward to opportunities to participate in further digital health research. I am hopeful that at the end of my clinical career, I will look back and see that I have achieved my mission and was part of the solution.