Meet Natalie Grant – GCOMPT Graduate

Name and Title(s):

Natalie Grant MScPT, BScKin, FCAMPT, CGIMS, CAFCI

Where do you work?:

I work clinically at Woodland Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver – this is a private clinic where I see primarily orthopaedic clients. I am also the Musculoskeletal Curriculum Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC.

What is your favourite thing about your work?

I like solving problems and knowing that I have made a positive difference in someone else’s life. It’s a wonderful challenge to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to try to understand their physical health concerns, and the collaboration that follows is the best part.

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

I was born in Italy – which explains my insatiable desire to eat pasta.

Most healthy habit:

Eat real food. I try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day.

What was your favourite part of the GCOMPT program?

The quality of instruction, the attention to detail, the incorporation of current evidence at every step of the way, the discussion of multiple perspectives and the camaraderie between the instructors and the learners.

What is one new thing you learned during the GCOMPT Program?

So many things – assessment skills, treatment techniques, clinical reasoning models, communication strategies, motivational interviewing and research methods.

How do you think your new GCOMPT certificate will help you in your profession?

It makes me a better therapist. The GCOMPT program felt like a natural educational progression, having already taken many post-graduate courses, this program really had a wonderful structure and framework that allowed me to integrate much of my other knowledge and experience with the new material.