Emily has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist and has achieved recognition as a Titled Physiotherapist as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapy in 2017. Her clinical area of special interest and advanced training is Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health & Continence. She grew up in the UK and completed her physiotherapy training at Keele University in the UK. After working in Nottinghamshire she moved to the USA to work in ICU and acute care.
In 2000 Emily relocated to Albany and worked in the Child Development Team at Albany Regional Hospital and since 2004 she has worked in Private practice at Shiel Family Physiotherapy in the area of Women’s, Men’s and pelvic Health as well as general musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Emily is excited and passionate about clinical practice in the area of pelvic health. A pelvic health physiotherapist works as part of a clinical team to assist people in managing complex conditions. Emily is able to assess the internal muscles of the pelvic floor using real time ultrasound and also internal pelvic examination. She will also assess Pelvic Organ Prolapse using the POP-Q assessment process.
Outside of work Emily enjoys gardening (growing fruit and veggies not flowers) and baking (very unhealthy desserts) and also running. She is a committee member with the Albany Athletics Club.
As a physiotherapist with advanced training Emily has a focus on continence, pelvic health and pre and post natal care. This includes urinary and bowel dysfunctions for men, women and children as well as the management of pelvic organ prolapse. She has completed further training in order to provide fitting and management of vaginal support pessaries for women who do not wish to undergo prolapse surgery.
Physiotherapy for pelvic health also includes the assessment, management and treatment of pelvic pain disorders such as dyspareunia (painful sex), Vaginismus, Vulvodynia and Endometriosis. Men benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy both pre and post prostatectomy to assist with urinary leakage and erectile dysfunction.
A physiotherapist with advanced training in pelvic health work alongside urologists, gynaecologists, urogynaecologists, obstetricians, general surgeons and gastroenterologists. Emily is able to liaise with your GP and your specialist and support you with your treatment to improve your health.
BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, Keele University, UK 1997
Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health, Curtin University 2013
Clinical Master’s Degree in Continence & Women’s Health, Curtin University 2016
Awarded recognition as ‘Titled’ physiotherapist in 2017, as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapy
Certified Childbirth Educator 2013
Emily is an active Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Member of the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA)
Member of the International Continence Society (ICS)
Member of the International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA)
Member of the International HypnoBirthing Institute
Research and Other Interests
2017: Post graduate Clinical Master’s Research, Curtin University; “Changes in fear of childbirth following HypnoBirthing ® education: a repeated measures, descriptive cohort study.”
1997: Keele University, UK “The effects of prophylactic ankle taping on the skilled performance of basketball players”
Emily combines her women’s health physiotherapy training with a certification in Childbirth Education and teaches Instinctive birthing skills to promote calmer birthing techniques with less fear, less trauma and reduced physical trauma for Mum & baby. She has presented her research in this area at an international level and has also lectured at Curtin University on the subject of alternative methods of Childbirth.