Originally from Johor Bahru, the capital of the state of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Anabel moved to New Zealand to study Physiotherapy in Dunedin.  She has since been in New Zealand for 7 years, and has fully embraced the Kiwi lifestyles. Trying to be acquainted with Rugby, the national sport of New Zealand, it gradually developed her interest in shoulder and back injuries while working with the Premier Rugby Team, ORIES in Wellington.

How long have you been working for Peak Pilates and Physiotherapy?
A month and a bit!

Why did you become a physiotherapist?

I suffered from compartment syndrome (or shin splints), which at times had stopped me from running and other physical activities.  Through my own experience working with physiotherapy, I developed an interest in understanding the human body, biomechanics and helping people to overcome their own injuries.

What’s the best thing about my job?
That it is challenging yet rewarding especially when you are working to help people achieve their goals. In addition, you also get to meet a lot of remarkable people and listen to their life experiences. It is a journey of growth.

What would be your tips for avoiding injury?
Be proactive with your own body. Everyone needs to actively make the decision to invest in his/her own health, in order to stay fit and active.

What’s your interest apart from work?
Travel stole my heart and never gave it back. I started Couch-surfing in 2014 in Turkey. For me, travelling is not about just seeing a new place, but it is a journey of learning. The memories of my adventures are some of my most valuable treasures.