OLIVIA LESSLAR - An adventure junkie at heart - travelling three months of the year
I think that as a medical student, so we go through thinking that – it sounds terrible - we know better than a lot of other health professionals. It goes from God to the doctor, from the doctor to other allied health professionals, and then below them if they’re really going to be included at all, are your natural practitioners and chiropractors.
I think that we need to stop thinking we are the only ones with the answers, because we're not. I love my podiatrists, my exercise physiologist, and my osteopaths. I do. Because they offer insights into my patient’s bodies and the biomechanics that I will never be able to.
I had a patient who had severe headaches everyday. We went through all the tests and exams and we found nothing. There were no red flags, it was just a headache. As far as doctors go, it’s just drink more water and take paracetamol. He then went to see a physio about something else and mentioned the headache. The physio assessed his breathing and realized that he was using his accessory muscles of breathing and was diaphragmatically breathing. This meant he had tight pecs and was rolling his shoulders in. The physio taught him how to breathe properly and the headaches went away.
Olivia is currently a medical doctor practicing on the Gold Coast passionate about healthy ageing, gut health and aesthetics. She has a very interesting and varied past: In her 20s she travelled for many years, was a stand up comic and hospitality consultant, and completed an international relations degree where she triple majored in French and diplomacy. She then did med at 30 and has devoted herself to keeping life interesting.