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Simon Cooke

Physiotherapist
Kinsmen Sports Centre Physical Therapy
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Simon Cooke is a Physiotherapist for Kinsmen Sports Centre Physical Therapy.


Outside of work I

I am a father of 3 children and am very busy with them. I need to stay fit and active to be healthy; I enjoy swimming, hiking, and light weight lifting to help me with that. I also love to read!

Outside of work I
My career path is

I was able to go into Physiotherapy school directly from high school. From there, I completed many different post-graduate courses to get to where I am today. I moved away from Edmonton early in my career to gain different experiences.

I was very lucky to find such a rewarding career and I have my high school guidance counsellor to thank for that. She recommended I look into physiotherapy further. Once I did, I was hooked!

My career path is
My advice to others

Go for it! Listen to what others around you suggest are your strengths, combine that with your own beliefs, and take a chance!

My advice to others


About me

I was born/grew up in: St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

I now live in: St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

I completed my training/education at: University of Alberta

About me


I am motivated by

Interacting with and helping people function better keeps me motivated and excited at work. Also, each person I meet and work with is different. Thus, their injury or issue is different too. This keeps my day at work very challenging and varied.

I am motivated by
How I affect people's livesI hope that the advice and knowledge I am able to share with people helps them to improve their function. Whether this means a personal best in a marathon or learning how to get in and out of bed without hurting their back, it is all important to each person. This is why my career matters; it matters to me that people can continue to do what they need or love to do as efficiently as possible.
How I affect people's lives
What I do at work

The key activities I am involved with each day are listening to people, watching how they move, determining their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement, and then implementing a plan of action to help increase their function.

I use biology and physics routinely everyday to determine how to help an injured body heal and how to help someone move better.

I use medical equipment to assist in recovery from injury and in managing pain.

I engage in high level problem solving and decision making. Many decisions need to be made quickly and are based on a combination of my experience and my knowledge of what we call "best practice."

I consult, or ask questions of, my colleagues everyday. This helps me be a better physiotherapist.

What I do at work
When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Geography
  • History
  • Math
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought people together
  • Liked helping people
  • Played on a sports team
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Was motivated by success
  • Liked being given specific instructions
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Wasn’t sure what I wanted to do

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