Meet Rebecca McLeod. Rebecca is a strong believer that an active lifestyle is essential to good health. This is one of the main reasons that she loves being a physio so she can encourage and enable people to live a healthy and fulfilled life. A combination of different treatments, including acupuncture, Pilates and manual therapy lets Rebecca get you better quicker and back to the exercises you enjoy; whether it’s walking around Edinburgh or running the Edinburgh marathon!
Career to date
Rebecca graduated in 2009 from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, with first class honours. Initially after graduating, she worked for The Police Treatment Centres, which gave her first experience of Musculoskeletal Outpatients as a qualified physiotherapist and introduced her to the benefits of Pilates in the management of neck and back pain.
After that, she moved to the NHS as a rotational physiotherapist where she gained experience in a broad range of specialties. During this time Rebecca found her true calling which is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Laterally she was a Specialist Physiotherapist in Musculoskeletal Outpatients and for three and a half years alongside her NHS role she also worked with a Premier 1 level rugby club. During this time Rebecca developed her interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of complex sports injuries sustained during high intensity contact sport.
Why are you a Physiotherapist?
To this question, Rebecca replies: “For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a physiotherapist. In my school days my favourite subjects were human biology and PE. Physiotherapy as a profession combined my interest in anatomy with sport and exercise and just seemed perfect! My parents were also a significant influence because they are both healthcare professionals. They really encouraged me to pursue physiotherapy as my career of choice. In conclusion; physiotherapy always seemed the perfect career for me and I haven’t been proven wrong yet!”
Life outside the clinic?
Rebecca’s passion outside of work is the great outdoors! Her particular passions are skiing, hillwalking and running. She is also counting her way through the Scottish Munros but also has a love for the Swiss Alps, where she skis and hill walks as often as she can.
Achievements/Claim to Fame?
Rebecca’s greatest achievement academically was being awarded a 1st in her Physiotherapy degree. Outside physio, one of her proudest achievements is receiving her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. Rebecca says that participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, combined with many family hillwalking trips nurtured her love for hillwalking. She’s also (rightfully) very proud to have completed several half marathons with her times steadily improving! Bravo Rebecca!
To this question there is no hesitation. Rebecca responds: “Easy - being on the top of a mountain on a clear blue day whether that’s on skis or on foot - I don’t mind!”