Lachlan McKinnon has spent the last 15 years working as a physiotherapist at The Physio Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
She is now a licensed therapist and a registered nurse with the Alberta Health Service (AHS).
“It’s the most amazing feeling to have a connection to a person, to have someone who knows me so well and I feel so much closer to them.
It’s such a privilege.
It feels like you’ve known them your whole life,” said McKinnon.
McKinnon is currently on a leave of absence from her career as a registered professional nurse.
She said she has had a long relationship with her patients and the quality of her care has been exceptional.
“They are all so beautiful, and I’ve been able to give them my professional and personal experience,” said her daughter, Reeanne Richards.
McKimmons father is a paramedic, and he has worked as a paramedical officer for the Calgary Fire Department for 13 years.
She recalled one of the most challenging days she had as a child when her father got a call about a man suffering from a stroke and needing help.
“We went down to the emergency room and he was being taken away.
It was horrible.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared,” said Richards.
The couple’s experience in the field of medicine has helped them both work with individuals who are in similar circumstances.
“The people that I’ve worked with and the people that they work with have been great.
I think it’s a fantastic experience,” explained McKinnon of the training and support she receives.”
I think it gives you the confidence that you can be a good provider of services, and you know that you will be there when the time is right.
It is really rewarding.”
She said it was important to her that the people who work with her, the paramedic and the nurse, were treated with respect.
“It is a very important part of what we do.
It gives us a really great opportunity to serve people.
It really gives us an opportunity to meet other people, and it gives us the opportunity to talk to people that are not necessarily from the same profession,” she said.
As for the future, Richards said she wants to see more and more physiotherapy students graduate from the university.
“Hopefully it will get to the point where people from the profession can get their degrees, but I don, I don�t know.
We just have to keep doing what we are doing,” she continued.”
So I think the future is bright for us and I hope to be doing more of this.”