When Claire Cullinane was asked about her professional role in the medical field, the 32-year-old didn’t hesitate to offer up some advice.
“My biggest asset is I’m very confident and I’m always able to say ‘yes’ and I’ve got a good knowledge of the anatomy,” Cullinan said.
“I can see the anatomy, I can see what’s happening with the nerves and the muscles and I can do it with a lot of confidence.
I’m a very positive person.”
Cullinano also says she’s not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to her profession.
“If I feel like I’m not being listened to or someone’s taking away my time, I’m going to say that,” she said.
“If they’re treating me unfairly, I’ll say it out loud and I’ll share it.
“And I just couldn’t do it. “
There were some people that were pushing me, but I just knew if I was working and I was making progress and I felt like I was progressing I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Cullan said of the time her family tried to push her out of medical school.
“And I just couldn’t do it.
It was just not right.”
When Cullinani started her first job as a nurse, she was already well versed in the field of physical therapy and she was able to use her experience to get better at her job.
Now, Cullins role in a clinic is helping patients improve their physical therapy, as well as help them with their mental health.
Cullinanes passion is to improve the quality of life for her patients, but the physical therapist is also passionate about teaching people how to become better in their profession.
Her focus on education is what has helped her achieve her goal of being a physical therapist in Ontario.
She said her goal is to provide physical therapists with a platform to teach their patients about the science and what the body can do.
“It’s all about educating people so they can understand their body better and they can improve their health,” she added.
Despite her commitment to helping people, Cullenans family still struggles to make ends meet.
“You work and you work and then you have to pay your bills and then that’s just it,” she admitted.
However, Cullinds mother says the challenges she’s faced and the opportunities she’s been given have made her a better mother.
“She’s just a very strong, strong woman,” said her mother, Julie Cullinann.
“We don’t take that for granted.
We don’t have the luxury of going to the doctor and not having the same support that you’re going to have to go through.”
For more on Claire Cullins life and career, check out the CBC’s latest episode, Claire Cull in the News, available now on Netflix.