Meet Céleste Corkery
Name: Céleste Corkery
Title & Department: Physiotherapist, Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI), Transition-Related Surgery (TRS)
On the WCH team for: 1.5 years
1. What does your typical work day look like?
No two days are exactly alike! I am part of the TAPMI team as well as the TRS team. Within TAPMI, my time is spent doing individual assessments of patients with chronic pain as well as running exercises groups in the gym and mindful movement in the labyrinth. My expertise lies in chronic pelvis pain, so this is a large part of the population I see. We are starting our first round of the pelvic pain group this summer. Within the TRS team, I am helping support the patients having vaginoplasties before and after surgery.
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
There are so many reasons I love working at WCH. First being the opportunity to work in an environment that is always pushing the envelope on the care that we provide. Second, the value that is placed on a collaborative approach between the different disciplines in order to ensure we are seeing our patients as whole people. Pelvic physiotherapy being included as part of the care team for vaginoplasties is very progressive and will greatly help our patients with recovery.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
I try to greet every person that comes to see me with a smile. Working as a pelvic physiotherapist involves parts of the body that make us feel self-conscious and can be challenging to address. When working with the people that come to see me, we establish the room as a safe, judgment-free zone. I remind patients that in the room with me, they are the boss and what they say goes. They always have the freedom to tell me there is something they are not comfortable discussing or do not want to do on any given day. We work towards setting a realistic goal in terms of returning to a valued activity.
4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
- I used to race whitewater slalom kayaking and was on the national junior team and the national B team
- I can move my eyes separately
- I absolutely love the Disney movies