10 Things You Don’t Know About The Sole Clinic’s Clinicians
1. Ex Classmates
Talk about chemistry and team work. The Sole Clinic’s Physiotherapy Team consisting of Wesley Chee, Vanessa Goh & Lian Guojie has it all. They were all ex classmates in physiotherapy school and have known one another for more than a decade. The joy, laughter and frustration(sometimes) of working together has gone some way back. The familiarity with their working styles have served them well at the clinic with constant discussions on how to better serve the patients happening almost on a daily basis!
2. Husband & Wife (Akan Datang)
Just as to take CHEMISTRY to a whole new level, the founders of The Sole Clinic, Wesley Chee (Chief Physiotherapist) and Fiona Hu (Chief Podiatrist) are tying the knot this year! The 2 of them were colleagues at a local hospital before deciding to venture into private practice. It was also because of the professional interactions they had (and still having) that they conceived the idea of combining the expertise of both professions in the treatment of their patients. This approach has since rubbed off onto the rest of the team at The Sole Clinic.
3. GJ the Dee Jay
As one of the most passionate Physiotherapists around, Guojie, our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist also shares the same passion for spinning music! He is a legitimate DJ and used to feature in many bars and clubs in Singapore. Zouk, Wine Bar, Ministry of Sound, Overeasy were just some of the places he used to strut his stuff! His taste for good music has often led him to play some of his collections during the treatment session. There is very little wonder why we can see his patients grooving to his music while performing their exercises.
4. Badminton Champions
Vanessa Goh (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist) & Wesley Chee share a passion for the badminton game as both were school team players during their younger days. Vanessa in particular, used to train under Mr Wong Shoon Keat (a Singapore Badminton Legend). While working at the same local hospital together, these 2 sporty individuals paired up during the annual sports meet and were the defending mixed doubles champions for several years. Both of them still play recreational badminton on a weekly basis up to today.
5. Kayaking Champion
Wesley Chee is a true blue sportsman. His resilience and go-getter mentality stems from his training as a competitive canoiest during his younger days. He has since retired from competitive kayaking after deciding to be a Sports Physiotherapist. Wesley used to be an Under-19 kayaking champion and has came in 4th at the National Canoeing Championships(2002).
6. First Local Podiatry Practice
Fiona Hu is the first Singaporean Podiatrist to start a private practice. Before The Sole Clinic was started, all other podiatry practices in Singapore were foreign owned. Fiona strongly believes in grooming and growing the local podiatry community. She has served as an active member of the Podiatry Association of Singapore and was the youngest serving president of the association (2013-2015)
7. Highly Specialised Physiotherapists
Wesley, Vanessa & Guojie belongs to a rare breed of physiotherapists who are highly specialised in the treatment of pain arising from bones, muscles and joints (musculoskeletal issues). All of them are trained in post-graduate programmes from Australia. The difference between these programmes as compared to entry level physiotherapy programmes is that they are taught more advance assessment and treatment skills, and are rigorously trained to ensure patients recover faster, better and safer.
8. Piano Grandmasters
Vanessa and Fiona happens to be musically inclined as well. Both possess grade 8 standards in piano and used to give piano lessons during their off days. Piano music is a big part of Vanessa’s day to day routine at the clinic. Don’t be surprised to find yourself listening to beautiful pieces of Beethoven’s music if you are in her room seeking treatment.
9. Gatekeeper Of The Profession
Guojie has set strict and high standards in the way he practises physiotherapy. He is always seen reading up scientific evidence to keep himself abreast of the latest developments in treatment methods. Given his dedication to keep standards high within the profession, Guojie is one of few physiotherapists in Singapore identified as assessors of foreign physios who wish to be licensed locally.
10. Growing Team
The Sole Clinic team is definitely growing and we are looking forward to filling up a few positions at our clinics very soon. Watch this space for more updates on our new clinicians in times to come.