Top Contributor May 2024 | Carina Therese Magtibay

Join the Physiopedia team in announcing Carina as our Top Contributor for May! Carina is a content volunteer for Physiopedia and is also very active within the Journal Club on the Communities of Practice platform.  Her invaluable contributions to our Journal Club discussions and leadership as a co-organiser have been exemplary. Carina’s generosity in sharing knowledge and experiences, from book recommendations to insightful apps like Notion, enriches our rehabilitation community. Her active involvement in the implementation science training program and dedication to professional growth inspire us all.  Cheers to Carina for her unwavering commitment and passion for her profession and beyond.

Your name: Carina Therese Magtibay

Time active with Physiopedia: Almost a year and a half already!

Current role with Physiopedia: I’m a Content Volunteer for Physiopedia. This means l check the Physiopedia pages for content and references.

Where did you go to university/college? Lyceum of the Philippines University- Batangas.

Where do you work? I currently work in the Philippines.

Describe your role: I work in a private clinic where I handle mostly musculoskeletal (MSK) cases.

What is the most rewarding part of being a physiotherapist?  The most rewarding part of being a physiotherapist is empowering my patients. It is a joy helping them take the lead in their recovery journey. On the other hand, working with Physiopedia allows me to pursue my passion for learning and writing. I am so fortunate to be able to do both!

 What are some of the more challenging aspects about your work? I think the challenging aspects of my work include initiating evidence-informed practice at an organisational level and debunking misconceptions about the physiotherapy profession among my patients.

 What are some of your professional passions? I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to do, but I am leaning towards something that will let me work with the geriatric population, while writing on the side.

What are a few of your personal passions? Reading and crocheting are my go-to activities to wind down. Oddly enough, doing the dishes is also a form of relaxation for me.

What would be your advice to a newly graduating physiotherapist? Focus on your long-term goals and do something every day towards those goals.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Honestly, I have no idea but I’m pretty sure that I will be in an environment where I am learning more about physiotherapy and writing.

What are the best things about being a part of the Physiopedia team?  Physiopedia is an eye-opener for me. I used to be discouraged by the limitations in my practice, but being a part of Physiopedia made me realise that there are ways to work around those limitations and that there is a greater purpose to what I do. Collaborating with different rehabilitation professionals around the globe inspires me to continuously improve myself. Most of all, the team culture nurtures growth – personally and professionally.

How has being a Physiopedia team member helped your professional development/career progression? Physiopedia opens up many learning opportunities. For example, I was introduced to the Journal Club in the Rehabilitation Community platform where I get to learn more about research.  I also recently finished the Implementation Science training which I believe will be helpful in all phases of my career. Doing these activities has boosted my confidence while expanding my knowledge.

What are your hopes and aspirations for Physiopedia? I hope Physiopedia will continue to have a huge impact on the field of rehabilitation. I believe Physiopedia has valuable input that can be useful in advancing research.

What is your favourite Plus course? Fall Prevention Through Exercise. This course is full of practical tips that I have applied and proved effective in my clinical practice.  

Anything else you would like to share? For all rehabilitation professionals, I invite you to join the Rehabilitation Community powered by Physiopedia as part of the ReLAB-HS Project.  If you are interested in research, I recommend checking out Journal Club: https://community.physio-pedia.com/groups/reading-and-discussion-group/