Your Camden Osteopath: An Interview with Anna Aydinc
This month we launch a new series of blog posts, Your Camden Osteopath and Your Camden Physiotherapist. We'll be interviewing the fantastic clinicians who provide therapy here at Guy Gold's, so you can get to know us a little better and find out more about the Osteopathy and Physiotherapy treatments we offer here in Camden.
We're kicking off today with our first interviewee, our Senior Associate Osteopath Anna Aydinc.
Hi Anna! How long have you worked at Guy Golds & Associates?
I have been at Guy Gold's since December 2018.
What made you decide to study Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was something I fell into. I had always been interested in the medical field but have a real needle phobia and can’t see blood, so a medical degree was off the table. I was equally interested in midwifery and Osteopathy... and Osteopathy won. And the more I learned as I progressed through uni and then began my professional career, the more fascinated I became with it.
What kind of patients/people do you treat?
I treat all kinds of people of all ages, which is the amazing thing about being an Osteopath. As much as we help our patients, our patients become a true inspirations for us. It is a privilege to hear so many life stories, peoples' successes, their ability to overcome challenges, and their philosophical ideas. It broadens our horizon daily.
How have you found the experience of treating patients during the pandemic?
I will be honest here, because I think it is important. Treating patients during a pandemic is as rewarding as it is tough. Patients are grateful for us to be open and here to see them improve, even from chronic long term issues, which is always amazing. But it has taken and still is taking an emotional toll on all of us. I didn’t quite recognise it for a while as like everyone I was busy and keen to just get on with it and push forward.
When it become evident, my battery was already running quite empty, and this is where our amazing team comes in. As much as we support our patients we also support each other in so many wonderful ways. I am looking at the pandemic now as an opportunity to learn new things in a realistic framework to make each day a bit less groundhog, while discussing with patients how they are managing with their own struggles through the pandemic and what kind of strategies they could use to help them get through.
What do you like best about working as an Osteopath in Camden?
Cardamom buns and chai latte! But seriously... the team, the vibe, and the patients.
What is something you'd like people to know about Osteopathy and Physiotherapy that might not be commonly understood?
That we complement each other brilliantly. Our musculoskeletal pain is often due to a variety of factors and include restrictions as well as weakness. Working with Michelle, our Senior Associate Physiotherapist here at Guy Gold's, we have noticed that we can reduce patients' recovery time by about a third if we see patients together. I would tend to address restriction and mobility issues with an introduction to exercise and then refer to Michelle or Andrew for in-depth rehabilitation in the form of prescription exercise, strength and conditioning and Pilates, for which our Kentish Town location is ideal.
Mary has only recently joined our team but I am excited to work closer with her and use her nutritional knowledge as another tool in the clinic's tool box, giving our patients a rounded, holistic recovery experience.
What is your favourite thing about working at Guy Golds & Associates?
Did I mention there are also awesome cinnamon buns and coffee?! But seriously, I think Guy deserves a special shout out here. He is not just an amazing Osteopath but also an extremely considerate and tuned-in Principle who wants the best for all his associates and does so with great integrity and humbleness. And this manifests as a great team all together with whom it is a joy to work with and learn from.
What is your speciality or area of interest in your field?
My main field of interest is spinal: that includes neck, rib, back and pelvic pain. Additionally I have undertaken in-depth training in Visceral Osteopathy, particularly looking at pelvic and abdominal structures and newborn paediatrics with a main focus on feeding issues.
I am currently expanding and broadening my knowledge on women’s health through all ages.
As a hobby I am interested in neuroscience and am following current discussions and books on psychoneuroimmunology.
Can you tell me about a rewarding experience you've had while working at Guy Golds & Associates as an Osteopath?
Using the strengths of the whole team to shift chronic long term patients out of the state of chronicity is always so rewarding.