22 Oct 2020
Meet our physiotherapist at Habit Health Epsom: Gareth O'Loughlin
28 Sep 2023
How and why did Gareth get into physiotherapy as a career path?
Gareth's journey into the world of physiotherapy began with his love for sports and his fair share of injuries along the way. He found himself asking, "How and why did I get into physiotherapy as a career path?" The answer was simple: his own experiences drove him to make a difference in the lives of others facing similar challenges. He wanted to use his knowledge and passion to help people on their road to recovery.
What does he love most about his job?
His face lights up when you ask Gareth what he loves most about his job. "I really enjoy helping people get back to what they love," he says. Whether it's getting back on the field, pursuing a favourite hobby, returning to work, or simply enjoying quality time with family, Gareth finds immense satisfaction in being a part of his patients' journeys.
What specific services does he offer as a physio?
Gareth's expertise lies in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has worked with patients of all ages, focussing in sports rehabilitation and providing pre and post-surgery services. His dedication to understanding each patient's unique needs sets him apart.
What is he most passionate about in physiotherapy?
What sets Gareth apart is his passion for understanding his clients deeply. He values where they come from, what they hold dear, and how his services can contribute positively to their goals. This personal approach is the cornerstone of his practice.
When should someone see a physio about their injury?
Gareth says it's a no-brainer: "It's always a tricky one for me. It's straight away. The earlier we can see patients, the quicker we can get them back to their everyday lives." His commitment to prompt care can make all the difference in your recovery journey.
Who are some industry leaders or experts he looks towards for knowledge, inspiration and advice?
Inspirational figures in the field have shaped Gareth's journey. Kevin McQuoid, a local physiotherapist and mentor, catalysed his career. He also looks up to Karen Sutton, Mark Plummer, and Jordan Salesa, who have not only hired him but have been a constant source of knowledge, inspiration, and advice.
What does he do for hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work, Gareth's biggest passion is his family. He draws his inspiration from his supportive wife and two beautiful children, Freddie and Charlotte. And when he has a moment to himself, you might just find him on the golf course, enjoying a game.
What’s Gareth's favourite sport?
Though rugby has always held a special place in his heart, these days, Gareth's favourite sport is golf. He might say he's too old for rugby, but his dedication to staying active remains unwavering.
Who is his real-life hero?
In Gareth's eyes, his real-life heroes are his parents. Their values, support, and the lessons they've imparted have shaped him into the compassionate and dedicated physiotherapist he is today.
So, if you're in Epsom, Auckland, and in need of physiotherapy care, you now know the face and the heart behind the services at Habit Health Epsom. Gareth O'Loughlin is here to help you on your journey to recovery, and he does it with a truly inspiring passion.