After more than 30 years in business Tuncurry Physiotherapy could almost be given 'institution' status.
Just four weeks ago Wayne Gooley, who established the practice back in the 1980s, stepped aside, passing the reins over to one-time Forster Private Hospital rehabilitation manager, Aaron Eichner.
Wayne has reassured his long-time clients the clinic is in good hands and will continue to provide care and support Tuncurry Physiotherapy is renowned for.
Aaron has a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and a background in sport, Wayne said.
As a sole, small practitioner clients have enjoyed knowing they will see the same provider everytime they book an appointment.
"You can build a personal connection and offer continuity, Wayne said.
"I enjoy being able to help people, and while you can't help everyone you can give them advice."
While Wayne has dedicated his professional life to physiotherapy, it was not his first choice for a career.
Raised on a dairy farm between Casino and Kyogle, in the State's north, Wayne had his heart set on becoming a vet with his second choice in physio.
I enjoy being able to help people, and while you can't help everyone you can give them advice.Wayne Gooley
One of seven, his parents were adamant their children would receive an education and they would not return to the property to become a dairy farmer.
After completing his secondary school education Wayne began a Bachelor of Applied Science (physiotherapy). at Cumberland College (now part of the University of Sydney campus), and has never looked back.
"I enjoyed what I was doing and never thought of doing anything else," he said.
"It is a caring profession; you are trying to help people and seeing results."
After graduating Wayne ventured overseas, gaining valuable work experience in London's famed medical centre, Harley Street, in the hospital system and private practice.
"At that stage Australian physios were regarded as the best in the world."
Wayne returned home, worked a handful of years in Sydney before making his way to the Great Lakes and establishing his practice.
Wife, Vanda described Wayne as a good natured, caring practitioner who went above and beyond his calling.
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In retirement Wayne, and former school teacher Vanda plan to spend more time with their family and embark on what they describe 'little adventures' every month - once the pandemic has passed.
He also has started stand-up paddleboarding, and continues to walk and cycle.
Wayne has left the business in good hands; Aaron has more than 10 years experience since graduating from the University of South Australia.
Aaron has a special interest in neurological and sports rehabilitation, pain management and optimizing human biomechanics no matter what stage of life, fitness or motivation level there are treatments to suit all.
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