Cat Egan

Cat has worked in the health sector since 2009. After graduating as a physiotherapist from James Cook University, it wasn’t long before she found her niche and passion for working in private practice.

Cat’s enthusiasm for her job is evident in the way she both treats and advocates for her patients. Cat has completed additional training and is skilled in the areas of dry needling, Pilates and treating various areas of the body. Cat enjoys the challenge of complex report writing which is often required for various third-party agencies such as Work Cover, Compulsory Third-Party insurance, Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Prior to transitioning to private practice, Cat was employed in the acute care hospital setting on both the orthopaedic and medical wards and rurally in the aged care sector.

Cat appreciates the variety and challenges of working in private practice and enjoys treating patients with conditions of all areas of the body, especially the knees and ankles. In 2019 Cat was invited to present at a symposium in Brisbane where she shared her knowledge and experience and provided hands on training for healthcare professionals regarding prehospital musculoskeletal assessment of the ankle.

Cat developed a love of exercise and movement from a young age, particularly through athletics (track and field). Cat enjoys training and competitive competition and has achieved her goal of becoming a two-time Oceania Champion in the Open Women’s Long Jump and making the final of the Stawell Gift in the 70-metre race.

Cat has strong military ties in her family. Because of this, Cat has a vested interest in assisting the defence community and enjoys helping both current and ex-serving military personnel and their families overcome their physical injuries and improve their quality of life.

Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, Cat commenced her career in healthcare as a Registered Paramedic where she worked in various locations all over Queensland in both metropolitan, rural and remote locations. From Brisbane in the south, Mount Isa in the west, Normanton in the Gulf to Townsville and surrounds on the east coast. Cat contributed to the professional body of research when she authored a professional journal article which was published in ‘Response’ Journal. While working as a Paramedic, Cat enjoyed mentoring students, new graduates, Defence force medics and medical students. Cat was then offered an academic role teaching and mentoring 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Paramedic students at Central Queensland University which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Throughout her career in health, Cat has worked on the sidelines of many sporting events providing acute musculoskeletal injury management to both players and spectators. These events have included many National Rugby League matches, the Townsville Triathlon Festival, NAB AFL Cup and International Cricket Matches. Other events have included a large variety of school sports, motocross and motorsport events, rodeos and even horse racing.

When Cat is out of the clinic, she enjoys going on adventures with her young family, running, mountain bike riding, swimming, going to the gym, gardening, camping and attempting DIY home improvements. Cat’s long term personal goal is to compete in the Queensland Master’s Multievent State Championships in the Women’s Heptathlon.

Cat is available for physiotherapy appointments on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at our North Lakes clinic.