This interview is featuring Lisa Yates from Bond & Yates – A locally owned and operated business in New Plymouth.
1. So your business name is ….
Bond & Yates – Continence & Women’s health physiotherapy.
2. What type of business do you run?
We are a specialist women’s health physiotherapy service, treating women (and men) with a variety of conditions including:
- Incontinence (leakage) of bladder or bowel
- Bladder issues such as urgency and frequency
- Constipation, difficulty emptying bowels
- Pelvic floor dysfunction including prolapse of bladder, bowel or uterus
- Chronic pelvic pain, vulval pain
- Sexual problems such as vaginismus
- Pre and post pelvic surgery advice and exercises i.e. prostatectomy, TVT
- Pregnancy related pain – pelvic, back, hip etc.
I also offer a combination of physiotherapy and personal training to assist women with:
- Personal training/weight loss
- Pregnancy exercise programmes
- Post-baby exercise advice and rehabilitation
- Pelvic floor safe exercise programmes
- Muscle imbalance/postural pain
3.How long have you been operating/Trading?
Bond & Yates has been operating in the new Greg Brien Physiotherapy complex in Strandon since
November 2011. However, Jane and I have both been practicing individually and have combined experience of over 30 years.
4.Do you have any short term or long term goals for your business?
In the short term we hope to raise local awareness regarding pelvic health related conditions. We would like to educate local women about
our services and empower them to come forward and seek help. We want to reinforce the message that while many of these conditions (such as incontinence and prolapse) may be embarrassing, they are also very common and that we can help! I would also like to begin offering educational evenings for post-natal and menopausal women, encouraging them to learn about the risk factors and prevention of these common problems. I also want to make sure I keep a good work-life-family balance, so that my children get attention they deserve.
In the long term I would like to see well established links with a wide variety of local health professionals, so that we can work together to offer locals holistic, multi-disciplinary, patient centred care. Ultimately, by raising community awareness about pelvic health issues, I would like to see continence and women’s health have an established place in health-care, at both the local and national levels. Ideally (hopefully within my lifetime) I would like to see the New Zealand government work towards establishing a National continence strategy, in line with countries such as
Australia and the UK.
5.Your perfect day/customer scenario?
That is a hard one! Well, it would begin with a brisk run, good coffee and cuddles from my well behave, adorable girls! I would then
walk to work (in the sun) and progress through a busy, but rewarding day helping clients with their personal health and fitness goals. My patients would all smile and all have done their prescribed exercises (of course)!
No seriously, most of my days at work are very rewarding. There is something special about helping a women feel comfortable sharing personal concerns, and reassuring and supporting them on their road to emotional and physical recovery. I am very passionate about my work, and it
is a privilege to help people improve the quality of their lives.
6.Where are you originally from?
I was born in a small rural town 150 km north east of Melbourne. I studied and worked in Melbourne and the UK before moving to New
Zealand with Jeff my lovely Kiwi fiancé (and soon to be husband) in October 2004.
7. Why did you pick New Plymouth as the place to live and work?
Jeff actually bought me over to meet his parents in early 2003 en route to London. I absolutely loved the amazing greenery, the
rugged coast, the stunning mountain and the majestic Pukekura Park. We wanted to live near family and we hoped New Plymouth would offer everything we wanted.
Seven years on, we have a wonderful (quite lively) home and love living in New Plymouth. Taranaki is abounding in raw and natural beauty, has wonderful, friendly people, lots to do and very importantly great coffee – What is not to love?! I truly believe we are blessed to be living here.
8.When you have time off – what do you like to do?
I love to play with my husband and two girls out-doors. We love walking in the park with our dog, cycling the many tracks and of course the
stunning walkway. We also enjoy picnics, especially during summer and the festival of the lights. In my rare “mummy time” I love going for a run or having dinner with girlfriends or reading a great book.
9. If you could do anything in Taranaki for one day – what would you wish for?
Oh this is hard – Perhaps a sleep in followed, by an invigorating run in the park. Then a picnic brunch with my family either on the beach or in Pukekura park. Then we would all do something adventurous and memorable – perhaps a mystery bush walk somewhere, or a horse-ride on a
beach, discovering another part of New Plymouth. The girls would then have a well-earned nap, while Daddy has a break (baby-sitting), while Mummy has a massage at Silk Spa? This would be followed by a long dinner for two at Andres and bed!
10.If you could fast forward a few years how would you like to see New Plymouth?
To be honest I wouldn’t change that much. I love how there lots of great cafes and places to eat.
In a way I hope that we can keep New Plymouth a secret so that we don’t get invaded – but in other ways I want to show off this town I love. I would like to see the wages increase to parallel Australia, but other than that I think this is a great place to live.
Please click this link to see Lisa’s website and contact details. www.naturaltherapypages.co.nz/therapist/3613
Also: www.filifit.comis her Core & the floor DVD site.
Thank you Lisa for your time and effort put into answering these questions.
- Womens Health – Lisa Yates