Patrick Leung, Professional Practice Lead, Physiotherapy, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
Written by Elaine O’Connor, Senior Consultant, Communications and Public Affairs

Meet Patrick Leung, a physiotherapist at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, who says his first career as a coach gave him fresh insight into the health needs of his senior and stroke patients.

Meet Patrick Leung, Professional Practice Lead, Physiotherapy, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.

“I’ve been in physiotherapy 25 years. It’s my second career. I was a phys. ed. teacher and I can see the link. I was born in Hong Kong and played volleyball and badminton, so I went to teacher’s college. As a teacher you have to coach athletes and gymnasts. Now, I can look at a patient and see exactly what skills, balance or strength training they need. It’s a talent.

When I came to Canada I was married and had been teaching seven years. I wanted to do something different, so I studied in Alberta as a physiotherapist. I was hired on Abbotsford’s Closer to Home community allied health team.

I went all over: farmhouses, apartments. I’ve been to prison five times. Not personally, for a client with a fractured hip. I like working with seniors and stroke patients. Nowadays we’re involved more in discharge planning: physiotherapy helps them get home in a more timely way.

What’s next? Retirement. I’m getting into classical guitar. I’m learning so I play by ear. I’ll probably try volunteering. I’m handy, I can fix cars, I do woodwork, anything with my hands – but my wife complains I can’t cook; I don’t have the heart.”

- Patrick Leung, Professional Practice Lead, Physiotherapy, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

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