After training as a physiotherapist in Cardiff, Cate has completed two Masters Degrees in Sport &Exercise Medicine and Health Psychology. Her experience spans five years working with the NHS as well as privately for various rugby teams.
In 2006 Cate experienced a broken neck and spinal cord injury as the result of a car crash, leaving her in a tetraplegic/paralysed condition from the shoulders down and requiring the use of a wheelchair. Through personal experience she has furthered her interest in health and rehabilitation, and demonstrates great empathy and understands both the emotional and physical struggles which both clients and their families may be going through following a traumatic injury.
With wonderful resilience, Cate has incorporated her experience into the work she does, giving a more personal insight into how to optimise health when living with a long-term condition.
For her thesis in Health Psychology, Cate focused on the lived experiences of weight management in SCI (Spinal Cord Injury). Her research highlighted both additional psychological and social barriers, that individuals may face when living with an SCI and the challenges around trying to manage weight whilst living with a long-term condition.