My name is my nickname. I’m the youngest of four girls, and my sisters chose to call me Miffy, after a rabbit in the storybooks they were reading before I had a formal name. Then my parents chose Meredith.

I was born in Victoria, Australia – the home of sport, where everyone sees a physio before they hit puberty! I grew up playing every sport under the sun and stuck with tennis. Then I got knee pain, saw a physio and decided I’d like to be the Australian Davis Cup Physio. That didn’t come to pass, but I did finish school and move on to a Physiotherapy Degree in Melbourne.

Once graduating I worked in paediatrics and private practice, but soon worked out that working with children is for really special physios that can take the increased stress of managing parents when their children are not developing at the normal rate, or are injured. I enjoyed it, but needed something that gave faster results, and was a little less complicated. Since then, I’ve been a private practice/orthopaedic/musculoskeletal physio, whichever you want to call it.

I’ve worked in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England and here, in the UAE. I’ve worked in sporting environments as well as with the general population, and conversation is definitely better in the general population.

I met ‘my Boss’ in 2006 in London. He came from Sharjah, which to me meant little until he said Dubai, which was where Andre Agassi and Roger Federer had played tennis on the Burj Al Arab – always a sporting reference. Two years later, I moved out here to open a small, personal clinic with him and we finally opened The Physio Centre in February 2009.

I’m still here because I love to travel. There are a lot of things I love (tennis, skiing, eating, shopping, reading, swimming and so on), but travel is key and the UAE provides the most amazing jumping-off point. The last 2 years have been a challenge with the travel restrictions in place, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel and have started to venture abroad again.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all. Next stop, KSA.