Your New Pelvic Health Physiotherapist!

Dr Silvana Rizk, Physiotherapist at The Neighbourhood Clinic
Dr Silvana Rizk at The Neighbourhood Clinic

Why did you choose to be a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist?

Pelvic health is an area where small changes in the clinic can make huge improvements in a patient's quality of life. I love being able to empower my patients and give them the confidence to pursue the activities they wish to do.

Do you have a “typical patient”? If so, who are they?

Patients with bladder and bowel dysfunctions, sexual dysfunctions, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, staying active during and after pregnancy and returning to sport safely, male patients pre and post prostatectomies.

However, no two patients are alike as every patient has their own specific needs and goals which I aim to meet.

What do you love about your physio job?

It makes me feel like a detective, trying to figure out what the main issue and possible causes are and then of course treating the issue. I love giving my patients confidence in regards to their body.

I also feel privileged to be involved in helping people with such an intimate aspect of health which requires such deep connection between the patient and myself.

If you weren’t a Physiotherapist, what career path would you have pursued?

Probably a teacher or a child care educator. This is due to the fact that my favourite part of being a physio is education.

What is your favourite way to unwind after a busy week?

Going for walks with my family and being in nature. There is something revitalising about breathing in the fresh air, no matter what weather Melbourne throws at us.

You have a young family – tell us about them!

I have Amelia who is a three-year-old body with the brain of a 21-year-old free spirited dancer and singer. I also have another 1 year old girl, Gianna who is a little more reserved and feisty, we trust her to look out for us all with her “don’t mess with me” attitude. Then of course my husband who is always studying, he is currently on his third degree and on his way to become a doctor, he is very passionate about mental health.

Do you have a favourite book?

My favourite book is a book titled "When breathe becomes air" by Paul Kalanithi. It’s an autobiography of a neurosurgeon who ends up with spinal cancer and is faced with his patients perspective. This book really taught me to treat my patients as I would myself and my loved ones.

Finally, if you had a never-ending jar of something on your desk, what would you like it to be?

Definitely a jar of Nutella, because who doesn’t love Nutella!


Dr. Silvana Rizk is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist at The Neighbourhood Clinic.

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