Say hi to Laura Milner, BPhEd, PGDip, ACSM EP-C, the Medical Integration Coordinator at the Piedmont Wellness Center in Fayetteville, GA. She has been at the Center since it opened in October 2019.
Laura received her Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago (Fun fact: Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.), and a Post Graduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Auckland….both Universities are in New Zealand! (Fun fact #2…Laura is from New Zealand.)
Laura is also the 2020 recipient of the South East Region’s Rising Star award (rock on, Laura!).
We caught up with Laura recently and here’s what she had to say.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same. Every day presents a new challenge and a unique opportunity to help someone improve their health and wellbeing.
What led you to choose this field?
I have always enjoyed being active, so the idea of turning a hobby into a career seemed ideal! I stumbled upon the idea of exercise as medicine while pursuing my bachelor’s degree, and immediately loved the aspect of being able to make a difference in someone’s life. It was rewarding to help clients become active which, in turn, greatly improved their ability to perform everyday tasks and had a positive impact on their life.
What one piece of advice would you give to those just coming into this field of medical fitness?
Never stop learning! This field is always evolving and developing so continue to draw knowledge from those around you and apply it in your job to make yourself a better fitness professional.