Joanna obtained her Diploma in Occupational Therapy with Merit from Nanyang Polytechnic in 2006. The following year, she was offered a Health Science Scholarship by the Ministry of Health and graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (1st class Honours).
Upon graduation, she worked in Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital, where she specialized in the areas of hand therapy and upper limb rehabilitation, as well as ergonomics. During her tenures in both hospitals, Joanna was a Senior Occupational Therapist and held the role of Hand Therapy and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Unit Leader. She was in charge of clinical supervision and management of staff, manpower planning, and daily operations of the unit.
In 2015, Joanna pursued her post-graduate studies in ergonomics and was awarded a Master of Science in Health Ergonomics (with Merit) from University of Derby, UK. As the leader of the Ergonomics Workgroup in CGH, she has been extensively involved in the provision of ergonomics consultancy and workplace evaluation services, as well as the delivery of ergonomics talks, workshops and forums to corporate and public sectors.
She is a firm believer in building good rapport with her clients and enjoys engaging with individuals from all walks of life. A proponent of client-centred care and advocacy, she strives to ensure that her treatment plans are customised to the needs of each unique individual.
Currently, Joanna is providing hand therapy and upper limb rehabilitation services in a private clinics located at Novena, Orchard and Tampines, while providing ergonomics consultancy and education services to both business organisations and the general public.
Man alone has a hand. He uses it as a tool, a symbol, and a weapon. As an organ of performance it serves as eyes for the blind, the mute talk with it, and it has become a symbol of salutation, supplication and condemnation.~ Ethel J. Apenfels
Our hands do so much for us. They are capable of a wide variety of functions: touching, grasping, feeling, holding, manipulating, caressing, and more. They are a vitally important part of who we are and how we see ourselves.~ Douglas G. Smith