Peterhead student Amy-Jo Ryan has her future in her own hands after graduating with a master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Amy-Jo (25) has studied for six years to fulfil her ambition to be a qualified physiotherapist like her parents who run successful north-east firm Peterhead Physiotherapy.
The former Peterhead Academy pupil graduated with an MSC in Physiotherapy from His Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday, July 17.
Amy-Jo previously graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc Hons in Physiology in 2011 and then went on to study for her Masters at RGU.
She said: “Physiotherapy has been something I have always grown up with and I was used seeing different people coming in and out of my parent’s practice for treatment.
“I’ve always had the desire to work with people as well as having a keen interest in how the body works and so Physiotherapy was the perfect choice for me.”
The talented student studied at the University of Aberdeen for four years to gain access to the two-year Masters course in Physiotherapy at RGU.
She contunued: “My placements have allowed me to see how diverse Physiotherapy is as I was involved with patients in a broad range of circumstances such as those suffering from cancer in hospitals, visiting patients in their own homes to working with elite athletes in the gym.
“Successfully finishing this intense master’s degree gave me a tremendous sense of relief because I had been working for six years to finally reach my goal, and at times it felt that I was never going to get through it all.
“I got married a month before starting the course and so it was a big decision to go back into full-time study. I was so glad to have my husband’s support on those tough days.”
Since finishing the course Amy-Jo has been working at her parent’s practice and aims to have her own successful business in the future.
She added: “I have set up my own clinic at Mintlaw Community Centre to gain more experience and hope to set up my own practice when I’m ready to take the next step.”