An Interview with Wael Mahmoud
Tell us a bit of background about yourself… (Why and how did you get into the industry? What did you do before?)
I am an Osteopath and Acupuncturist. I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) London in 1985. I am the Director of CPD Health Courses, which provides Dry Needling Education to Manual Therapists in Australia and the U.K. In Melbourne, Australia, I am also in private practice. I mentor my daughter, Amina, a final year Osteo student at V.U. In 1987 I migrated to Australia to take up the position of Head of Clinical Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. I lectured in Biomechanics, Clinical Methods, Orthopaedics & Osteopathic Manual Therapy as part of my role. In 1998 he continued his teaching career as a Senior Lecturer in Osteopathic Manipulation Technique at Victoria University, Melbourne. I have been a guest lecturer for the Australian Osteopathic Association Continuing Education Program and president of the Australian Osteopathic Association between 1990‐1992.
Recently, I published a book, Two Hands: The Gamechanger Guide for Manual Therapists, which aims to bridge the gap between private practice and undergraduate training as an allied health professional.
Are there any challenges you have had to overcome as a therapist? How have you overcome these?
Hundreds of challenges, ranging from staff leaving at the worst time, burnout after working 70+ hours a week, unable to find reception staff, I was audited by the private health funds, and of course, balancing working in the business with working on the business. The single most important tool I used was to welcome failure and challenges. These are invaluable gifts that you can learn from.
What interests you outside of work? (How do you normally spend your spare time?)
My work is my hobby. Since selling my practice in 2013, I now own and operate CPD Health Courses, the largest provider of dry needling education in Australia. We also present courses in the U.K. A patient once asked me the same question; I answered by saying that my happy place is sitting in front of my computer and creating content for my customers. I love the sense of achievement. When I’m not doing that, I love travelling overseas and visiting my favourite place in the world, Noosa, Queensland, Australia.
What is your seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
My seminar is titled What is Dry Needling? By watching my presentation, you will:
- Understand the origins and foundations of Rheumatology, myofascial pain syndrome and the myofascial trigger point
- Compare and contrast the different Dry Needling techniques currently used in practice
- Evaluate the current research for dry needling efficacy
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
I love dry needling because I can relieve a patient’s myofascial pain quickly and easily. It doesn’t mean that I can forget my hands-on skills; far from it, being an excellent dry needling therapist relies on great palpation skills.
What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Find your value proposition, which means your “why”. What makes you get out of bed in the morning and into your clinic? You’ll know your “why” when talking about it gives a lump in your throat because of the deep meaning and passion you have for your why.
What do you consider to be the most important traits for a therapist to have?
To constantly work at mastering your craft by purposeful practice.