Tom

Thomas-IndividualThomas Pretlove, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Thomas is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has been employed with AEP since May 2009. Prior to this he completed clinical training at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre where he gained experience with patients with multiple chronic diseases and co-morbidities.

Predominantly working from the Woodville clinic Thomas regularly consults with new patients to educate them on the importance of regular structured activity and the impact this has on improving one’s health. With a broad experience in multiple co-morbidities, patients can be assured that a tailored exercise plan can be developed for use in clinic or at home.

Thomas specialises in areas of diabetes management and prevention, musculoskeletal assessment and ongoing rehabilitation. He has a keen interest in assisting patients with weight management and as such has co developed AEP’s medically based weight loss service. 
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), Current Senior First Aid & CPR, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist.

 

My journey into Exercise Physiology really started in early 2008 after completion of my studies at the University of South Australia. I was very motivated to commence work however did not have the experience required to jump straight in. An email to a contact I had met during study gave me the opportunity to start further training at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in the Centre for Physical Activity and Ageing (CPAA). During my time here I was able to work in a number of different areas to broaden my knowledge including cardiac rehabilitation, pre and post-operative joint rehabilitation, diabetes, cancer and exercises and also falls and balance.

I transitioned to AEP Health group in 2009 for a new challenge in the private sector and have yet to look back. My passion for providing advice about health and exercise is what drives me and seeing my clients succeed in their health based goals is a fantastic pay off.

 I am a strong believer that education is the key to making sustainable change so spend much of my time teaching my clients about their chronic disease or injury. Quite often I find myself debunking the myths surrounding exercise and weight loss or talking a patient out of the latest and greatest exercise ab twister.

During my life and childhood I was always a very active and competitive person taking every opportunity to run around and kick the footy at school or on my push bike on the weekend. My sporting years were spent mostly playing football for the Elizabeth Eagles. I spent 2 years at the Angle Vale cricket club playing in the senior A grade side and much to most peoples disbelief also played 2 seasons of American Football (you’ll get the joke when you meet me). These days I take every opportunity to get out onto the golf course. My love of activity and sport mixed with a want to help people was the main driving force behind my choice to become an Exercise Physiologist.