What are the chances of two physiotherapists, both young, both female and both from a Latin country, knocking on our door the same day? Not very high, you'd think - but that's what happened last October.
Alessandra and Victoria came at a time when we were looking for help to handle the end of the year workload - so they were immediately welcome. Both good professionals and thoroughly nice individuals, they're poised to make our Centre an even richer and more diverse place, with the introduction of physiomassage (what is it? check it out). And don't we love that!
If Alessandra is FOB (fresh off the boat), Victoria is even fresher, arriving in Australia at the end of September 2017.
New Zealand was her last stop in a whirlwind tour of Asia and the Pacific, before crossing the Tasman and landing in Sydney.
Victoria calls Argentina home - that's where she learned to dance samba and chacarera, where she played fútbol with number 10 on the back of her shirt, just like countryman Lionel Messi, ("not as well or as seriously", she says) and where got her degrees in physiotherapy and, later, in osteopathy at the Inter-American Open University in Buenos Aires.
She has done much more work as a physio than as an osteo since graduating, so she will draw on those physiotherapy skills when treating patients with stubborn injuries or sudden pains at the Balmain Massage & Wellness Centre.