Meet the team – Pam Dobinson Export Manager
How long have you been with DM Orthotics and what is your role?
I have been with DMO now, for four years. I began working with DMO as a clinical specialist physiotherapist covering the north east of England and Scotland. Since June 2015 I have been the export manager and continue to cover the north east of England in a clinical capacity.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I had a few things that I felt I wanted to do. One was to work with children but I didn’t want to be a nursery nurse. I loved organising things – but my brothers and sisters didn’t like that……
What is the best thing about the job?
The people I meet. Both within the company and all the children, therapists, orthotists etc. that I meet when travelling around the north east and further afield in my export role. I love teaching people about DMO products and the results that can be achieved.
What have you gained from working at DM Orthotics?
A massive understanding of time management….
If there was something you could do to change the industry, what would it be?
Orthotics has always been seen as the ‘Cinderella service’ in Health. When doctors are not sure what to do anymore, they send them to orthotics but there is not the funding to go with the needs of the patient. We need to be seen as a service to refer patients to at a much earlier stage in their disability as so much can be achieved if this happens.
Do you have any role models or people you look up to?
When training as a physiotherapist I had a marvellous teacher who was visually impaired but he could tell you exactly where every muscle attached and how and where it ran down the bone or part of the body – better than most doctors. He was very inspirational. He was also a private physio for many elite runners. He taught me a lot in those early days.
Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.
I spent two years as a navy reservist in the communication and decoding department.
What have you always wanted to do, but never done?
Visit China, see the great wall, the terracotta army and play with the pandas.
Which is your favourite DM Orthotics product and why?
I think it has to be the suit. Having been a physiotherapist for over 30 years and spending the majority of that time with special needs children and particularly the under five year olds; the benefits of wearing a suit for these children are so vast. By assessing individual needs, the prescription can be made to them, to get the best from their motor learning. I have seen some wonderful results with children of all ages and abilities.