Nelly Faghani: A Time Capsule
Nelly has been a spokesperson for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has also co-authored a neuro-ugology textbook chapter on incontinence. She regularly attends international conferences and prides herself on staying on top of the current pelvic health literature. Nelly has a passion treating this group of clients and plans to continue to help increase public awareness of various pelvic floor dysfunctions and their impact on quality of life.
1. What's the best continuing education course/conference you've ever taken?
It’s so very very hard to choose my favourite course or conference. One of my most memorable was the 2010 joint meeting by the International Continence Society (ICS) and International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) that was held in Toronto. This was one of my earliest exposures to such a big meeting, and I had the opportunity to meet/connect with many international colleagues whom I have the pleasure of still being in touch with today.
2. What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. I learned so much by reading this book and I’d like to share a quote to explain why.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.
uesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
3. What advice would you give to your 25 year old self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, everything has a way of working itself out.
Nelly Faghani B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.
Nelly graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996. With her brother Ali, she currently owns and operates 5 physiotherapy clinics in the GTA. Nelly started to treat pelvic health in 1998 and continues to be actively involved in clinical practice, mentoring and teaching. She has helped develop Continence Programs that have been implemented in various long-term care facilities through Ontario. Nelly has spoken at numerous grand rounds, symposiums and conferences including The Urology Update, Canadian Ambulatory Care Conference, Ontario Physiotherapy Association Interaction Conference, Southlake Hospital OBGYN Clinical day, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist Annual Conference SOGC, Mount Sinai Mature Women’s Day and St. Michaels.