Well, my wife Diane and I have always dreamed of moving to New Zealand when we retire. However, we are moving our timeline up a little and moving to New Zealand in the next couple of months. Diane lived in New Zealand for 22 years before coming to America and meeting me. We have talked often about returning to New Zealand after we both retire.
No, I am not retiring yet. But we do want to take the next step in our adventure. I have been working in my clinic for over 27 years now and teaching live manual therapy courses for the past 9 years. My teaching has transferred to virtual classes with the corona virus limiting the number of people that can meet live at one time. I have also been doing telehealth virtual treatments with my patients that can’t come into the clinic right now. I will continue to treat my patients in the US virtually from New Zealand. I am still seeing patients live at the clinic until we move.
Diane is a New Zealand citizen. And New Zealand has done a great job of keeping the virus under control. In doing so they are very strict with who can come into the country and when. I inquired if I would be allowed to move to New Zealand with Diane since she is a NZ citizen. The immigration office gave me special travel permission on the basis that we are in the country by November 5, 2020! That was a lot faster than we planned. But we have decided to take this opportunity, so when we do retire we are already settled in New Zealand. But I don’t see myself ever fully retiring. I love what I do too much!
I will continue to teach virtually and conduct live classes when they allow people to meet in larger numbers again. But my new live courses will be focused in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Japan. I hope to come back to the US to teach while visiting friends and family.
I will be setting up a clinic in New Zealand to help the population down under with my skills. But I plan on continuing to do virtual treatments with my US-based patients. I am amazed at how effective it is to help patients online. I can use video calls to assess and treat patients using exercises and coaching to solve many problems. We all have to adapt to these new times. I will help in any way I can before we leave.