Sal is a strong advocate for leaning in and living life, and this is where the concept of the Barefoot Lifestyle came from. She believes that to enjoy every moment we need to be able to do what we want with our bodies.
To help people with this, Sal provides only the highest standard of care to her clients. This standard of care can be in part attributed to her extensive experience (private practice, hospital, orthopaedic, pilates, sporting and women’s health) as well as her thorough commitment to professional development. The combination of these knowledge bases has provided Sal with the understanding not only of the musculoskeletal conditions a person can have but also of the body as a whole (medically/orthopaedically/psychologically/emotionally). This holistic approach helps Sal’s clients achieve the rapid and long-lasting results they desire.
As part of this holistic approach Sal believes that both the body and mind are important for good health. In fact, she has is working on a theory about this and has presented her Wellbeing Battery framework to audiences with great responses. Watch this space as we are excited where this will go and how it will help a broader range of people. The website is up and running here: www.wellbeingbattery.com
Sal’s idea of leaning in to life can be somewhat different to the norm, the best example of which was when she designed and had built a beach house at Toogoom, Queensland when she was 28. If you ask her why? “Most people aim to finish their lives with a beach house… I thought I’d start there and work my way back. Also, I want a place for my friends and family to enjoy now and into the future”.
For those who are interested, Toogoom is a beachside town 3.5 hours’ drive north of Brisbane. The land Sal bought to build on was originally owned by her family in the 1940s as a citrus farm. She jokes that they are buying back the family farm 600m2 at a time.
Sal loves the community that is emerging around Barefoot and in honour of this throws an annual carpark party where the Barefoot family (clients, friends, referrers and the physio team) come together to play games, meet other Barefooters and generally have a good time. It really is physio with a difference! Thanks to COVID there haven’t been carpark parties in 2020 and 2021…. but we are definitely having one in 2022!
Sal also has created, organised and presented at the Barefoot Wellness Summits in 2017 and 2018. The success of these events are measured by the smiles and laughter in the room and we can say these two were a huge success. The Barefoot Wellness Summit is an event that brings together amazing health professionals to present and teach inclusive, intelligent health care. Speakers include Dieticians, Nutritionists, Psychologists and of course Physiotherapists.
Sal is a passionate and natural leader who has been recognised for her achievements in the area winning the Women in Business Award for Leadership and Business Acumen in 2017. She has also won the Physiotherapy Small Business Award in 2017.
Outside the clinic you’ll find Sal walking her dog Pip down by the river, hanging out with friends, reading ‘blow your hair back’ books and of course kayaking at her beach… Toogoom.
If you see Sal at the clinic and haven’t met her before make sure you say hello and she is always so happy to chat to the awesome tribe of Barefooters.
Provider Number: 4258679W
- Advanced course from Neuro Orthopaedic Institute: Master sessions on Pain.
- Thoracic Ring Approach – LJ Lee Connect Therapy
- Business and Leadership training
- Wellbeing Battery Development
- Attending APA conference 2022
From 1st August 2021 Sal is having a break from seeing clients. She’ll be in the clinic running the business, teaching and working on Wellbeing Battery.