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Keeping Active in Byron Bay – Episode 9

Rob Hermann July 5, 2020 879 2

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Born in Hobart Tasmania, studied podiatry at Queensland University of Technology and moved to Byron Bay to live. Known for her tenacity and seeing things through to the end.

Her prerequisite for choosing where to live is that is must be near a mountain, river or close to the sea.

Loves the outdoors for peace, quiet and sorting things out mentally.

She was inspired and taught by the late Phil Perlman DPM. The podiatry practice she started in Ballina 25 years ago is called Rightfoot Podiatry and now has 11 offices, 14 podiatrists and 14 admin support staff.

Providing foot and ankle podiatric services in regional areas requires making good decisions that are not seen as opportunistic.

“In the city you wouldn’t often run into your surgeon, it is a distant relationship but in the country that distance is not easy to achieve”

What she would say to the young Leah Cook is to focus on learning from more experienced people rather than trying to think of new ways to provide foot and ankle care because, “There is nothing new under the sun. You won’t be the first person to have thought of that”

“Podiatry is misunderstood by the medical profession and most of the other health professions, but it is understood by the people with sore feet!”

Finds meaning in life in her daughter, by being a leader at work and not taking life too seriously.

Keeps active by swimming, canoeing, and walking her greyhounds because she can’t run!


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