A LIFE-changing Cooktown business will celebrate its third birthday on Friday after starting up to meet the needs of the community.
Wellness Embodied physiotherapist and principal Suzanne Rath said her Cooktown practice was still growing after a positive response from locals.
The inspiration for a satellite office came from the many Cape York residents who were travelling to her Cairns-based practice for treatment.
It led Ms Rath and two of her physiotherapists to take turns driving up once a month to Cooktown to provide their services.
The Cooktown practice has quickly grown since its beginning in 2020, now with a permanent location and two full-time health care professionals, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.
“Many of the patients had never seen a physiotherapist or received allied healthcare before,” Ms Rath said of her Cooktown client base.
She said that the major advantage of Wellness Embodied was the ability for private patients to be seen quickly and that healthcare providers could “focus on each patient”.
“Hospitals are designed for acute injuries but often patients will already be in the chronic category by the time the hospital can get to them,” she said.
Having lived in Katherine as well as Cairns, Ms Rath saw the need for an approach that allowed patients to be seen quickly and focused on their long-term health.
The team’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, with Wellness Embodied taking home two awards at the recent Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards.
Ms Rath won the main award for Business Woman of the Year, while general manager Danielle Erskine was named Manager of the Year.
The Cooktown community is invited to celebrate the third birthday of Wellness Embodied on Friday, August 11 from 10am to 1pm.
There will be cake and snacks, free gait scans, games and giveaways at the clinic, located at 32 Helen Street, Cooktown.