Sandra established Stafford Physiotherapy and Pilates in 1988 and, with over 30 years in ‘the biz’, is one of Brisbane’s most experienced physiotherapists. Sandra also takes a number of our Pilates classes and is particularly passionate about treating musculoskeletal problems, sporting injuries and headaches.
Sandra’s philosophy of life involves three things:
1. Have fun
2. Be kind to people
3. During your life, work towards being a healthy old person (and that means exercising regularly, eating well and being positive).
What motivates you? I love caring about people – their health and wellbeing. Helping people be the best they can be. I love the science of physiotherapy, but it is also an art and a passion to learn more. I love trying new sorts of exercise. Over the years, I have done ballet, was a good sprinter, played netball, indoor cricket, squash, and enjoyed aerobics and Step in the 80s, swimming, LeRoc dancing, yoga, Tai chi, Pilates and, lately, Xtend Barre.
What’s your favourite 3pm snack? Fresh raw green beans, banana or raw carrots (Don’t be fooled though; I’m not perfect, especially after 8pm!)
What do you enjoy most about your job? Helping people in pain, working out how to fix musculoskeletal problems by easing pain and helping strengthen the body. Having a laugh with patients and staff. Putting a smile on someone’s face.
What’s your favourite part of the day? Late! After 10pm.
If you weren’t a physio what would you be? Another caring health professional role – maybe speech pathologist or music therapist
Would you rather dance or do karaoke, and to which song? Dance! I love music with a good beat from any era. Some of my favourites are:
- Twist and Shout – Beatles
- Rock Lobster – B52s
- Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
- Dance Dance – Fallout Boy
- Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- Old Yellow Bricks, Brianstorm and Teddy Picker – Arctic Monkeys
- Last Nite and Heart in a Cage – The Strokes
- Cloud Nine – Baker Boy