VERONICA Barker admits she has a fascination with feet - but it's not a fetish.
As an experienced physiotherapist who specialises in sports-related injuries, Ms Barker nearly always starts with a look at a patient's feet.
"The feet are the first thing that hit the ground, so if I can regain improved messages to limbs then issues such as balance, pain and compensations can improve," Ms Barker said.
She has treated countless patients in Yamba, Maclean and Grafton over the past 25 years and this weekend she will launch her own physiotherapy and clinical Pilates practice at Ashby.
"I have always wanted my own studio to provide tailor-made programs for patients, and as soon as I moved to Ashby I envisaged a holistic clinic that focuses on finding the right recipe for recovery," she said.
Ms Barker specialises in sports-related injuries, women's and men's health issues and rehabilitation using state of the art technology.
As a triathlete and member of the Clarence Valley Tri Club, Ms Barker gained an understanding of bike set-up and running analysis at the Australian Institute of Sport Canberra.
"I am passionate about movement and what happens when the neuro- muscular system is in dysfunction.
"Even chronic pain patients will have movement patterns that are predictable.
"I use clinical Pilates - a form of assessment and treatment aimed to improve the messages to the limbs to enable improved quality of movement.
"It doesn't matter how long the problem exists or the intensity of pain, movement patterns can be corrected."
There will be an open day at the Velocity Physio Centre in Ashby on Sunday to showcase the clinic and give demonstrations between 9am and noon on the hour.
A gold coin donation is appreciated with proceeds going to Chatsworth Island Public School.