Q and A with Dr Sally Cunningham, chiropractor and Maryknoll local

Dr Sally Cunningham is a beloved member of the Maryknoll community. Pic: SUPPLIED

What is something people don’t know about you?

I climbed Mt Roraima in Venezuela in 1995, it’s an amazing table top mountain that hovers above the border shared by Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil. It has an incredible lunar type landscape with animals and plants found nowhere else in the world. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about it in his classic book The Lost World in 1912.

What do you do for work and why did you choose this career path?

I’m a chiropractor at True Potential Chiropractic. I have been with the practise for the past 10 years. I’ve also worked in WA and spent 5 years working in Yorkshire in the UK. I chose Chiropractic as it is a hands-on health profession, it’s a career that primarily is to be of service and help people. It has also allowed me to work overseas.

What are you most passionate about?

Our kids – we had four sons under five, it was crazy hectic for many years but we have been fortunate to watch them grow into fine young men. The youngest in completing VCE and the 3 older boys are at university.

Travel – I have had the good fortune to travel extensively overseas, starting when I was a student at University. We hope to travel again once this Covid situation allows.

Tennis – I played as a kid with my brother Anthony, but then took it up again when my youngest son was 3 – I’m not a great player but I love playing. I’m part of the Maryknoll tennis club and enjoy getting out and having a good hit with the Mid week ladies on a Wednesday & over the summer we play on a Saturday afternoon.

Gardening – as we are on tank water up at Maryknoll, I’m trying to create a robust drought hardy garden. I also have acquired & propagated many indoor plants during lockdown last year, home is starting to look a little like a jungle – that’s a good thing right?

What would your last meal be?

Well, it would most probably be something prepared by my Yorkshire husband Andy, he is by far the best cook in our family, and makes a pretty delicious Yorkshire pudding.

What’s the best thing about the Maryknoll community?

It’s a very welcoming community and a very safe place for the kids to get out and about in the bush and explore.

What was your most memorable moment?

I have two – from a trip I took to Egypt a few years ago. We were sitting on a little bus in downtown crazy Cairo, and going around the corner and suddenly the Pyramids of Giza come into view – it was such an incredible sight. Closely matched by a dawn hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings – simply spectacular. I would go back to Egypt in a heartbeat.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

Some of my Australian favs include Linda and Vicka Bull, Cate Ceberano, Hunters and Collectors but I also like Thelma Plum, Flora Cash, Vera Blue and The Teskey Brothers and a host of others.

At school I…

Made some fantastic friends who I still get to see regularly.

What event past or present would you like to witness?

I’d like to see how the the pyramids of Giza were built.

Which six dinner guests, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

I’d love to have a girls night in with this eclectic group of strong inspirational women: Serena Williams, Maya Angelou, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madonna, Grace Tame and Malala Yousafzai.

What’s your favourite book?

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)