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About Us

From the Sunny Coast of Western Australia to North Down, Active Health brings an International approach to helping people reach their goals and live the Active Healthy Life they deserve.
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Founded by David & Rachel Saligari in 2007 after returning from David’s native Perth, Western Australia, Active Health’s goal has always been to provide a Multidisciplinary approach help people live free from pain and stiffness and to continue doing the things they love. Active Health has grown into a company of Passionate Healthcare Professionals who pride themselves in providing the most up-to-date evidence based treatments to get people back to living life to the fullest. We provide a range of services that will allow you to Activate your Health and Live Life to the Fullest.

Therapists

Rachel Saligari
Physio, Pilates Instructors

Rachel is a native of North Down, having been educated at Sullivan Upper School. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2000 and has spent her time specialising in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. After completing her rotations at a large teaching hospital in Dublin, Rachel moved to New Zealand in 2002 where she took up the post of Principal Physiotherapist.

David Saligari
Physio

David hails from sunny Perth in Western Australia where he completed his Physiotherapy degree at Curtin University in 2001 before working in a busy private practice. In 2004 he met Rachel when they studied for their Masters of Manual Therapy degrees at the University of Western Australia. 

Claire Bannerman
Physio, Pilates Instructors

Claire is an experienced member of the Active Health+ team with over 10 years of experience in the musculoskeletal and sporting field. She qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University with an honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2010. Her combined desire to work and travel took her to Germany and th New Zealand where she worked in private musculoskeletal clinics.

Lucy Armstrong

Lucy graduated from Edge Hill University in 2021, with a first-class honours in BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy. During her time in England, she worked within elite adolescent sport, providing sports therapy and strength and conditioning provision for Wigan Athletic Football Academy.

Lucy returned to Northern Ireland in the summer of 2021, continuing to build on her experience through working within a private practice, treating, and managing MSK injuries and diagnoses. Due to her interest in strength and conditioning, Lucy also works within a Belfast based Gaelic football club, utilising her skills in S+C principles, pitch-side first aid and injury management.

In her free time, Lucy enjoys staying active through swimming, and participation in Gaelic football and hockey, in which she plays for local teams.

Pilates Instructors

Rachel Saligari
Physio, Pilates Instructors

Rachel is a native of North Down, having been educated at Sullivan Upper School. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2000 and has spent her time specialising in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. After completing her rotations at a large teaching hospital in Dublin, Rachel moved to New Zealand in 2002 where she took up the post of Principal Physiotherapist.

Claire Bannerman
Physio, Pilates Instructors

Claire is an experienced member of the Active Health+ team with over 10 years of experience in the musculoskeletal and sporting field. She qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University with an honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2010. Her combined desire to work and travel took her to Germany and then New Zealand where she worked in private musculoskeletal clinics.

Personal Trainers

David Graham
Personal Trainer

David Graham BSc (Hons) is a fully qualified personal trainer, specialising in coaching triathletes, swimmers and individuals with a passion for fitness.

David’s areas of speciality include:

– Triathlon and Ironman Coaching
– Triathlon Swimming Coaching
– Swimming Technique Analysis
– Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Massage Therapists

Mark Blackburne
Massage Therapist

Born and raised locally Mark was educated at Methodist College Belfast and Queen’s University where he studied, and later taught, political science before forging a career in the financial sector. Having always maintained a keen interest in the medical sciences (on two occasions bemusing his school teachers and university tutors by studying biology and politics together) Mark decided to return to education to study Anatomy & Physiology and Sports Massage Therapy at The Portobello Institute in Dublin.

Coming from what he describes as a ‘sports mad’ family, Mark is a keen walker, hiker and kayaker, his experience of which have promoted a keen interest in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. With a keen interest in history, art, and architecture Mark also regularly volunteers with the National Trust and can often be found guiding visitors round his favourite property Mount Stewart House on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Podiatrists

Suzanne Hamilton
Podiatrist

Suzanne is one of a handful of podiatrists in the UK and one of two in Northern Ireland to obtain a post graduate qualification from the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University, London in Podiatric Sports Medicine. This qualification was based on the philosophy that total care for the athlete requires a multi-disciplinary approach underpinned by evidence-based medicine; a philosophy which Suzanne passionately believes in and endeavors to work closely alongside consultants, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches and soft tissue therapists.

Caroline Graham
Podiatrist

Caroline graduated from UUJ in 2003 and worked in private practice in Belfast city centre for 6 years where she gained experience and developed her podiatric skills. Caroline loves to travel and in 2009 set off back packing around the world for a year. 

Lymphedema Practitioner

Anne McElnay
Lymphedema Practitioner

Anne is certified Vodder Lymphedema Practitioner and Board Certified Structural Integrator specialising in myofascial tissue balance. After completing a BTec Level 5 in Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy in 2011, Anne continued her professional journey studying Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains with James Earls achieving Board Certified status in 2012. 

Practice Manager

Charlotte Mason
Practice Manager

Charlotte is most likely the first person you will meet at our Holywood Clinic. She has been part of the team since January 2019.

Charlotte has a wealth of experience in customer service having worked in ‘customer facing’ roles since she was 15 when she worked on the front desk of a Children’s Soft Play area. Since then, she has worked in Banking, Hospitality, Child Care, and Retail.

Charlotte was born in Holywood and has lived in various parts of England over the years. She studied Contemporary Art at University in Leeds, Specialising in Sculpture before moving back to NI in 2011.
Charlottes current interests are Reading and Jigsaw puzzles and in work she loves a good Spreadsheet!

Business & Sales

Sarah McMillan
Business Development & Sales
Sarah is joining Active Health as our Business Development & Sales Manager. She has a background in project management and art and design and is thrilled to bring her positive, creative input to the Active Health team.

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