Dr. Sarah Sawall founded Resilience RX on the belief that life should be experienced to the fullest and that pain, injury, or mobility limitations should not stand in the way of joy, love, and fulfillment.
Dr. Sarah Sawall, DPT, CF-L1
Dr. Sarah Sawall founded Resilience RX because she believes life is meant to be experienced. Injury or pain should not hold you back from doing what you love. She is passionate about combining her professional knowledge and personal experience to help you return to what you enjoy.
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Minor in Psychology from Michigan Technological University
- Certified in the Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete through the Institute of Clinical Excellence
- Functional Dry Needling Practitioner through Evidence in Motion
- CrossFit Level 1 Coach at CrossFit Rohkeus
- >10 years of personal training experience
- Regular CrossFit participant at CrossFit Rohkeus and Bark River CrossFit
- Sprint triathlon, 5K and 10K competitor
- Currently holds 10 Michigan state records for speed skating
- Previously nationally-ranked speed skater
- 2 year battle with hamstring tendinopathy
- 5 years of frustration with recurring low back pain
- 2 severe concussions resulting in inability to work and attend school
Resilience RX, Our Story
Hi, Dr. Sarah Sawall here. I believe it’s important to know your healthcare providers on a personal and professional basis, so I want to share with you why I started Resilience RX.
At one point in my career I was an Olympic-hopeful speed skater. Early on, speed skating was fun and exciting, but over time it turned into something to endure as I suffered through numerous injuries. It got to the point where I struggled through pain every time I stepped on the ice. No matter how many physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and orthopedic doctors I saw, I never found lasting relief.
Eventually, I quit competing. The discomfort and pain from doing what I loved wasn’t worth it to me anymore. I was tired of being told “rest and it should get better” or receiving hands-on care that didn’t have long-term results.
I knew there had to be an answer beyond “if it hurts, don’t do it.” There had to be a way to do what I loved without constant pain. My struggles motivated me to learn how to help those in similar situations.
After graduation, I started working as a physical therapist in a hospital. I saw firsthand how our current healthcare system operates in the best interest of shareholders and insurance companies – not the patient. This struck a chord inside me that I couldn’t shake.
I wanted to help individuals overcome their pain and reach their full potential, but I found more barriers than I did opportunities. Because of this, I started Resilience RX while working at the hospital.
As things picked up, I transitioned to working fully for myself. Since starting Resilience RX, I have found immense fulfillment giving people excellent care, seeing their changed lives, and developing relationships with those I serve.
I strive to be an exceptional healthcare provider and help active individuals and athletes of all ages do what they love without pain. If that sounds like it would be a good fit for you, click below to book a visit today.
Here at Resilience RX, We Believe…
…what’s best for the patient is best for the business.
…you should have a clear path to get where you want to go.
…if your appointment is at 9:30, you should be seen at 9:30.
…if you have a body, you’re an athlete.
…relationships are the key to success.
…stronger people are harder to kill and more useful in general.
…playing the long-term game is better than playing the short-term game.
…we are in the business of changing people’s lives.
…health and wellness should be a priority.
…we need to practice what we preach.
…we should always be learning.
…admitting you need help is a sign of courage.
…healthcare should be transparent.
…quality is better than quantity.
…we need to ask for forgiveness when we make a mistake and then do it right the next time.
…sleep should not be marginalized.
…picking up heavy stuff and putting it back down again is a good form of therapy.
…if we are not going to do it well, we should not do it at all.
…in building better humans.
…that healthcare should be personal.
…community is better than going it alone.
…seeking out self-development is not corny.
…the only limitations that exist are the ones we place on ourselves.
…our minds can be incredibly powerful – for good and for bad.
…the large majority of disagreement comes from miscommunication.
Get started on the path to a better you!
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