How local woman Sarah Oram built success from the ground

March 3, 2023 BY

Sarah Oram, right, founded Unique Laser Clinics, which have rebranded as Australian Skin Clinics. She is pictured with Torquay clinic co-owner Melinda Phillips.

After spending the first 10 years of her career as a senior strategy manager at a global company, Sarah decided it was time for a seachange.

She could see her future mapped out before her as part of the company: it would be a lucrative future, but full of 12-hour days, time away from home, and in a high-stress environment.

None of these were appealing based on the way Sarah wanted to live her life.

So, Sarah decided to take a break from work to give herself time and head space to think about what was next. It was a big move to make, especially given she had no specific idea in mind, just an inkling that there was something better suited to her out there.

Sarah identified a gap in the Australian market for top-level, accessible aesthetic services. She founded Unique Laser Clinics, which in 2022 was rebranded to Australian Skin Clinics.

Originally opening her first clinic 10 years ago, Sarah is now the franchise owner of the Australian Skin Clinics located in Ballarat, Westfield Geelong, and Torquay.

Sarah lives on the Surf Coast and has a thriving home garden. Her seachange has allowed her to embrace her passion outside of work: horse riding.

“What I love about owning my own business is I can set my own schedule,” she said.

“It’s a huge amount of work and it can be hard to take a day off, but I don’t have to work 9-5.

“I might get up and go for a horse ride, come home and work for a few hours, then take my dog for a walk in the evening.”

Sarah focuses on upskilling and uplifting her staff, ensuring longevity and experience in their team. This is evident through Melinda Phillips who started as a manager at the Ballarat clinic and now co-owns the Torquay clinic with

Sarah and oversees the business as a group area manager.

“My real motivation for the change was wanting to empower other people, women, to take their lives and their futures into their own hands,” she said.

“100 per cent of our staff are women and I am committed to creating exciting career pathways for women from all backgrounds and life situations.

“We offer traineeships, education pathways, ownership options and flexible working so we can attract and motivate the best people and therefore can deliver truly excellent outcomes for our clients.”

Australian Skin Clinics Westfield Geelong, Ballarat and Torquay are multi-award-winning business that provides results-driven treatments that work and aims to empower every client to embrace their skin.

Their team of highly trained experts, including a medical team, take the time to understand the uniqueness of every person who walks through our door.

Their treatments include cosmetic injections, PRP, Medi Peels, Medi Facials, LED Light Therapy, Fractional RF, Skin Needling, Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal and Body Sculpting.

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