I was born and educated in Somerset near the small town of Street, famous for being the home of Clarke’s shoes. From a young age I had the ambition to be a chiropodist as I was attracted to a profession where I could help people by diagnosing and treating their foot problems, an ideal combination of using both my brain and hands!
In 1985 I qualified from Plymouth School of Chiropody (now the Plymouth School of Podiatry). During my training I became involved in biomechanics – the science of looking at how feet function. Starting work in a multidisciplinary team at Salisbury District Hospital, I used this biomechanical knowledge to help prevent and cure foot problems for people with diabetes, an area of work that is still of special interest to me.
In my spare time I became a very keen tri-athlete and an active member of the Sarum Triathlon Club. I am pleased to say that as a member of the women’s team we won many local events as well as placing in several triathlon events and series.
Marrying Lyndon in 1989 we also became partners in business! Family commitments meant a change of direction was needed and with the birth of my two children I had a break from full-time work. Returning to the work place, about five years ago Lyndon and I – with a lot of support from Teresa Rogers, our Practice Manager – set up the Total Foot Health clinic in Brown Street. We have worked hard at giving our patients expert treatment in these specially designed premises.
The top floor of the building, which now houses our computerised Gait Analysis Suite. This enables us to examine the biomechanics of the feet and legs and most importantly actually watch feet in action. I am now able to use my knowledge of sport, and the demands placed on feet through various disciplines, to treat sports injuries. We have helped some top local sports men and women, enabling then to continue to compete at the top level.
In 2011, I decided to embark on the MSc in Musculoskeletal Studies of the Lower Limb at UWIC and with my new knowledge TFH will be able to give our patients even better care.
A firm believer in multidisciplinary care, where holistic approaches to foot health problems have the best chance to result in long term foot health benefits, I am delighted to work with my colleagues at TFH, where the various disciplines all work together to produce a positive result for our patients.
Within the practice I am often the first port of call for people needing advice regarding their foot problems. At the first appointment I concentrate on providing a diagnosis of the foot problem and suggesting a suitable treatment regime.
I look forward to helping anyone with foot problems, and to finding the right solution for each individual case. If you feel I may be able to help you please contact me.