BA BSc MChS HCPC Registered
Podiatrist and Chiropodist at The Footstop
I have lived in Leigh-on-Sea most of my life. I first moved to London to follow a career in jewellery design and silversmithing; which I continue with to this day (when I get any spare time).
In 2012 I took the decision to change career completely and retrained in Podiatric Medicine achieving a BSc (honours) qualification in 2014. Throughout my degree, I found there were many similarities between jewellery making and podiatry and I was able to successfully transfer the dexterity and fine motor skills learnt during the jewellery degree and apply it to the clinical aspects of podiatry. I like to think that my creativity and attention to detail follow me in my clinical practice when it comes to the cosmetic aspects of chiropody and podiatry and I believe everyone should feel confident enough with their feet to wear their sandals in the summer.
During my podiatry training I was lucky to have the opportunity to work in paediatric care at Great Ormond Street Hospital, diabetic care at Kings College Hospital, HIV clinics in Chelsea and Westminster NHS, rheumatology at Southwark NHS Trust and elite athlete rehabilitation in a private Central London Clinic. I have worked with some of the leading clinicians and surgeons who have specialised in these areas and with some who are shaping our modern understanding of human biomechanics and sports rehabilitation. This has given me a wide scope of experience from many different areas of healthcare.
Since qualifying I have worked in several leading private clinics and surgeries in Central London, Harley Street, Hertfordshire and Essex. I am proficient and experienced in general and diabetic foot-care, biomechanics and sport injuries, local anaesthetic administering, nail surgery and verruca needling.
I have a special interest in biomechanics and sports injuries after being involved in young athlete screening for the Herts Phoenix Athletic Club, while working with a large multidisciplinary team based in Hertfordshire. I worked alongside sports therapists, physiotherapist and rehab specialists to identify musculoskeletal imbalances that could be reducing an athletes’ efficiency or potential risk of injury; and then work with them using orthotics and rehab programs to improve this.
Outside of work I like to keep fit and stay active by running and weight training, and while at university I also enjoyed being part of the rowing club. Understanding the strict training regimes and the strengthening and conditioning needed to succeed in these activities has enhanced my ability to provide informed tailored treatment plans to my biomechanics clients.
At the start of 2016 we opened The Footstop’s ‘Gait Analysis and Injury Clinic’; where I use state of the art pressure plate technology to map the small movements and speed differences in the feet to help diagnose conditions and injuries and to formulate rehabilitation and treatment programs.
The next personal aim is to branch into the more cosmetic aspects of podiatry, looking at toe nail reconstruction and incorporating pedicure techniques into my practice to ensure my clients feet are looking as good as they feel.