What is podiatry?
Podiatry deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the conditions of the feet and lower limbs. I check all aspects of a presenting issue and provide the most appropriate solution to prevent reoccurrence. The initial consultation includes a clinical history composition (e.g. injury or sports history), physical examination, diagnosis, preparation of a treatment plan and application of therapy. Skin and nail problems will be treated immediately and home care instructions provided.
What led you to Elevate?
The opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary practice with practitioners who are as passionate as I am about working as a team, to help our patients. Working for a company that shares the same values that I have is important to me.
What do you appreciate about Elevate?
Being able to refer my patients to the relevant practitioner within the same practice allows patients to be cared for under the same roof. If necessary, we at Elevate can discuss our patients together to give them the best possible treatment. This is a big advantage compared to other practices.
What are your core beliefs about wellness and health?
I’m passionate about the neutral alignment of the body and all my treatments originate from this idea. By solving any issues that my patients have with their alignment, I have found that I can help alleviate secondary health issues. Treating the symptoms does not treat the cause. It’s my job to find the cause.
What mistakes do patients make?
I have found patients want to get well quickly (understandably) – they cut corners with the treatment, they need to have patience and realise there’s no short-cuts to restoring their health back to 100%.
What key health lessons do you like to impart to patients?
Key Podiatric health lessons:
- Ensure regular podiatric treatments
- Don’t exercise through pain and ignore it – you will only direct the pain else were and cause additional pain.
- Have your Orthotics checked once a year – your body does change.
- Change your trainers regularly – if you wear them down, this will cause further problems.
Take your time through the healing process – the body can take time to respond to some of my treatments and rushing won’t speed up the recovery process.
“Treating the symptoms does not treat the cause. It’s my job to find the cause”
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love helping my patients and taking away pain – I am very lucky – it’s not a job it’s a passion – I don’t have a job! I really enjoy the feeling of being able to help people achieve their goals.
Tell us a little about your credentials?
I graduated from Huddersfield University in the UK in 2005 and completed the Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists (Access 4 drugs) in 2013 at the University of South Australia. I am passionate about learning new treatments and always carrying out professional development to find the optimal treatments for my patients. In 2013 I carried the Instructional Certification within Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ISMST) in Salzburg Austria and carried out the Advanced Injection technique in Birmingham UK. This year I have carried out a Podiatric biomechanical course within Bike riding.
After working for the National Health Service (NHS), I moved to Australia in 2008 to take an opportunity to work in the private sector to pursue my interest in biomechanics, an interest that developed due to my passion for sport. I find it rewarding working in private clinics, two patients’ are never the same, I treat any Podiatric condition that walks through my clinic door.
Associations I am affiliated with:
- Sports Medicine Australia
- The International Society for Medical Shockwave Therapy
- Australian Podiatry Association
- Podiatrist for the Australian Goal Ball Team
What are your extracurricular passions?
Although I am very busy in the practice, my passion for sport has not diminished; my current interests include: snowboarding, (acro)yoga, swimming, surfing, netball and a passion for a group called ‘one wave is all it takes’ which helps spread awareness for mental health issues.