ABOUT US

The Podiatry Clinic was established in 1995 by Lindy Begg, who continues to own the practice. Our clinic has seven podiatrists who have worked us for between 3 and 23 years. Each of our podiatrists is experienced in all facets of podiatry, including High Risk and routine foot care, nail surgery, biomechanical assessment, children's foot care and custom-made insoles

Our clinic also has a strong focus on treating the foot complications of diabetes, since Lindy Begg also established the Foot Wound Clinic at Westmead Hospital.

The Podiatry Clinic
The Podiatry Clinic

OUR TECHNOLOGY

We offer complete care for high risk feet, including wound management, wound off-loading and diabetic foot screening, using a photoplethysmography device and a neurothesiometer. We can assess the plantar pressures that impair wound healing, using a Novel emed ® force plate. This gives patients with foot wounds a better chance to heal and prevent new ulcers forming. It also helps us reduce the risk of ulceration in patients with peripheral neuropathy.

Novel emed ® force plate
Novel pedar ® Technology

We can also give advice on the safest footwear for high risk feet. We can test the safety of a pair of shoes by measuring the plantar pressures while they are being worn, using the Novel pedar ® Technology.

We use this system to identify the shoes associated with the lowest plantar pressures during walking. We can compare pressures while walking barefoot with pressures in shoes, with or without custom insoles. This gives us a clear indication of which shoe or "moon boot" is giving the best results. This can reduce ulcer healing times and better prevent re-ulceration.

We also use the novel pedar ® technology to fabricate custom-made insoles. We record our patients’ dynamic plantar pressures during gait and send them to Germany for analysis (www.pedcad.de). A completed design is then sent to our clinic for manufacture. Our superior manufacturing process produces insoles which are tailored to our patient's individual needs. Our insole are designed to protect a specific problem area, such as a healed ulceration, a painful joint, a bony prominence or heavy callous. We also select the insole materials to complement the patient's activities and footwear, such as tennis, golf, running, diabetes, arthritis, fashion shoes, sports shoes or custom-made surgical footwear.

Principal: Lindy Begg

Lindy founded The Podiatry Clinic in Wentworthville more than 25 years ago. Her goal was to bring the best scientific research into every-day clinical practice. Her career has also included work in the public sector, founding the High Risk Foot Clinic at Westmead Public Hospital.

Lindy is on medical leave from the Clinic due to an injury, however she has always had a special focus on original research in podiatry. Her research findings have been published in many peer-reviewed medical journals, a key research interest has been plantar pressure offloading of diabetic foot wounds.

OUR TEAM

Vesna Sakic
Vesna Sakic

A trusted professional, Vesna has been a part of The Podiatry Clinic since it began in the 1990s. She is a much-loved member of the Wentworthville community. Vesna's qualifications in Podiatric Medicine are complemented by many years of expert practice. A leader within our team, Vesna is highly skilled in biomechanics and orthotic prescription, general foot care and nail surgery. Her patients also benefit from her years of treatment experience with diabetic foot wounds. When she's not working, Vesna loves spending time with a growing family.

Isobel Minack
Isobel Minack

Always interested in health and the human body, Isobel completed her Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of Newcastle. She furthered her studies with an Honours program in Health Sciences, where she focused on paediatric biomechanics. Isobel enjoys all aspects of Podiatry and has a keen interest in care of the diabetic foot. Isobel is a beach girl at heart and enjoys all activities by the water.

Stephanie Vickers
Stephanie Vickers

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of Newcastle and went on to complete an Honours program studying the protective role of nerves in the foot. Warm and caring in her approach, Stephanie is a skilled generalist in podiatry. She excels in biomechanics and orthotics prescription, for children and adults. She is also skilled in general foot care and treating diabetic feet. Outside the clinic, Stephanie loves travel and enjoys skiing and winter sports.

Elise Hawthorne
Elise Hawthorne

Elise completed a Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of Newcastle and is now working towards a Master’s degree in Public Health. Elise’s professional interests include diabetic foot care, surgery, and biomechanics and orthotics. She prides herself on providing outstanding, customized podiatry care to all her patients. She has a strong emphasis on prevention and strives to create a caring and compassionate environment for her patients. When she’s not working, Elise is an avid home cook, who also enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family.

Katie Mylonas
Katie Mylonas

Katie completed a Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in the topic of plantar pressure measurement at the University of Newcastle. Katie has a special interest in the care of diabetic feet. She is highly skilled in managing diabetic foot wounds, ensuring her patients have the best chance of recovery. She has a passion for preventing relapse by prescribing the most protective footwear and orthotics. Katie's gentle manner and compassionate approach are very reassuring and give her patients confidence. In her spare time, Katie enjoys getting out in the natural world and taking time to visit friends.

Liz Emrys
Liz Emrys

Liz holds a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. An all-rounder in podiatry care, Liz enjoys helping patients become pain-free as quickly as possible, whether they have difficulties with nails, callouses, feet or movement. Focusing on the whole person, Liz aims to prevent complications and promote good foot health for all her patients. Outside the clinic, Liz has completed additional university study in the Arts and Languages. She also enjoys dancing and raising a pair of energetic sons.

Donna Stanton
Donna Stanton

Genuine and caring, Donna has more than 20 years' experience in clinic management. She enjoys meeting new people and helping them to get the care they need. Donna takes pride in creating a welcoming environment for our patients and ensuring that every aspect of the clinic runs smoothly.

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