I have had the distinct pleasure of working in a number of health care areas over my career. Since starting my nursing career in 1992 I have obtained experience in:
Surgical nursing - Ridge Meadows Hospital and Healthcare Centre (Maple Ridge, BC) - staff nurse & charge nurse
Long term care - Pleasant Manor (Virgil, ON) - staff nurse
Long term care - Pleasant Manor & Tabor Manor (now Radiant Care) - short-term contract to review, update, and write nursing policy, wound care policies & procedures
Nursing education - Brock University - hospital and lab instruction for BScN students
Family Health Team - Niagara-on-the-Lake - staff nurse
Portage Medical Family Health Team - Niagara Falls - Certified Respirator Educator (CRE), STOP/TEACH Smoking Cessation Specialist, Memory Clinic team member; Foot care nurse
All these things led to me opening my own foot care clinic in 2018.
When I finished high school and was deciding next steps, I chose nursing for very practical reasons - I knew I'd always have work anywhere in the world, work which could support me financially. (And honestly, I loved the nursing caps - I thought they looked so cool. I know now they present a major infection control issue, but boy did wearing that cap make me feel a part of something bigger than myself!) What I didn't expect was to love nursing as much as I do. I love the idea that with a solid nursing education, work options are myriad. And moving areas of work is often as simple as taking a few courses. I've done so many different kinds of nursing over my career, and have loved each one. For me, the best part of each job I've had was the 'hands-on' clinical work of nursing. Circumstances at the Family Health Team where I was working led to me taking a foot care course. From the moment I opened the book and started learning, I recognized an opportunity for me to continue to provide the instantly helpful hands-on clinical work while practicing independently. I knew I could provide important health care for people in my community, and work for myself. It has been an amazing journey, and I'm looking forward to many years as a foot care nurse, promoting foot health and providing the care I'm passionate about - and really good at!
(I also happen to really love policy work, as well as nursing theory. For me, nursing theory provides foundational support for my work and policy supports practically. But that's another conversation altogether.)
I firmly believe that providing foot care for the community goes well beyond my clinic work. To that end, I'm very pleased to be working with Niagara's Mobile Closet to promote accessibility to good, gently used footwear for those in Niagara who are unsheltered, living rough or in unfortunate circumstances. Good, used shoes can be dropped off at my clinic any day during the week, and I'll make sure they're delivered. I'm also happy to collect financial donations for SocksForChange. Both these initiatives have their roots in Niagara, and are passionately dedicated to bringing clothing, shoes and socks to those in Niagara who need it most. I also make a point to work with our local shelters to provide pro-bono clinical foot care services.
Did you know? There are a number of 'closets' in Niagara, cared for by Niagara Region Public Health outreach nurses. These closets are stocked with donated, gently used dressier clothing such as suits, ties, shirts, dresses and dress shoes for people who are transitioning back into the workforce, but cannot afford corporate-style clothing. I'm happy to receive donations of gently used office-appropriate clothing and will ensure delivery to my colleague.
I love my work. I'm really good at what I do, and am happiest when I'm helping people.
RN Diploma Nursing
College of Nurses of Ontario
Nursing Foot Care Program
Profile updated on: June 21, 2022
Area of Focus
- Foot Care
- Family Doctors
- Massage Therapists
- Motor Vehicle Insurance
- Occupational Therapists
Regulatory Bodies / Professional Associations
Client / Patient Age Range
- Adults (18-64)
- Seniors (65+)
- Youth (2-18)
- Assessment (Diabetic Foot)
- Custom compression stocking measurement
- Foot health consultation
- Health Promotion and Wellness
- Thick toenail reduction
- Toenail fungus treatment
- Toenail trimming
Type of Injuries
- Foot (Callus)
- Foot (Corn)
- Foot (Ingrown toenail)