I (Sushila Patel) took over an existing Podiatry Practice on 1st March 1990; I can now look back with great pride over the past 26 years. Time really does fly.
I had come from working in the NHS in Nottingham, to an area that was new to me. I was apprehensive because I knew that going into Private Practice as a sole trader was a daunting task.
I am pleased to say that the community of Basildon and its surrounding areas have embraced me and people have been coming to me with all manner of foot problems and concerns. Their recommendations and referrals have been gratefully received.
I do enjoy a challenge so in 2010 I decided to become a stockist of shoes, sandals, slippers, trainers and sports flops.
Selling these products went from strength to strength, so after 22 years of treating foot problems in my small cosy clinic, it had become apparent that space was becoming an issue and therefore I embarked on my next project of building a new practice.
Basildon council agreed to allow me to build a purpose built surgery all to my specifications.
Of course there were some trials and tribulations but being able to work from a porta cabin for 8 months was a real experience and this allowed me to continue to treat patients.
We moved into our new premises in March 2012.
How wonderful to have space and a place for everything.
My receptionists and foot wear consultants Sandra and Simone now have their own office and we have a further second treatment room that has been converted into a tranquil room where the Beauty Therapist Kelly carries out a large range of relaxing treatments as well as beauty treatments.
She offers gift vouchers that have been hugely popular.
We also offer a foot scan service now with a foot assessment which will often lead to the prescribing of orthotics or insoles.
People now often come to us for foot wear advice and to be fitted with shoes. My staff are fully confident in finding and fitting the right shoe for the individual’s needs.
It is rewarding to be able to offer a range of services all under one roof.
I am also involved in continual professional development and I am always looking for new treatments ideas and innovations.
I would like to thank my loyal and regular patients and all those new patients who have used our services and gone on to recommend their friends and family.