Podplus shop and clinic was founded in 2005 by the Austen family to provide advice on products and services to make your life more comfortable. Our team aim to consistently provide a high level of service and advice and ensure your expectations are met.
Tom Austen (Lead Podiatrist) - Cricket & Rugby
Tom is a biomechanics specialist who has been working with professional athletes including the Kent Cricket team for a number of years. He lectures in Podiatry at Brighton University, manages the Podaitry team at the Brighton Marathon, and volunteers for the Kent MS Centre. He has a great deal of experience in the treatment of the lower limbs including arthritis, diabetes, children's growth problems, chiropody, sports related biomechanics and injury. Tom has completed his masters in the principles of Podiatric surgery and is currently spending at least one day per week working within a surgery unit.
Alaric Arokiasamy (Podiatrist)
Alaric recently qualified from Cardiff and has continued learning to develop his interest and skills in biomechanics, nail surgery, and routine chiropody. Alaric provides in-depth assessments for biomechanical issues, as well as providing Chiropody for Podplus at local rural GP surgeries (Hamstreet, Woodchurch, Charing, Wye). Alaric also frequently updates his skills at biomechanics seminars, the Society conferences, and volunteers at the Brighton Marathon medical conference as well as working alongside Mr Tom Austen in Ashford, and at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
Marcus Matthews (Podiatrist)
Marcus has recently qualified from Brighton University. He is continuing to widen and develop his biomechanics knowledge base with us. Marcus is enthusiastic about working with homeless clinics and annually assists at Crisis for Christmas. Marcus’ grandfather was a chiropodist and he is eager to continue the family tradition. He runs clinics at Woodchurch and Wye surgery as well as Woodchurch House.
Sarah Davies (Podiatrist)
Sarah worked as an NHS Podiatrist for over 13 years, she now works for the Ministry of Defence. She uses video gait analysis in her biomechanical assessments, to gain more information to aid diagnosis of any biomechanical issues that may be causing pain or discomfort. Sarah specialises in sports injuries, rehabilitation, pediatrics and hypermobility syndrome issues.
Priti Patel (Podiatrist)
Priti specialises in routine Chiropody care, ingrowing toenails and nail surgery. Her Podiatry masters study looked at the condition of all aspects of Diabetes and in particular how it can affect the lower limbs and feet. Priti grew up in Bolton and has lived in Kent for 9 years with her husband Tim and two children Diya and Dylan.
Chris Philips (Sports Scientist and Sports Therapists) - Football
Chris studied in Sports Science and mastered in Sports Therapy, in particular shoulder rehabilitation. Chris uses a variety of treatment modalities including deep tissue massage therapy, kinesiology taping, ultrasound, joint and spinal mobilisations, as well as exercise prescription. Chris sees a lot of endurance athletes, mainly runners and assists them in achieving their marathon and ultra marathon goals. Chris has had particular success in knee management, and has delivered several practical workshops for Podplus including self treatment sessions using foam roller and taping.
Hannah Farris (Massage Therapist)
Hannah has a passion for Sports Massage and is a fully qualified therapist, who trained at the London School of Sports Massage. She has been part of the Podplus team since 2016 and has worked at The London Marathon. Hannah will be a familiar face for anyone who has attended local races or sporting events. She also has an in depth knowledge on shoe fitting and gait analysis.
Mo Sheeta (Massage Therapist)
Mo is providing Sports Massage Therapy at Podplus, having spent over 20 years working with sports teams and spa's in Europe, he is now an associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK, and provides advice and treatment for a variety of patients. Mo uses varied methods including ceramic heat therapy, mobilisations, massage and exercise prescription during his treatment.
Lara Chandler (Yoga and Pilates)
Lara provides Pilates classes and one to one sessions for Podplus at the Julie Rose Stadium. She also works in the local area and you can find more of her sessions by following her on facebook.
Chris Watts (Physiotherapist)
Chris has many years experience in the treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries and pre/post operative rehabilitation. He is fluent in the diagnosis and therapy options to resolve issues such as back, neck and joint pain. Chris specialises in shoulder pain and sports injuries. Chris also offers acupuncture for pain relief as part of his treatment plan.
Lauren Benson (Physiotherapist)
Lauren graduated from Brunel University in 2016 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy and began her career working in a London based hospital where she completed various rotations in musculoskeletal outpatients, neurorehabilitation, and medical and surgical. Alongside working in the NHS, Lauren also worked in the private sector particularly with high level athletes; some of which represented Great Britain. After completing her rotations, Lauren chose to specialise in musculoskeletal outpatients working full time at William Harvey Hospital. Lauren has a a qualification in sports massage therapy and has a particular interest in sports injuries. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys playing tennis.
Kate Austen (Shoe Advisor & Managing director) - Running & Open Water Swimming
Sylvia Barrett (Shoe Advisor & Merchandiser) - Open water lifeguard & Athletics coach
Karen Quinn (Shoe Advisor & Customer Service) - Marathon runner
Do you have what it takes to join the Podplus Team??
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