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Podiatry clinic expands to Chester

by Robert Hirtle

Dr. David Smith of Mahone Bay recently expanded his network of Feet 4 Life Clinics to Chester.

Our feet are something that most of us have a tendency to take for granted — unless we have a problem with them.

That is where Dr. David Smith comes in.

A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Smith first got an interest in podiatry when he was serving in the British navy.

“I started studying a university correspondence in the UK and basically from there I found I was better at biology subjects and just happened to come across a leaflet on podiatry, and that’s what really sparked the interest,” he recalls.

He later went on to full-time studies at the University of Huttersfield in West Yorkshire, graduating with an honours degree in 2004.

After a short stint practicing in his native country, Dr. Smith moved to Norway and set up a practice there which he operated for four years.

“Because Norway was a little bit behind, I couldn’t practice to my full extent so I was getting a bit frustrated and we began looking elsewhere,” he says.

That elsewhere turned out to be Nova Scotia, and so it was that four years ago Dr. Smith, his wife Janine and their two children arrived in Mahone Bay.

Once here, he went to work for Mary Steel, who was owner of the Bridgetown-based Feet 4 Life Clinic which also served the Town of Middleton.

Two years later Dr. Smith bought the business and it was around that time that the clinic expanded to Kentville, Yarmouth and Lunenburg, where it is based at emOcean Spa.

Recently, he opened a fifth office which is located at the rear of the Pharmasave building in Chester.

Dr. Smith has now been joined in his Valley practice by Dr. Caroline Leverett, who is another new arrival from the UK.

“With Caroline taking care of all our Bridgetown-Middleton patients, it means that I am now able to offer more appointment times at all of our other locations.”

Dr. Smith says the aim of the clinics is to not only keep people mobile and free from foot and lower limb pain, but to enhance their quality of life by offering easy access to highly trained and qualified staff with a wide variety of specialties in podiatric care.

Currently, the Lunenburg clinic is open Tuesdays and Fridays while Chester is open each Thursday. Referrals from a family physician are not required and visits are covered under most private insurance plans.

“We are very excited to be able to see our vision coming to a reality and to be able to offer our services more widely and help people to live a happier and healthier life free from foot and lower limb pain,” Dr. Smith says. “If you or anyone you know is experiencing any sort of pain or discomfort in the lower back, lower limb or feet, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

posted on 9/26/12
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