Rachael’s first experience in the field of health care was as a teenager when she would help her hard-working grandmother, who, after returning home from work as a ward sister and district nurse, had very painful feet.
After an initial career as a riding instructor, Rachael chose to study at the Welsh Centre for Podiatric Medicine due to its commitment to providing extensive supervised clinical experience including NHS placements and research into care of the diabetic foot. She graduated in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. After a brief and interesting spell working in south east London covering maternity leave, she went to work for Southmead (later North Bristol NHS trust) gaining experience in a wide range of clinical skills in general practice in health centres and outpatient departments, and in nail surgery at Southmead hospital.
In 2000 she decided to leave the NHS in order to move to the south coast and so went into private practice in Exmouth where she continues to enjoy providing quality podiatric treatments to members of the community, whilst also continuing ongoing professional development and keeping up with the latest research.