Erin Beeler - Located in Whakatane
After completing my Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) and AUT in 2006, I worked as a podiatrist in Sydney before moving back to the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty to set up my own practice. Working in 'rural' New Zealand was fantastic, but one struggle I had was having access to expert footwear technicians for my clients. My husband has years of experience on both sides of footwear retail, so he often ended up 'down at the local shops' helping my clients fit new shoes. With so many clients expressing the desire to be fitted 'here and now' Podium was born - a one-stop foot-shop where you can get your complete treatment plan sorted.
I love Podiatry and believe we can help so many people, but we are often the last resort - so we have worked very hard to put Podiatry on the map. Our clinics are found in main centers, and we've painted them all bright yellow so no-one can miss us
In my desire to lead current practice, I am engaged in ongoing education through AUT. I hope to finish my PgDip in Health Science (Maori Health) this year. I enjoy supervising graduating 3rd-year AUT Podiatry students as part of their placement programme. I also sit on the Boards of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Alliance and the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand. It is my commitment to bring Podiatry into the 21st century by offering the latest technology and techniques. We have a great team of podiatrists at Podium, and I relish the opportunity to work collaboratively with my team.
Sophronia Kear - Located in Bethlehem
My journey towards becoming a qualified podiatrist started when I was only 9 years old. This was when I began looking after my father’s feet and I had an inner desire to help relieve others of pain. I knew from then on how important it is to enjoy life and I also knew the only way to achieve this was to feel good. As I got older the need to heal and care for others never wavered.
After completing my three year degree in Podiatry, I worked in the NHS (similar to district health board in NZ). This allowed me to focus on general and acute care for chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. I also gained many years of experience in nail surgery and specialised in biomechanics just before shifting to the beautiful Bay of Plenty with my little family.
Since relocating to New Zealand over six years ago I have had some amazing hands-on experience in treating sports injuries (clients have included the All Blacks Sevens players and Bay of Plenty Steamers).
What makes me different is I think everyone deserves high quality, affordable foot care, from treating corns to treating sport injuries. I am totally committed and dedicated in providing treatment and after care in a friendly and relaxed environment that gives you the reassurance you need.
Jamie Dodunski - Located in Bayfair
I’m a 'local'! Born and breed here in the Bay of Plenty. Into most sports as a youngster but I was getting injured. Properly fitted shoes and a visit to a podiatrist helped me a lot. This made me want to learn more, so after school I worked in the sports footwear industry and gained a vast amount of knowledge in the bio-mechanics of lower limbs and how footwear can play a huge part in how the body moves.
I then went on to graduate from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) in 2006. In my time as a practicing Podiatry I have had some amazing experiences in treating the New Zealand Defence Force, Waikato NPC, Chiefs Super 14 and Bay of Plenty Steamers.
Footwear and Podiatry has always been in my life and my passion has given me great knowledge to be able to treat my patients to get them back on their feet.