FIRMER FOOT­ING PO­DI­A­TRY A FLEX­I­BLE, DI­VERSE CA­REER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Laura Tri­este MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 9, 2015

A STUB­BORN in­grown toe­nail turned out to be a piv­otal point in Laura Rab­johns choos­ing her ca­reer path.

As an 18-year-old think­ing about life af­ter school, she was im­pressed by the work of the po­di­a­trist who helped fix the prob­lem.

“I thought ‘you do surgery, you have got your own prac­tice, you work your own hours’,” Ms Rab­johns said.

She re­turned there to ask for a job af­ter com­plet­ing a univer­sity de­gree in po­di­a­try.

“Even now I’m still learn­ing so much,” Ms Rab­johns said.

“There’s al­ways new re­search and tech­nolo­gies so you’ve got to keep up to date.”

Af­ter years work­ing in pri­vate clin­ics across Syd­ney, Ms Rab­johns opened her prac­tice Per­for­mance Po­di­a­try with clin­ics in the city CBD and Dar­linghurst.

“I love that I’ve got flex­i­bil­ity with my timetable and pick my own hours,” she said.

Her days are filled with ev­ery­thing from nail surgery, sports in­juries, help­ing chil­dren de­velop and vis­it­ing el­derly peo­ple.

“Get­ting peo­ple out of pain is the best part,” she said.

“I had a high school nurse thank me the other day and say ‘I can now stand in the shower with­out pain’.”

While she deals with many peo­ple em­bar­rassed to take their shoes off, Ms Rab­johns said she has be­come im­mune to all sights and smells.

“The first time I watched an in­jec­tion of lo­cal anaes­thetic, I fainted,” she said.

“Over time, that squeamish­ness goes away.”

There are also many times when she comes across peo­ple a lit­tle too at ease with show­ing their foot prob­lems.

“It’s when you are at an event and tell peo­ple you are a po­di­a­trist and they put their feet on the ta­ble,” she said.

Ms Rab­johns said good com­mu­ni­ca­tion and prob­lem solv­ing skills are nec­es­sary for any­one look­ing to be­come a po­di­a­trist.

“Find a men­tor – some­one who is pas­sion­ate about what they do – and learn from them,” she said.

Pic­ture: CRAIG WIL­SON

Laura Rab­johns in her Per­for­mance Po­di­a­try clinic in Hen­grove Hall.

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