Graduating from University of South Australia in 1998, Darren initially began his career as podiatrist the following year in private practice following a move to Newcastle. While completing his degree on a part-time basis on account of sporting commitments, he was able to use his time away from University to do a varied range of placements outside his University commitments with some of Adelaide’s leading Podiatrists, contacts that have been continued through both post-graduate studies at UniSA and regular attendance at national and state conferences.
In 2003, Darren established Total Podiatry Solutions in Adamstown with his colleague, Susan Reid, whilst also spending 2 years working in the public sector at the Royal Newcastle Hospital, including time at the Diabetes High Risk foot clinic. Around that time, he also spent time as a director of the NSW Podiatry Association, where key achievements included negotiating a major reworking of the legislation affecting NSW podiatrists.
Darren has since returned to Total Podiatry Solutions full-time, where he enjoys the diversity of caseload that private practice offers, with key areas of interest in sports and neuromuscular disorders affecting the feet and lower limbs.
Outside of work, Darren has previously spent his time as a senior rowing coach for Newcastle Grammar School. More recently, and since becoming married and a father of two children, he can frequently be found indulging in his other two loves of cycling and running outside of work.
Susan arrived in Newcastle in 1997 after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry) degree in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology. She worked under Allen Boys, a well known Newcastle Podiatrist for 6 years prior to making the move over to Total Podiatry Solutions in Adamstown where she has been working part-time since it's inception in 2003.
Susan builds a strong rapport with all her patients, many of which still attend regularly after 14 years! She is conscious of adhering to evidence based approaches to Podiatry and spends significant time keeping up to date with recent research in best practice for all related fields. Her special interests lie within Podopaediatrics, helping children with their foot issues, be it painful plantar wart or significant biomechanical problems requiring custom orthoses or footwear assessments.
In her down time, Susan is a passionate urban farmer with an extensive vege patch, chickens and a beehive to keep her busy.
Samantha is a local Novocastrian whom completed her Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of Newcastle's Ourimbah Campus. She was inspired to complete her Podiatry degree after having grown up around her grandparents Bootmaker/Shoe Shop at Hamilton.
Samantha joined Total Podiatry Solutions in January 2011 and is a valued member of our team. She enjoys all aspects of Podiatry but to her credit she is a popular choice for routine General Foot Care and Diabetic Foot Assessments. Samantha loves the feeling of being able to improve her patients lives and helping them maintain mobility and independence.
Samantha also enjoys a good conversation and hearing her patients stories and travel adventures. Outside of Podiatry, Samantha has 3 children and a husband to keep her busy.