The highly-trained, compassionate staff at Durham Family Footcare Clinic & Wellness Centre can help you on your journey to foot health through an impressive range of services. To schedule an appointment, call us today!
Robert C. Chelin, D.P.M., F.A.A.F.A.S., D.A.A.P.M.
Robert Chelin is past president and current chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) and is a current Board member of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA).
Robert received his doctorate degree from the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (SCPM) in Chicago, Illinois in 1982 and has been providing podiatric services to the residents of Ontario for over 32 years in his Durham Region and Toronto offices.
His mandate at his practice, where he is the co-owner and co-clinical director, is to “reduce pain, increase function and improve the foot’s appearance.” He maintains an interest in the cosmetic enhancement and improvement of the functioning foot.
Robert’s mandate has led him to attain and develop specific training and skills in minimal incision/traumatic foot surgery to correct bunions, hammertoes, corns and ingrown toenails, as well as surgical skills in the correction of hyperpronation and flat feet utilizing sub-talar joint implants. Robert terms this procedure the “internal orthotic.”
Just a few of the other services his clinic provides include: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for the treatment of chronic heel pain, prescription foot orthosis using the recently introduced 3-D optical scanners for the correction of bio-mechanical imbalances and the latest imaging techniques using x-ray and fluoroscopic image capture.
Robert is also the clinical director of the “Designer Feet Boutique,” where his team of licensed estheticians provide hygienic podiatric medical pedicures (medi-pedi) using the safest nail care products. His clinic’s massage therapy treatments not only relax patients but also can improve the blood flow to the lower extremity.
Robert has volunteered his time as a clinician at the Princess Margaret's 60km walk for Breast Cancer on a yearly basis. By providing clinical care to the walkers with his colleagues, he has helped many participants reach their goal. Robert has also been instrumental in getting the Special Olympics "Fit Feet" screening program off the ground in Canada. Robert feels by doing these foot screenings, he has been able to identify a significant amount of foot pathology that has been undetected and untreated in individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Stephen Parker, D.Ch.
Stephen spent his childhood in Roseneath, Ontario and grew up playing organized sports in Cobourg. He attended the prestigious Michener Institute in Toronto, where he graduated with his Diploma of Chiropody in 1998. After graduation he took a leadership role within his profession as a Clinical Instructor for the Ontario Chiropody program. He currently balances his practice between the Durham Family Footcare Clinic & Wellness Centre and the Cobourg Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic.
Stephen’s professional interests lie in orthotics and biomechanics. He uses a sagital plane biomechanics-based approach to ensure optimal performance and fit. Away from work, he resides in Cobourg, where he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his son in hockey and lacrosse, and golfing with friends.
Scott Howson, R.M.T.
Scott, a Registered Massage Therapist, graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy. Scott has been in practice in the Whitby area for 18 years. He provides a range of treatments: deep sports massage, migraine, pain management and pregnancy massage.
Julie Hardy, Licensed Esthetician
Julie started in the esthetic field in 1993 and in 1999 graduated with an International Diploma, which offered advanced knowledge in skin care, anatomy and physiology. Julie’s goal is to educate all patients on what she has been fortunate enough to learn on her journey in the esthetic field. She has a wealth of knowledge and talent and loves to share it with her patients. Julie offers pedicure, manicures and waxing in her beautiful spa room at the Durham Family Footcare Clinic & Wellness Centre. Her treatments are top-notch and follow all the same sterilization methods as the foot care practitioners.
Meet Our Staff
Robin H., Office Manager
Lisa H., Podiatric Assistant
Connie M., Podiatric Assistant
Connie graduated with honours in Health Office Administration from Career Canada College in Toronto in 2002. She then went on to join a very busy podiatry practice in Toronto in 2003. After five years she left podiatry to start her family and now resides in Whitby. In 2014 her eagerness to reconnect with the podiatry world was just what the doctor ordered and she joined the Durham Family Footcare Centre.