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 Chelin DPM, FAAAFAS, DAAPM, FFPM RCPS (Glas)
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.
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
Connie M., Office Administrator
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. Connie's experience as office administrator will make your visit to our office a productive and a positive experience.
Gail, Podiatric/Administrative Assistant
Gail has been a member of the Durham Family Footcare Clinic & Wellness Centre team since September 2019. She brings her expertise in Human Resources and Organizational Management from her previous work place experience. Gail is a people’s person and genuinely loves working with all the patients who come to our clinic. Gail will greet you, bring you into the treatment room and prepare you for your foot care services. She enjoys golfing and spending quality time with her husband, children and of course Gizmo, rescue chihuahua with attitude!
Cheryl L., Podiatric Assistant
Cheryl joined our team in March 2017 after moving to Oshawa. She previously worked for a podiatric clinic in Toronto and brings her vast experience as one of the office's podiatric assistants. You will likely meet her on Monday and Wednesdays. Cheryl spends her spare time carrying out home renovations and repairs for single women, friends and family.
Lisa H., Podiatric Assistant
As a podiatry assistant Lisa has been an integral part of the Durham Family Foot Care Clinic for over 13 years. Her vast experience and knowledge in the foot care industry makes her a valuable team member. Lisa's smile and laugh always makes people enjoy their appointment with our clinic. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.