Behind the mask – Ollie Taylor tells the story of how he became Harris & Ross Podiatrist / Chiropodist ….
“A lot of my family are in medicine – Doctors and so on. I’ve therefore always been interested in medical careers but also always been passionate about sport.
I ran a lot when I was younger, and had a few issues – I went to see a Podiatrist (before I even knew what a Podiatrist was!) and found the biomechanical side of things and how we move, really interesting. It was therefore natural I began to look into physiotherapy and Podiatry as possible career options. It seemed a natural avenue to pursue and so I did.
I graduated from UCLAN with a degree in Sports Psychology in 2008, however I didn’t really use it and after a couple of years working at Chester University in IT support roles, I returned to education to study Podiatry at the University of Salford. I graduated with a first class (Hons) degree in 2014.
I then worked in a variety of private practices, working with everyone from elite athletes to children enjoying sport for the first time. A Post Grad Certificate in Podiatric Sports Medicine from Queen Mary University London makes me one of only a handful of podiatrists in the country with this qualification. This has allowed me to gain experience in diagnostic ultrasound, injection therapy, rehabilitation and orthotic therapy as part of any treatment plan. I joined Harris & Ross in May 2019 and for me, the best thing about the job is meeting a variety of people from all walks of life. I have a particular interest in running injuries, assessing individuals biomechanics and how this can be a factor in injury development.
What do I do for fun? Well I enjoy the gym, running, and hiking, but also love going out for meals with friends and family.
The best thing about lockdown was spending more time with the wife. The worst thing about lockdown….. was spending so much time with the wife! Hahaha – just kidding – it was losing any kind of socialising. Tough times.”
BSc (Hons) – Podiatry
PGCert – Podiatric Sports Medicine
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