David Good visits Canada

In May 2016 I visited The Footcare Centre @ Niagara Falls over four fun packed days.

In this time my main objective was to see the differences between how the day to day running of the Weybridge Clinic differs from the Niagara Office.

The other objective set by the Directors Stuart Berry and Des Armstrong was to show me the best that the Toronto area has to offer.

The Canadian model for foot care within private practice is certainly different to our current set up and it has definitely given me ideas of some slight changes that could be implemented to make our practice more efficient so that more appointments can be made available to our patients. Currently this is certainly necessary as we are running at 94% capacity!

The majority of our patients that have routine podiatry will remain unaffected by the changes ahead.

Now…….onto the much more fun objective of seeing what Des and Stuart’s backyard has to offer.

rainbowOn Friday evening after clinic we drove down to Niagara Falls which was absolutely beautiful and breath-taking. Once the site of the enormity of the power of water had reduced it was time to hop aboard the Maid of the Mist to experience the spray first hand and I must say the poncho provided certainly didn’t cut it!!

mooseA day later after I had dried off, the obligatory shopping outlet had to be frequented. Following this we headed off to Niagara on the Lake where we visited 15 different vineyards sampling the best wine Canada had to offer and I must say it was impressive.

bluejaysSunday came and we got the double decker train into Toronto where we had a tour of the Blue Jays (baseball team) stadium and to kill time (and for no other reason) we then toured the local brewery before getting a lift up to the top of the CN tower where we ate in the revolving restaurant. The view whilst eating at 500 odd meters was incredible.

The last day was Monday in which I was back in clinic to assist Stuart just like the good old days before I then flew home.

It was an insightful, fun and eventful trip and I would like to thank Des and Stuart for being the perfect hosts.

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