Our Team2024-06-20T11:57:38-04:00

Meet our Team

Delivering on the Promise of Exceptional Footcare for All Ages. We believe in providing professional service with a personal focus. Our greatest strength is our team. Together, we embrace a culture of excellence and fulfill our commitment to be the best and offer the best to every patient every day. We like that.

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We welcome you to experience the family-friendly atmosphere and culture of personal attention from professionals who care. The Oakville Foot Clinic offers the best in footcare, equipment and environmentally conscious surroundings.

J. Richard Werkman

D.Ch., B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine (Registered Chiropodist)

J. Richard Werkman, D.Ch., B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM), The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) and The Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to being registered for routine and specialized footcare, Rick completed his B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine with electives focusing on the areas of Sports Medicine and Injuries, Microbiology and Podopharmacology. Rick is also Licensed for Nail Surgery, Local Anesthesia, and Injections to the foot.

J. Richard Werkman has been a part of the profession since 1991 and in private practice full time since June 2000. Rick has earned a reputation for excellence and is recommended by many physicians and others in the health care community. He provides exceptional foot care to everyone from the young to the elderly and professional athletes to active individuals. Rick is also skilled at providing care to individuals of all abilities.

Credentials/Certification

  • University of Sunderland, England –B.Sc (Podiatric Medicine)
  • Toronto Institute of Medical Technology (Michener Institute of Applied Sciences) Chiropody ProgramFirst graduation class for soft tissue surgery and local
  • anesthetics.
  • Ontario Chiropody Program Certified in Local Anesthesia and Nail Surgery
  • The Michener Institute – Local Anesthesia and Injections for Chiropodist (2013)
  • The Michener Institute – Pharmacology for Chiropodist (2010)
  • Awards – Ontario Society of Chiropodists
  • The Molly McCartney Award
  • First-Year Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Second-Year Award for Clinical Excellence

Professional Presentations:

  • Expert Panel Member at the 2019 Ontario Society of Chiropodists’ Conference
  • Canadian Health Care Anti-fraud Association (CHCAA) 2017 – 2018 and 2015 Annual Conference. Educator and Board Member on behalf of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists
  • Pri-Med Canada (formerly Primary Care Today) 2017. Educator and Board Member on behalf of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists

Continuous Learning:

  • Annual Heart & Stroke – Basic Life Support (BLS) (CPR and AED) recertification
  • Annually attends CPR (C) recertification

Studies

  • Annual Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (2004 – 2016, 2019, 2020)
  • Injection Workshop (2022)
  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) Annual Conference (2016 – 2024)
  • Swift Microwave Therapy Certification (2019)
  • Dermatology From the Knee Down – Valeant Canada (2016)
  • Canadian Association of Wound Care – Advances for the Management of Diabetic Foot Complications (2016)
  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) Surgical Skills Seminar (2013, 2015)
  • HPRAC & Practice Management Workshop (2014)
  • Local Anesthesia and Injections for Chiropodists – The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences (2013)
  • Pharmacology for Chiropodists – The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences (2011)
  • CFPM & AAPPM Practice Management Seminar – CFPM (2010)
  • Forefoot Cadaver Surgery – The Podiatry Institute (2009)
  • Biomechanics of the Foot and Lower Extremities – CFPM (2009)
  • Paris Laboratory Orthotic Seminar (2009)
  • Furthering his degree – B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine-University of Sunderland (2008)
  • Low-Intensity Laser Therapy
  • Podiatry Conference at Sea (2007)
  • Diabetic Neuropathic Foot, Dr. J. Contreras-Ruiz, M.D (2005)
  • Foot Biomechanics & Orthotic Therapy – PFOLA (2004)
  • Challenges in the lower extremities – Langer Inc. (2004)
  • 78th Ontario Podiatric Medical Association Convention (2002)
  • The Challenge of the Diabetic Foot – AOFAS (2000)

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM)
  • The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC)
  • The Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Committees and Administrative Appointments

  • Board of Directors: The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC)

Kelley North

D.Ch.

Kelley (nee: Johnston) North is a former Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is a podiatric assistant member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM).

Kelley has been a part of the chiropody and podiatry profession since 1990 and was working in publicly funded chiropody clinics from 1990-1998. When the Ministry of Health closed these clinics, Kelley decided to change pace and joined the airline industry. However, feet were still her passion, and she returned to the profession by joining our team. Rick and Kelley started working together at the Welland Hospital in 1990, where Rick was one of her clinical students.

Credentials

  • Toronto Institute of Medical Technology (Michener Institute of Applied Sciences) Chiropody Program (1990)
  • St. John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid – CPR C & AED training

Studies

  • Swift Microwave Therapy Certification (2019)
  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine Conference (2018)
  • 15th Annual Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (2014)
  • SIGVARIS – Certified Fitter (April 2014)
  • 14th Annual Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (2013)

Kaitlin V. Boven

B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatry, M.Sc. Diabetes (Registered Chiropodist)

Kaitlin Boven, B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatry, is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, the United Kingdom HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) and Ontario Society of Chiropodist (OSC).

Kaitlin has also achieved her license for nail surgery and local anesthesia. She has completed her Honours degree at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and has completed her MSc Diabetes.

Credentials

  • Queen Margaret University, Scotland – MSc Diabetes with Merit Studies (2017)
    • Dissertation: A Randomized Control Trial Comparing Conventional Total Contact Casting, Cushion-Modified Total Contact Casting and Removable Cast Walker in Healing Efficiency in Diabetic Neuropathic Foot Ulcers: An Extended Research Proposal
  • Certified in Local Anesthesia and Nail Surgery
  • Queen Margaret University, Scotland – B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatry – 4 Year Hons (2015)

Continuous Learning

  • Annual Heart & Stroke – Basic Life Support (BLS) (CPR and AED) recertification
  • Annual First Aid CPR (HCP) recertification

Studies

  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) Annual Conference (2017 – 2024)
  • Injection Workshop (2022)
  • Needling for Verrucae Certificate (2021)
  • Swift Microwave Therapy Certification (2019)
  • The Wound Care Certificate: Update for Chiropodists (2018)
  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine Conference (2018)
  • Queen Margaret University, Scotland – MSc Diabetes (2017)
    • Dissertation: A Randomized Control Trial Comparing Conventional Total Contact Casting, Cushion-Modified Total Contact Casting and Removable Cast Walker in Healing Efficiency in Diabetic Neuropathic Foot Ulcers: An Extended Research Proposal
  • Canadian Association of Wound Care – Advances for the Management of Diabetic Foot Complications (2016).
  • Total Contact Casting System Training – A casting technique for weight distribution to promote healing of diabetic foot ulcers (2016).
  • Queen Margaret University, Scotland – Degree of Bachelor of Science Podiatry – 4 years Hons (2015)
  • 21st Annual Canadian Association of Wound Care Conference (2015)
  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) Surgical Skills Seminar (2015)

Memberships:

  • Canadian Association of Wound Care
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM)
  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC)

Stephen Witiuk

B.A. Kin., D.Ch. (Registered Chiropodist)

Stephen Witiuk, B.A. Kin., D.Ch. is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) and The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC).

Stephen completed his Chiropody training at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and has diverse experience with clients from all walks of life.

Stephen’s interest in podiatric medicine began after he sustained an ankle injury while playing Jr. hockey. Many sports medicine specialists supported the extensive rehabilitation process Stephen endured. Because of this, he was able to establish his understanding of interdisciplinary medicine and appreciate the many aspects involved in successful rehabilitation. This captivated Stephen and sparked his interest in the science of the lower limb and foot. Years later, Stephen has successfully grown from this experience to provide outstanding patient-centered care.

Stephen is available to assess and treat disorders and diseases of the lower limb and foot. He has experience working with acute and chronic conditions, including biomechanical concerns and orthotic therapy, sports injuries, ingrown toenails, resistant wart treatments, general foot pain, nail and skin concerns, pediatric or congenital conditions, and routine nail care. Stephen is also Licensed for Nail Surgery, Local Anesthesia, and Injections into the foot.
When Stephen isn’t working at the clinic, he continues to enjoy playing hockey and spending time with his family and his two pups. He is also an avid golfer who is always looking to get out for his next round.

Credentials/Certification

  • Wilfred Laurier University – B.A. Kin. (2015)
  • The Michener Institute at UHN – D.Ch. (2018)
  • Certified in Local Anesthesia and Nail Surgery

Awards

  • Recipient of the Dr. Brian Brodie Research Award – Awarded by the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (2018)

Continuous Learning:

  • Annually attends CPR (C) re-certification

Studies

  • Ontario Society of Chiropodist (OSC) Conference (2018, 2019)
  • Swift Microwave Therapy Certification (2019)
  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) Conference (2018)

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM)
  • The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC)

Vanessa Pontet

B.Sc.(Hon), D.Ch. (Registered Chiropodist)

Vanessa Pontet, B. Sc (Hon), D. Ch. is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) and The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC).

Vanessa Pontet graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996 with a B.Sc (Hons) and has completed her Chiropody training at The Michener Institute. Vanessa has been a part of the chiropody profession since 1997.

Vanessa began working at OTMH for the first five years of her chiropody career. In this clinical setting, she built up vast amounts of experience from treating a diverse patient population and was an integral member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. She routinely provided diabetic footcare talks in the diabetic center as well as diabetic foot screenings.

After her time at OTMH, Vanessa decided to focus on her private practice and has been providing exceptional footcare for over 22 years. She excels in delivering the utmost care to her patients and is committed to determining their treatment plans to ensure peak mobility. Vanessa has also been part of the Runner’s Goals professional care team for almost 20 years. She enjoys the challenge of keeping many of her patients, elite athletes, in their best possible shape for their training and sporting events.

Continuing education is important to Vanessa, so she annually attends Podiatric conferences to keep up to date on the advances in the podiatric field.

Vanessa is available to assess and treat sports-related injuries, various other foot-related issues, including ingrown toenails and plantar warts, and provide custom, prescription orthotics. She is passionate about foot care and displays an attention to detail for each of her patients. Vanessa enjoys the challenge of delivering the best possible care to relieve pain and prevent it from reoccurring.

Credentials/Certification

  • University of Toronto– B.Sc (Hons)
  • Michener Institute of Applied Sciences Chiropody Program
  • Ontario Chiropody Program Certified in Local Anesthesia and Nail Surgery
  • Certified Sigvaris Compression Therapy Fitter

Continuous Learning:

  • Annual Heart & Stroke – Basic Life Support (BLS) (CPR and AED) recertification
  • Annual CPR (C) re-certification

Studies

  • Annual Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine Conferences (1999 – present)
  • Biannual University of Toronto Foot & Ankle Symposium (1997 – present)
  • Dermatology – Valeant Canada (2014)
  • Dermascope Dermatology Conference (2015)
  • Canadian Association of Wound Care – Advances for the Management of Diabetic Foot Complications (2001)
  • Midwestern Podiatry Conference – Chicago (2011 – 2013)
  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) Annual Conferences (1997 – present)
  • Forefoot Cadaver Surgery – The University of Toronto (2002 – 2006)
  • Biomechanics of the Foot and Lower Extremities – CFPM (1997 – present)
  • Paris Laboratory Orthotic Seminars
  • Low-Intensity Laser Therapy MedX
  • Swifter Laser Certification (2021)

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM)
  • The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC)

Languages

  • Vanessa is fluent in Spanish

Lauren Wilkins

B.Kin., D.Ch (Registered Chiropodist)

Lauren is a graduate of The Michener Institute Chiropody’s program and has earned an advanced graduate diploma in Chiropody. She is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.

Throughout her time at Michener, Lauren worked in various clinics ranging from private to community health care clinics in Toronto. Lauren gained experience in diabetic nail care, wound care, wart treatments, biomechanics, injections and soft tissue surgery. Lauren has been working at Werkman, Boven as a chiropody assistant and is excited to continue to be part of the team.

When away from the clinic, Lauren enjoys spending time at the cottage, on the beach or on the golf course. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family & dog!

Lauren has registered with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is excited to dive headfirst into her career in Chiropody.

Credentials & Certification

  • Completed her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology at The University of Toronto (2019) 
  • Completed the Advanced Graduate Diploma in Chiropody at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN (2022)

Studies

  • SIGVARIS Compression Fitter Certification (2022)
  • Swift Microwave Therapy Certification (2021)

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC)

Vicki

Director, Clinic Support & Patient Representative, Certified Compression Fitter

Vicki is a dedicated and organized office manager passionate about streamlining operations and creating a productive work environment. Vicki ensures the clinic runs smoothly and the chiropodists have full schedules, among other things. She has been doing so since Rick started his practice in Hamilton in June of 2000.

Along with her history at Werkman, Boven & Associates, previously J. Richard Werkman Chiropody, she also consults for The Bridge Network – a patient management software company for the dental and chiropody fields. This experience allows her to see different clinics, study divergent office policies and procedures, and bring knowledge and expertise to the practice.

In her spare time, Vicki enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Credentials

  • CFPM (Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine) Board Member. (2010 – 2018)
  • CFPM (Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine) Board liaison for Podiatric Assistants (2014 – 2018)
  • ODN & AA – Dental Assisting. (1988)

Work Experience

  • Certified Tracker Trainer 2006–Present
  • Ontario Account Manager–Chiropodists 2007–Present
  • Chiropody Practice Partner 1999-Present
  • Dental Office Manager 1992-1997
  • Dental Receptionist/Assistant 1985-1999

Continuous Learning

  • Annual Heart & Stroke – Basic Life Support (BLS) (CPR and AED) recertification
  • Annual St. John’s Ambulance  Emergency First Aid recertification
  • Annually attends ODA exhibitors booth with The Bridge Network-Practice

Studies

  • Annual Conference with the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (2023, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
  • SIGVARIS – Certified Fitter (February 2010)
  • Diabetic Neuropathic Foot, Dr. J. Contreras-Ruiz, M.D (2005)
  • 78th Ontario Podiatric Medical Association Convention (2002)

Professional Presentations

  • Annual Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine – Ottawa, November 10, 2015

Kaitlyn

Clinical Chiropody Assistant, Certified Compression Fitter

Born and raised in Burlington, Kaitlyn graduated from Mohawk College in 2017. During her studies, she became a shift manager at McDonald’s for seven years, where her excellent customer service and organizational skills contributed significantly to her success.

Kaitlyn joined the Werkman, Boven & Associates team in August 2018 as a Clinical Chiropody Assistant. She ensures an organized and efficient flow of patients in and out of our clinic.

Outside of working at the clinic, Kaitlyn enjoys watching movies, going out with friends, and also staying in with her two cats.

Jackie

Patient Representative, Certified Compression Fitter

Jackie earned her Medical Administration diploma from Westervelt College in 2010. With over 10 years of experience in clinical settings, Jackie efficiently coordinates patient care at Werkman, Boven and Associates.

Jackie’s exceptional customer service skills help assist clients at the reception desk, both within the office and over the phone. She is always willing to greet someone with a friendly hello and warm smile, and she strives to ensure a welcoming and positive clinic experience.

Outside the office, Jackie is most proud of her supportive and loving family. She has a passion for gardening and enjoys putting her two green thumbs to work.

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