Simone McConnie (Lorde) - Podiatrist
Simone was motivated to be a Podiatrist as an opportunity to enter a field with a new scope adding a new dimension of treatment to her Country. Part of that included the ability to help diabetic feet. Trained in the UK, Simone has been working in Barbados since 1994. Not only does she hold a degree in Podiatric Medicine but earned her MBA from Durham University in 2011.
Therefore she brings a business and professional element of expertise to the clinic. Her main clinical interest is diabetes and sports. Her love for the diabetic foot grew after her training at the Diabetic Foot Clinic at King College Hospital, London, UK back in 1993. This paved the way for her to become intimately involved in various projects related to promotion, education and change in diabetes care. Whilst pioneering a new profession in Barbados she never lost focus on diabetes. She went on to do specialist training in the field and has done extensive work with the International Working Group on the Diabetic foot in association with the Rotary Club of Ledbury, UK and local Rotary Club of Barbados South in implementing the “step by step” programme across the region. A founding member and Trustee at the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, located at the Maria Holder Diabetes Center for the Caribbean, she is continuing her work with a local team of Podiatrist to establish the first Diabetic Foot clinic in Barbados under the roof of the Center. She continues to represent Barbados on the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) and most recently became a member of an International working group for strengthening the Podiatry profession Internationally under the auspices of her International professional body The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP).
Amor Forde – Podiatrist
Personable and enthusiastic, Ms. Amor Forde is a member of the Comfeet Footcare team, joining in 2013. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatry and a Masters of Science degree in Podiatry with a concentration in diabetes, both at the University of Brighton. Amor is a qualified podiatrist and a member of the UK based Health and Care Professions Council and College of Podiatry.
Amor’s entry into podiatry was driven by her concern about the alarming number of diabetes-related amputations in Barbados and its impact on the most vulnerable in the society. Since being qualified, her commitment to improving the quality of life for diabetic patients is not limited to Barbados. Aside from educational outreach locally, she has taken part in limb salvage programs in Belize and is a member of the D-foot International initiative, which unites practitioners interested in diabetic foot preservation globally.
Initially gaining experience while working on placements throughout southeast England and at the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, she has blossomed in her professional development since being a part of the podiatric team at Comfeet Footcare Clinic. She strives to be a well-rounded practitioner by continuously honing her clinical skills as well as reflecting upon and attending seminars on contemporary research in lower limb assessment, pathology and treatment techniques.