About the Medical Clinic
At Podiatry & Wellness Clinic, we offer a wide range of head-to-toe treatments to the local community, including podiatry, acupuncture, physiotherapy, sports massage, hydrotherm massage, holistic massage and reflexology.
With over 50 years of combined experience, our therapists treat all their patients with compassion and kindness, so you’ll be in safe hands with our experienced professionals.
Treatments available in Polegate & Burwash, East Sussex
Our expert podiatrist and founder of Podiatry & Wellness Clinic, Lorraine Humphrey, has provided high-quality treatments to hundreds of patients across East Sussex with a wide range of different foot issues, from ingrown toenails and verrucae to plantar fasciitis and corns/callus. Lorraine also works closely with practitioners in other medical disciplines to ensure her patients get the best care possible, including fast access to antibiotics, pain relief, other prescription medicines, and laboratory tests. Lorraine attends regular training courses and branch meetings for CPD to ensure she keeps up to date with the latest advances in podiatry.
Lorraine’s career with feet began in 2001 when she studied reflexology at the Association of Reflexology in London. She then wanted to take her training further afield and studied Podiatry at the University of Brighton in 2009. During this time, she also worked at Lewisham Hospital, practicing podiatry on a wide range of patients.
Graduating in 2012 with a BSc (hons) degree in Podiatry, she went on to open her own successful business, Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic in March 2013. As well as working with hundreds of patients in Polegate, Lorraine also opened a small clinic in Burwash where she continues to work every Tuesday. Lorraine decided in 2018 that this wasn’t enough so she volunteered for St John Ambulance in Brighton and Hove, offering podiatry to the homeless people in need. She then went on to win the Argos Award for Achievement for her volunteer work with the team at St John Ambulance.
In 2019, Lorraine relocated and opened her new business, Podiatry & Wellness Clinic, where she now works with Ellie Reeder, Rebecca Love, Nicky Yates and John Privett, providing a range of services to the local community. Lorraine is also the lead podiatrist at the Priory Psychiatric Hospital in Heathfield where she has gained a brilliant understanding of mental health.
Rebecca Love studied at the University of Brighton for her degree in Podiatry, then worked for the NHS for several years, before deciding to work abroad.
Rebecca went on to work in hospitals in Singapore, dealing with diabetes, and working with national service personnel with biomechanical issues. An opportunity then arose to work in New Zealand, initially in the private sector, and then the public health service.
Rebecca’s experience has given her a wide range of skills that cover general care, diabetes, nail surgery and biomechanics. Extra studies in foot mobilisation and postural work have helped with her expertise in biomechanics.
Rebecca takes a keen interest in continuing to learn about general health and looking for causative factors in foot health issues. Rebecca currently works with us every Wednesday and also offers biomechanical assessments, along with routine podiatry and nail surgery.
Ellie Reeder graduated from the University of Brighton with a 1st Class Honours degree in Podiatry, and was awarded The Podiatry Student Founders Award 2020. Whilst completing her training, Ellie worked alongside Lorraine at Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic in 2015 and 2016, gaining invaluable experience in private podiatry care. She is also currently pursuing a career in NHS Podiatry, with the aim of specialising in diabetes and wound care.
Ellie has a wide range of skills in all areas of podiatry, favouring verrucae, corns/callus, and the effects of chronic health conditions on the foot. Ellie is a great asset to our team and works with us on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays. .
Nicky Yates offers holistic and individualised acupuncture treatments at Podiatry & Wellness Clinic. She studied for three years at the International College of Oriental Medicine gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC), the largest UK regulatory body for professional acupuncturists.
Nicky is also an ITEC qualified massage therapist, and is pleased to offer the innovative Hydrotherm Massage which is a unique all-over body massage where you relax on warm water cushions and remain face up throughout the entire treatment. She also offers Holistic Massage and Indian Head Massage.
John Privett is a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist currently working within the NHS alongside the independent sector. John is able to assess and treat a multitude of different musculoskeletal pathologies using high level skills gained throughout his career.
John uses an array of techniques including exercise, manual therapy and sports massage to deliver appropriate and effective individualised treatment plans. He is passionate about delivering a high standard of care to all his patients and attends regular training to continually further his knowledge, and maintain up to date with current research within the profession.
John gained his BSc (Hons) Degree in physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). John is also a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).
John is a great asset to our team, and works with us every Friday morning between 7am-12pm.
Aaron Knowles, who specialises in tissue viability and lymphoedema, attends Podiatry & Wellness Clinic once a month as a guest podiatrist.
Aaron completed his podiatry training at the University of Brighton with Lorraine in 2009-2012 and went straight into wound care services specialising in the diabetic foot. Over the years this developed into general lower limb wounds including upskilling in advanced bandaging techniques, pressure relief including offloading of the foot, martini style slipper cast/heel cast, biomechanics and advanced debridement.
During this time, he often encountered lymphoedema in the limbs so has completed a further training course in specialist lymphoedema treatment of the whole body. He took to this new area of treatment well and has since become one of the Lymphoedema Training Academy trainers and promotes/provides training for all health care professionals in lymphoedema and lipoedema while leading the lymphoedema service locally.
Aaron takes a special interest in biomechanics, nail surgery and advanced podiatry techniques.