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Our Podiatrists


Georgina Tay

Director & Senior Podiatrist

BSc. Hons. Salford (UK)

Member of UK HCPC and the Podiatry Association of Singapore

 

Georgina moved from the United Kingdom to Singapore in 2012 to work for SGH. She received her Podiatry training from the University of Salford, Manchester, who use state of the art equipment and techniques to treat the lower limbs. During her studies and work in the UK she excelled in Nail Surgery, Foundation Medicine, Chronic Disease Foot Care & Prescription Medicine. Previously Georgina ran clinics in the U.K. NHS, Singapore Tertiary Hospital and Singapore Polyclinic. Rheumatology and Paediatric Podiatry Care is close to Georgina’s heart. Prevention is at the forefront of Georgina’s clinical practice.

 

Dr Michael Lai previously mentored and trained Georgina in SGH whilst serving as Principal Podiatrist before joining East Coast Podiatry Centre.  Dr Lai is Singapore’s first and only Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, a U.S trained foot and ankle surgeon.

 

Georgina is experienced in:

  • Nail Surgery and Nail Conditions
  • Orthotics (medical grade shoe insoles)
  • Paediatric Lower Limb Problems
  • Outpatient Biomechanics
  • High Risk Foot and Wound Care
  • Endocrine, Orthopaedic and Vascular lower limb problems
  • Rheumatology & Auto-Immunology (ARC)

Georgina strongly believes that education is an integral key to healing a patient’s lower limb problem, for this reason she regularly writes articles and produces videos for public awareness. She also partakes in Podiatry Awareness Talks, Booths and Sessions, aiming to sprout a wealth of knowledge to the public regarding lower limb problems. Georgina is dedicated to podiatry and works tirelessly to enhance the growth of podiatric services in Singapore. She founded and owns East Coast Podiatry Centre and Orchard Clinic, located in the center of Orchard Road. Georgina is a permanent resident here in Singapore after marrying a local Singaporean and has there after lost her English Accent as she became localized. East Coast Podiatry Centre operates three main clinics with full services in Orchard, Novena and East Coast.

Michael Lai, DPM

Principal Podiatrist

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. NYPCM (USA)

Member of the Podiatry Association of Singapore

 

Dr. Lai is currently practicing in Singapore as its first and only USA-trained Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).  He graduated in 1999 from the prestigious New York College of Podiatric Medicine (http://www.nycpm.edu) located in Manhattan, New York.  From 1999 to 2007, he worked as a resident doctor in various major hospital in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; Dr. Lai worked and trained alongside other doctors in various medical and surgical departments, while also specializing in podiatry.

 

Dr. Lai had spent his residency rotating through the Foot Clinics of New York, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centre, and the VA New Jersey Health Care System (federal medical centre for military veterans).  He was also a podiatric surgery fellow under distinguished clinical professors who taught at the Yale University

School of Medicine.

 

From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Lai served as the Senior Podiatrist, then Principal Podiatrist at Singapore General Hospital’s Podiatry Department (https://www.sgh.com.sg).  He had received multiple SGH service quality awards and recognitions, appeared in TV and radio interviews, written articles on foot health for Singaporean newspapers, and lectured at healthcare conferences.

 

From 2015 onwards, Dr. Lai has been the Principal Podiatrist at East Coast Podiatry Centre, bringing his clinical and professional experience to guide our team of foot specialists.

Abdullah Sani Kamis

Senior Podiatrist

MSc (UK), BSc (Hons) (UK), MFPM RCPS (Glasg)

Member of UK HCPC

 

Sani is a UK registered podiatrist with over 10 years clinical and research experience within the areas of lower limb and rheumatology. Sani obtained his pre-registration clinical training at the Leaf Hospital, Eastbourne followed by various NHS clinical placements around London and the South-east UK including King’s Diabetic Foot Clinic, University of London, UK.

 

Sani maintains a keen interests in rheumatology and podo-paediatrics (childrens feet). This interest has led him to pursue post-graduate specialisation in rheumatology and worked towards his doctoral study in rheumatology Podiatry. Sani in 2015 was accepted as a member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, a membership of world renowned Podiatric experts.

 

With passion in promoting general public foot health and the profession, Sani continues to promote awareness on the importance of maintaining healthy feet through regular foot health assessment by a qualified podiatrist especially those with chronic conditions. He believes regular foot health check able to minimise irreversible complications such as deformities and disabilities. From 2008, Sani has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific (Brunei) under the “Fit-Feet” programme to promote proper foot health among children with learning disabilities.

 

Sani has always love sunny Singapore, joining East Coast Podiatry and being a part of Singapore’s podiatry has been a dream come true for him. During his spare time, Sani also enjoys cooking and trying out various kinds of local food.

Louis Loy

Podiatrist

BSc. Hons. Brighton (UK)

Member of UK HCPC and the Podiatry Association of Singapore

 

Louis received his degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Brighton UK.

 

His clinical experience includes the King’s College Hospital, Surrey Community Hospital and Leaf Hospital in the UK and Orchard Clinic in Singapore where he worked closely with Mount Elizabeth Podiatry.

 

Louis now practices Podiatry at East Coast Podiatry Centre where he treats sees a variety of conditions of lower limb complications ranging from wounds to flat foot.

 

Louis’s deep interest in childrens’ foot conditions has led him to specialize in Podopaediatric care (children’s foot health). He believes that parents should pay more attention to their children’s foot health before complication arise later in life such as pes planus (flat feet), genu valgum(knock knees), genu varum(bow leg), metatarsus adductus (pigeon toes), toe walking and many more Podopaediatric complications.

 

Louis is a member of the Society of Chiropodist and Podiatrist UK which house a trade union for registered podiatrists.

 

He is also registered under the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK, a regulating body to assure the practitioners are genuine, meet the national standards to practice and protect the public.

Emily Mah

Podiatrist

BSc. Hons. Southampton (UK)

Member of UK HCPC and the Podiatry Association of Singapore

 

Emily graduated from the University of Southampton (UK). Upon receiving her Bachelors of Science, she was also awarded with First Class Honours alongside being a proud recipient of the Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Achievement, upholding this for two continuous years.

 

Emily received intensive training and ample work experience under United Kingdom’s public healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS). Through this, she has treated and diagnosed a wide spectrum of conditions.

 

She treats athletes, dancers and fitness enthusiasts, regardless of whether these physical activities are enjoyed recreationally or professionally. She is experienced with treating adults and children with injuries such as Achilles Tendinopathy, Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs and Shin Splints, as she herself sustained these injuries when she trained as a gymnast. She is aware that these pathologies are complex yet with perseverance, they can be resolved with the right treatment plans.

 

 

She is also passionate about pediatrics as she loves children. Emily believes that no child should grow up in pain. Having treated a vast number of children who have been experiencing tired and painful feet for many years of their lives, she advises parents to be actively attentive to their child’s feet. She constantly educates parents and provides advice that complaints of tiredness after walking short distances and the dislike in physical activity is not always due to laziness but possibly a foot-related problem.

 

During her personal time, Emily loves scuba diving and enjoys performing arts and musical theatre.

Kerry Z. Seaman

Podiatrist

BSc (Hons) Glasglow (UK)

Member of UK HCPC, SCPOD and the Podiatry Association of Singapore

 

Kerry received her Podiatric training at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. She first gained her professional experience in Private Practice in Glasgow, while volunteering with Special Olympics Ireland team for 2 years before moving to Singapore. During her studies and work in the UK she excelled within Podiatric Medicine: Biomechanics, Orthoses and Nail surgery.

 

Due to personal affiliation, Kerry took particular interest in diabetic conditions and podopaediatrics, as her Mum has diabetes Type 1 and she loves children with her young cousins back in Northern Ireland.

 

She represented her university in Bangladesh where she worked alongside health professionals at the local CRP (Centre for rehabilitation of the paralysed hospital). She gained great insight into Ponseti technique for Talipes equinovarus (club foot), Cerebral Palsy, Paediatrics and spinal cord injuries.

 

With experience within both NHS, private and the volunteer sector Kerry has an excellent exposure to all healthcare settings. She is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the UK and a registrant of the Health & Care Professions Council. She is an advocate and strong believer in continuous professional development. Her strong interest in evidence based practice means she is constantly developing new skills and expertise that enforces her to practice the most effective treatment for her patients.

 

She has a strong interest in Sports Medicine, with having a brother who has represented Ireland and Great Britain in Rowing. With treating his lower limb conditions and preventative care for competitions in Europe she has worked alongside many international athletes in Ireland and seeks to expand her area of expertise with moving to Asia.

 

Kerry has played a variety of sports including Badminton and Hockey. She also enjoys running, cooking and being outdoors, so Singapore is just what she needs!

Benedict Khoo

Podiatrist

BSc. (Hons). Aust. QUT

Member of the APodA (QLD), AAPSM and the Podiatry Association of Singapore

 

Benedict graduated with a Bachelor of Podiatry with honours from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He had several experiences in Brisbane, Australia, which includes working with Queensland health in the public sector and several podiatry clinics in the private sector.

 

Benedict knew about this profession through a friend while he was serving his national service as a combat with the Republic of Singapore Navy. He also noticed that there is an increasing rate of flat feet and foot problems among the people he knew they are not aware of podiatry and the conditions they treat. Hence, with his passion of healthcare and to raise more awareness of podiatry, Benedict chose to pursue a career in podiatry.

 

Benedict was also actively volunteering his podiatric services to the community back in Australia. He did foot screening services for the Aboriginals and the Torres Straits Islanders and as well as the Pacific islanders during the Aboriginals Health Check day. He also helped to raise awareness of the risk of falls in elderly by providing education to the healthcare staffs on how to prevent and manage a fall in a nursing home.

 

Benedict also have a keen interest in biomechanics and sports injuries. He believes that with the right shoes, orthotics and therapy needed, patients are able to recover quickly with the chances of injury reoccurring reduced. Benedict had also worked with several sports physicians and sports podiatrists in Australia.

 

Benedict is registered with the Podiatry Board of Australia as a podiatrist. He is a member of the Podiatry Association in Queensland, Australia and as well as a member of the Podiatry Association in Singapore.  He is also a member of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), an association which specialises in sports podiatry.

Ari Tria Dzulkifle

Podiatrist

BSc. Hons. Cardiff (UK)

Member of UK HCPC and SCPOD

 

Ari is a UK registered podiatrist who graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. She previously worked as a podiatrist at the main specialist referral hospital in Brunei for nine years before moving to Singapore. Being one of the first four podiatrists in her country, Ari was responsible in shaping and developing the podiatry services in Brunei.

 

With over 10 years clinical experience Ari has vast experience in various podiatric clinical settings including the UK NHS clinical environment during her pre-registration clinical training. In the UK, Ari spent majority of her clinical training within the Welsh NHS setting such as at Heath Hospital, Cardiff. In Brunei, Ari held both clinical and administrative roles at the Ministry of Health Brunei, and in Podiatry service in particular.

 

Working in the main specialist referral hospital in Brunei, Ari handled complex cases associated with the lower limb especially wound management related to diabetes. Ari also has special interests in the management of high-risk patients which includes patients with rheumatoid arthritis and with complex underlying conditions, and has worked closely with orthopaedic surgeons, endocrinologists and geriatric specialists.

 

Apart from clinical duties, Ari also engaged in academic activities lecturing post graduate medical doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals on foot and ankle management. Ari was also responsible in supervising attachment undergraduate podiatry students who were undergoing clinical training at the hospital in Brunei.

 

Being a keen health educator, Ari often gets invited to radio and TV talk shows educating members of the public on general foot health. As a contribution to the community, Ari regularly involves and is an active volunteer as a podiatrist for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific (Brunei) under the “Fit-Feet” programme to promote proper foot health among children with learning disabilities.

 

With her experience and skills, Ari hopes to expand this further and contribute to the Singaporean society in providing better, high quality healthcare services to the public. Ari  is also an active sports person herself, enjoying sports like running, netball, squash, badminton, swimming and bowling. She understands the importance of sports and able to relate the motivation among athletes. Thus, Ari has special interests in Sports podiatry especially in dealing cases related to sports injuries among runners.

 

As a hobby, Ari runs for leisure regularly as she believes that healthy balance lifestyle is important in managing good work life balance towards healthier body mind and soul.