Meet the team...

Text Box: Matthew and Claire Blandís Chiropody and Podiatry Clinics

Essex Podiatry

34b New Century Clinic, Laindon, Essex, SS15 6AG, Phone: (01268) 416603

18 The Foundry Business Park, Station Approach, Hockley. SS5 4TW, Phone: (01702) 200296

51 Lampits Hill, Corringham, SS17 9AA Phone: (01375) 640900

Mrs. Claire Bland† (D.Pod.M. M.Ch.S SRCh)

Mr. Matthew Bland† (BSc Hons, M.Ch.S. SRCh)

Mr. Louis Soane (BSc Hons,† M Ch.S. SRCh)

Miss Maria fe de Juan Velasco† (BSc, M.Ch.S. SRCh)

I qualified in 1985 at Huddersfield University. My first post was for Barking, Havering and Brentwood NHS followed by Southend NHS. At this point I started in private practice whilst bringing up my 2 children. Private practice became a full time occupation when my husband joined me and we built New Century Clinic. I especially enjoy the general running and organising of the clinics and nail surgery.

(BUPA registered)

My first career was in engineering however wanting a better quality of home life I decided to retrain and become a Podiatrist. I graduated from The London Foot Hospital, part of UCL, in 1998. From there I went straight into private practice utilising my engineering skills in the field of biomechanics. I manufacture orthotics and this has enabled me to gain consultant referrals.

(BUPA registered)††††††††††††††

I qualified with a B.Sc.(Hons) Podiatry from the University of Brighton, Eastbourne, in 2012, after a previously successful career in primary education. Having experienced podiatry from a patientís perspective, podiatry has proved to be an exciting and rewarding second career. Previous podiatry experiences have included clinical placements in the NHS in the south of England, Kingís College Hospital, London, and as a podiatrist at the London Marathon 2012. I have special interests in nail surgery and people with diabetes.†

Originally from Spain, I trained as a nurse and continued to follow this career after moving to England. I decided on a career change to podiatry and qualified in 2003 at the University of London. At present I work in both the NHS and private sector, dealing with high risk patients. I am involved in clinic based work, hospital visits and treating the house bound.

Mrs Tanya Archer (Podiatry Assistant)

My training has involved practical work and theory. Subjects studied include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, histology, dermatology, medicine and nail pathologies. As a podiatry assistant I am able to treat Ďat riskí patients which include diabetics and patients on warfarin.

I work with a podiatrist so I am able to refer on should the patient present with a problem outside of my scope of practice.

Mrs Sue Curtin (BSc Hons, M.Ch.S. SRCh)

Following a successful commercial career underwriting for Lloydís of London, I chose to follow a long-held ambition to work in the health care sector. Beginning by qualifying as a Foot Health Practitioner, I established a busy practice based in a private clinic in Brentwood, Essex.† In 2006, I decided to raise my skills to a higher level and obtained a BSc (Hons) in Podiatric Medicine at the University of East London.† My studies gave me the opportunity to participate in NHS clinical placements at Primary Care Trusts based across London and Essex.

My particular interest is the diabetic foot and this speciality will continue to form a key part of my continuing professional development (CPD).† While maintaining this core interest, I enjoy providing general podiatric care to the broadest spectrum of patients.


"Sensitive to the needs of the nervous patient"

Mr Jack Kirby (BSc Hons, M Ch.S. SRCh)

I graduated from the University of Brighton with a 1st class honours degree having always known I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare.
My special interests lie with sports injuries and bio-mechanics due to my background in sport. I play football for my local town and am a keen golfer. I have spent time studying pressure analysis of the feet as the golfer swings.
In 2015 I formed part of the medical team for the London and Brighton Marathon. This involved caring for the feet after the gruelling distance, assessing and treating runners.
While maintaining this core interest, I enjoy providing general podiatric care, which includes toe nail reconstruction and nail surgery.