CHIROPODIST / B.Sc. PODIATRIC MEDICINE
PROFESSIONAL FAMILY FOOT CARE TORONTO FOOT CARE
Marz Hardy, D.Ch. B.Sc. PODIATRIC MEDICINE
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DR. JOHN A. HARDY'S TORONTO FOOT CLINIC
DR. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS HAS BEEN PROVIDING TORONTO AND ONTARIO WITH QUALITY FAMILY FOOT AND ANKLE HEALTH CARE AND ORTHOTICS SINCE 1980.
PLEASE READ MY FOOT CLINICS EXCELLENT GOOGLE, RATEMDS, YELP AND OTHER REVIEWS TO SEE HOW HIGHLY OUR PATIENTS REGARD OUR FOOT SPECIALISTS.
DR. HARDY'S FOOT CLINIC HAS HAD PATIENTS TRAVEL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND ONTARIO TO BE TREATED BY MARZ HARDY, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE AND THE FOUR OTHER FOOT SPECIALISTS EMPLOYED AT DR. HARDY'S FOOT CLINIC!
FYI, DR. HARDY AND MARZ BELIEVE IN GIVING BACK AND HAVE SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP FOR EACH OF THE 3 YEARS AT MICHENER INSTITUTE IN THE NAME OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS. THIS IS THE SCHOOL THAT ALL OF OUR CHIROPODISTS GRADUATED FROM.
Academy Clinics was founded in 1980 by owner Dr. Hardy and has been providing quality health care ever since. All information in the website has been created and edited by Dr. Hardy and Dr. Hardy only. FYI Marz was born in 1972. PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE MARZ WITH DR. HARDY. Marz Hardy is a proud, successful Toronto Chiropodist and has never held herself out as anything but. Presently there are no Podiatrist employed at my Foot Clinic. Dr. Hardy is a proud, successful retired Chiropractor with 34 years experience who enjoys owning and guiding his Toronto Foot Clinic.
In 2001 Dr. Hardy's Foot Clinic was joined by his lovely wife, Marz Hardy, D.Ch., B.Sc., Podiatric Medicine, Toronto Chiropodist and Toronto Foot Specialist and by Nicole Tam, B.Sc. (Hon), D.Ch., Toronto Chiropodist and Toronto Foot Specialist. We have just had two Chiropodist join our Foot Clinic, Tasleem Ismail, B.Sc. (Hon), D. Ch., and Sarah Robertson, Hons. B.Sc., D.Ch., current President of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists, which means that our foot clinic now has 4 Foot Specialists, 1 Toronto Nurse, 1 Kinesiologist, 4 Chiropody assistants, 2 receptionists and one Toronto Doctor who is the owner of AcademyFoot and Orthotic Clinics and works as Consultant/Manager working to provide quality foot care for our patients. We can provide services in English, French, Polish, Farsi and Cantonese.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WOULD LIKE HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE OR QUALITY FOOT CARE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINIC. CHIROPODISTS AND FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO REALLY CARE!
In 2010 our foot clinic started devoting all our energy to providing honest, respected, compassionate and experienced quality Foot Care and products exclusively. All of our Foot Specialists are constantly upgrading their skills so as to maintain the highest standards of care possible. My Foot Clinic is 'State of the Art' and I am constantly obtaining new equipment and innovations. Our foot clinic has just received amazing good news, Shannon our daughter has just received unconditional acceptance to 7 Podiatry Schools. That means that in the near future we will have a caring Toronto Podiatrist joining our Foot Clinic. One of the things that sets our foot clinic apart from many others is that we practice conservative care. That means that we avoid medications and surgery whenever possible. The body, in most cases when given the chance and a little help from your Health Care Professional, the body will heal itself.
YOU CAN BE SURE THAT IF YOU CONSULT ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS WE WILL CONSTANTLY STRIVE TO PROVIDE EVERY PATIENT WITH QUALITY SERVICE AND PRODUCTS!
The best foot care in the world means nothing if you can't access it conveniently. My Foot Clinic is conveniently located less than 100 yards from the Broadview Subway with ample parking and open 6 days a week with 4 Foot Specialists (Chiropodists), 1 Doctor and 5 support staff to serve our lovely patients with high quality foot care.
Dr. Hardy has treated patients from all over the GTA including Agincourt, Ajax, Aurora, the Beaches (The Beach), Brampton, Downsview, East York, Etobicke, High Park, Leaside, Markham, Mimico, Mississauga, North York, Newmarket, New Toronto, Oakville, Parkdale, Riverdale, Scarborough, Thornhill, Vaughan, Weston, Willowdale, also patients from Ancaster, Barrie, Bolton, Cornwall, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Milton, Niagara Falls, Peterborough, Pickering, St. Catherines, Wasaga Beach, Waterloo, Whitby, Stouffville, etc. Doctor Hardy retired from practicing Chiropractic in 2010 to devote his full time to managing and training the employees at Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. We will continually be striving to obtain the latest and best equipment and best technology possible as well as having all our Foot Specialists educated in all the latest developments in Podiatric Medicine, Podiatry and Chiropody in order to continually strive to bring all of our patients a high quality of foot care.
Marz Hardy, D.Ch, B.Sc, Podiatric Medicine has had patients travel from the Middle East, England, Germany, France, The Caribbean, South America, Thunder Bay, London, Paris, Eastern Europe, Ottawa, etc. due to her fantastic reviews on Google, RATEMDS, Yelp, etc.
Are you looking for the best Toronto Foot Specialist, the best Toronto Chiropodist, the best Toronto Podiatrist or the best orthotics in Toronto? There are many Toronto Foot Specialists, Toronto Chiropodists, Toronto Podiatrists and orthotic labs in Toronto and no one can claim to be the best Foot Specialist, the best Chiropodist, the best Podiatrist or have the best orthotics. Only satisfied patients can decide who is Toronto’s best Foot Specialist, Toronto’s best Chiropodist, Toronto’s best Podiatrist or the best orthotic lab in Toronto. You should look for a Toronto Foot Specialist, Toronto Chiropodist or Toronto Podiatrist that is knowledgeable, personable and practices in a modern, state of the art office with friendly staff and stays current by regularly attending the most relevant continuing education seminars. All of our foot specialists have completed 7 post graduate seminars or courses in the last year alone. One important thing you should do before you consult a health professional is read their patient reviews on Google, RATEMDS, Yelp, Yellow Pages, etc. to see how they and their support staff treat their patients. Very important.
Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics, we believe that a Toronto Chiropodist, Toronto Foot Specialist or Toronto Doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual’s feet pain or foot problems by practicing Podiatric Medicine and providing quality orthotics. For more information on our commitment to our patients and the Hardy family history in Ontario please visit our patients page.
TORONTO FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PROFESSION AND PATIENTS!
History of Ontario Podiatrists And Chiropodists Toronto, ON
Disclaimer, the views expressed here are the views of Dr. J. Hardy, and only Dr. Hardy, Toronto Doctor and owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics and may or may not be the views of any other Chiropodist.
"Before we can decide where to go, we have to know where we have been." (OPMA)
" I was always taught to be happy for a colleague's success. Don't be jealous of it but rather embrace it, and try to emulate them and replicate their successes. Do not belittle, humiliate, attack or try to destroy. This is negative energy which only begets negative energy. Only through concerted cooperation will two divided factions ever achieve their goals. Trying to destroy the other only destroys themselves! Sometimes when conflicted factions are distracted, others take control of the ship! But then there are those who are too aged and blinded by dogma to understand, yet again change! "
Dr. John A. Hardy
Unfortunately, the Ontario Podiatrists and the Ontario Chiropodists professions remain divided. In the OPMA (Ontario Podiatric Medical Association) submission of May 8, 2008 to the Health Regulatory Advisory Council, Podiatrist James Hill, who was president of the OPMA (Ontario Podiatric Medical Association) at that time, states, "The Podiatry profession has ample experience with being a minority class within a larger College and that experience has not been happy. In the final analysis, the will of the majority profession will almost always overrule the minority profession. Too much College time and resources are taken up arbitrating inter professional disputes within the College. Inter professional frictions between the two professions have actually militated against collaboration between the two professions." If you want to know what the Ontario Podiatrists' attitude toward Ontario Chiropodists are, please visit the (OPMA) Ontario Podiatric Medical Association's website under 'about OPMA' and the heading 'Podiatry and Chiropody.'
The 21 Health Regulatory Colleges were set up by the Ontario Government to protect the publics' access to safe, competent and ethical health care for the general public in Ontario. The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) has placed the College of Chiropodists of Ontario in a unique position where it spends much of its time and resources responding to complaints from the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) against Chiropodists. I can hardly see how this is in the public's best interest. This is an incredible negative waste of time, energy and resources that could be better used to further the profession.
Both Podiatry and Chiropody schools require a three or four year undergraduate degree in the associated sciences. Then there is a further four years training to become a Podiatrist at Podiatry school and three or four years more to become a Chiropodist at Chiropody school. Chiropodists can do nearly everything that a Podiatrist can in Ontario including surgery except surgery involving bone, although in 1991, Podiatrists lost their right to perform surgery to the hind foot through legislation from the Ontario Government. Podiatrists are also allowed to communicate a diagnosis. Chiropodists are allowed to diagnose but are not allowed to communicate a diagnosis by law to the patient, although we know that this is a conundrum because as primary health care physicians it is hard to treat a patient who presents to you with a particular ailment and not tell them what you are treating them for. Dr. Hardy had to work under these conditions for 11 years as a Chiropractor until we were granted the right in 1991 to legally convey to our patients our diagnosis. Podiatrists were not allowed by law after 1991 to refer to themselves as a Doctor, whereas Chiropractors obtained that right in 1991. Podiatrists are also partially covered by OHIP, but as Dr. John A. Hardy, a Chiropractor who dealt with partial OHIP payments for over 20 years, we know this is more of a hindrance than helpful as in many cases patients cannot utilize their full extended health benefits. They also pay such a small portion of the total fee, combined with the added paperwork and inconvenience, it really isn't worthwhile. Initially when they covered a greater portion of the total fee it was. The best thing that happened to my clinic was the day we no longer had OHIP. Our Chiropractic Association fought to retain OHIP benefits, but it was only a prestige issue and everyone was glad we were removed due to the inconvenience to our patients and ourselves. This actually places Podiatrists at a disadvantage when compared to Chiropodists when it comes to utilizing your extended health care benefits. We have had many patients choose a Chiropodist over a Podiatrist for foot care due to the fact that they didn't get paid for treatments from a Podiatrist from their employer's extended health plan. Podiatrists at the College of Chiropodists of Ontario meeting of February 5, 2012 asked the College of Chiropodist of Ontario to write the Canadian Life Insurance Association to complain about the discrimination of Podiatrists, but at this point in time nothing has changed and it is more advantageous if you are using your extended health insurance benefits to attend a Chiropodist rather than a Podiatrist in many cases. You should phone your Employer's Extended Health Insurance Plan to see if you consult a Podiatrist, whether or not you will be reimbursed if the Podiatrist is billing OHIP. Visit the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association's (OPMA) website and read what is posted about this issue and the difficulties that Podiatrist's patients are experiencing with regards to being reimbursed by their extended health insurance when a podiatrist also bills OHIP concurrently.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are treated on an equal basis in the eyes of Ontario Extended Health Insurance Companies and their subscribers are reimbursed at the exact same rate. Chiropodist can perform surgery of muscles, tendons and nails. Both are licensed to prescribe pharmaceuticals. Podiatric medicine in Ontario is based on the American definition of Podiatry. Chiropody in Canada was originally based on the British model.
In Ontario the Ontario Medical Association and specifically the Ontario Orthopedic Surgeons successfully lobbied the Ontario government to impose a cap on new Podiatrists in July 1991. At the council of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO) meeting of June 3, 2011, at which the current President, Mr. Bruce Ramsden, a Toronto Podiatrist was present, a history was provided by Mr. Goldberg, a Toronto Podiatrist regarding the Podiatry Cap, "Podiatrist Goldberg provided a short history of the Podiatric Cap for those who were unaware of its history. The Ontario Medical Association may have been against the registration of Podiatrists as they could have been seen to be in conflict with Orthopedic Surgeons. The government model provided only for Chiropodists, although Podiatrists could continue to practice under the 1991 Chiropody Act."
In the study called Podiatry, Chiropody and the struggle for legitimacy in Ontario undertaken by Dr. Alan M. Borthwick, Podiatrist, University of Southhampton, UK and Brian Cragg, D.Ch., of Markham, Ontario who is an Chiropodist, under the section titled the committee on healing arts (1966-1970), states "the chief concern to the Medical Doctors was the desire of Podiatrists to perform surgery of the foot, and administer anesthetics for this purpose and to prescribe drugs for internal use... If this really is the claim, it is surely preposterous... (Grove 1969)." Also from the same study from a former President of the COCOO states, "the relationship that the Podiatrists established with the provincial government, and particularly the civil servants who remained in place, was not a positive one... And one of the reasons they got a consultant, but the die was cast." another quote from the same study from a former president, board of regents, DPM, Podiatrist: " the (Minister of health, Dennis Timbrell) told me to my face, sitting in the caucus room in the conservative party at Queens Park in the legislative building, that as long as my influence prevails around this Ministry, you will never have the same status as your counterparts in the USA. I like the way we do it in Great Britain, where the MD's tell the Chiropodists if and what and why.'"
All new Podiatrists would have to be registered as Chiropodists, as a result the number of Podiatrists continue to diminish in Ontario as Podiatrists retire and only 12 podiatrists trained in the states have come to Ontario to practice as Chiropodists since 1993, while the number of Chiropodists in Ontario continues to increase, Podiatrists are now outnumbered 10 to 1 by Chiropodists and are in fact a small profession in Ontario regulated by the Health Regulatory College. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in the world where the term Chiropodists is still in use. Ontario remains an enigma in regard to foot care, as we are the only jurisdiction where 2 classes of foot specialists, Podiatrists and Chiropodists practicing under different regulations, regulated by the same regulatory body, the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO). It is the hope of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics that eventually Podiatrists and Chiropodists can eventually work together to further the advancement of the two professions for the common good of their patients.
According to the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), the skills of Podiatrists are in increasing demand because disorders of the foot and ankle are among the most widespread and neglected health problems. There is one school of Podiatry in Canada where you can be trained to be a Podiatrist located in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The school for Chiropodists is located in Toronto at the Michener Institute with clinical training at the Michener Foot Clinic. There is now a new school for Podiatry opening up in Alberta and will be the first English Podiatry School in Canada.
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