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PROVIDING TORONTO WITH QUALITY FAMILY FOOT CARE AND ORTHOTICS SINCE 1980
Academy Clinics was founded in 1980 by owner Dr. John A. Hardy and has been providing quality health care ever since. All information in the website has been created and edited by Dr. John A. Hardy and Dr. John A. Hardy only.
In 2001 our Foot Clinic was joined by 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 hired two Chiropodist Tasleem Ismail, B.Sc. (Hon), D. Ch. and Sarah Robertson, B.Sc., D.Ch., current President of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists, which means that our foot clinic now has 4 foot specialists, 3 Chiropody assistants, 2 receptionists and one Doctor who is the owner of the clinic and works as Consultant/Manager working to provide high quality foot care for our patients. We can provide services in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Farsi and Cantonese.
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. Our clinic is 'State of the Art' and are constantly obtaining new equipment and innovations. We are presently in the process of installing the latest in Digital X-Ray with the lowest radiation presently in the industry, although we have run into some roadblocks from the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. We are hoping that our installation will be successful as this is an amazing diagnostic tool to have for our patients. 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 and would never, ever perform cosmetic foot surgery. Most respected Foot Doctors, Foot Specialists, Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Medical Doctors and Medical Specialists consider cosmetic foot surgery to be bordering on the unethical. The body, in most cases when given the chance and a little help from your Physician will heal itself.
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 THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS
Disclaimer, the views expressed here are the views of Dr. John A. Hardy, and only Dr. John A. 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)
There are 70 Podiatrists (please note that the actual number actually in practice is much lower) and 546 Chiropodists licensed to practice Podiatric Medicine, Podiatry and Chiropody in Ontario. 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. Interprofessional frictions between the two professions have actually militated against collaboration between the two professions." if you want to know what 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 most burning issue that the present day members of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) have is that a Chiropodist may be using the words Podiatric Medicine, Podiatry or Podiatrist. They have spent 100's of hours pouring over Chiropodist's websites so as to place over 90 complaints against them to the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO), the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons and to the Ontario Chiropody Society (OSC). Their other main issue is to have the podiatric cap removed so that the aging Podiatrists of Ontario will be able to sell their practice one day to another Podiatrist. At the Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) meeting on November 2, 2012 at the Michener Institute the executive announced to the membership that it had dissolved the tripartite agreement with the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) due to derogatory remarks made against the Chiropody profession by a Toronto Podiatrist who is an OPMA member on radio to the public and the placement of over 90 recent complaints from Podiatrists against Chiropodists of a vexatious and petty nature.
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. A good example of this is Ontario Podiatrists recent placement of 94 complaints against Ontario Chiropodists from a profession that have less than 70 members in Ontario. 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 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. John A. 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 Chiropratic 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. 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. Podiatrists are allowed to own and operate an X-ray machine as well as order X-rays. Our foot clinic just recently became aware that if a Chiropodist has completed a 4 year course in Chiropody they are allowed in Ontario to order, own and operate their own X-ray machine under the HARP Act (Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act) of Ontario. As Marz has completed a three year course at The Michner Institute plus an additional year of post graduate studies at the Sunderland University in Durham, United Kingdom where she obtained her B.Sc. in Podiatric Medicine she is autherized to order, own and operate her own X-Ray machine which we are in the process of purchasing. At the present time our application is pending with the MOHLTC, X-ray Installation and we see no reason why it will be rejected as we meet all of the requirements. Nontheless, we will vigorously appeal any decision where our application is denied. We plan on purchasing the latest state-of-the-art Rayence Xmararu 1210SGA Digital Podiatry Unit for the convenience of our patients. This will mean that Marz will be the first Chiropodist in Ontario to own and operate her own X-Ray machine if our application is successful. An important sideline regarding X-rays in Ontario is that an Ontario Chiropodist can by law interpret a radiograph, but if you have less than 4 years Chiropody School you are not allowed to order, own or operate an X-ray machine in Ontario. Interpretation requires years of training as the taking of X-rays for only one part of the body can be taught in a matter of hours. If all esle fails as we have just hired an American trained Podiatrist (DPM) and we will register the X-ray machine through him. Where there is a will, there is a way and our Foot Clinic will never back down in the face of adversity.
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 aging 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 8 to 1 by Chiropodists and are in fact the smallest profession in Ontario regulated by the Health Regulatory College. This makes the Ontario Podiatry profession nearly politically impotent with little lobbying power with the government. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in the world where the term Chiropodists is still in use, but because we cohabitate with Podiatrists, this situation will continue for the near future. 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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