The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Diabetes Education and Support Program is pleased to present Chiropodist Dr. Melanie Atkinson as a guest speaker on the topic of “Diabetes and Foot Care” on June 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the hospital’s Courtyard Lounge.

Atkinson will discuss the early signs of diabetic foot complications, what to look for, and how to best care for one’s feet.

Chiropodist, Dr. Melanie Atkinson

Atkinson, who founded the “Body and Sole Foot Care Clinic” in Kemptville in 2011, earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degrees from the London [England] Foot Hospital and School of Podiatry. She also completed a Podiatric Research Degree at Brighton University in the UK.

After working in the UK, she came to Canada to teach at the Ontario Chiropody Program in Toronto for a number of years before moving to the Ottawa area. Her wide variety of experience includes working in hospitals, diabetes clinics, and community health centres as well as in private practice in the Ottawa and North Grenville areas. Atkinson was recognized by Rotary International with the Paul Harris Award for her years of dedicated volunteer work, setting up programs to reduce the rate of amputations due to diabetes in Caribbean countries.

This special event is open to the public. Clients of the KDH Diabetes Education and Support Program have received a personal invitation via email; their family and friends are encouraged to attend as well, along with anyone who has an interest in the topic. If you plan on attending, please advise KDH’s Diabetes Booking Staff at 613-258-6133 extension 289. KDH’s Courtyard Lounge is located on the ground floor of the hospital to the right of the main entrance.

KDH offers a full range of diabetes education and support services, including day and evening group education about diabetes, individual counseling, insulin initiation, a pre-diabetes program, grocery store tours (how to interpret food labels), weekly exercise class, and telephone support. All of these services are free and self- referrals are welcome. To join a program call 613-258-6133, extension 289.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

T: 613.258.6133 extension 223