Podiatrist, Vital Feet Podiatry, Tauranga
Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry)
Watching the impact a podiatrist can have on patients’ lives inspired Lynn Chen to start her own journey towards a career in podiatry.
“I went to a couple of podiatry appointments with a friend who was having ankle issues at the time. The process the podiatrist went through to take my friend from walking with pain to walking with confidence really did it for me.
“Once I had decided that I wanted to study podiatry, I then came to AUT because it was the only university that offers the Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry).”
The support to succeed
It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted, Lynn says.
“The highlights for me were the great lecturers, the great patients we got to treat at the AUT Integrated Health clinic throughout the degree and my even more awesome classmates. They all helped to make it a very enjoyable degree.”
The academic workload and keeping up with the expectations could be challenging at times, she admits.
“Because of profound hearing loss, it was more difficult for me to absorb and jot down information, especially in large lecture theatres. AUT greatly helped me through these challenges by giving me access to notetakers to help me fill in any gaps in lecture notes I may have missed. As someone who has dyslexia, I also appreciated being given extra time in exams. Thanks to AUT’s Disability Student Support team this support had all been planned out before I even started my degree.”
Making a difference
After graduating at the end of 2018, Lynn now gets to make a positive impact on the lives of her own patients.
“I’m now working as a podiatrist at Vital Feet Podiatry in Tauranga. What I love most about this career is the satisfaction whenever I see my patients walk on Cloud 9! I also enjoy taking part in lovely conversations during each podiatry session.”
She would highly recommend a career in podiatry to others.
“Podiatry is a very diverse career, and you can work in a field you’re passionate about.”