Our founder, Kate Clayton-Jones holds an MBA and Masters in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is certified as a foot care nurse through both the AAFCN and the WOCN. Kate says she was motivated to start FootCare by Nurses because, as an acute care nurse, she saw too many people having their toes or feet amputated from causes she thought were so preventable. She thinks that all nurses need to play an active role in foot care and in preventing falls and foot ulcers from happening in the first place and that they can do that using TLC, evidence-based practice and nursing knowledge. Kate is the Director of Nurses and is also one of our practising nurses. She is an active member of the AAFCN and the CAFCN and is involved with the WOCNCB. Kate is also a very engaging speaker who has presented papers and spoken at international conferences. In her spare time, she is writing her PhD dissertation on the relationship between falls, depression, and inability to care for one’s own toenails at the University of Massachusetts. She also loves spending time with her horses and other farm animals.
Our team behind the scenes
We have a growing team of fantastic people who keep our nurses on track, schedule appointments, and a vast array of other tasks which allow FootCare by Nurses to run smoothly.
All have a lot of nursing experience both in the acute and home care settings. All are AAFCN board certified and actively practice foot care nursing in the community. Each nurse brings their unique perspectives and set of experiences to the table. All our nurses have gone through our evidence-based training program so that you can be assured of receiving our FootCare by Nurses quality care.
Our mascot – Theo is a great Pyrenees who was born in 2016. A trained therapy dog, Theo can often be found sound asleep under a table nearby.
Mentors and Advisors
FootCare by Nurses is currently being mentored by the Berthiaume Institute which is part of the UMass Isenberg School of Management, the Springfield SBA, the Franklin County CDC, Valley Venture Mentors, Dr. Julia Overstreet, a network of amazing Canadian nurses who belong to the CAFCN and faculty and staff from the University of Massachusetts. We also learn a lot from those who honour us by inviting us to do their care. We are incredibly grateful for all the support and encouragement we receive.