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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday May 19 2014
10 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, May 19, 2014 www.times.co.nz Our feet can give us grief but, luckily, there’s quick relief in the hands of podiatrist, Aleesha Nana, in Half Moon Bay Marina. The highly sought-after owner of Footflex Podiatry has treated patients from far-flung corners of Auckland for all kinds of issues from sports injuries, ankle and heel pain, biomechanics and orthotic therapy to nail and skin- related conditions such as corns, calluses, verrucas and in-grown toenails. No problem is too big for this highly skilled specialist who handles everything from compli- cated surgical procedures to simple tasks such as cutting toenails. As a result, this Farm Cove local is well-known in medical circles, especially with doctors at the Marina who encouraged her to pursue her dream of establishing her own practice at this scenic location. While living five minutes away from work is a huge boon for the former Pakuranga College girl, she says it’s her clients who really make it worthwhile. “Helping people walk out pain-free and cur- ing recurrent conditions gives me huge satisfaction. Clients can also rely on Footflex as their first point of call without going through the hassle of referrals.” Naturally, helping people get back on their feet as soon as pos- sible is a priority. “When people have sore feet they can’t walk and this affects their performance in daily activi- ties. Many forget how important our feet are until something hap- pens so it’s absolutely crucial that they know where to go.” An active sportsperson who has played for the local hockey club for more than a decade, Aleesha knows firsthand how healthy feet con- tribute to optimum performance. Gentle and professional, her experienced touch has won over clients from the very young to the elderly. Right now there’s more reason to spread the word about Aleesha’s fantastic special from now until June 30, 2014. Mention this ‘Women Today’ ad and receive 20% OFF your next consultation with Aleesha. So, hurry, foot it to Footflex Podiatry today! Put your foot in Aleesha’s door Aleesha Nana (Footflex Podiatry) Marina Specialists, Level 1, Compass Building, 2 Ara-Tai Drive, Half Moon Bay. Ph 534 4040. www.footflex.co.nz. 125934A Rose Cooper knows alot about compassion, patience, empathy and kindness. With more than 20 years’ nurs- ing experience with older people under her belt, Rose has cared extensively for the elderly and has a genuine passion for their well- being. Having personally cared for an elderly family member and wit- nessed the quality of in-home care, Rose identified a need in the com- munity three years ago for a more personal service. “There was a real lack of compassion,” says Rose. “So I took matters into my own hands and created a service that would truly benefit the elderly.” Since founding Graceful Care, a specialised in-home care service, Rose has made a huge dif- ference to the lives of clients with word of her work continuing to spread. Whether it is companionship, assistance with daily activities such as cleaning and personal hygiene, transport, medical aid, or other individ- ual needs, Graceful Care offers an Auckland-wide service not just re- stricted to the home but extending to hospitals and rest homes too. Extremely flexible, the Graceful Care team can accommodate all needs, big or small. From two-hour visits through to 24/7 specialised care, the team cares for clients as if they were their own family members. Importantly, family members are valued, says Rose. “We maintain strong communication at all times with our clients’ families. Trust is very impor- tant and when the families see their loved ones happy, they’re happy too.” Each carer is expertly matched to each indi- vidual – personalities, needs and backgrounds are carefully considered by Rose. “We first meet the family and the client to assess their needs and then come up with a personalised care plan,” she says. “It’s not just about care; it’s about providing a lovely service that is just right.” Building personal relationships with Graceful Care Graceful Care, contact Rose Cooper Phone 523 5449, Mobile 021 108 3854, www.gracefulcare.co.nz 125779 A positive attitude, hard work and determination are some of the qualities that keep clients return- ing to Lucy Bondarenko who has the uncanny knack of satisfying vendors and buyers. The Pakuranga & Howick Realty Botany licensed real estate agent firmly believes no property is too difficult to sell. “Many think it’s all about tim- ing, the market situation or the quality of the build, but none of these matters to me. It’s my job to help people reach their goals and that is the only outcome I strive for.” For this reason, Lucy’s success rate remains to be envied. When she first arrived at the Bot- any office five years ago with little real estate experience in the area, she managed to sell properties during a supposed quiet December period. Formerly based in south Auckland where she was one of the top agents for six years running, Lucy managed to gain the trust of many prop- erty investors living in east Auckland. “At first, I thought I would have to start afresh, but then my former clients heard I was in town and told their friends and family about me,” she says. Her love of people makes the task of communicating and relat- ing to clients an easy one. “I treat them as if they were family – listening to what they re- ally want and giving them the ab- solute best.” Here’s what delighted clients had to say: “Lucy is an amazing and talented real estate agent. She’d sold a home for us before and we were impressed by her professionalism, care and sensitivity that made us at ease every step of the way. “Lucy was always on hand if we had a query and at all times left the final decisions to us. On the evening of the auction we were immensely surprised with the final outcome. Her hardwork- ing ethics, energy and will to succeed showed her determination to get the best results for her clients. We think Lucy is the best!” – Lynette and Brian Stevens Sell your home with confidence Lucy Bondarenko - Pakuranga & Howick Realty Ph: 265 4544 Mob: 021 638 832 Email: email@example.com 125782 WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN TODAY TODAY TODAY By MARIANNE KELLY AS IF surgery and weeks of radiation or chemo- therapy is not devastating enough, breast cancer patients go on to face another hurdle – finding a brassiere that ac- commodates the crevices the life-saving knife work leaves behind. Trouble is, says Susan Doig, a specialist breast care fitter, a new bra is the last of their worries. “When they finish their treatment, initially they just want to live. They don’t care what they look like. But six months down the track they feel differently.” A bra designed to accom- modate the new shape and a small prosthesis can make all the difference to the way their clothes look, she says, even for women who have had recon- struction can end up with odd shapes. “More women are opting for reconstruction, but I’m often seeing the end result. “Most women think ‘I’m okay’. But there is a shape imbalance. They can say it doesn’t matter, and it could be 10 years going without any- thing,” she says. “In their mind, they know they’re not 100 per cent. The difference may be not all that noticeable. But it’s to do with how they feel. “The most rewarding thing for me is seeing someone down and out about their surgery and then to see them fitted with a prosthetic and a lovely bra. “They are so elated and excited when they realise ‘I can look like other women’.” Ms Doig runs Breast Care Essentials from her Maraetai home. But it’s a mobile busi- ness, covering the greater Auckland region and North- land, and she makes the occa- sional trip as far south as Invercargill. She has a solid track record in bra fitting. Attheageof15shewentto lingerie company Bendon’s cutting department where she did a pattern making and design apprenticeship. She honed her skills for seven years with a company spe- cialising in breast care products, and has run her own business for 18 months. She carries a range of pros- thesis and the German Anita range of bras. Working in a store environ- ment opened her eyes to the emotional strain women in the early stages of recovering from breast surgery are under. “They are dealing with fear and walking into a store with other women looking for reg- ular bras is daunting. “It’s not as private as it should be and can be daunting when they have to wait. “They need rest, peace and quiet and shops are not set up for that.” Consequently, Ms Doig has opted to fit women in the pri- vacy of their homes or in fit- ting rooms she has established at some doctors’ surgeries in the south-east. “Many of the women affected are in the 60-70-year- old age group. “Some don’t drive, or they don’t like going to town. They may be unwell, some in rest homes or retirement villages, so they need to be peaceful and quiet,” she says. Bra designs feature soft elas- tic fabric, comfortable straps, and little pockets to hold the prosthesis. Sports bras are available with a deeper band and wide padded straps. One design includes a lace insert creating a camisole effect, to accom- modate women who are left with a hollow chest from a full breast cut. They are priced starting from about $100. But Ms Doig worries that in the hubbub of surgery and following treatment, many women fall through the cracks, missing out on information about the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) breast prosthesis serv- ice payment made for prosthe- sis and bra purchase. This omission particularly affects those women who have had partial surgery – a hook wire incision known as a lumpectomy. “Even when a little lump is taken out, a bra often doesn’t sit right,” Ms Doig says. “They also miss things like the Look Good Feel Better service.” Ms Doig is a registered pro- vider for the MoH scheme and says women should know the funds are also available for those with congenital effects or the after-effects of burns surgery on their breasts. She also provides a service for women who suffer from lymphoedema (swelling and fluid retention). “Women who have had breast surgery are always at risk of lymphoedema develop- ing down the track,” she says. The Breast Prosthesis Serv- ■ ice Payment is for people who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy, either unilat- eral or bilateral, and/or have undergone a lumpectomy, have congenital needs, or have had reconstructive surgery that fails. The entitlement is $613.33 (including GST) per side for a four-year period. Ms Doig can apply for fund- ing on behalf of clients. Phone her on 536-4220 or 027-451- 9285, or email breastcare. firstname.lastname@example.org. Look Good Feel Better is ■ a free service which aims to help restore and enhance the appearance of cancer patients during and after treatment. More information is online at www.lgfb.co.nz. Breast caring goes to women’s homes “The most rewarding thing for me is seeing someone down and out about their surgery and then to see them fitted with a prosthetic and a lovely bra.” – Susan Doig TO HER DOOR: Susan Doig provides a mobile breast care fitting service for women in the privacy of their own homes. Times photo Marianne Kelly with a company spe- cialising in breast care (MoH) breast prosthesis serv- ice payment made for prosthe- sis and bra purchase. This omission particularly affects those women who have had partial surgery – a hook often doesn’t sit right,” Ms Doig says.
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