Discover the team behind Sandy & Bielby Podiatry and Chiropody…

Sharron Bielby

Sharron Bielby Company Director

HCPC Registered B.Sc. (HONS) Pod

Sharron Bielby has worked in both the NHS and Private sector for 20 years, from which she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of foot health.   She has worked in the MSK sector of the profession, and in routine podiatry . She has extensive knowledge in all aspects of foot pathology and foot health promotion.    She currently works as a NHS specialist Podiatrist one day a week in a busy NHS nail surgery unit.  Her previous NHS role was part of a foot surgical team.  This involved the assessment, diagnosis and surgical planning for the correction of foot deformity and associated foot pain.   Sharron is able to interpret and request X-rays and administer regional ankle anaesthesia. This specialist role enables her to have a mass of foot surgery knowledge, such as the benefits and risks of specific surgical procedures, non- surgical options and links with local surgeons.

If you have foot pain then Sharron is a great podiatrist to see as she is able to assess , diagnose and provide treatment plans which may include simple insoles, Bespoke orthoses, stretching and strapping and steroid injections

She is able to carry out diabetic foot screening and vascular checks  using a doppler which provides a wave form reading along side an audible sound which aids detection of arterial blockages, Atrial Fibrillation and calcification of the vessels.

Sharron also has a special interest in dermatology and is able to recognise and skin pathologies.

James Cowden

James Cowden

Podiatric Surgeon

James completed his undergraduate training in 2004 and has worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since. He has worked in a multitude of speciality areas including nail surgery, the high risk foot and musculoskeletal. He undertook his surgical training, gaining fellowship in 2016 and taking up roles in both Sheffield and Birmingham as a Podiatric Surgeon, where he continues to work. He has lectured and presented at national and international conferences and has multiple publications.

His ultimate aim is to deliver a high standard of care to his patients in a friendly and supportive environment.

Away from work, he is a former hockey player turned umpire and enjoys sailing.

Within our clinic James specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of foot pain, including big toe joint pain, metatarsalgia, mid-foot pain, heel pain, including taping, exercise plans and injection therapy. He is also available to provide nail surgery and verruca needling.

Fiona Mellor

Fiona Mellor Practice Manager

Fiona has worked in customer service for over 25 years and she is a great asset to our practice.  She is the Practice Manager and she ensures everything is in place to help our Podiatrists provide excellent customer service.  She has been trained to advise on basic foot care needs and is able to identify which service and product the patient’s  require.   She is efficient and vibrant and makes every patient feel welcomed and valued. She was once called the “Best shop front in Brighouse “!

Fiona has a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care (RQF), this enables her to have a greater understanding and more depth approach with patients who require a little more assistance when booking and attending the practice for their appointments.

Rachel Vernon

Rachel Vernon Specialist Podiatrist

Rachel has worked in the private sector for 5 years alongside working for the Sheffield Teaching Hospital as a Specialist Podiatrist in high risk diabetes and nail surgery full time .Rachel graduated from University of Salford with BSc in Podiatry (1st class honours) in 2016. She also graduated from Huddersfield University with MSc in Forensic Podiatry (Distinction) in 2020. She is able to request X-Rays and provide limited prescription only medicines. Rachels diabetes experience includes assessment and management of diabetic foot wounds, vascular assessments and implementing and offloading strategies for wound healing. Rachel has a special interest in sports rehabilitation mainly involving running injuries and also has a wide range of knowledge of footwear and able to provide specialist knowledge on healthy and appropriate footwear choice.

She has also published two articles

Rachel is a keen ultra runner and fitness fanatic

Aminah Ahmad

Aminah Ahmad


Aminah has worked in private podiatry for 1.5 years, after the successful completion of her Podiatry Undergraduate Degree in 2018, and Post Graduate Degree in 2019. Whilst completing both of her degrees at the university of Huddersfield, she undertook the majority of her placements in a high-risk NHS Diabetic Unit with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. Aminah has great interpersonal skills, which have been developed over the five years in which she worked as a part-time student ambassador at university. She is currently looking to develop on her MSK and Nails Surgery Skills. Aminah is a great asset to our team.

Paige Mellor

Paige Mellor Junior Receptionist

Paige is our Junior Receptionist and has worked with us for over 2 years. Paige is currently studying Criminology, Law and Business at Sixth Form College and is excelling in all subjects. She is fun, vibrant and polite and leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets. Paige’s knowledge base is growing and she can assist you in the right direction of footcare.