Our Team

Our team are a friendly and knowledgable group of people. They work at FootSense because they want to help you feel as comfortable as possible. When you walk into one of our clinics, you’ll feel welcomed and by the time you leave, you’ll feel part of the team. Get to know us below…

Shannon Durey


Growing up on a boat in the Upper North Island put a little bit too much gypsy in my blood. So on my 18th birthday, I went on a three month holiday and came back 14 years later, after living in numerous different countries and touching nearly every continent.
This lifestyle teaches you to calmly work with whatever life throws at you. I've always been interested in health, wellbeing and the human body. This lead me to study remedial therapies at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies. So during my travels, I worked as a remedial massage therapist and in hospitality. On my return home I decided to go to AUT and see what university had to offer. After my first semester, I chose to continue my studies in podiatry where I excelled and graduated with distinction.

I love swimming, diving, hiking and do yoga five times a week. I still love travelling with my friends and family even if it's just little adventures these days.

I can see you for podiatry care, or a foot and leg massage!

Maree Howcroft


I’m Maree, the administrator at FootSense Royal Oak. You’ll see me on the front desk Monday to Thursday mornings.

I have worked as an Office Administrator and Personal Assistant both in New Zealand and in London and enjoy the variety of the role.

My husband and I have a busy household with three boys, two cats and four birds. We all enjoy camping, beaches and the outdoors. Weekends are spent enjoying the many sports activities the boys do - road cycling, mountain biking, basketball, soccer and running.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you when you come in to see our podiatrists.

Heidi Barton

Director / Senior Podiatrist

I'm Heidi, Director and Podiatrist at FootSense Podiatry. I purchased the Royal Oak practice at the start of 2012. Since then I have been the full-time podiatrist and director. In 2014 I was given the opportunity to teach in the AUT Podiatry Clinic, which I enjoyed thoroughly and continued until the end of 2016.

Before purchasing FootSense, I worked in the public sector, seeing diabetic patients, and giving them footcare advice in Auckland and Wellington. Wound and skin care is still an interest of mine, but I've been enjoying seeing a huge variety of biomechanical and general cases since joining FootSense.

My mission for FootSense (and the podiatry industry) is to make it an important part of mainstream healthcare. To do this I believe podiatrists need to advertise themselves better and engage with the public more. Podiatrists have so much to offer!

I love nothing more than to have a laugh with people, but I take the wellbeing of my patients very seriously. In my spare time I love to get out exploring with my husband, daughter and our labrador - Christa. I also love to read as a form of escaping the realities of daily life.

My latest adventure is living in Ohope and working at Whakatane hospital, so you won't see me around the clinic very often. I have left the clinic in the very capable hands of my team mates, who I am frequently in touch with.

Join the team

Are you looking to join a podiatry team passionate about our industry? Are you sick of podiatrist’s being hidden in the back of GP’s rooms? We are a long standing podiatry clinic in Royal Oak. Our mission is to increase the visibility and demand for podiatry care in New Zealand. If you’re passionate about our industry, you need to join our team.

Our clinic sees a diverse range of both general and musculoskeletal conditions including low risk diabetes patients, biomechanical, surgical and palliative patients. No two days are the same.

We believe in attractive renumeration and training to be the best we can be. We are happy to bring new grads on board and will mentor you throughout the beginning of your career. Those with experience will also thrive in this environment. We don’t want this to be “just a job”, we want you to become part of the company.

If you would like to be considered for any future positions, please email your CV to [email protected] to find out more and apply. In your email, tell us what you love about our industry.