Hello, my name is Cheryl Conrod-Baker and I’ve been an LPN at Northwood at the Harbour for the past 20 years.
I first started working at Northwood in 1985, but left after five years because I was moved to Ontario. When I returned to Nova Scotia a couple of years later, I came back to Northwood. It was familiar to me and I missed the camaraderie. I worked at other places while I was gone, but they didn’t have the standards that Northwood does.
Northwood has been great over the years with continuing education. I just completed an advanced foot care course and will soon be Northwood’s in-house person for referrals around diabetic foot care. I’m also in the process of preparing to start my own foot care business on the side. I’ll begin with baby steps but I have a five-year plan that includes continuing to work at Northwood. My business will cover the areas between Dartmouth and Ship Harbour.
I really enjoy geriatrics and see foot care as just another service; the same as cleaning someone’s dentures or brushing their hair. I know personally that if my feet hurt, I’m no good. I’m here for the residents and try to go above and beyond as much as I’m able.
My husband Mark and I have been married for four years and have a seven-year-old son name Gabriel. Mark owns his own construction company and Gabriel (or as we call him, Tazman) is in grade two, loves hockey and soccer and is a rough and tumble kind of guy. I also have a 23-year-old son named Christopher who is musically inclined and currently dabbling in construction and life in general.
I have a creative side and enjoy doing arts and crafts, particularly ones I find on Pinterest. Mark and I like to throw parties and we also enjoy camping every summer and spending time outside. We usually go south every year due to our dislike of winter, and are planning a trip to Mexico this coming winter.