Wade Nield is the owner of Feet 1st Shoes, Inc. He was born and raised in Jacksonville, but has also lived in Orlando, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Wade graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in finance. He also graduated from the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida.
Prior to starting Feet 1st, Wade worked in the banking field for twenty three years and last served as Senior Vice President and Director of Business Marketing for the fourth largest bank in the country. In 2002 he decided to return to Jacksonville to start a business. Wade likes to tell people that divine guidance is what led him to enter the field of Pedorthics. There were just too many twists and turns along the path to starting this business to explain it away as happenstance.
In preparation for starting the business, Wade attended the Eneslow School of Pedorthics at the New York College of Podiatry.
Wade is married and has five adult children and two grandchildren. He and his wife Tracy reside in Jacksonville. In his spare time Wade enjoys fishing, boating, scuba diving and traveling.
Andrew was born in Connecticut, but has lived all over the United States and overseas in Switzerland while growing up because his father was a professional journalist. Andrew loved music as a child and became a self-taught musician who plays the guitar, bass, piano and drums.
Because of his love for music, he enrolled in audio engineering classes at Full Sail University in Orlando. Following school, Andrew made his way back to Charlotte, North Carolina where he found work at an outdoor store selling hiking, rock climbing and camping equipment. While there, he worked under the direction of a certified Pedorthist who introduced him to the biomechanical side of pedorthics. In 2017 Andrew moved to Jacksonville to be near family and joined the team at Feet 1st Shoes where he continued to expand his understanding of biomechanics and pedorthics. In 2018 Andrew graduated from the Hanger School of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College. Now, as a licensed Pedorthist Andrew sees patients with a wide range of foot conditions.
Andrew is an accomplished mountain climber and has scaled many of the highest peaks in the United States. In the summer of 2021 he made a four week climb of Denali in Alaska, reaching the summit at 20,300 feet elevation on June 29th. Having met many of his climbing goals and desiring a high energy sport he could pursue closer to home, Andrew has recently been pursuing skydiving.
Andrew lives in the Riverside section of Jacksonville with his long time girlfriend Payton.
Sandy is a proud mother of two daughters and a new grandmother. She was born and raised in central New York on a large dairy farm, one of five children. Sandy’s upbringing on the farm instilled in her a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for nature, animals and the outdoors. Her father was a huge influence on her in lessons of hard work and determination and music, being a farmer and musician all his life and entertaining with his band.
Sandy has always been passionate about helping others (attributed to her mother’s teachings of character, integrity and kindness) and has spent her career working in the financial and healthcare services industry. She has over 30 years of experience in these fields and has held various roles, including Assistant Vice President banking operations, Account Manager, sales executive and clinical Pedorthist. She holds licenses from the American Board for certification in Pedorthics and the Florida Department of health. Her love for Pedorthics started through her role in sales with Durable Medical equipment, when she discovered medical shoe fitting and gaps in the industry for medical care of the feet. She asked her local medical partners about what was needed and how she could best help with the issues. She noted that fitting medical shoes and inserts involved not just the foot, lower limb but the body as a whole. And discovered that full assessment and examination was needed to provide the proper fit and function for patients with pain and abnormalities.
Sandy enjoys working with the medical community and has partnered and learned from PCP’s, Podiatrists, physical therapists, wound care and medical teams. She is an advocate of the Pedorthic career path and is a former Director of the marketing and membership committee of the Pedorthic Footcare Association. She has co-written the chapter on Foot wellbeing with Rheumatoid arthritis with Dr. Tammi Shlotzhauer in “Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis” and written articles for Current Pedorthics magazine. She has participated as a speaker at national symposiums and on a local level educating on diabetic foot wounds, care and methods of offloading with proper shoes. She was nominated and participated in the Hanger clinic Approved Clinical Mentor (ACM) program as a residency mentor to train and effectively teach and mentor students in the context of their residency program.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her standard poodle, Ziggy, time with family, camping, playing her guitar, harmonica and biking trails. She also enjoys learning about new interests and trying new things such as beekeeping and drone piloting.
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