Monique Bakija grew up in Western Sydney and attended Western Sydney University where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Medicine. In 2016, Monique was awarded the Ted & Grace Renton Memorial award, for her studies in the field of Biomechanics in her last year of study.
Throughout her tertiary education, Monique was placed in Torquay VIC, Wollongong NSW and Galway Ireland, and enjoyed the challenge of practicing in various locations and in rural towns. This challenge encouraged Monique to move to Dubbo NSW in her graduate year. The scope of practice seen in a rural setting allowed for Monique to see a wider range of patients and conditions, which was poignant in her early development as a Podiatrist.
Monique has a keen interest in all fields of podiatry, including diabetic foot problems, biomechanics and paediatrics. She is looking forward to starting work in a new environment back in Sydney and meeting the locals.
Monique has always been an active person, having played netball since the year 2000, either at weekend sport, with in school or at indoor competitions. Monique also does enjoy running in her local area, which she intends in the new year to pick up more seriously.