Hamish enrolled in his podiatry training at Durham School of Chiropody & Podiatry in 1978 and graduated in 1981, and for a while worked for the Berkshire NHS.
In 1982 the opportunity arose to move back to North East to join the practice at 93 Chillingham Road (initially established as an independent Chiropody clinic in 1957), and he has remained ever since. He and his wife Vanessa took over the practice in 2000, and maintained its family-run status, thus making it the oldest continuously running practice of its type in Newcastle.
The Dow Clinic operates as a Chiropody/Podiatry clinic to this day and has incorporated Newcastle Nail Laser Centre into its practice.
In his spare time Hamish tries to find time to manage his allotment, create his own unique recipes with spices, dreams of owning a motorcycle again, and makes a valiant attempt to keep fit with The Newcastle Kettlebell Club