Rob graduated from QUT with Honours in Podiatry and a clinical award. He worked in Northern NSW before he and his wife Natalie purchased Barry Hawes and Associates in 2011. Rob has a broad interest in all areas of podiatry, but particular interests in diabetic care, geriatric podiatry, biomechanics and orthotic technology.
He has completed the Queensland Health Foot Ulcer Simulation Training (FUST) Program where he further developed his knowledge of acute and chronic wound care, as well as the Advanced Wound Debriding Skills Course under Professor Donald MacLellan and the Running Retraining Course under Dr Christian Barton.
He is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association, Sports and Exercise Podiatry Australia, Sports Medicine Australia, Wounds Australia and a professional member of Diabetes Queensland.