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Podiatry

What is a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is a university trained health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, investigation, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

Podiatrists treat a vast range of conditions such as bone and joint disorders, arthritis, soft-tissue and muscular injuries as well as neurological and circulatory diseases including diabetes. They are also able to diagnose and treat any complications which affect the lower limb, including sports and musculoskeletal injuries, skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.

To become a Podiatrist you must complete a 4 year university Bachelor’s Degree and be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Prior to 1977 Podiatrists were known as chiropodists. The name was officially changed to Podiatrist to reflect the upgrading of education levels and an expansion in the scope of practice by the profession.

Meet the Team

Our award winning Absolute Footcare team has great experience in treating your ongoing podiatry needs. Coming from diverse backgrounds in which to draw their experience from. All are active in their ongoing education, keeping up to date with current research trends and conferences.

Toby Thompson
B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Toby Thompson B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: University of Newcastle

Provider Number: 5241721J

Clinics: Southport

After graduating in Newcastle, Toby relocated from the NSW Central Coast to begin his career as a Podiatrist.

Toby has always wanted to work in the Allied Health field and welcomes the ever-changing scope of practice podiatry has to offer. He has a keen interest in many aspects including orthotic therapy, paediatrics, gerontology and pathology management.

His competitive background in a variety of sports has enabled him to understand the importance of pain-free exercise and injury prevention. It’s his passion to see his patients to return to the activity they love as soon as possible to reach their sporting goals.

Nathan Chock
B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Nathan Chock B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: University of Newcastle

Provider Number: 5293413L

Clinics: Southport, Runaway Bay

Having finished university in Newcastle, Nathan moved to QLD and started his podiatry career working in a private practice in Ipswich.

Nathan’s sporting career came to an end with injuries, however with his thorough understanding and knowledge, feels well equipped to manage patient goals and outcomes.

He enjoys many aspects of podiatry, having a keen interest in Sports Podiatry which specialises in the diagnosis, management and prevention of foot and lower limb injuries and disorders.

He engages in continued education and is an active member of the Australian Podiatry Association, Sports Medicine Australia and the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Daniel Wiendl
B.H.SC – Podiatry(hons), M.A.Pod.A

Daniel Wiendl B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: Queensland University of Technology

Provider Number: 5457322W

Clinics: Runaway Bay

After 15 years of clinical practice & lecturing in Pedorthics around the globe (Germany, Australia, Japan), Daniel advanced his expertise with a degree in Podiatry.

He enjoys all aspect of podiatry practice and has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb & foot. His competencies in foot orthoses was awarded with the Charles W Graves Award in 2016.

Daniel’s wealth of knowledge in footwear & foot orthoses combined with qualifications in dry needling and foot mobilisation allow for individualised patient treatment in order to achieve their individual goals.

Shirley Lau
B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Shirley Lau: B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: University of Newcastle

Provider Number: 5806101A

Clinics: Southport

Shirley graduated from the University of Newcastle with Bachelor of Podiatry (Distinction). During her studies, Shirley completed several clinical placements in private practices and hospitals on the Gold Coast, Sydney and NSW Central Coast. Shirley gained great experience through her exposure to a variety of foot conditions during her clinical placements.

She has developed a keen interest in all aspects of podiatry especially general podiatry care, biomechanics, musculoskeletal injuries, diabetic foot management and orthotic therapy.

Shirley is passionate about assisting people from all ages in achieving good foot health. She believes mobility is everything and enjoys being able to keep people on their feet.

Shirley also speaks fluent English and Mandarin. She looks forward to your next appointment with her!

Aleisha Schmitz
B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Aleisha Schmitz B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: Queensland University of Technology

Provider Number: 5769911K

Clinics: Southport, Runaway Bay

Aleisha has always found herself having a passion for overall health and wellbeing and this has transitioned in to her chosen career as an allied health professional as she can help to improve an individual’s quality of life.

Aleisha has a keen interest in many aspects of podiatry including musculoskeletal injuries, orthotic therapy and general foot care, with a focus on paediatrics and sports podiatry.

She has been local to the Brisbane and Gold Coast area for her whole life and has an appreciation for an active lifestyle and sports, stemming from her past playing netball competitively. Given this, Aleisha strives to provide patient centred care that is tailored to the goals and interests of each person she treats.

Adrian Bucknell
B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Adrian Bucknell B.Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: Auckland University of Technology

Provider Number: 5518912X

Clinics: Southport, Broadbeach

Adrian moved to Australia to provide Podiatry services to aged care facilities in the Toowoomba region. He then relocated to the Gold Coast to increase the scope of his Podiatry practice.

Adrian’s keen interests include diabetes management and diagnosing and treating foot and lower limb pathologies. He also enjoys a background in athletic footwear fitting and actively participates in continual professional development.

During his spare time he enjoys being near the water, participating in and watching sports and spending time with friends and family!

Alexandra Carter
B.H.SC – Podiatry

Alexandra Carter B.H.SC – Podiatry

Education: Queensland University of Technology

Clinics: Brisbane clinics

Ali has vast experience in private practice with interests including diabetic foot care and education, general podiatry care and lower limb biomechanics.

With an additional Bachelors degree in Anatomy from the University of Queensland she has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injury and biomechanics. Ali is a registered DVA footwear prescriber helping veterans with general footcare and custom footwear prescription.

Ali attends many conferences and educational events and is a member of Sports Medicine Australia and the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Nathan Marsh
B.H.SC – Podiatry

Nathan Marsh B.H.SC – Podiatry

Education: Queensland University of Technology

Clinics: Brisbane clinics

With over 10 years experience in private practice, Nathan has developed a keen interest in Orthotic Therapy, Paediatrics, Diabetic Management and Musculoskeletal Podiatry.

With an additional Bachelors degree in Occupational Health and Safety he combines with his Podiatry training to offer workplace injury management and prevention services. This can include footwear recommendations, orthotics and general podiatry treatment prevention across many occupations. Nathan†has a passion for seeing his patients transition from injury, through rehabilitation, and help them get back to work and life in a timely manner.

Lauren Wockner
B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Lauren Wockner B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: Queensland University of Technology

Clinics: Brisbane clinics

Lauren always knew she wanted to work in the Allied Health field and being a Podiatrist is the perfect fit. Podiatry enables her to combine a passion for health, well being and helping others.

Lauren enjoys every aspect of podiatry practice and treating patients of all ages. She has a keen interest in sports podiatry, musculoskeletal conditions, orthotic design and manufacture. Lauren strives to help patients through the process of rehabilitation, return to pain free activity and injury prevention. Holding certificate’s III, IV and a Diploma in Fitness in addition to her Podiatry degree. Lauren has a vast amount of knowledge regarding health, fitness and sports, specifically related to lower limb health.

With her extensive and current background in professional sport Lauren has an understanding of the demands placed on the body to perform. Her ability to employ appropriate measures regarding Podiatry treatments will assist patients to remain active and injury and pain free. Lauren also holds dry needling certifications.

Lauren enjoys working with patients helping them reach their personal goals and full potential!

Shayla Nguyen
B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Shayla Nguyen B.H.SC – Podiatry, M.A.Pod.A

Education: Queensland University of Technology

Clinics: Brisbane clinics

Shayla has a keen interest in all aspects of Podiatry including musculoskeletal, diabetic and general. She has an extensive background in school and athletic footwear fitting for children which she combines with an interest in childrens feet and gait.

Her knowledge of footwear is combined with her Podiatry training to provide patients with important footwear advice for the prevention or treatment of many foot and lower-limb conditions.

Volunteer work has included providing Podiatry services for homeless, indigenous and special needs children.

Shayla attends many professional development events staying at the forefront of modern treatment technology including recently attending the Australian Podiatry Conference.

COMMON CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED… we can help.

Your Absolute Footcare Podiatrist is able to diagnose and treat any complications which affect the lower limb, including sports and musculoskeletal injuries, skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.

See a more comprehensive list of Common Conditions treated by your Absolute Footcare Podiatrist.

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