About Moreland Podiatry
Moreland Podiatry is more than a clinic. It’s a place where a close-knit team work together to get people back on their feet. We treat our patients like family, and our focus is to see them get well.
We see all kinds of cases, from toddlers taking their first steps, to grandparents developing ways to deal with the changing requirements of old age. GPs refer especially complex cases to us because they know John and the team are committed to finding a solution to any podiatric problem.
The Moreland Podiatry team are dedicated to education, evidence-based treatment and holistic approaches to foot health. Ongoing education and a willingness to learn are vital in the health industry, says John. He and his team are keen up-skillers regularly attending conferences, courses and training programs in order to provide the best podiatric care they can.
Originally from South Australia, John has over 20 years experience in Podiatry. After graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Applied Science John also studied postgraduate subjects in Sports Podiatry, Paediatrics and Pharmacology at the University of South Australia. In 2001 he moved to Melbourne where he leads a team of highly qualified Podiatrists who share the same values as he does in providing the best client care available. He has also undertaken courses in Prolotherapy, Shockwave Therapy and Foot Mobilisation.
John primarily focuses on Paediatrics, Sports, Biomechanics and complex cases. With his extensive experience in these fields, he has a reputation in the community for being a leading Podiatrist. John enjoys working with seemingly hopeless cases, with faith that he can help where others could not.
John’s reputation is backed by a career in Sports Podiatry. His passion for all sorts of sport is reflected in his work, helping athletes across the board recover from injury and perform at their peak.
John also has a particular interest in Paediatric cases. With the right treatment, most childhood podiatric issues can be corrected, preventing ongoing foot problems later in life. For John, there are few greater rewards than seeing children presenting with issues develop perfect, healthy feet.
For the past six years, John has been supervising final year Podiatry students from one of the country’s leading universities. John believes strongly in education, offering a number of work placements to committed final-year students. He currently employees two team members that were once students from La Trobe University under his mentorship. While the rest of his team did not formally study under John, they continue to learn every day under his mentorship.
For over a decade, Melissa has been an avid athlete. Running at Preston Athletics Club, Melissa has seen her fair share of sports-related foot conditions, both on and off the field.
Melissa fell head over heels in love with podiatry at her uni open day. Being a keen athlete, she was already invested in understanding sport- and stress-related injuries and lower limb gaits. She joined us in 2014 after working in the public sector for three years.
In the private sector, Melissa says, you work with the world: from diabetic neuropathy and vasculopathy to sprains to tendon and bone problems to ingrown nails. Melissa enjoys private practice because it presents her an opportunity to work with regular patients, particularly those with ongoing sports-related injuries or issues with their gait.
The team regularly train together and are a great support. Everyone gets along so well, says Melissa, except when Collingwood play the Crows!
Melanie is another Adelaidean now working at Moreland Podiatry. Melanie has always known she wanted to be a podiatrist, ever since visiting one as a young girl. In Year 10, she did work experience with a South Australian podiatrist. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Podiatry from the University of South Australia, Melanie returned to her hometown of Mildura, where she practiced for one year. Growing up with a keen fascination with the foot, Melanie is interested in every aspect of podiatry, from heel pain to ingrown nails, and everything in between.
Coming from the country, Melanie was attracted to Moreland Podiatry for its community feel. Melanie has worked with whole families since joining the team in 2013: grandparents with bunions bring in their kids with heel pain, who bring in their kids with sprains. One of the benefits of private practice is that you get to know your patients, and truly be a part of their recovery.
Stuart graduated from La Trobe in 2014, but he wasn’t one of John’s students. His placement was in Singapore, in the public system. Stuart worked with Moreland Podiatry for 18 months from 2015, before returning to Singapore’s hospitals for a year. Since returning, Stuart splits his time between private practice and public health, where he continues to see a high number of diabetes-related conditions.
Stuart’s work in Singapore presented him with a number of challenges. There, like in our public system, podiatrists work with a team of different specialists across disciplines. All business and schooling in Singapore is in English, but the older generations speak Mandarin, Malay and Indian dialects. Clinical settings require a lot of back-and-forth, not sharing a language made Stuart consider the ways we collect and share information.
In private practice, Stuart is interested in shockwave therapy for heel pain, chronic wounds, achilles pain, and alternative therapies. Recently, he completed a course in dry needling. Stuart regularly works in youth podiatry. He loves playing cricket on the weekend.
With a degree from the University of Newcastle, Angela has worked in Canberra, London and Melbourne. Working in the public sector, Angela worked extensively across all types of podiatry, especially in diabetic and wound care.
Private practice has allowed Angela to focus on her particular areas of interest: foot and heel pain, general podiatry, sports-related podiatry, and children. Such cases typically require biomechanical assessment, in which the patient’s feet are assessed and possible sources of pain identified, for which she then develops a treatment plan.
Angela enjoys getting to know her patients and their families, giving her the best chance to identify potential conditions early. With education, footwear and care, Angela is a firm believer in preventative podiatric care.
Peter completed a bachelor degree in Health Science specialising in Podiatry from AUT in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. Peter moved to Melbourne in January 2009 and has worked in Australia since, working both in the city and around rural Australia in community and private settings. Peter has been with Moreland Podiatry since May 2013. Peter practices all aspects of podiatry, and has a particular interest in sports medicine, putting an emphasis on holistic healthcare through a multi -disciplined approach. Since graduating, Peter has pursued further study in personal training and nutrition at the Victorian Institute of Fitness. As well as alternative soft tissue treatment courses in dry needling, trigger point therapy, prolotherapy and shockwave therapy.
Demeter joined Moreland Podiatry after providing podiatric services in Melbourne’s Aged Care facilities. Demeter has always wanted to work in health care, providing the same level of care she hopes her family would receive. Evidence-based research drives her practice, with a strong focus on providing personalised, holistic care. Fluent in English and Greek, Demeter often works with our Greek-speaking patients. Her main interests are musculoskeletal and general podiatry.
Sophia graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Podiatry in 2016. An alumnus of La Trobe University, John was her mentor in her final year when her placement was at Moreland Podiatry. Placement, she says, gave her hands-on experience, and really helped her prepare for private practice. “Moreland Podiatry really gave me my first shot,” she says, “they took me in and showed me what I need to know”. Sophia is interested in general podiatry and diabetic foot care.
Like Sophia, Carolyn also had her final year placement with John. “When John called [to offer me a position], I was really excited”. During her placement, Carolyn could tell that Moreland Podiatry was like a family, calling it a “place that would look after you”. “You could tell by the patient interaction, it was a great place”. Carolyn was an enthusiastic student, eager to learn all she could about the practice. “Moreland Podiatry is a great place to learn and they’ve really looked out for me too, making sure I fit in”. Now a part of the team, Carolyn is interested in footwear, orthotic prescription, diabetic wound care and management, and nail surgery.