The fun stuff about our team

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Alicia James

Alicia James has lots of qualifications because she loves to study. Not only does she have her undergraduate Podiatry qualification but also a Masters of Health Science (Podiatry) and a PhD.  Throughout her studies, she gained post-graduate experience in Sports medicine, Paediatrics (with a special interest in Calcaneal Apophysitis) and Wound Care – Diabetes. She is also registered as an endorsed prescriber for scheduled medicines and is one of six podiatrists in Australia to have recieve her Paediatric Credential by the Australian Podiatry Council.

Alicia seriously likes to keep busy and engaged in the podiatry profession, even though she has a very active toddler at home. She is a director and past President of the Australian Podiatry Association (Vic) board and was awarded the Jennifer O'Meara Award in 2010. She has previously been the chair of the Victorian Paediatrc Podiatry Special Interest Group a number of times. 

She started working in Kingston Foot Clinic in 2008 and also works in senior management in the public sector. She has published extensively on calcaneal heel pain in children and really enjoys working with older kids to keep them as active as possible. 

Alicia works at Cheltenham and Berwick sites on Saturday mornings. She see all ages at Cheltenham but only children at Berwick. She especially enjoys working with teenagers. 

 


 
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Cylie Williams

Cylie Williams is another one who hasn't stopped studying but loves it so much she now balances her work at Kingston Foot Clinic with a research and education career. Cylie has been playing, assessing and treating kids for ages in the public podiatry clinics and in private practice. She has her podiatry degree, a Masters of Health Science (Health Education and Promotion) and just for fun, a PhD as well. She was one of the first podiatrists in Australia to receive her Paediatric Podiatry Credential from the Australian Podiatry Council.

Cylie has tried to escape podiatry a number of times by heading into managment roles but always keeps coming back because she loves working with families too much. She has also remained active in the podiatry profession, was the past vice president of the A.Pod.A (Vic) board and now is on the Podiatry Board of Australia. She was a co-founder of the Paediatric Special Interest Group (A.Pod.A Vic) has chaired this group a few too many times. 

Cylie really enjoys cuddling babies, playing with toddlers and just making assessments fun with little kids. She has a very special interest in toe walking gait and is currently a leading internationally recognised researcher in this area. When not at Kingston Foot Clinic, she is a senior research fellow at Monash University and adjunct research fellow at the University of South Australia. We sometimes wonder from week to week where she is because of her work travels, but she manages to turn up to see her patients. 

Cylie is at Cheltenham on Thursdays and once a month at the Berwick site. 


 
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Simone Cranage

Simone joined Kingston Foot Clinic in 2010 as a new graduate. She came to work with us one day a week and has stayed ever since. She has an interest in all aspects of podiatry and is developing her skills in paediatrics and sport medicine.

Simone is our crazy athlete, if she is limping, it is because she was running, riding or generally doing something very fast! Simone is one of our great generalist podiatrists. She works in the public sector just seing children. At Kingston Foot Clinic she works as a generalist, seeing everyone. 

She also has an interest in injury prevention, obtaining her Level 1 Sports Trainers Certificate in 2008. Like Alicia and Cylie, she has held the chair position on the Paediatrics Special interest group. She has recently gone back to uni and doing a research degree about children's walking and footwear in addition to undertaking her Paediatric Credential. Thankfully, she likes to keep busy too. 

Simone is at Cheltenham on Thursdays and Fridays and Berwick on Thursday and Saturday mornings. 


 
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Anna Couch

Anna is the newest addition to the team at Kingston Foot Clinic. She enjoys all aspects of podiatry but has a special interest in diabetes, wound management and sports medicine.

Anna graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. She completed her graduate year at The Royal Melbourne Hospital working as a member of the diabetic foot unit, treating complex high-risk clients.  She now works across both the public and private sectors. That is when we can tie her down to coming to work. Anna just loves to travel and can fill you in on all the great places around the world to visit. 

Anna works at Cheltenham on Mondays. 


 
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Caitlin Topham

Caitlin has joined Kingston Foot Clinic after 4 years full time work with the Australian Ballet, giving her unparalleled experience in Dance Podiatry. She has worked closely with all of Australia’s leading dance shoe providers, and has taught Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, and Pointe classes at various dance schools since 2005.Caitlin also provides continuing education on Dance Podiatry for other podiatrists.

Caitlin can twirl like no tomorrow. Everything she does shows her posture and experience as a dancer. She has experience in all areas of podiatry but coordinates a dedicated dance podiatry service for pre-pointe assessment, rehabilitation, shoes advice and modification and general foot care for dancers. She can provide excellent coordinated care with your teachers and other health care specialists to keep you or your child dancing.

Caitlin is also the genius behind our Facebook, Twitter and Website posts. She is our marketing superstar and continues to make us look great online. 

Caitlin works at the Cheltenham clinic only on Saturdays. 


 
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Georgia Coombes

Georgia is another of our podiatrists who works across the public sector and at Kingston Foot Clinic. Georgia mainly works to service our residential aged care services.

Georgia is an absolute star and passionate about excellence in wound care and pressure injury prevention. She has vast experience in geriatric specific foot conditions and wound care. She has a particular interest in the management of skin pressure wounds.

However, Georgia is the biggest sweet tooth in our team. Watch your lollies when she is around!


 
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Jessie Wong

Jessie is again another podiatrist who spreads her work across Kingston Foot Clinic and the public sector.

In her career, she has worked across Australia and Singapore and is experienced in managing complex diabetes related foot problems. 

She also works in across a number of residential aged care settings and also inpatient settings. Jessie is dedicated to the task but also is a seriously fabulous cook and has the most wicked laugh. 


 
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Melissa Towns

Melissa is the person you will most likely speak to on the phone and first person who will greet you at the Cheltenham site of Kingston Foot Clinic. She also will return calls  from our answering service when we are not open. 

She is our star practice manager and keeps us all in line. She is the first to open a door for patients, hold a baby, call you a taxi or help out when a podiatrist calls out "MEL!!!" 

If you need to know anything about the clinic, our services or need an appointment. Just call or email and Melissa will help you and ensure your podiatrists know exactly what you need.