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What We Do

At Fairfield Podiatry we keep you on your feet. Whether a small, pesky problem or a chronic condition, our expert podiatrists can help you. And not only that — we’ll have a chat and a laugh along the way. We really do find feet quite fun!

Fairfield is our home and we’ve been helping the local community since 2003. From young children to the elderly, our 7 highly qualified and experienced podiatrists support in excess of 200 people per week to overcome and prevent a range of foot, ankle and leg problems. We also support the local baristas and this makes everybody happy.

 

How can Fairfield Podiatry help you?

Treating foot pain so you remain active

Helping children overcome painful, flat feet

Improving athletes' function and performance

 

Cutting toenails and removing thick skin

Checking for problems relating to diabetes, arthritis, and vascular disease

 

The Fairfield Podiatry Buzz

 People trust our podiatrists because we’re experienced and we get results in the shortest time possible

People trust our podiatrists because we’re experienced and we get results in the shortest time possible

 Our podiatrists work in collaboration, so you benefit from the passion and knowledge of the whole team

Our podiatrists work in collaboration, so you benefit from the passion and knowledge of the whole team

 Our podiatrists go above and beyond with professional development so we’re at the forefront of the podiatry industry

Our podiatrists go above and beyond with professional development so we’re at the forefront of the podiatry industry

 We have a network of like-minded and expert health professionals to involve in your care if necessary

We have a network of like-minded and expert health professionals to involve in your care if necessary

 Our podiatrists determine the appointment duration based on your individual needs — we get to know our patients quite well!

Our podiatrists determine the appointment duration based on your individual needs — we get to know our patients quite well!

 We offer extended opening hours, on-site parking, wheelchair access and large, private rooms to make your visit easy and comfortable

We offer extended opening hours, on-site parking, wheelchair access and large, private rooms to make your visit easy and comfortable

Meet the Team

 

We have 7 highly qualified and experienced podiatrists on our team. All of our podiatrists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and are members of the Australian Podiatry Association (Vic).

We also have 3 experienced, friendly and helpful customer service specialists who will great you with a smile.

Our team works together to make sure your experience at Fairfield Podiatry is a good one. And we love our jobs!

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George Koutsioufitis

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George is a director of Fairfield Podiatry. He’s the (only slightly!) older, wiser one with the good golf swing. George completed his Bachelor of Podiatry in 2000 at La Trobe University and has never looked back. Before long, George was practising in the UK where he worked with orthopaedic surgeons and English sports clubs. He was also a member of the International Medical Team at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and speaks fluent Greek! Yes, we’re impressed by George too. He says the best part of his job is helping people overcome their pain and connecting with the community. And if he wasn’t a podiatrist George would be a PE teacher or landscaper so he could wear shorts to work every day!

Special Interests

  • Sports injury management
  • Diabetes foot care (including wound management)
  • Children’s foot problems
  • Toenail surgery
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Shaun Bergin

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Shaun is also a director of Fairfield Podiatry. He’s the (only slightly!) younger one who loves hanging with family and friends and all things sports. Your sports injury will most definitely be in good hands with Shaun. He completed his undergraduate podiatry degree in 2010, graduating with first class honours — so you could say we’re a little bit proud. Shaun previously researched big-toe joint osteoarthritis and had his findings published in Arthritis Care & Research from the American College of Rheumatology. Shaun says the best part about his job is seeing people walk out of his room happier and more comfortable and confident than when they walked in. But if he wasn't a podiatrist he'd be a fire fighter…just like his dad.

Special Interests

  • Sport injuries
  • Walking and running analysis
  • Sports footwear
  • Children’s foot problems
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Rachael Wong

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Rachael is a real professional. She understands the importance of your individual requirements and goes out of her way to give you a pleasant experience at Fairfield Podiatry. She has travelled extensively throughout Asia and America but is just as happy unwinding in front of a good movie. Rachael is now studying to become a podiatrist herself, so you may see her on the other side of the desk before long!
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Andrew Buldt

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Andrew knows all about the effects of foot structure on lower limb biomechanics, having just completed his PhD on the topic. He’s a pretty cluey fella. Andrew first graduated from La Trobe University in 2005 and moved overseas to take up posts in Ireland and the UK. During this time he worked with the Scottish Institute of Sport and Scottish Rugby Union. Now back in Melbourne, Andrew’s holistic approach to podiatry makes him an excellent person to have on our team. We count our lucky stars every day.

Special Interests

  • Lower limb/goot biomechanics
  • Gait analysis
  • Musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation
  • Big toe joint pain
  • Toenail and skin care

Ryan Cornwall

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Ryan is a passionate podiatrist who enjoys nothing more than being in the clinic helping patients. And they love him for it! He also gets a kick out of wakeboarding, cycling and generally being Mr Fit. Quite frankly, we can’t keep up! Since graduating from his Bachelor of Podiatry in 2010, Ryan has worked in a range of practices, including 3 years at a sports medicine clinic treating elite athletes alongside leading sports doctors and physiotherapists. He’s also our go-to-guy when it comes to dry needling — a highly effective approach to pain. Ryan reckons the best part of the job is being able to help people achieve their goals - whether that's walking down the street pain-free, or running a marathon. If Ryan wasn't a podiatrist, he'd open a bar or bike shop...or both!

Special Interests

  • Running analysis
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports injuries
  • Orthotics
  • Dry needling
  • Sports footwear
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Sylvia Santos

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Sylvia has worked at Fairfield Podiatry since we opened in 2003 and is practically part of the furniture. But Sylvia is always up for a chat and a laugh so you certainly can’t miss her. Before long you’ll feel like part of her lovely Portuguese family! Sylvia has a Diploma of Business Administration and keeps us organised around the practice. As a qualified nail technician she’s also happy to talk nails when your feet are feeling better!
Caitlen Martin

Caitlen Martin

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Caitlen has always loved health and fitness, so it’s no surprise she’s such an incredible podiatrist. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice, Caitlen spent some time studying in Scotland under the UK's National Health Service. She followed this up with further training in dry needling and foot mobilisation, and sees very positive recovery outcomes using these treatment techniques. Caitlen is originally from the Mornington Peninsula and says she’d be a travel blogger if she wasn’t a podiatrist. So a visit to Caitlen often results in improved health and the sharing of a good story.
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Antoni Caserta

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Since qualifying as a podiatrist in 2010, Antoni has achievedamazing things in the world of paediatrics. He’s joined two disciplines that people mix up — clever huh! As well as his specialist work at Fairfield Podiatry, Antoni co-consults with paediatric physiotherapists on lower limb and gait pathology at Monash Health. He has presented on paediatrics at state conferences, and is currently the chair for the Paediatric Special Interest Group for the Australian Podiatry Association. To add to his repertoire, Antoni is doing a PhD on ‘The Strength Profile of Children with Idiopathic Toe Walking Gait’. If Antoni wasn’t a podiatrist he says he would be an athletics coach, and we have no doubt his athletes would be all-stars, just like him.

Jayde Finnegan

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Jayde has a sausage dog called Pablo, who is our smallest team member. He’s not great with feet but Jayde makes up for that with her extensive clinical experience and passion for podiatry. Somehow Jayde managed to complete a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Podiatric Practice. She has a special interest in helping people to understand and manage their foot problems, particularly those associated with diabetes. For Jayde, the best part about her job is the fact that she provides care, advice and education that can make a positive difference to a person's day. In another life, Jayde would have been a vet.

Special Interests

  • Diabetes foot assessment
  • Wound care

Chrissy Kanakis

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Chrissy is a lively character who helps us feel relaxed and positive at work, and loves interacting with you when you come into the clinic. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and is now doing her postgraduate studies in psychology. Chrissy is a culture queen as she loves travelling, going to the theatre and reading a good book.

Dion Vallianos

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Dion is a young man on a mission. After completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice at La Trobe University, he set out to have a positive influence on as many people’s lives as possible. We think the combination of Dion’s podiatry knowledge and warm and caring nature will hold him in good stead as he pursues his noble goal. Dion is sports-mad, so is well positioned to have a chat about how your team went on the weekend or, more importantly, help you to achieve your physical activity goals. He’s played high-level Aussie Rules and tennis himself, so you can rest assured that he knows what it takes to avoid and overcome injuries. Dion has been working at Active Feet since 2015, so it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about footwear and gait analysis. Before you ask, Dion is not George’s son. That said, George would be proud to call Dion his son and, like George, he speaks fluent Greek. A great weekend for Dion is one that’s spent hanging out with family and friends.

Special interests

  • Sports injury management
  • Sports footwear
  • Gait analysis
  • Toenail and skin care

Andrew Apolloni

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Andrew studied at La Trobe University with Ryan, Antoni and Shaun. We’ve put the band back together! He started his podiatry career at St Vincent's Hospital where he was a member of the High Risk Foot Team. In 2011 Andrew started working at a sports medicine clinic on the Mornington Peninsula. This is where he developed a keen interest in running injuries and footwear. Andrew likes to incorporate massage and dry needling into his patient’s management plans. A keen triathlete himself, Andrew is also the podiatrist for Elite Triathlon Performance Australia and Evolution Cycles. This predominantly involves running/cycling shoe and running gait assessments. Andrew also has experience with prescribing and modifying cycling insoles/footbeds. Being a podiatrist gives Andrew the opportunity to meet new people every day and learn about their lives. This is one of the reasons he loves his job! Outside of work, Andrew decided to buy a house that needed to be renovated so that he has an excuse to stop watching Carlton for a while. If Andrew wasn’t a podiatrist he’d be a builder. By the time Carlton finish their rebuild Andrew may have spent enough time working on his house to become a qualified builder.

Special interests

  • Working with endurance athletes
  • Sports injuries
  • Walking and running analysis
  • Orthotics

Partners

Hawthorn Running Group

Charities

2017 Walk to Save Our Sons

Save Our Sons Duchenne Foundation

Footscape