Profiles

Tony Massarotti

B (Podiatry), MHlthSc(Podiatry), AdvDipAppSc (Myo), MAPodA,
Endorsed to Prescribe Scheduled Medicines
MAAPSM

Tony is an experienced musculoskeletal podiatrist particularly noted in the area for his expertise in sports injuries. He completed his Masters in Health Science (Podiatry), a course focussed on evidence based practice in podiatry, with specialisation in paediatric podiatry, sports and pharmacology. He has also undertaken intense study to become an Endorsed Prescriber of Scheduled Medicines.

Tony has conducted many literature reviews, and written papers specifically on ankle injury management and prolotherapy, an area of specialisation that he has long had a keen interest in. He has also attended courses overseas in the evolving and emerging techniques in this area, as well as courses in foot and ankle manipulation.

Tony has always been very committed to continuing education to maintain a high standard of delivery of podiatry services and the latest treatment techniques. He leads a team of highly qualified practitioners and supports their endeavour to do the same. Like Tony, they are equally passionate in their pursuit for deeper knowledge through continuing education to provide the best patient care for those needing specialist attention.

Nicholas Ryan

B (Podiatry) honours, BAppSc (Human Movement), MAPodA
Nicholas is experienced in all facets of podiatry and has a particular interest in the area of lower limb biomechanics and surgical procedures. Nick Ryan is currently a Surgical Registrar with the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons. Podiatric Surgery is a field of Specialisation within the profession of Podiatry. Fellows of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons are Commonwealth Accredited Specialists who perform reconstructive surgery on the foot and ankle.

Nick has previously conducted the gym and fitness program for Ringwood Swimming Club following his extensive experience as an elite athlete in swimming at a state and national level. His previous studies in Human Movement complement and add to his experience in treating sports specific injuries.

Zoe Giacobbe

B (Health Science), M (Podiatric Practice)
Zoe is a podiatrist who is highly skilled in all aspects of podiatry including sports injuries and general foot pain. With her experience in biomechanical and gait assessment, she will accurately assess your condition to determine the exact cause of pain and recommend corrective treatment. She also has a wealth of experience in footwear, which is an important component of caring for your feet, and will provide advice and recommendations for appropriate footwear for any condition.

Zoe is an extremely enthusiastic podiatrist. She is interested in her patients’ conditions, and educating them in all areas of foot care and foot health. Being a dedicated practitioner, she is passionate about providing the highest quality of care to all her patients, to deliver the best outcomes. This is evident in her compassionate nature and inthe way she communicates with her patients.

Cherise Angelotti

B(Science), B(Health Science), M(Podiatric Practice)
Cherise is an enthusiastic and well skilled podiatrist, working from both our Ringwood and Knox locations. Cherise describes her favourite part of the profession as being able to meet new patients and then to send them home feeling as if they were walking on air.

Cherise obtained a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne, focussing on cell biology and biochemistry before working in the veterinary profession. She then went on to complete the combined Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Podiatric Practice at La Trobe University. This gives Cherise a thorough understanding and keen interest in disease processes such as diabetes and the effects these have on the feet.

Cherise has a particularly unique skill set when dealing with biomechanical issues, having worked extensively as a customised orthotic technician for a number of years prior to completing her podiatry studies.

When she is not in the clinic, Cherise enjoys furthering her education in order to provide the best service to her patients, and competing with her horse, Cole.

Jade Tirpkou

B (Health Science), M (Podiatric Practice)
Jade is experienced in all facets of podiatry with a keen interest in sports and children’s injuries. She has considerable experience providing technical advice at sports shoe stores. She keeps herself on the cutting edge by attending an array of seminars and workshops to further in enhance her skills and knowledge.

Sarah Oliver (nee Bowling)

B (Podiatry) MAPodA
Sarah graduated from LaTrobe University in Bundoora in 2011 with a Bachelor of Podiatry and has been working in Private Practice since.

Sarah has a particular interest in treating and managing dancers. She conducts pre pointe assessments at many dance schools along with providing strengthening and foot health educational programs for dancers. Sarah also makes it a priority to keep up to date with the latest technologies by undertaking workshops and seminars on the latest treatment techniques.

Sarah is also often a volunteer at the Oxfam 100km Trail walk event treating many blisters, sprains and strains.
In Sarah’s spare time she has been the Principal of a Dance Academy for the past 9 years, competes in many obstacle races and long distance running events.

Mr. Simon E Smith

B.Pod. M.Pod. FACPS | Podiatric Surgeon – Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery
Simon is a Commonwealth-Accredited Podiatric Surgeon, specialising in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. He has a particular interest in the field of limb preservation, bunion surgery and quality of life in foot and ankle pathology.

Simon undertook his specialist training in podiatric surgery with the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons in Melbourne in 2003 and was awarded Fellowship with the College in 2009. He gained further clinical and surgical experience overseas through preceptorships in UK and US with leaders in the field of podiatry. He has dedicated over 13 years of education and training specific to foot and ankle care.

As an expert in his field, Simon has published scientific and surgical technique papers in international podiatric and foot and ankle surgery journals. He is a renown speaker at state and national podiatry conferences. He also dedicates his time to lecturing on podiatric surgery and anaesthesia with the Department of Podiatry at La Trobe University.

Luke Smith

B.Pod
Luke Smith completed his Bachelor of Podiatry degree at La Trobe University. Luke has many years of experince in dry needling of the lower limb and also the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for chronic foot and ankle conditions like plantar fasciitis.
Luke has a particular interest and passion in the fields of sports podiatry and lower limb biomechanics, general skin and nail care, orthotic therapy and footwear. Luke enjoys participating and watching a variety of sports which gives him a comprehensive understanding and allows for very specific treatment plans coupled with the latest in evidence based practice.

Talitha Kooy

(Applied Science), M (Podiatric Practice), MAPodA
Talitha completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice degree at La Trobe University. She has always aspired to work in the allied health industry and discovered early on that podiatry can have a large impact on the entire body. Talitha is very passionate about helping all patients with their foot problems to improve their overall quality of life. Talitha enjoys all aspects of podiatry but she has a keen interest in diabetic foot management, and sports injuries.

Talitha continually attends professional development courses and is committed to continuing education in order to provide and maintain a high standard of care. Talitha has always participated in sport including netball and cycling and understands the importance of injury prevention and management in a holistic approach.

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