Our Practitioners


Merridy Lithgow

george-smx300Merridy is a passionate and friendly podiatrist, with experience across all areas of podiatry. She has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions, with extensive knowledge of biomechanics as well as general skin and nail care.

After completing a Bachelor of Podiatry with Honours (First Class) at the University of South Australia, Merridy worked in Canada making custom orthotics for ski and snowboard boots.

Upon returning to Adelaide, she worked in a busy metropolitan private practice with a focus on biomechanics and sporting injuries. Here she gained experience in orthotic and exercise prescription, along with using Radial Shockwave Therapy – an adjunct treatment used in many overuse muscle and tendon injuries.  In this role Merridy provided general care for a wide range of patients, ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Her practice included general nail and skin care, treatment of fungal nails and ingrown toenails.

After three years of practice, she commenced a Masters in Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.  This course focused on the latest in treatment for musculoskeletal injuries in the lower limb.  While studying in the UK, Merridy worked within a multidisciplinary practice alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths, and other health professionals.

Along with working at Performance Podiatry, Merridy lectures in Advanced Anatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics at Central Queensland University (Sydney campus). She is also the lead clinical supervisor for second, third and fourth year podiatry students at the universities student clinic.

Merridy loves learning – constantly seeking opportunities to diversify and refine her podiatry skills. Completing courses in running retraining, dry needling, techniques for foot and ankle strengthening, shockwave therapy, laser for fungal nails and biomechanics workshops in Australia and overseas.

Merridy has always led an active lifestyle, having played high-level basketball and tennis. Along with her love for snow sports, she regularly enjoys hot yoga and plays social basketball. Merridy strives to make a difference in a patient’s everyday life. Whether she is removing a corn or getting someone back to running; she finds job satisfaction in all aspects and looks forward to helping her patients achieve their goal.

Jordan Ryder

Jordan completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry at Charles Sturt University in Albury. After graduation, he practiced in South East Sydney, building his knowledge base and fine-tuning practical skills including gait analysis, biomechanical assessment and toenail surgery.

Jordan’s passion for podiatry began at the early age of ten years, when he was exposed to podiatry treatment. This experience left him with an appreciation for the positive impact that podiatry intervention could have on an individuals quality of life.

Later in his career, Jordan accepted a role as principal podiatrist in a busy clinic in regional NSW. This exposed him to a wide range of patients often requiring complex intervention and management. The isolated nature of this workload meant that Jordan had to be creative in his approach to getting patients pain-free or healing.

Jordan is a passionate and dedicated practitioner with a keen interest in lower limb biomechanics, the human gait cycle and treating foot and leg pains. He prides himself on being able to identify the underlying causes of injury and pain and develop engaging treatment plans that lead to the best possible outcomes for the patient. Jordan is driven by the need to help improve patients’ quality of life, as he was helped by his podiatrist as a child. He is best aligned with the tissue stress theory, and uses this in his diagnosis and treatment plans.

Outside of the clinic, Jordan enjoys staying active by playing Australian Rules football, basketball, swimming and hiking.

Laura Hutchison


Laura has experience across a range of podiatric areas including clinical practice in private and public settings and academic roles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Podiatry with First Class Honours from the University of South Australia, she was awarded the TG Mitchell Prize for graduating with the highest aggregate mark. Laura was then awarded a position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where she gained invaluable experience in the multidisciplinary care of feet at risk of amputation. This role also involved the provision of podiatry services to inpatients at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre who were admitted following events such as a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, or amputation.

Following her hospital position, Laura progressed into private practice where she developed skills and a special interest in sports podiatry and the analysis of gait and lower limb biomechanics. She also tutored the subject ‘Evidence Based Practice’ at the University of South Australia and supervised students who were on placement at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Currently, Laura lectures in Podiatry at Central Queensland University (Sydney campus) across a range of subjects including sports, biomechanics and paediatrics. Laura has a passion for education, which translates into clinical practice where she strives to educate her patients regarding their foot concerns and the management plan required to get them back to their best. Laura is currently studying a Graduate Certificate of Adult and Tertiary Education to further her skills in this area.

Laura has a strong interest in research and was awarded ‘Best New Investigator’ at the 2013 Australasian Podiatry Conference. Her collaborative research regarding the effect of footwear and foot orthoses on the knee has been published in peer reviewed journals. Laura regularly attends conferences and continuing education events to keep updated with the latest podiatry research.

Outside of work, Laura loves exploring Sydney, spending time with her family, friends and labradoodle Teddy, classical music and playing the piano.


Laura Rabjohns

Laura-Rabjohns-podiatrist1Laura has a background encompassing all aspects of podiatric practice including biomechanics, toe nail surgery, diabetic foot care and general skin and nail care.

Prior to opening Performance Podiatry Sydney, Laura spent 3 years operating in Sydney CBD as head podiatrist at a large multi-disciplinary practice. This involved working with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, naturopaths and Pilates to achieve the best possible care for her clients.

In the four years preceding this, Laura was practicing in clinics across Sydney and in Canberra, exposing her to a wide range of foot pathologies. In particular, she worked alongside a foot and ankle surgeon in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where she developed a specific interest in toe nail surgery. She now performs this routinely either to treat ingrown toenails or as revisions of unsuccessful surgeries.

Laura’s first two extensive hospital placements were at the Royal North Shore Hospital and The Canberra Hospital. It was here that she was introduced to the treatment of feet at high risk of ulceration and amputation, such as those with Diabetes, neuropathy and vascular compromise.

Laura has a passion for fitness and maintains a healthy lifestyle involving herself in yoga, tennis, skiing, cycling and running.

Laura is looking forward to helping you achieve your goals, whether it is pain reduction, improving performance or generally making your feet and body more comfortable.

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