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Merridy Lithgow

Podiatrist - MSc(Clinical Biomechanics), BPod(Hons)

Merridy 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.

Merridy has a Bachelor of Podiatry with Honours (First Class) from the University of South Australia. Following a season in Canada making custom orthotics for ski and snowboard boots, Merridy returned to work in Adelaide where 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.

After five years of practice, she completed 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 is a lecturer at Central Queensland University (Sydney campus), in which she has lectured in Rheumatology, Advanced Anatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics. She is also the lead clinical supervisor for second, third and fourth year podiatry students at the university’s student clinic.

Merridy is currently undertaking a PhD and is conducting research into the lower limb biomechanics of people with midfoot osteoarthritis.

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

Merridy has always led an active lifestyle, having played competitive basketball in high school. She has a love for snow sports, enjoys high intensity interval training and plays ice hockey.

Merridy strives to make a difference in her patients’ everyday lives. Whether she is removing a corn or getting someone back to running; she enjoys all aspects of podiatry and patient care and looks forward to helping her patients achieve their goals.

Jordan Ryder

Podiatrist - B.Pod., M.A.Pod.A

Jordan is a passionate and dedicated practitioner with a keen interest in lower limb biomechanics, the human gait cycle, strengthening of the lower limb 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.

Originally from Wagga Wagga, Jordan completed his Bachelor of Health Science (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 individual’s 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 passionate about passing his knowledge and experiences on to the future generation of podiatrists. As well as working at Performance Podiatry he lectures in Gerontology and the High Risk Foot at Central Queensland University (Sydney campus). He is also a lead clinical supervisor of the 2nd and 3rd year students. This allows Jordan to keep up to date with the latest treatments and technologies which is then incorporated into his own patient’s treatment plans.

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 diagnoses and treatment plans.

Outside of the clinic, Jordan is a lover of all sports, particularly AFL, cricket and NRL and enjoys staying active by playing Australian Rules football with the University of New South Wales Bulldogs.

Laura Grier (Rabjohns)

Podiatrist - BHlthSc (Podiatry)

Laura has a background encompassing all aspects of podiatric practice, with a particular passion for complex biomechanical cases, human movement and toenail surgery.

Laura attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) at Charles Sturt University in 2008.

Prior to opening Performance Podiatry Sydney in 2013, Laura spent three years operating in the Sydney CBD as head podiatrist at a large multi-disciplinary practice. This involved working with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and Pilates to achieve the best possible care for her clients. The case load of patients here was largely biomechanical and this was where she fine-tuned her orthotic prescription to suit the needs of the weekend warriors she was treating. It was here that Laura did additional training in dry needling and began to develop an interest in Radial Shockwave Therapy for the treatment of soft tissue injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis.

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 toenail 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’s approach to the management of foot and leg injuries is comprehensive and multi-faceted. She is passionate about using evidence-based approaches to facilitate healing, reduce stress on the body’s tissues and promote more efficient movement patterns.

Laura is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association, Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. She has a passion for fitness and maintains a healthy lifestyle involving herself in reformer Pilates and skiing.

Laura is looking forward to helping you achieve your goals, whether it is pain reduction, optimising performance or making everyday tasks more comfortable and achievable.