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Meet our Speakers

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Speaking at Wellington

Daniel Burton

Greyscale Ultrasound

Dan is a highly experienced Sonographer with sixteen years experience and a Masters of Medical Ultrasound. His curiosity for medical ultrasound was sparked working in emergency departments in Sydney and London seeing the best and worst of people in critical situations. Dan reports the ability to observe the internal organs and tissues rapidly, painlessly, accurately with no bio effects has continued to fascinate, drive and engage him. Dan’s depth of knowledge, and professionalism combined with a charismatic, caring nature provides a holistic quality diagnostic imaging service.

Dan’s wife and children returned to New Zealand in 2018 to be closer to family locating to the South Wairarapa early 2021. The plan to provide an ultrasound service in the region was born to provide local access to services and avoid the arduous hill journey for diagnostic imaging.

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Speaking at Warkworth

Tony Danesh-Clough

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Tony Danesh-Clough was born and raised in New Zealand. He completed his medical degree at the University of Otago in 1994 and was then selected for the New Zealand Orthopaedic training scheme.

Following this he undertook a sports medicine fellowship at the Adidas Clinic treating a large number of high performance athletes. Subsequently he travelled to Canada to work at a leading joint replacement hospital. Here he researched and developed new implants and techniques.

He then undertook a further fellowship in the United States in Baltimore, Maryland, with one of the worlds foremost foot and ankle surgeons, where he worked at the cutting edge in the treatment of complex foot and ankle disorders.

He is current President of the New Zealand Foot and Ankle Society, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at North Shore Hospital in Auckland and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

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Speaking at Hamilton

Mark Dannals


More information to come

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Speaking at Warkworth and Queenstown

Sasha Drennan

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand and NZWCS

Sasha Drennan began her nursing journey at the end of the last century. She has had multiple roles from theatre to district nursing.


Since moving to New Zealand she has worked in both the tertiary and primary health setting. Presently she is an educator for Primary health care and the vice President of the New Zealand Wound Care Society.

Sasha has recently completed a master's with a specialisation in digital health aiding in the development of her passion for education and equitable access. 

Sasha has approximately 378 pairs of shoes and lives with her family and her dog Bailey.

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Speaking at Wellington

Dr Bob Eckles

Foot Science International

Bob Eckles followed an injured foot in the late ’70s to a career in podiatry, finishing training in California in 1984. After several years as the “orthotic guy” at Marin Foot Health Centre and as foot surgeon to those unfortunate enough to be incarcerated in the State Penal system, he migrated to New Zealand which proved to be hugely formative both personally and professionally. Bob is married to an extraordinary woman- Jeanne and has 2 children, Molly and Freeman, both now in New Zealand as well.

A few Kiwi podiatrists will recall his days at the CIT, but while he was fairly active as a surgeon in those days in NZ, it wasn’t till he returned to New York in 1997 that he reclaimed a role in the education of podiatrists, and especially in the area of biomechanics. He joined the faculty of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and in 2004 became Associate Dean and Director of the 3-year post-graduate foot and ankle surgery residency program. Outside the college, he became a board member of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners and Chair of the New York State Education Department Podiatrists Board.

Today, Bob is thrilled to be associated with FSI and to work to advance the cause and science of foot and leg mechanics.

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Speaking at Wellington and Queenstown

Dr James Ferrie

My Sports Podiatrist

Dr James Ferrie is a Podiatrist with interests in regenerative medicine & Sonography. James has undertaken post-graduate training from the Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation (USA) in ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance of foot & ankle orthobiologic procedures. James is a certified member and specialist instructor of the Swiss DolorClast®, having utilised Swiss DolorClast® in his practice for over a decade. He is also certified in lower limb point of care MSK ultrasound.

James currently practices in a specialist referral clinic alongside one of Australia’s leading foot & ankle surgeons, utilising his ultrasound skills to assist with minimally invasive surgery and injections.


James is also the founder of My Sports Podiatrist, a clinic devoted to lower limb musculoskeletal injuries. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with other health professionals through his role as a clinical instructor at Zedu Ultrasound Training Solutions. He is passionate about health and helping people achieve their health and lifestyle goals.

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Aaron Jackson

Auckland University of Technology

More information to come

Speaking at Warkworth and Wellington

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Speaking at Hamilton

Dr Belinda Ihaka

Auckland University of Technology

Dr Belinda Ihaka (Te Aupōuri) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Podiatry at AUT in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees.


Her undergraduate areas of teaching include clinical diagnostic skills, wound care, musculoskeletal and vascular ultrasound.


Postgraduate teaching includes advanced assessment and management of the high risk foot specifically diabetes and rheumatoid conditions.


Belinda works collaboratively across various organisations with numerous stakeholder relationships to promote positive health outcomes for people living with long term conditions. Belinda also supervisors across the postgraduate spectrum and engaged in many research projects. 

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Honorary A/Professor Paul Jarrett

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand

Paul Jarrett is a dermatologist working at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau and at The University of Auckland. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Universities of Auckland and Otago.

Speaking at Hamilton

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Jake McKenzie


More information to come

Speaking at Queenstown

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Gareth Milne

Southern Sports Podiatry

Gareth is a sports and biomechanical Podiatrist based in Queenstown. He has worked previously in sports medicine centres in Christchurch and Melbourne before moving to Queenstown in 2009 to open his own practice.


He has a keen interest in using technology in his practice to advance the outcomes of patients and has recently come across AI based software that has become an integral part of providing modern and focused care for his patients.

Speaking at Warkworth, Hamilton, Wellington and Queenstown

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Speaking at Hamilton

Claire O'Shea

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand and NZSSD

Claire O’Shea, is the Lead Podiatrist Waikato Hospital, specialising in people with diabetes and high risk foot complications. 

Since 2009 has been involved with New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) and with Michele Garret convenes the Diabetic Foot Special interest group.

In 2020 became the Podiatry representative on the NZ Wound Care Society. 

She completed a Masters in Health Science in 2015. Currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland.

Speaking at Warkworth and Queenstown

A/Professor Kade Paterson

SEPA, University of Melbourne and Lakeside Sports Medicine

Associate Professor Kade Paterson is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and a Dame Kate Campbell Fellow with the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Certified Sports Podiatrist with Lakeside Sports Medicine Centre.


Kade’s research expertise is in conducting large clinical trials and biomechanical studies on non-drug, non-surgical interventions for musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular interest in osteoarthritis. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, is a co-author of a biomechanics textbook and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.


Kade’s clinical career has spanned 15 years, where he works widely with professional and recreational athletes and clubs from around Australia. He is the President of Sports and Exercise Podiatry Australia, is on the Victorian Council for Sports Medicine Australia, and is a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation.

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Speaking at Hamilton, Wellington and Queenstown

Richard Van Plateringen

Dunedin Podiatry

Richard Van Plateringen is the director of Dunedin Podiatry. With nearly 40 years of experience as a clinical podiatrist in New Zealand and England. Richard has been in private practice for over a quarter of a century. He has also lectured at universities and facilitated numerous Formthotics courses during that time. He has moved from doing sports podiatry patient management by using orthotics therapy as a baseline treatment with the ultimate goal of using orthoses as a temporary part of a wider treatment plan. Other treatment modalities include manual therapy, strengthening programs, patient-directed strapping, and exercise/movement modification. 

Richard is a provider to High Performance Sports NZ as well as working with national sports teams, He has presented at many conferences, day seminars, and workshops on manual therapy techniques for the foot and ankle and worked for Foot Science International, sharing his knowledge and skills in the "Entering the Footzone" courses.

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