PodiatryNZ Board and Team
The PodiatryNZ Board is responsible to the members for the overall governance of the Association. This includes ensuring the long-term viability, enhancing performance through strategy formulation and policy making. The Board comprises the individual elected and co-opted members. Individual Board Members can only act to influence the decision-making of the entity when meeting formally as a group - as The Board.
Board Members are elected annually for a two-year term.
More information on how the Board operates and nomination forms are available for downloading.
Matthew qualified as a Podiatrist in 2001 and has been practising Podiatry ever since. He has worked in Christchurch for five years, privately and publicly.
Prior to being based in Christchurch, Matthew spent two years in a rural Australian hospital. He and his wife Kate then moved to Blenheim in 2007, taking over the established Wairau Podiatry, turning it into Blenheim Podiatry in 2014.
Matthew is a keen sports man and has a strong interest in biomechanics and orthotics, as well as nail surgery.
Sarah sees all types of patients regarding problems with feet, but also ankles, knees, hips and even back pain. She is passionate about working to get you back up and doing what you love, without pain.
Sarah feels education is important, so you understand why your problem has happened, and to help prevent it recurring.
Sarah particularly enjoys working with runners, as she understands how frustrating these injuries can be.
Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) in 2008. Lawrence works in a multi-disciplinary team as a Renal Podiatrist. He has also been working with Huakina Development Trust to deliver a tikanga based podiatry clinic at Nga Hau e Wha Marae and Ooraeroa Marae, as part of their Whare Oranga Programme.
Lawrence believes the biggest challenge facing PodiatryNZ is ensuring professional relevance is maintained through focused public engagement, branding and building awareness.
Rachael completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Genetics before being awarded a scholarship to study Podiatry at AUT, graduating in 2008.
Rachael has worked for 11 years as a general practice podiatrist in both Auckland and the Waikato.
Rachael enjoys all aspects of podiatry, with a special interest in musculoskeletal foot and leg pain, nail and skin care. She is keen to give back to the profession through the association.
Out of work, Rachael is a professional cake decorator and enjoys creating amazing sweet delights.
Kiseon has a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Sports and Exercise Medicine).
Being in the profession for over 15 years, Kiseon is at a stage where he would like to give back to the profession by supporting fellow New Zealand podiatrists and make a difference in a positive way.
Kiseon believes joining the board will enable him to support members move the profession in the right direction.
Greer graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) in 2018.
After graduating, Greer began working in a private practice in Auckland. She now works for a larger group.
Greer's main interest in holding a position on the board is centred around improving the experience new graduate Podiatrists have when they begin their career. Along with this, ensuring that we are working towards keeping our Podiatrists in the profession. She is passionate about increasing awareness about what we do and why we are essential in health care.