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Alicia graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice. These qualifications, together with an extensive history in sporting footwear retail, underpin Alicia’s comprehensive knowledge of feet and footwear. This has given her a broad experience in determining the best footwear choices for each patient.
Alicia firmly believes that healthy feet equal a healthy life. As a podiatrist, she has an understanding of the vast range of musculoskeletal injuries that occur in the foot and leg as well as the most appropriate and effective treatment approaches for each individual patient. By assessing the cause of pain and designing a treatment plan to prevent future problems, Alicia is motivated to improve every patients’ quality of life.
When not at CSSM, Alicia works in Monash Health, in an acute podiatry setting with a clinical focus on wound assessment and treatment as well as managing lower limb diabetic complications.
Whilst knowledgeable in all types of podiatric care, Alicia has a particular interest in sport related injuries and the relationship between foot mechanics and performance or injury.
An active sporting background developed a passion for biomechanics, giving Alicia the understanding of how injury can impact performance and the importance of an individualised treatment and rehabilitation program.
In her down time, Alicia can be found pounding the footpaths training for her next running adventure or playing Aussie Rules, netball or punching out a Pilates class with her friends. You won’t find her standing still!
Educated at the University of South Australia, Vaughan has gained a wide range of clinical experiences since completing his studies and moving to Melbourne in 1998. Sporting and family commitments helped to shape his core range of clinical interests.
Originally drawn to Podiatry after having his own knee pain cured by orthotic management, Vaughan values how much more enjoyment can be gained from sports when you have no pain associated with playing them. Likewise through watching his three children’s development, Vaughan is determined to minimise any pain associated within childhood development.
Vaughan’s philosophy regarding treatment is to address the cause of the pain biomechanically, and instill a treatment plan that will enhance every patient’s enjoyment of life’s endeavours.
Having sustained many foot and ankle injuries himself, Jim understands the importance of tailored rehabilitation programs to return to activity pain free and prevent further complications.
With an extensive understanding of the lower limb, he has a keen interest in musculoskeletal conditions, acute sports injuries and biomechanical conditions. “I love seeing how the body mechanics, once put in a dynamic, sometimes unpredictable environment, can react and how we can change that to prevent further injury.”
As a state level Hockey player and an international umpire, Jim understands the stresses both mentally and physically of elite sport and how injuries can impact on performance. He has also completed further training in foot mobilisation, manipulation techniques, dry needling and sport science rehab.
He hopes to further develop advanced hands-on skills and techniques to become a great practitioner for all his patients, no matter the condition. “Seeing a happy smile once we have resolved any issues is worth it every day. The CSSM team is very close. Without them, work wouldn’t be the same.”
When he’s not looking at feet, Jim is an active member of both the Hockey and Surf Lifesaving movements in Victoria. “In winter you’ll find me playing, umpiring or coaching hockey. In the summer months you’ll find me down the Mornington Peninsula lapping up the sun and getting smashed in the surf.”
Genevieve always knew she wanted to work in the health field like her father and other family members. After beginning studies in podiatry she knew she’d made the right choice. “I love helping people to return to work or sport pain-free. Missing out on sport and exercise is detrimental for our health both physically and mentally. Children especially benefit from being able to run around with their friends. It’s so important to get it right for them.”
Becoming a mother has helped Gen to build rapport with her young patients and their parents. At CSSM, Gen offers both general and sports podiatry, treating all conditions of the lower limb and foot.
Whether it’s an acute sporting injury like ‘turf toe’ or plantar fasciitis, toe walking in children or a more chronic condition such as arthritic foot pain or diabetic foot care, Genevieve loves the challenge of improving someone’s lifestyle and wellbeing.
Gen has a strong interest in surgery as it’s often a last resort treatment for patients with significant injury or disease. “Surgery has the capacity to completely change a person’s outcome. I am always interested to learn more about surgery as it is an ever-improving field. Sports medicine also continues to evolve. We are constantly learning ways to improve our treatments for patients. I enjoy studying and believe we never stop learning.”
True to her word, Gen is currently completing her studies in Pharmacology.
Being a multi-disciplinary clinic is what sets CSSM apart according to Gen. “I enjoy learning from the health professionals in our team. We also have great facilities. It makes my job easier being able to use the treadmill and the associated computer software to perform gait assessments. The fantastic space we have upstairs to do exercises is great. We have great equipment, but it’s the staff and patients which make the clinic a nice place to visit.”
When she’s not at CSSM, you’ll find Gen with her family. “I have four children so it is always busy at home and I spend a lot of time driving my kids to all their activities. When I do get time to myself I like to go for a run, a swim or do a Pilates class.”