Ryan graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in applied science specialising in podiatry. He received high distinction for pathomechanics of locomotion, the study of finding pathology within human movement.
Ryan has worked in over 7 practices and 3 hospitals, recently left treating high risk patients in the vascular unit of Westmead hospital to focus on running, walking and sporting injuries.
The unit at Westmead specialised in wound healing and Ryan pressure tested patients using the pedar x insole gait and pressure analysis system. He then used the information to give advice on specific footwear and manufactures specialised orthotics to offload areas of pressure and correct gait abnormalities.
Ryan has also worked with the Australian defence force as the senior podiatrist in the physical therapies unit at Duntroon, Canberra.
At Southern Sports Podiatry Ryan works mainly with triathletes and runners treating sports and other injuries, correcting biomechanical abnormalities, designing and manufacturing orthotics and sports orthotics, however does by no mean limit himself to this population specifically.
With a past in soccer, touch football oztag and more recently triathlon, Ryan has an intimate knowledge of all footwear including runners, walkers, soccer/football boots and hockey shoes.
Ryan also teaches people how to run to treat or prevent injury, and to increase gait efficiency and speed. It is from a Podiatric and Physiotherapy stand point through his business Integrated Running Solutions. This was developed after Ryan found a large percentage of patients foot problems, originated from poor core control, pelvic stability or upper body position.
As a Podiatrist the treatment often stops at orthoses, however Ryan found a lot of people after working on the above problems had much greater control over their bodies, and in many cases either didn’t require orthoses, or the effect of the orthoses was greater. So he teamed up with Lauren Atlee, physiotherapist and IRS was developed.
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Luke graduated from Charles Sturt University Albury in 2010 with a Bachelor degree in Health Science Podiatry and is a member of Australian Sports Medicine (ASM) and the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM).
He has worked in a variety of public and private clinics covering the broad scope of Podiatry. Initially in the Podiatry department of Gosford Hospital treating high risk patients and working closely with orthopaedic and vascular surgeons for best treatment outcomes. Luke then moved to the UK where he worked in a number of NHS clinics across England while backpacking through Europe.
Luke recently left a private practice in Queensland where there is a focus on the running athlete, with run technique coaching is provided alongside a Biomechanist part of the treatment process as well as integrating the right footwear.
Luke has and still participates in a variety of sports including Rugby, Cricket, Athletics, Football (soccer), touch Footy, CrossFit and even a bit of Netball. Naturally, he has a keen interest in sports related injuries to the lower limb with a particular focus in the running athlete. Having suffered numerous injuries in the past, he understands the athletes frustration when you are unable to take to the field, court or track. Luke assesses closely your current training regime to ensure your return to activity is as smooth a possible. The core of Luke’s assessment is to look at the body as one kinetic chain with the aid of slow motion capture technology to assist in identifying and managing specific biomechanical faults.
As well as sports podiatry, through our sister clinic, the Sutherland Foot Clinic Luke also performs general nail and skin care treatments, diabetes assessments, nail surgery and Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT).
Luke is available on Mondays & Fridays.
Monique Bakija grew up in Western Sydney and attended Western Sydney University where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Medicine. In 2016 she was awarded the Ted & Grace Renton Memorial award her studies in the field of Biomechanics in her last year of study.
Throughout her tertiary education, Monique was placed in Torquay VIC, Wollongong NSW and Galway Ireland and enjoyed the challenge of practicing in various locations and in rural towns. This challenge encouraged her to move to Dubbo NSW in her graduate year. The scope of practice seen in a rural setting allowed for Monique to see a wider range of patients and conditions, which was poignant in Monique’s early development as a Podiatrist.
Monique has a keen interest in all fields of podiatry, including diabetic foot problems, biomechanics and paediatrics. She is looking forward to starting work in a new environment back in Sydney and meeting the Sutherland locals.
Monique has always been an active person, having played netball since the year 2000, either at weekend sport, with in school or at indoor competitions. She also does enjoy running in her local area.
Monique is available on Mondays & Saturdays