PhysioPod Co. began when two like-minded health professionals came together to create a practice that is unlike any other. Lauren the Physio and Luke the Podiatrist have practiced within big and small clinics across Australia and the World. In their respective fields, they found that Physio and Podiatry referred to each other frequently. Fate brought us together (yes, we are married!) and after much discussion we had a light bulb moment! Why don’t we bring Physio and Podiatry closer together than ever before? That’s when the idea for PhysioPod Co. was sparked.
I specialise in assessing, treating and managing everything foot and ankle. Because the foot is my area, knowing what is happening further up the leg and body is pretty important. Looking at how the body moves while walking and running gives me a big insight into how the body is impacting on the foot or how the foot is impacting on the body.
After growing up in Bowral NSW and a year playing Rugby in Sydney, I studied Podiatry at Charles Sturt University in Albury. My early Podiatry career saw me work in hospitals in Australia and the UK focusing on high risk foot management. I then moved into the field of lower limb sports injuries and biomechanics working in Private Clinics with amateur to elite athletes of all ages in Queensland and NSW.
I have been a Rugby and Cricket player for most of my life, but injuries took their toll after a while. So I can relate pretty well to most people that come to see us. Now I have replaced my footy boots for cycling cleats and my cricket bat for a golf club.
I was born and bred in Geelong but have lived interstate and overseas for the last 14 years. I studied at Bond University on the Gold Coast and lived in QLD for 11 years, as well worked in Whistler (Canada) and NSW before moving back to Geelong in July 2019.
I’ve been a Physio for 11 years and have worked with a range of people in varying settings. My early career saw me working in a private hospital for 2 years, gaining experience in orthopaedics, cardiothoracic surgery and neurological rehabilitation. I then transitioned into private practice and focused on Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. I spent 3 years working with the Australian Winter Olympic Team, where I was the head Physio for the Australian Skeleton Team (a sport where they go head-first down a bobsled track!). This role saw me achieve selection as a Physiotherapist for the Australian team at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, where I looked after the Australian sliding sports (skeleton, bobsled and luge).
The last 2 years has seen me blend my passion for Sports Physiotherapy with Women’s Health Physiotherapy. I’m passionate about helping women of all ages, including those with pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, prolapse, pregnancy, menopause and pelvic pain. My passion is also raising awareness of Women’s Health issues because so many women suffer in silence with conditions that can effectively be treated by Women’s Health Physiotherapy.
I grew up in a small regional town in Victoria playing every sport that was available, this mostly involved netball and badminton. I studied physiotherapy La Trobe University in Bendigo before making the move to Geelong to start my career. I have gained experience in a hospital setting working with orthopaedic, cardiothoracic and geriatric patients. Now I spend more time in a private practice setting working with patients of all ages and abilities to get them back to their best. I am passionate about working with women to help keep them strong and healthy through all stages of life, from pregnancy to healthy ageing. I enjoy employing exercise based therapy and Pilates into my treatment and ensure women are empowered to manage their problems.