About The Foot Clinic
Dr Suresh Sivacolundhu
Suresh’s career at The Foot Clinic started in 1995 in Australia’s Capital Territory with Paul Fleet, then President of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), the National Sports Podiatry body responsible for sports podiatry education and for selecting the podiatry medical teams for elite sporting competitions.
Suresh’s expertise lies in the field of Sports Medicine and lower limb biomechanics and he has had extensive experience with treatment of elite athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport, the Academy of Sport, the Australian Wallabies, Canberra Raiders and the Canberra Kookaburras. He was also selected for the SOCOG Medical Team to provide podiatry services at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, the 2000 ITU World Triathlon Championshipsand the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
For the last 10 years Suresh has been the Director and Senior Podiatrist for The Foot Clinic in Cottesloe, Perth. During this time he was also a Director of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and currently sits on the board as WA Trustee for AAPSM. He is also an external advisor to the University of Western Australia’s Podiatric Medicine Unit, and is at the moment road testing minimalist running shoes for optimised performance and injury prevention.
In his spare time Suresh enjoys keeping fit by running, going to the gym, playing tennis and running around after his very energetic little daughters Alana, Lauren, and little son James.
Dr Lauren Merritt
Lauren completed her Bachelor of Science in Podiatry at Perth’s Curtin University. She is one of an elite group of podiatry students who have been inducted into the Vice-Chancellor’s List in recognition of excellent academic performance.
Laurens ambitious work ethics are matched by her enthusiasm for her chosen career. Lauren has significant experience in diabetic foot care and surgical podiatry, which she developed during her time in the hospital system at Royal Perth and Fremantle hospital. Her keen interest in sports injuries and advanced biomechanics led her to seek employment at The Foot Clinic, where she has been able to further develop her skills in these areas.
Outside of work hours Lauren enjoys her energetic life as a professional latin dancer. She choreographs and performs widely, and has undertaken further training in Brazil and Sydney.
Dr Aloysius Ong
Aloysius graduated with his Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine from The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. He has worked in private practice both locally in the Great Southern Regions of Albany and Mt Barker, and internationally in his previous hometown of Singapore. He now works in Perth, Western Australia in private practice.
Aloysius is a well-rounded clinical practitioner with strong focuses on Cosmetic Foot Medicine, General Podiatric Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Nail Surgery and Foot Health Education. He is currently registered with AHPRA, and an active member of UWA’s Podiatric Medicine Alumni and Sports Medicine Australia.
Dr Ong has been consistently giving back to the local community since his return to Perth, Western Australia. He started the podiatry service at Homeless Healthcare which provides healthcare to homeless and marginalised people. He currently runs a weekly clinical session in Homeless Healthcare’s Transitions clinic in West Leederville. He also works closely with podiatric surgeons to treat or reduce bony deformities and deep soft tissue lesions.
Dr Kent Hungerford
Podiatric Surgical Registrar
Kent completed his Bachelor of Health Science & Master of Podiatric Practice at La Trobe University in Victoria. He is currently studying his Doctorate of Podiatric Surgery at the University of Western Australia (UWA) from which he will graduate as a specialist Podiatric Surgeon. Kent has worked in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and in Western Australia. He is an affiliate member of the Australian Association of Podiatric Surgeons and the Australian Podiatry Association.
Kent has significant interest and expertise in complex foot and lower limb conditions from a conservative and surgical approach. He actively engages with sports patients in all age groups but in particular, patients with nerve entrapment concerns, for which he has lectured podiatry students on at UWA.
Kent undertakes Surgery twice weekly and is also able to undertake less invasive procedures in rooms including nail and soft tissue procedures while undertaking bunion correction, claw and hammer toes and other foot conditions offsite. From this experience he has a greater understanding and appreciation for not only surgical, but also conservative treatments, that you may not have trialled previously.
Kent utilises the latest evidence and technology by undertaking local and international courses and conferences to stay ahead in the health industry. He takes pride in being able to target all aspects of your concern to effect positive change to your activity and pain levels.
Outside of work Kent spends time between an active outdoor lifestyle, studying for his doctorate and undertaking professional placements locally and internationally.
Dr Kylie Gates
Kylie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry in 1994 and attended university with Suresh. They have remained friends since this time and now Kylie has joined the Foot Clinic to work alongside him.
Kylie brings a wealth of experience in routine podiatry, with a keen interest in non-surgical ingrown toenail removal. She has taken courses in the use of acupuncture in podiatry, dry needling and joint mobilisations.
In her spare time Kylie enjoys being involved with her beloved netball. In her younger years Kylie represented the State and played at an elite level. She went into playing retirement a few years ago but now coaches and enjoys watching her teenage daughter play. She also loves travelling both within Australia and abroad and spent several years living in the UK and spends her weekends these days in Mandurah, enjoying the company of good friends and the odd glass of wine!
Shari has over 20 years experience working in reception and administrative roles within the Allied Health industry. She has loved meeting all our patients in the last year she has been here.
She has 3 adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, travelling around the world and is a keen West Coast Eagles supporter.
Front Office Administrator
Jennah is the newest administration member to our team, hailing from Canberra; Jennah strives to provide the best for our patients by bringing her extensive healthcare knowledge to the practice.
She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science (paramedic) at university, and plans to continue extra study once she has graduated. In her spare time, she trains at F45 fitness, likes to explore parts of Perth she’s never been too and enjoys spending time at the beach. Jennah is recently engaged and she looks forward to seeing you at the practice.
Front Office Administrator
With her extensive reception skills, nothing is too much trouble for Vicki, and she is always willing to assist with a big smile. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious and she is a joy to have as part of our team.
In her spare time Vicki enjoys spending time with her family and friends and chardonnay.