A NEW KIND OF PODIATRIST
Meet the most passionate team in foot care
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 ACT 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 Championships, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games the Perth 2013 Hopman Cup and the Perth 2019 Manchester United Tour.
Since 1999 Suresh has been the Director and Principal Podiatrist for The Foot Clinic in Cottesloe, Perth. During this time he was also a Director of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and WA Director for AAPSM. He was an External Advisor to the University of Western Australia’s Podiatric Medicine Unit, and road tests minimalist running shoes for optimised performance and injury prevention. He is also a Level 1 Barefoot Rehabilitation Specialist (EBFA, Dr Emily Splichal), trained in Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (Anatomy Trains Australia, Julie Hammond ), and trained in Foot Manual Therapies (FMT, Ted Jedynak).
In his spare time Suresh enjoys keeping fit at the gym, running, playing hockey and tennis and running around after his very energetic kids Alana, Lauren, and 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 Ming Jay Tan
Ming Jay Tan graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences along with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Anatomy and Biology.
His interest lies in the application of Photobiomodulation Laser therapy, orthotics therapy and sports rehabilitation in the area of podopediatrics and biomechanics/ musculoskeletal injuries.
Outside of work, he maintains an active lifestyle by keeping to a strict gym regime and swims at the beach regularly. Believing that every individual deserves good quality of life, he endeavours to help each patient to achieve the best outcome possible.
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
With a bright and friendly presence, Sofie is happy to help with any questions or inquiries about The Foot Clinic. She is currently studying online for an undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Michigan. In her spare time she enjoys playing water polo, walking her two cocker spaniels and reading by the beach. She is very passionate about human rights, universal access to health care and feminism