About Us


Welcome to Up & Running Podiatry

As a new patient to our clinic we want to ensure you “hit the ground running”. We have clinics in Elsternwick, Port Melbourne, and Williamstown, and the expertise to assist with all your lower limb pains and foot problems”

Podiatry Team

Nick Leef


As a competitive skier, Nick had plenty of foot issues, and it wasn’t until he saw a podiatrist and had them sorted that he decided to pursue a career in podiatry.

He completed his Bachelor of Health Science Podiatry degree in 1997 and has since
worked in private practice and tertiary education in both Australia and New Zealand.

He has been a consultant for many leading footwear brands and sports teams and
enjoys furthering his knowledge at conferences and specialised training events.

Nick takes a holistic, hands-on approach to your care, drawing on his years of
experience and passion for getting you back to your best.
Outside of work, Nick enjoys mountain biking, skiing and windsurfing.

Professional achievements:
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
Accredited Shockwave Therapy Course
Accredited Laser Therapy Course
Accredited Dry Needling Course

Gary Johnstone


Gary has played football for many years at various standards, playing interstate and at VFL level. He now dedicates his time outside of work to his young family and triathlon. He is driven by progression and improvement. He recently qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii placing 2nd in his age group at the 2018 New Zealand Ironman. Gary understands the importance of patience and training smart, to achieve your goals.

Gary obtained a Bachelor of Podiatry at La Trobe University, completing his final clinical placement in London, gaining a broader perspective of Podiatric care and strengthening his treatment skills. Having over 9 years of clinical experience, Gary has a particular interest in sports podiatry, biomechanics and musculoskeletal therapy.

Gary brings together a strong interest in sports science and first-hand experience in treating the vast musculoskeletal injuries related to endurance and competitive team sports. Gary utilizes up to date techniques relating to muscle strengthening, stretching, strapping/padding, footwear and orthotic therapy.

Personal Achievements

  • Ironman age group World Championship finisher
  • Ironman New Zealand 2018 AG 2nd place
  • Geelong 70.3 Ironman 2017 AG 1st Place
  • 33 minute 10km
  • Sub 75 min half marathon
  • Melbourne Ironman finisher 2014
  • VFL Premiership Port Melbourne FC

Professional Achievements

  • Shock wave therapy master class
  • Strongfeet certified practitioner
  • Foot mobilisation accreditation
  • Member of Australian Podiatry Association
  • Member of Sports Medicine Australia

Alec Hill


Alec is passionate about helping patients get back to doing what they love. Whether it be back to the gym, sport, walking or running Alec takes pride in creating tailored management plans to help his patients hit their goals.

Alec has vast experience in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries that result in everyone from weekend walker through to high performance athletes. He is a practitioner of several cutting edge treatments such as orthotic therapy, shockwave therapy, foot mobilisation and injection therapy but also traditional podiatry treatments such as nail surgeries and general foot care.
Alec has a strong history in sport, having been a personal trainer for over a decade and playing rugby at a national level in the United Kingdom. A lifetime relationship with sport has helped him gain an understanding of the importance of tissue strengthening, running technique and correct footwear.
In his spare time, Alec likes to keep fit through a dedication to gym and distance running. He regularly competes in running events of all distances from 10km to marathon distance. He is also a qualified chef, and enjoys cooking all types of cuisine.

Personal Achievements

  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness and Personal Training
  • Great Ocean Road marathon
  • Melbourne Running Fest, Run Melbourne,  Sydney Morning Herald and Blackmore’s half marathons
  • Representing Barking Rugby Club in the England National Division
  • Waverley Rugby Club Player of the Year 2010

Professional Achievements

  • Running technique correction course
  • Member of Australian Podiatry Association
  • Member of Sports Medicine Australia
  • Shockwave therapy masterclass
  • Foot Mobilisation Accreditation and Injection Therapies for the Lower Limb masterclass
  • Qualified Chef

Matthew Fieldsend


Matthew played football for many years including state and VFL level, finishing his time with local team De La Salle Old Collegians. He held leadership titles at all levels including several years as Captain of De La.

He sustained multiple lower limb injuries during this time and recovery from multiple surgeries has lead to an increased interest and passion for injury rehabilitation and return to run programming. Matt has himself recently completed a return to triathlon competition after significant knee surgeries.

Matt has completed a Bachelor of Science with Majors in Anatomy and Physiology via Monash University and also a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Podiatric Practice with Latrobe University.

Matt has worked for nine years in private practice and combined with his personal sporting experiences has developed a passion for Sports Podiatry and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and ankle.

Personal achievements/interests:

  • VAFA Premier Woodrow Medallist (Competition Best and Fairest)
  • State Football representative
  • VFL career over multiple seasons
  • DLSOCAFC Captain
  • Multiple Ironman 70.3 finisher
  • Melbourne Marathon finisher

Professional achievements:

  • Accredited Dry Needling Course
  • SMA conference attendee 2017-19
  • Regular IOP CPD attendee

Isaac Moulton


With a history in professional dance, years of soccer and a passion for healthcare, it is no wonder that Isaac endeavoured to become a podiatrist. Throughout his career as a professional dancer Isaac won multiple international medal for Australia, however he also witnessed an assortment of foot and ankle sports injuries during his career.
Dancing taught him about the importance of appropriate foot care, stretching and strength training, which he implements as the Australian International Dance Team’s Podiatrist.

This has equipped Isaac with experience treating an array of sports/foot related injuries including ankle pain, heel pain and bunion therapies, to ingrown nail pain and diabetes foot assessments.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Melbourne University Isaac’s curiosity for sports injury prevention continued and he became a surgical operating theatre technician. Through his time in the operating theatre he was taught all about foot and ankle injuries. This propelled Isaac into a career podiatry, completing a Masters of Podiatry Practise.

Isaac plans to further specialise as a Podiatric Surgeon, to which he is currently completing his Endorsed schedule medicines to combine with his podiatry treatment. His professional interests include paediatric foot pathologies and dancer foot/ ankle injuries.

Other interests of Isaac’s include going on camping adventures and exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Holly the British bulldog. He also enjoys playing soccer in a local league on the weekend and showing off his disco dance moves whenever possible.

Personal achievements/interests:

  • Showdance finalist in Germany, Korea and Japan international dance competitions
  • Dual International Gold medal winner in Tap dance
  • Geelong Region; Soccer premier for 2 year in succession
  • Trinity of london accredited Jazz clarinet musician/coach
  • Self proclaimed world class Honey Soy Chicken chef

Professional achievements:

  • Certified AHPRA Podiatrist
  • Qualified in Lower limb Dry Needling
  • Member of Australian Paediatric Podiatry
  • Current Volunteer Podiatrist for The International Australian Dance Team

Matt Scott


A podiatrist with a unique background and a passion for learning, Matt is able to draw on many different techniques and approaches to get his patients moving and feeling better. 

Originally from Sydney, Matt’s interest in podiatry developed during high school, when he visited a sports podiatrist for running related shin pain.

A pair of orthotics and a well designed exercise program allowed Matt to resolve his pain and continue running throughout the track and field season. Knowing first hand the power of podiatry, he loves to help people from all walks of life get out of pain so they can get back doing what they love; whether it be crushing a marathon personal best or walking the dog with their family. 

His 10+ years of elite middle distance combined with several years of working in athletic shoe retail has taught Matt an abundance about: running footwear, running technique and the tremendous value of targeted strength training to bulletproof a runner against overuse injuries. This knowledge adds to his toolkit as a podiatrist.

Outside of the clinic, Matt has truly embraced the Melbourne lifestyle and loves exploring local coffee shops and restaurants, getting out for a bike ride and tuning into track and field meets. Matt still loves to get out for a run whenever he can in the leafy green eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and views running as a great way to connect with people.

Personal achievements 

  • 800m personal best of 1:47.19 
  • 2019 Australian Athletic Championships – 4th place 
  • Claim to fame: once (and only once) beat Peter Bol over 800m 
  • Dux of year 10 
  • Self taught latte art maestroProfessional achievement

Professional achievements

  • Extensive footwear knowledge
  • Advanced orthotic manufacturing  
  • Foot mobilisation accreditation 
  • Member of Australian Podiatry Association 
  • Certified AHPRA Podiatrist


Laura Wagland

Practice Manager

With a background in allied health, Laura understands the importance of a personalised approach to looking after every stakeholder in the business.

Laura is passionate about caring for others, creating lasting relationships and strives to create and maintain a healthy and happy work environment for all employees and patients of the practice.

Laura loves working with the amazing team at Up and Running and getting to know all of the lovely customers that form the Up and Running community.

Outside of work Laura is passionate about running, travelling and reading!

Cassandra White

Client Experience Officer

Growing up playing lacrosse and other sports Cassandra understands the value of communication, teamwork and hard work. She endeavours to create genuine connections with all patients in order to create a welcoming environment in our clinics. Cassandra has been described by the team as aspirational, driven and dependable.

Cassandra’s love for health has led her to study Nutrition Science and Dietetics at university with the goal of eventually working as a Dietitian.

Sarah Moss

Client Experience Officer

With a background in Human Resources and Nutritional Medicine, Sarah knows all about being organised, good communication skills, listening to and understanding patients needs and takes great pride in ensuring a positive overall experience for everyone that walks through the door.

In her spare time, she enjoys Pilates, Yoga, Funky Fit dancing, travel, camping with her husband and three energetic boys and walks on the beach with her black Lab, Frankie.

Melissa Barbieri

Client Experience Officer

With over 13 years experience as an allied health practitioner, Mel is no stranger to providing excellent customer service to all clients.

You will meet Mel at our Williamstown clinic where she can help you with just about anything. Her positivity and smile are infectious and she absolutely loves conversing with our customers.

Beyond her passion for creating great relationships with our team and customers, Mel is a travel enthusiast, interior design perfectionist, amazing cook and devoted mother to her chocolate Groodle, Bentley.