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 Port Melbourne, Richmond, Elsternwick and Altona North and the expertise to assist with all your lower limb pains and problems.

Podiatry Team

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 New Zealand 2018 AG 2nd place
– Geelong 70.3 Ironman 2017 AG 1st Place
– 34.25 10km PB
– Sub 80 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

Matthew Bull

Matthew has a strong running and sporting background. He recently completed his first Ironman triathlon and has run several marathons. His passion for running and triathlon is evident in his interactions with his patients that share similar goals. He understands what it’s like to be injured and knows first hand why runners don’t like being told to “stop running”! He also played football and cricket at junior representative level.

Matt obtained a Bachelor of Podiatry degree from La Trobe University. He graduated with honours in the field of foot orthotics and foot plantar pressures. His research in this area enabled him to gain extensive knowledge on the mechanics by which orthotics influence foot posture and weight distribution beneath our feet.

Matt’s professional achievements include having co-chaired the Australian Podiatry Association Sports Special Interest Group. Through this network, he has established strong relationships with other sports based therapists from a variety of disciplines.

Personal Achievements
– Ironman finisher
– Sub 3:20 marathon
– 1:24 half marathon
– Premiership player Strathmore Cricket Club
– 8 week mindfulness course

Professional achievements
– Accredited dry needling course
– Strongfeet certified practitioner
– Shock wave therapy master class
– Foot mobilisation accreditation
– Member of Australian Podiatry Association
– Member of Sports Medicine Australia

Madeleine Murray

Madeleine joined Up and Running Podiatry with an elite athletics background and has represented Great Britain and Scotland in both cross-country and track and field. Her interest in Podiatry stems from her own experiences with various lower limb injuries which fuels her passion for treating both international and recreational athletes to help them return to full fitness.

Madeleine graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a first class BSc (Hons) in Podiatry and is currently studying a masters in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery. She has experience in the United Kingdom and Australia in both private and public health sectors.

Her key interests are in sports injuries, injury prevention/rehabilitation and footwear, specifically running shoes and the impact they have on lower limb biomechanics.

Madeleine is a dedicated and caring Podiatrist that treats a number of Podiatry conditions ranging from routine skin and nail care to orthotics and biomechanics in both children and elderly populations.

Personal achievements and interests.
– Represented Great Britain at the European cross country running championships.
– Twice Scottish National senior 1500m champion.
– Maddie claims to have successfully stood up on a surfboard for more than a second..
– Enjoys travelling and has visited 20 different countries.
– Maddie is a self declared running shoe nerd, and has a pretty impressive collection.

Professional achievements
– Foot mobilisation accreditation.
– Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Alec Hill

Alec’s professional interests include sports podiatry, minor surgery and paediatrics. He is a strong believer in orthotic therapy and is always keen to explore cutting-edge methods of preventing and managing injuries of the lower limb.

Alec travelled across the ditch to complete his Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry at the Auckland University of Technology. He became interested in Podiatry through a long-term running injury of a family member and the range of podiatric treatments that were used to treat the complication.

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 stretching, strengthening, exercise technique and correct footwear.

In his spare time, Alec likes to keep fit through a dedication to gym and distance running. He has completed several half marathons and City to Surf competitions. He is also a qualified chef, and enjoys cooking all types of cuisine.

Personal achievements
– Certificate III & IV in Fitness and Personal Training
– Sydney Morning Herald and Blackmore’s half marathons
– Representing Barking Rugby Club in the England National Division

Professional Achievements
– Running technique correction course
– Member of Australian Podiatry Association
– Member of Sports Medicine Australia
– Qualified Chef

Stephanie Melitsis

Stephanie is experienced in all aspects of podiatry but has a particular interest in biomechanical injuries and paediatrics. She has worked at Active Feet, a podiatry based running footwear store, giving her thorough knowledge of the effects that athletic footwear can have on the feet and lower limbs.

Stephanie graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Podiatric Practice.

She has played tennis and hockey in her youth and now enjoys going to the gym, trail walking, yoga and pilates. She believes that combining a thorough and comprehensive assessment with holistic care and up-to-date treatment is essential to a successful outcome.

Personal interests
– Trail walking
– Clinical pilates and yoga
– F45
– Travelling

Professional achievements
– Accredited dry needling course
– Foot mobilisation accreditation
– Member of Australian Podiatry Association
– Member of Sports Medicine Australia

Payment & Cancellation Policy

• Payment is to be collected at the end of each treatment.

• We do directly bill certain work cover insurance companies with prior approval. It is your responsibility to keep track of the treatments you attend, so that you do not exceed your coverage. Please check with your insurance provider. Any payment not covered by an insurance company/ Medicare will be your responsibility.

• For TAC claims, if they refuse to pay – you will be responsible for the cost of the treatment.

• If Work Cover claims are disallowed – you will be responsible for the cost of treatment.

• If you miss or cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice you will be charged 50% of the cost of the treatment.

• Medicare, employers, Work Cover and TAC do not pay for missed appointments so you will have to pay the cost personally.