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 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

Matthew Bull

Matthew is a qualified running coach and has a strong running/ sporting background. He has completed an Ironman triathlon, an ultra marathon (100km) and several marathons. His passion for running and triathlon is evident in his interactions with his patients who 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 Bachelors 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 of 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 and ultra marathon finisher
– 2:59 Marathon – Melbourne, 2019
– 36 minute 10km
– Premiership player VTCA- Strathmore Cricket Club
– 8 week mindfulness course

Professional Achievements
– Level 2 recreational running coach
– Accredited dry needling course
– Strongfeet certified practitioner
– Foot mobilisation accreditation
– Member of Australian Podiatry Association and Sports Medicine Australia

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
– Great Ocean Road marathon
– Melbourne, 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

Lachlan Muir

Having been an avid sportsman all his life and growing up playing sports such as football and basketball, Lachlan has had many injuries throughout his career. The impact of these injuries has led to his interest in focusing on sporting injuries and various musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb and feet through correcting biomechanics.

He has worked with athletes with sporting injuries and implemented many other aspects of podiatry such as orthotic therapy, paediatrics, nail surgery, diabetes management and general care issues such as corns and callous.

He enjoys competitive sport and plays for his local football team where he is part of the leadership group. He also closely follows the NBA and the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL. He has a passion for learning about current trends and new information in the health and fitness industry, enjoys travelling and has been on various trips overseas.

Lachlan is very approachable and easy to talk to. He is always looking to improve his skills and loves a challenge. Lachlan is constantly asking questions and is happy to go well beyond for his clients.

Personal Achievements and Interests:
– Multiple junior + senior club and league B&F- RDFL
– 2019 RDFL premiership player
– 5-time swimming age champion in secondary school
– Dux of mathematics and physical Education Year 12
– World’s best sock collection
– Enjoys travelling

Professional Achievements:
– Member of Australian Podiatry Association
– Member of Sports Medicine Australia

Grace Buchan

Grace is a VFLW athlete for Melbourne Football club and is currently training alongside their AFLW side. She has always grown up supporting Melbourne in the men’s AFL and is thrilled with the opportunity to represent the prestigious club in the women’s competition. Grace previously played for Collingwood Football club and was fortunate enough to Co-captain the VLFW side to a premiership in 2019.

Playing football at an elite level has provided her with an extensive insight into the vigorous training demands, injury prevention strategies and lower limb biomechanics of elite sport.

Grace’s motivation is to help individuals achieve their health and personal goals, regardless of their level of activity, sporting ability or age. She strives to become a strong advocate and mentor for women’s sport and to continue her leadership endeavours.

Grace has a special interest in lower limb and musculoskeletal pathologies such as Achilles tendinopathy, Plantar Fasciosis and ankle sprains. She has worked collaboratively in a diverse team of health professionals and has refined knowledge in all aspects of podiatry such as sport related injuries, running assessments, orthotic therapy, general skin and nail care, paediatrics and diabetes.

Having worked at a specialist running footwear store for 3 years, Grace has broad knowledge in a range of running footwear for a variety of individuals.
Grace also has a history in competitive sports such as tennis and soccer and also completed the Berlin Major Marathon in 2017.

Personal achievements/interests:
– Premiership winning Co-captain of Collingwood Football Club VFLW 2019
– First women’s premiership at Collingwood Football Club.
– Berlin Major Marathon completion 2017.
– Best and Fairest for Caulfield Grammarian’s Football club, 2017.
– Big V football selection for VAFA
– Premier league Soccer for Caulfield Cobra’s
– Represented South Yarra in Grade 1 pennant for Tennis.
– Loves travelling, reading books and surfing in her spare time.

Professional achievements:
– Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
– Accredited Dry needling course
– Member of Australian Podiatry Association