About us

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OUR VALUES

Performance Podiatry was founded with a mission to maintain optimum foot and leg health by world-class prevention and treatment. Our exceptional practitioners are experts in biomechanics and it’s our philosophy that the finest foot care requires an entirely bespoke experience. That’s why we are dedicated to providing entirely tailor-made diagnosis and treatment services that are the best in Australia.

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OUR PRACTITIONERS

Harriet Thurlow Podiatrist Sydney

Harriet Thurlow

Podiatrist – B.Pod.

Harriet has a particular interest for the treatment of ingrown toenails and plantar warts and has developed a passion for minor surgical procedures of the foot.

She is passionate about the future of podiatry and is an active committee member of the Australian Podiatry Association and a local council member of Sports Medicine Australia.

Harriet is a cheerful and vibrant podiatrist who has attained a wealth of podiatric experience since graduating in 2018 from the University of Adelaide. Harriet has a particular interest for the treatment of ingrown toenails and plantar warts and has developed a passion for minor surgical procedures of the foot. She has refined her surgical skills whilst working alongside a podiatric surgeon in Perth and this is complemented by successfully completing her endorsement of scheduled medicines, allowing her the ability to prescribe S4 medication such as antibiotics and anxiolytics to assist with these procedures (awaiting final approval).


Tayla Forland Podiatrist

Tayla Forland

Podiatrist – B.PodMed

Tayla has a specialised interest in foot and leg injuries, pain and conditions associated with ballet, dance and artistic sports for clients of all ages and experience levels.

She has completed further training and certifications in assisting patients with disability, pre-pointe preparation and assessments, pointe shoe fitting, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), advanced dry needling and acupuncture techniques, sports taping techniques, radial shockwave therapy, and strength and conditioning.

Tayla is a compassionate and inspired podiatrist with experience in chronic nail and skin pathologies, sports biomechanics and injury rehabilitation. With over 17 years of experience as a dancer, Tayla developed a passion for dance podiatry. This means that she has a specialised interest in foot and leg injuries, pain and conditions associated with ballet, dance and artistic sports for clients of all ages and experience levels.


Angus McDonald Podiatrist

Angus McDonald

Podiatrist – B.PodMed

Alongside his love for biomechanics, Angus has an interest in all aspects of podiatry including general foot & nail care, diabetic foot management and ingrown toenails. He has a caring, bubbly personality and  is particularly devoted to helping his clients reach their goals.

Angus graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine. Since then, he has taken an avid interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and lower limb biomechanics. This stems from his passion for sports and athletic performance, having played and coached a wide variety of competitive sports growing up.

His keen interest in sports saw Angus pursue a strength & conditioning path, gaining a Level 1 S&C Coach certification by the ASCA. He has helped individuals involved in a broad range of activities become better versions of themselves, most notably working as the head coach of a strength & performance gym in Paddington. He has been involved in a wide variety of individual and team-based sports over the past 4 years including rugby, soccer and athletics.


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Merridy Lithgow

Podiatrist – MSc(Clinical Biomechanics), BPod(Hons)

Merridy is a passionate and friendly podiatrist with experience across all areas of podiatry. She has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions, with extensive knowledge of biomechanics as well as general skin and nail care.

Merridy has a Bachelor of Podiatry with Honours (First Class) from the University of South Australia. Following a season in Canada making custom orthotics for ski and snowboard boots, Merridy returned to work in Adelaide where she worked in a busy metropolitan private practice, with a focus on biomechanics and sporting injuries. Here she gained experience in orthotic and exercise prescription, along with using Radial Shockwave Therapy – an adjunct treatment used in many overuse muscle and tendon injuries.


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Jordan Ryder

Podiatrist – B.Pod., M.A.Pod.A

Jordan is a passionate and dedicated practitioner with a keen interest in lower limb biomechanics, the human gait cycle, strengthening of the lower limb and treating foot and leg pains.

In 2021, Jordan was awarded Australian Podiatrist of the Year, a huge achievement that takes into account excellence in clinical practice, education, impact and innovation.

Jordan prides himself on being able to identify the underlying causes of injury and pain and develop engaging treatment plans that lead to the best possible outcomes for the patient.

Jordan’s passion for podiatry began at the early age of ten years, when he was exposed to podiatry treatment. This experience left him with an appreciation for the positive impact that podiatry intervention could have on an individual’s quality of life.


Laura Rabjohns Grier Podiatrist

Laura Grier (Laura Rabjohns)

Podiatrist – BHlthSc (Podiatry)

Laura has a background encompassing all aspects of podiatric practice, with a particular passion for complex biomechanical cases, human movement and toenail surgery.

Prior to opening Performance Podiatry Sydney in 2013, Laura spent three years operating in the Sydney CBD as head podiatrist at a large multi-disciplinary practice. This involved working with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and Pilates to achieve the best possible care for her clients. The case load of patients here was largely biomechanical and this was where she fine-tuned her orthotic prescription to suit the needs of the weekend warriors she was treating. It was here that Laura did additional training in dry needling and began to develop an interest in Radial Shockwave Therapy for the treatment of soft tissue injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis.