About Us

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists are university-educated foot health professionals. They diagnose and treat specific foot and lower limb conditions. At Step Forward Podiatry we provide a range of services, for the diagnosis, treatment and management of all foot and lower limb conditions. As humans, our feet are our main mode of transport, however in research it is shown that people are more likely to have their car serviced than have their feet checked by a podiatrist. Our feet are very complex, with bones, joints and ligaments all in such a small part of the body. Feet can not be replaced, you get one set, so lets keep them healthy, and keep you comfortably on your feet.

Lauren Earl – Podiatrist/ Director

Lauren started Step Forward Podiatry in 2015, after returning from overseas. Lauren had previously been in Hervey Bay, Sydney, and London practicing as a Podiatrist in general clinics and specialised sports clinics. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry at AUT in 2007, and since returning from overseas has continued her studies in which she is now working towards her Postgraduate Diploma in Podiatry. She also works at the university as a Clinical Educator two days of the week.

Lauren is currently on maternity leave, as she has recently had a baby girl, Sienna in September 2020. She has her hands full with her toddler, Hunter who is two years old and the new baby. Currently, Lauren still runs the business, she’ll be back to practicing soon.

Juire Gill – Senior Podiatrist

Juire has been working at our Fred Thomas, Takapuna clinic since May 2017, after graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry at AUT, in 2016. Her passion to become a podiatrist came out of the joy of helping people. She takes pride in treating people’s feet to enable them to get back to what they love doing, whether it’s walking the dog or running a marathon.

She enjoys the variety that Podiatry offers, including working with children, athletes, ingrown toenails, people with chronic conditions, and those who just want to take care of their feet.

Juire belongs to a close-knit family; and is one of ten siblings. She has recently got married in a lovely ceremony in Balmoral. In her spare time, Juire loves keeping fit by running and going to the gym.

Nathan Fox – Podiatrist

After 3 years of living abroad, Nathan returned home to find work in an area that most suited his passions. With people and sports at the centre of Nathan’s interests it was easy to find ground to run on in the field of Podiatry.

Nathan values the idea that without a strong foundation, it can be hard to do the things we love and to be around for those we care about. With this in mind, Nathan believes that small consistent changes can make big differences over time. Thus, finding ways to implement them is Nathan’s ultimate goal.

Nathan is our podiatrist at our AUT Millennium (within Health Zone) and Birkenhead clinic, working alongside the physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons and sports doctors. On the weekends, you can often find him on the golf course, sometimes even in the fairway.

Chelsea Halling – Reception at Birkenhead

Chelsea has been working as a clinical administrator for ten years, within physiotherapy. She has brilliant personable skills and enjoys organising the team. You’ll find her at our Birkenhead clinic, helping Nathan out with all things admin. In her spare time when she isn’t driving her daughter to and from all the sporting events, she enjoys coaching various sports and teams. She studied Sport and Recreation at AUT, Community Studies at Unitec and is a NZ Level 1 & 2 Qualified Coach. Chelsea enjoys a healthy lifestyle and is passionate about making sure her family, friends and the community are healthy and safe too. She is always open for a good conversation and makes sure the patients feel welcome and comfortable when in the clinic.

Elyza Taylor – Reception at Takapuna

Elyza is our friendly face at Fred Thomas, Takapuna clinic. She is passionate about providing the best service to patients when greeting them at reception. Elyza loves organisation around the place and keeps us all on our toes and up to date. 

In her spare time she loves to go adventuring on camping trips throughout NZ, play piano and go to the gym. She’s also a huge ‘foodie’ so enjoys trying new things. 

We use the latest technology to provide personalised assessments and comprehensive treatment for all our patients. No referral required, call us today or book online: