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 – 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 her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry at AUT in 2007, and since returning from overseas has continued her studies in which she is now currently working towards her Postgraduate Diploma in Podiatry. She also works at the university as a Clinical Educator two days of the week.

Lauren has recently returned from maternity leave, after having a year off clinical practice. She currently works on Tuesday at the AUT Millennium Institute of Sport. In her spare time she loves going for a run, playing hockey and travelling. 

Juire – Podiatrist

Juire Al-kashoosh is a qualified Podiatrist working at Step Forward Podiatry. 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, 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. Juire loves keeping fit by running and going to the gym. 

Michaela – Administrator/Reception

Michaela provides adminstration and is on the front reception desk at Fred Thomas, for Step Forward Podiatry.

Michaela started with Step Forward Podiatry in 2015. She is a friendly face when you walk in the door.  She is organized and approachable, so please ask her any questions or queries you may have. Michaela enjoys interacting with the wide variety of people that come in to the clinic.

Out of work she enjoys exercising, fashion, films and travel. Being a keen traveller, Michaela often has an overseas trip planned in advance, so she always has something to look forward to.

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: