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 has recently completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Podiatry in 2021. Previously she has worked at AUT university as a Clinical Educator for 7 years teaching the undergraduate podiatrists.

Lauren is currently practicing at our AUT Millennium clinic on Tuesday’s, whilst she helps out with the general running of the business. She is busy Mum to her two toddlers, Hunter and Sienna who are growing up too fast!

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. In November 2020 she got married in a lovely ceremony in Balmoral, and will be expecting her first baby in June 2022. We are very excited for another Step Forward baby!

Prarthana Foolchand – Podiatrist

After graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry degree in 2016, I had the pleasure of working in Australia for the past 5 years. I have worked in a range of different settings from community work, to aged care and private practice. I have worked alongside and expanded my podiatric knowledge and skills from other Podiatrists and allied health professionals, which has made me more confident in my own capabilities as a Podiatrist.

I like to take a holistic approach to treating my patients, and I believe in clearly outlining their individual treatment plan in order to give them the best outcome and improve their health. I enjoy all aspects of podiatry, in particular nail and skin care, ingrown nail surgeries and diabetes foot care. I believe in education as the best prevention for diabetes foot complications, and I am happy to discuss any questions my patients have about how their diabetes relates to their foot health.
My family moved to New Zealand when I was 9 years old, where I grew up on the beautiful North Shore. After living and working in Australia for the past 5 years, I have decided to move back home to Auckland for good. I come from a tight knit family with a proud South African Indian heritage, where everyone is always there for each other or to lend a helping hand. Not to mention all the fun we have at family gatherings! In my spare time, I like to catch up with family and friends, or you will find me cooking up a feast in the kitchen.

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 Birkenhead clinic two days a week, working alongside the Habit physiotherapists. In his spare time, he is currently doing a law degree, and on the weekends, you can often find him on the golf course, sometimes even in the fairway.

Prue Molyneux – Podiatrist

Prue is an experienced podiatrist and is currently practicing at our AUT Millennium clinic on Wednesdays. Prue graduated in 2011 with a BHSc in Podiatry. From 2012 to 2016 Prue worked in a private practice in Christchurch. In 2017 Prue returned to Auckland to complete her post graduate certificate in rehabilitation and honours degree (First Class) to advance her skills in musculoskeletal podiatry.
Prue is also a Lecturer at AUT and is currently undertaking her PhD. As a podiatrist working within the NZ health system for ten years, Prue has integrated clinical practice and research to drive improvement in delivering best practice and patient focused care.
Prue is an active relaxer, in her spare time, you will find her at a Les Mills class, running/walking or on her stand up paddle board.

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.

Leanne Fahey – Reception at Takapuna

Leanne is our friendly face at Fred Thomas, Takapuna clinic. She is passionate about providing the best service to patients when greeting them at reception. Leanne answers out phones and keeps up to date with all things admin.

In her spare time you’ll find her at her local Crossfit gym most mornings. She enjoys living by the beach and watching her partner play rugby for Silverdale rugby club in the weekends.

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