Joanne Michalitsis

Principal Podiatrist

Bachelor of Science, Monash University
Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry), Queensland University of Technology

  • Paediatrics
  • Biomechanics
  • Toe Walking
  • General footcare
  • Nail surgery

Joanne completed her Bachelor of Science in 1990 followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry) in 1993.

Her love of running led her to work in Sports Medicine and was the consulting Podiatrist for Heidelberg United and Northcote City soccer clubs for many years.

Joanne started Ashburton Foot Clinic in 1997. The clinic has 3 Podiatrist’s consulting and operates 6 days a week.

Joanne has been employed on a part-time basis with Monash Health since 1996. She has worked with the Diabetic, Rheumatology, Paediatric and Orthopaedic teams over the years. Her current role at Monash Children’s Hospital is with the Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network and the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service.

Joanne is currently conducting her research in Toe Walking and has recently published an article in Gait & Posture titled ‘Full length foot orthoses have an immediate treatment effect and modify gait of children with idiopathic toe walking’.

Joanne enjoys reading and spending time with her children.

Mikaela Christie


Masters in Podiatry, La Trobe University

  • Orthotic therapy
  • Lower limb and foot pain
  • Nail surgery
  • High risk foot – diabetic foot checks and wound care

Mikaela graduated with a Masters in Podiatry in 2015 from La Trobe University and completed her graduate year with Alfred Health. Mikaela joined the team at Ashburton Foot Clinic after returning from overseas travel in 2018. Mikaela also currently works at Monash Health in the high risk foot multi-disciplinary team. Mikaela has public hospital experience and a large knowledge of chronic conditions (diabetes) and how they affect the feet.

Growing up playing multiple sports including hockey, netball, tennis and golf, she understands the importance of your feet. She is passionate about reducing pain using lower limb strengthening and orthotic therapy. Through multiple coaching positions Mikaela enjoys working with junior athletes and keeping young people active.

Mikaela enjoys travelling, good food and team sports.