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Who & Why

Hayley Paterson (Director / Podiatrist)

BHSc Pod (Hons)

Hayley graduated with Honours from QUT Brisbane in 2004, then worked in Cairns before opening her clinic in Townsville in 2007. With an extensive background of representative touch football and hockey, Hayley understands the importance of keeping people (of all ages and activity levels) on their feet and active. Forever undertaking more courses Hayley is committed to fuelling her passion for Podiatry, in particular barefoot rehab training and Western Medical Acupuncture. Hayley’s sole focus is providing individualised, holistic biomechanical care.

Outside of work, Hayley enjoys yoga, functional training, hiking, reading and exploring countries with completely different cultures.

Christine Hobbs (Podiatrist)

BHSc Pod

Born and raised in Ingham, Christine was excited to return to sunny North Queensland to be closer to her family and join the Foundation Podiatry team in January 2015. Christine has a special interest in lower limb biomechanics, children's foot health and development and ingrown toe nail surgery. Christine fully appreciates and is passionate about our mantra:     Active FEET  >  Active BODY  >  Active LIFE!

Away from Podiatry Christine enjoys spending time with family, spoiling her niece & nephew, boating, reading, early morning boot camp and tackling Castle Hill and other walking tracks around Townsville.

Daina Clark (Podiatrist)

BHSc Pod

Originally from Melbourne, Daina moved to Townsville for a 6 month break - that was over 13 years ago! Daina works exclusively as a Biomechanical Podiatrist and gains great satisfaction in helping people get back on their feet and keep moving.
At Foundation Podiatry Townsville Daina also performs bike fit and running gait assessments enabling people to run and cycle at their best. Daina feels very fortunate to be able to incorporate her passion for cycling and running into her work life.
Daina’s love of human movement, the outdoors and Magnetic Island, has also led her to develop her business Destination Adventure from grass-roots. “If you do what you love, love what you do – and have fun while you’re doing it – well it doesn’t get any better than that!”

When not working as a Biomechanical Podiatrist or coordinating Destination Adventure – you will find Daina out hiking or mountain biking the trails on Magnetic Island or catching a wave on her surf ski.


Established by Hayley in March 2007, we have evolved into a holistic, biomechanical-focused clinic.

Our mission is simple:   to assist our patients to develop ‘healthy active feet’ so they can enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.

We do this by respecting that each person is different and that a ‘one size fits all’ treatment approach often fails. We are not your garden-variety Podiatry clinic – our Podiatrists love continual learning, often step outside the box and each bring very different flavours to the table.

And like you, we’re local. With over a decade of business now under our belt, we are privileged to be able to connect with and support other like-minded initiatives with a greater purpose of keeping the Townsville community active and healthy.

Aside from Podiatry, Hayley also has other passions - local, global and environmental. Foundation Podiatry is now the vehicle for Hayley to give back and achieve her goals.

Foundation Podiatry proudly supports the following organisations:

Sandra Jones Centre

The SJC is a home for orphans, abandoned babies and children in crisis in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The SJC has its own clinic, preschool, school and training centre. Having seen the poverty whilst travelling through Bulawayo and met Australian-born founder of SJC; Hayley feels a great desire to support this not-for-profit organisation and has done since 2010. If you would like to learn more, please visit:

Yoga Tools for Schools Inc

Sundalah was created to support our local Townsville community in discovering ways to live with a positive mind, healthy body and a loving connection with our earth. Sundalah is the major sponsors of Yoga Tools For Schools Inc - a not-for-profit initiative founded by a group of yoga teachers, school teachers & parents passionate about empowering young people to make healthy positive choices. Inspiring a similar holistic ethos to our clinic, we are excited to come on board as platinum sponsors of YTFS. Many wonderful local people donate their time to support YTFS, something we at Foundation Podiatry and the broader Townsville community are very proud of.

Outer Limits Adventure Fitness

Outer Limits help people create an active, adventurous lifestyle and give them opportunity to explore their ‘outer limits’ though outdoor adventure sport. Having a similar ‘active’ culture to us and a wonderful team environment we are proud to be major sponsors of some of the Outer Limits trail runs scattered around Townsville. Visit to explore your limits!

North Queensland Conservation Council

NQCC is the voice for the environment in the North. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed” – Mahatma Gandhi. As an environmentally conscious clinic and the environment being Hayley’s top concern we are proud to support the NQCC.

Share the Dignity

Share the Dignity is an Australia-wide initiative to support women troubled by homelessness, poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.  As a team of women ourselves, we were shocked and saddened to learn the high rates of homelessness and domestic violence amongst women in Townsville. For these vulnerable and at risk women, each monthly period can be a shameful and traumatic experience. We believe that sanitary items should be a right NOT a privilege!

During the months of April and August Foundation Podiatry is a ‘Share the Dignity’ collection point for sanitary items, which are then delivered to Townsville Women’s Shelters. Click here to learn more about Share the Dignity and how you may be able to help out.

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