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Hayley Paterson (Director / Biomechanical 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 chronic pain treatment options such as Low Level Laser therapy, ANF therapy and Medical Acupuncture. Hayley works exclusively as a Biomechanical Podiatrist and her sole focus is to provide individualised, holistic care.

Outside of work, Hayley enjoys yoga, functional training, running, hiking, reading and daydreaming about exploring culturally diverse countries once again.

Want to know more about the intrepid Hayley? Find out here.

Chris Weber (Biomechanical Podiatrist)

B App Sc (Pod) Grad Cert (Sports Med)

Born and bred in Townsville, Chris completed her undergraduate podiatry degree at QUT, Brisbane in 1996 and has since worked all over Australia in a variety of Podiatry and health and wellbeing roles. 

As an avid runner and running coach, Chris has a special interest in sports medicine, biomechanics, load management, footwear, gait re-training, the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions and running gait assessments. 

Chris has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne and has undertaken further post-graduate study in sports science, public health and business management.  Chris has over 20 years of experience in allied health and employs evidence-based medicine when developing treatment plans for her patients.

Outside of work, Chris spends as much of her free time as possible in the outdoors, usually running on the local trails or keeping fit and active in some way.

Want to know more about the adventurous Chris? Find out here.

Emma Phelps (Biomechanical Podiatrist)

BHSc Pod

Emma grew up in rural NSW completing her training at CSU university in 2010.  She has worked as a Podiatrist locally in the Townsville community for over 12 years with a strong passion for holistic health care, biomechanics and sports rehabilitation. 

Emma has a competitive sports history in Netball and swimming; and has also dabbled in rugby union, bodybuilding, weightlifting and CrossFit.  Her primary goal is enabling others to move well and be able to participate in their chosen activities at all stages of life.

 When not at work Emma enjoys being outside with a keen interest in hiking, swimming and waterfall chasing as well as spending time with her family and her beautiful Border Collie, Echo.

Want to know more about the fabulous Emma? Find out here.


Our Townsville Podiatrists are university trained health professionals who are regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and are also members of the Australian Podiatry Association (APodA) and Sports and Exercise Podiatry Australia (SEPA). 

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Established by Hayley in March 2007, we are a respected Biomechanical/ Musculoskeletal focused Podiatry clinic.

Our mantra: Active FEET  >  Active BODY  >  Active LIFE

Our mission: to assist our patients to be active so they can enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. It's that simple.

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 – nor do we aspire to become one. Our experienced Podiatrists Hayley, Chris and Emma love continual learning, challenging the status quo and are still really passionate about what we do.

And like you, we’re local. With 15 years of business now under our belt, we are privileged to be able to give back, connect with and support other like-minded initiatives with a greater purpose of keeping the Townsville community active and healthy.

Foundation Podiatry proudly supports the following organisations:

Yoga Tools for Schools Inc

Yoga Tools For Schools Inc is a not-for-profit initiative founded by a group of local yoga teachers, school teachers & parents passionate about empowering young people to make healthy positive choices. YTFS programs are having a very positive effect in our Townsville schools. 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 to help our local children and adolescents - something we at Foundation Podiatry are very proud of.

Shoes for Planet Earth

Shoes for Planet Earth is a Sydney-based non-profit organisation started by people who love to run and want to give something back. Working together with local and international communities and companies they provide recycled running shoes to those in need here at home and around the world. Their aim is to help mankind by improving his well-being whilst minimising his consumption of non-renewable earth resources - and facilitating the ‘feel good’ intangible benefits of giving and receiving.

Shoes play such an important role in everyone’s lives – can you imagine not owning a pair? Many people have nothing to keep their feet warm and clean - we can all do our little bit to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

We are a collection point for Shoes For Planet Earth! Please help us by delivering your pre-loved shoes to Foundation Podiatry Townsville so that we ca re-home them to people in need around Townsville and indigenous communities close by. 

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. Learn more about Share the Dignity and how you may be able to help out.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is Australia’s leading national body funding world-class, game-changing breast cancer research. 9 Australians lose their life every day to breast cancer. They receive no government funding and need your continued support to change the statistics. NBCF's mission is simple: stop deaths from breast cancer. How? By identifying, funding and championing world-class research - research that will help us detect tumours earlier, improve treatment outcomes, and ultimately – save lives.

At Foundation Podiatry we have many patients who have been affected by breast cancer so will continue to be corporate partners of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Special Children's Christmas Party

The Special Children's Christmas Party has run for more than 30 years in Townsville but the goal remains the same: to gather the children who are ill and disabled and to help them forget their troubles for a few hours; to help their families and carers see they are not alone; to allow the children to just be kids enjoying a magical time of year; to foster a belief in happiness and better times in the children, their families and the volunteers and sponsors who make it possible.

Foundation Podiatry is a proud yearly sponsor of this wonderful organisation.