Jess O'Neill | Podiatrist
Jessica graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2016 and has spent the last few years working in a Newcastle based clinic, before joining the Hunter Podiatry Services team in September 2019. Prior to completing her degree Jessica worked for a local sporting goods retailer and has extensive knowledge in performance footwear.
Jessica’s interest in podiatry comes from years of helping people achieve their sporting and fitness goals with the right footwear. Knowing the difference the right pair of shoes can make to performance and mobility, whether for an elite athlete or the average person wanting to become more active.
Jessica enjoys helping people maintain their foot function by assisting people to understand the important role our feet play not only for our physical but also mental wellbeing. By helping to education people about the simple things that can be done in the clinic and at home to help maintain optimum foot health and as a result helping improve mental health and wellbeing.
Jessica was born and raised in Newcastle, moving to the Maitland area in 2016 and she is keen to help her local community. Outside the clinic she enjoys spending time with family, holidaying in Forster and stand-up paddle boarding with her dog Kenzie.
Matt McGovern | Podiatrist
Matt has joined the HPS team after an 18 month stint in Port Macquarie, although he is a local boy from Thornton.
Matt has played many sports including soccer for Maitland Magpies, Cricket for Wallsend and hockey for Maitland Rams. A lifetime of being in and around sport has lit the fire for helping his patients stay on their feet with the feeling of walking on clouds.
Clinically, Matt has interests in all things podiatry as his attention to detail (maybe bordering on slight OCD, but who are we to judge) ensures nothing is missed and you are left feeling as though you are treated as his own family.
As Matt has been involved in sports all his life, he has a keen interest in managing and preventing sporting injuries so that you are not out of your game for any extended periods of time.
In his spare time you’ll find Matt with his mates enjoying a drink, having a laugh, watching sport or at the beach enjoying the hot weather.
Craig Leggett | Podiatrist
- Heel pain
- ingrown toenail surgery
Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of Newcastle in 2017, joining Hunter Podiatry Services in March 2019 after working in Salamander Bay and Mayfield. Prior to completing his degree, Craig worked in the Hunter Valley in underground mining.
Clinically, Craig has a passion for rehabilitation of injuries and also preventative interventions. His skills are presently focused on general podiatric care, diabetic assessments and enhancing sporting performance through biomechanical assessments. Craig has completed further training in Dry-Needling, Shock Wave Therapy and has obtained a certificate III and IV in Personal Training.
Born and bred in Newcastle, Craig is a member of the Newcastle Triathlon Club and a keen competitor at the Lake Macquarie Parkrun. Craig’s interest in Podiatry stems from a sporting background including swimming, cycling, long distance running and competing in ironman triathlons.
Jacob Wood | Podiatrist
- Adolescent injury and pain management (11-18)
Jacob graduated from the University of Newcastle. After completing my degree, I moved to far North Queensland to practice as a podiatrist in Townsville where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.
He has a keen interest in all things podiatry however, have a main focus in lower limb biomechanics and running gait analysis. I am constantly practicing the most up to date and evidence based treatment through personal research and continual personal development to get the best outcomes for my patients.
I have an extensive 19 year career playing soccer in and around the Newcastle/Hunter region and also have interest in cross country running and golf. I will be looking to further involve myself in the community within the Hunter region through podiatric treatment such as taping and injury rehabilitation with sporting teams and individuals.
My main goal is to improve your quality of life and to get you back on your feet pain free.
Jess Dorn | Podiatrist
Jess became part of the Hunter Podiatry team back in 2013 . Jess developed a keen interest in Podiatry after developing foot related injuries training 12 hours a week as a developing netball player. Jess decided to pursue a career as a podiatrist after experiencing first hand how Podiatry intervention could change and enhance athletic performance; Being the only therapeutic intervention allowing her to train at an elite level, pain free, for the first time in 3 years and gaining selection in the u17 NSW netball team. She a studied Podiatry part time through the University of Newcastle whilst working at Hunter Podiatry as a Podiatry assistant
Due to her personal experience with podiatry intervention Jess holds particular interest in the education and management of young athletes to keep them primed and ready for competition and to ensure they are able to achieve their aspirations.
With a natural desire to help people of all ages, Jess aims to assist people in all areas of Podiatry with an end goal of keeping people pain free and comfortable on their feet.
Away from the clinic Jess loves spending time with her family, enjoying home life and enjoys keeping an active life style by spending time at the gym and trying to out run Belle, the family Kelpie.
Kristen Stone | Podiatrist
- Paediatrics (children’s podiatry)
- musculoskeletal pain and injury (foot, ankle, knees)
Kristen graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2017, joining Hunter Podiatry Services in April 2018 after working in a clinic in Nelson Bay. Prior to completing her degree in Podiatry, Kristen completed university studies in Education and spent 18 years as a primary school teacher and assistant principal.
Kristen’s interest in Podiatry stems from an interest in health and fitness and a desire to help people to improve their quality of life, whether that be helping with injury rehabilitation or helping someone maintain their mobility by providing general foot care.
Clinically, Kristen is particularly interested in paediatric podiatry and biomechanical assessments to diagnose and treat lower limb pathology. She is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association and an active participant in ongoing education and development.
Away from the clinic, Kristen enjoys spending time with her son, loves the water and is a keen runner and horse rider.
Dru Tonks | Podiatrist
- Sports podiatry
- Complex musculoskeletal injuries
Dru has a broad knowledge base in the Podiatry field and always looking to improve! He has a wide sporting background and a special interest in helping people recover from injuries. Particularly the foot, ankle or knee. As well as injury rehabilitation, sports injuries and biomechanics, he is competent in all areas of Podiatry. The most important thing for him is helping others achieve their goals!
Outside of work Dru enjoys spending time with friends/family, refereeing Rugby Union, and enjoying a meal!
Dru was born and raised in Newcastle and had a 5 year stint in Tauranga, New Zealand, growing up.
Maggie Bayley | Podiatrist
As the founder and former owner of Hunter Podiatry Services, Maggie Bayley has been helping keep Maitland on its feet for nearly 30 years. Maggie has always appreciated the importance of continuing education in the profession and has completed courses and attended conferences regularly over the years.
The challenge of a country practice and the need to treat a wide range of foot conditions in all ages of the population and the growth of Hunter Podiatry Services over the years is testimony to the successful achievement of this.
Maggie is a long standing member of Maitland Rotary and the Maitland Arts council.
Emily George | Podiatrist
Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry) degree from the University of Western Sydney in 2007.
Emily first joined the team at Hunter Podiatry Services in 2011 completing a locum position. She has since made the move from Sydney, now living in Pokolbin and joins the team full time as of January 2013.
She has taken particular interest in diabetes, general biomechanics and managing high-risk foot complications.
Emily has experience in all areas of podiatry and strives to provide her patients with an exceptional level of care.
She has gained certificates in Kinesio Taping for musculoskeletal complaints.
Tania Stennett | Administration
Tania steers the admin ship at Maitland and is the go-to when it comes to NDIS (national disability insurance scheme) and DVA (department of veteran affairs). She loves spending time with her kids on a weekend getting out and about.
Emily Piddington | Administration
Emily is one of our Admin weapons at Maitland. Em runs trails on the weekends and has competed in some of the Ultra Series events.
Sammi Robinson | Administration
Sammi is our Podiatry Assistant and allows our Podiatrists to do such a great job. She’s the backbone of our clinic and is also training to become a massage therapist. She loves time with her cat and visiting her family at South West Rocks.
Lara Webb | Administration
Lara is our Admin weapon at our Rutherford clinic. She runs park run every Saturday, is an active member of her local church and is a big North Stars ice hockey fan. She loves spending time with her dog Lacey and playing board games in downtime.
Amy Goodwin | Administration
Amy is our Greenhills practice manager and enjoys staying active with her family on the weekends. She is a regular at Maitland Park run and is always hunting a PB.
Carol Hall | Administration
Carol is our newest Admin recruit and brings tonnes of experience and pride in her work. She is a Tanilba bay local and spends good family time at their Capertee property whenever they get a chance.
Darby O’Leary | Senior Podiatrist / Clinical Director
- Paediatrics (children’s podiatry)
- Surgical rehab
Darby joined the clinic in 2015 after spending 12 months consulting in Gladstone, Queensland. He became a partner in the business at the end of 2018.
He has always held a deep interest in health and the human body’s ability to heal itself.
Darby graduated from Newcastle University with a strong interest in sports medicine. His time in Gladstone offered him invaluable experience in all areas of podiatry with an exposure to patients of all ages and backgrounds. He has since worked alongside local sports teams, organisations and athletes managing acute and chronic injuries.
Darby also has a keen interest in post-surgical rehabilitation and orthotic therapy. On a weekend you’ll find him outside surfing or out in the boat fishing.
Luke Grainger | Senior Podiatrist / Managing Director
B.Hlth Sci (Podiatry), Post. Grad. Cert. (Pod), M.A.Pod.A, M. AAPSM and M. SMA Aus
Luke moved to the Newcastle region in 2003 taking a position at Hunter Podiatry services as a young podiatrist wanting to empower and improve the people of his community. 17 years on Luke is just as passionate about providing an optimal quality of life to patients of all walks of life.
With over 20 years clinical experience Luke has postgraduate training in running analysis and technique analysis, dry needling, shockwave therapy, tendon pathology and paediatric development and has had practical and theoretical training in the surgical correction of range of foot and ankle pathologies.
Luke can be found at the Maitland clinic and splits his time between consulting patients and managing the operations of the 4 centres.
Luke is a father to 3 young girls and partner to Jessica. Luke enjoys spending his weekends exploring the local area in his 4×4 with the family, taking the girls to parkrun and nippers and participating locally in a range of running, cycling and triathlon events.
Luke is passionate about bringing an unrivalled patient experience and level of podiatric care to the people of Newcastle and the Hunter and has grown and developed the Hunter Podiatry centres and brand to reflect this commitment over the past 10 years.