Our Team: Profiles

A/Prof Cylie Williams
BAppSc(Pod), MHlthEd(HlthProm & Ed), PhD

Cylie is an established leader in paediatric podiatry. She has worked in multi-disciplinary teams assessing and treating gait and lower limb conditions. Cylie currently now divides her time between research at Peninsula Health, Monash University and University of South Australia, seeing patients at Kingston Foot Clinic and education at Latrobe University and in private seminars.

Cylie has a PhD and over 25 publications that are paediatric podiatry specific. She also has an education based Masters degree. She has supervised honours students, Masters and PhD students in research projects and mentored many podiatrists in paediatric podiatry skills. She is also a credentialed Paediatric Podiatrist as awarded by the Australian Podiatry Council, one of the five podiatrists in Australia who have achieved this.

Cylie is a world leader on the topic of idiopathic toe walking and is a regular presenter at conferences and has excellent group facilitation skills. She loves to create a learning environment for podiatrists to extend their skills and it is this experience she brings to Children’s Podiatry.

Dr Alicia James
BPod, MHlth Sci(Pod), PhD

Alicia has worked in public multidisciplinary clinics assessing and treating paediatric foot and lower leg conditions. Alicia is currently Head of Podiatry at Peninsula Health, Director at Kingston Foot Clinic and Children’s Podiatry.

Alicia has a strong commitment to the podiatry profession, being a director on the APodA (Vic) board, past president of the APodA(Vic), past chair of the Victorian Paediatric Podiatry Special Interest group and was awarded the Jennifer O'Meara Award early in 2010. She is also a credentialed Paediatric Podiatrist as awarded by the Australian Podiatry Council. She is one of the five podiatrists in Australia who have achieved this.

Alicia was recently awarded her PhD. Her research involved undertaking a large clinical trial of treatment options for calcaneal apophysitis in children.

She is registered as an endorsed prescriber for scheduled medicines, completed Teacher on the Run training and supervised many podiatry students and mentored podiatrists in paediatric clinical practice.

It is these skills in education and mentoring that Alicia brings to Children’s Podiatry.

Simone Cranage

Simone started her podiatry career with academic achievements and was placed on the Dean’s honours list and awarded the Australian Podiatry Association (Vic) award for excellence in clinical studies. Since then, Simone has worked alongside the Children’s Podiatry team in both private and public settings.

Simone currently works in a multidisciplinary child health team providing paediatric assessment, diagnosis and management together with education for podiatrists working in a general role. She is involved in joint podiatry and physiotherapy clinics in this role and has a keen interest in developmental biomechanics and working with families. She has recently completed a research project where she developed the GALLOP, a consensus based lower limb assessment tool for use by podiatrists and physiotherapists to assess children. She is now continuing her research while undertaking a Masters by Research degree through Monash University on the impact of different types of footwear on toddler's gait.

Simone is the outgoing the chair of the Paediatric Special interest group for the Australian Podiatry Association (Vic). She has been an active member of the group since graduating and has completed numerous presentations in this time. She presented at the Australian Podiatry Association Victorian Conference and was awarded the “Walk the Talk” award in 2014 on her presentation “A toe walking case study”.

Antoni Caserta

Antoni works both as a private podiatrist and within a public health multidisciplinary paediatric team. His public health role focuses on assessment and treatment of simple and complex gait disorders.

Antoni is currently the Chair of the Paediatric Special Interest Group for the Australian Podiatry Association (VIC). He has presented numerous times at Australian Podiatry Association Victorian State Conferences, Special Interest Groups. He was the 2014 winner of the Jennifer O’Meara Memorial Award for outstanding achievement for a young podiatrists. He is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University and undertaking research to better understand the lower limb profile of children with an idiopathic toe-walking gait. He is also leading a Cochrane review on the effectiveness of different treatments for normalising idiopathic toe walking gait.

Antoni enjoys mentoring undergraduate students during their paediatric rotation paediatrics and this has led him to work with Latrobe University to create learning packages specifically relating to assessment.

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Nina Davies
BSc (Hons) Pod, MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics

Nina works as a podiatrist and clinical lead in paediatrics with public healthcare and is research active to support this role. She manages a caseload of children with a variety of musculoskeletal clinical presentations and complex needs. Her interventions include helping children return to activities, encouraging children to maintain participation, independence and healthy lives. Her role includes clinical pathway development, service improvement has champion roles in outcome measures, clinical rotation and paediatric mentorship.

Nina is a visiting lecturer at Staffordshire University, developing and delivering MSc level modules in paediatric lower limb development, pathologies and therapies both in the classroom and online.

At national level, Nina is the post graduate advisor for the Podopaediatric Special Advisory Group, and is editor for the College of Podiatry’s, Paediatric Podiatry Clinical Framework. She has presented at numerous conferences, delivers training and contributes to media nationally to meet the group's aims.

Nina has an BSc (Hons) in Podiatry, an MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics and certification in imaging, injection therapies and management qualifications. She has published her Masters dissertation on children’s footwear and has supported research projects on falls, outcome measures, toe walking and paediatric foot orthoses.