Learn about us and what we do!
Dr Lee Gray
Lee is the practice principal, and founded the practice over 25 years ago. She is a Podiatric Surgeon and nowadays focuses exclusively on surgical treatment of the foot. Examples of the problems she treats surgically include bunions, hammer toes (and other toe deformities), neuromas and much else besides.
Lee set up the first undergraduate podiatric surgical unit at Curtin University of Technology. She has been a sessional lecturer in podiatric surgery both in undergraduate and post graduate units.
Lee has in the past served on the council of the Australian Podiatry Association (Western Australia).
She was the secretary of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons for ten years, and is still involved with ACPS matters. She serves on the ACPS panel of examiners, and has been the ACPS liaison officer, in which role she coordinates the staging of the surgical registrars. She is currently very active in the training of new surgical registrars in podiatric surgery.
Dr Andrew Schox
After spending several years working as a software engineer, Andrew went back to study in 1994. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry with First Class Honours in 1998, obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Podiatry in 2000, and a Master’s Degree in Podiatry in 2004. Andrew joined the practice in 1997.
He practices in all areas of podiatry, and was also a part-time lecturer at the Podiatry School at Curtin University for eight years. He has a special interest in office-based surgical procedures as well as biomechanics. He is a current member of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. For five years, Andrew was the volunteer podiatrist at the Murdoch Community Hospice. He has given a number of lecture presentations over the years at a variety of conferences and other meetings. Andrew was a council member of the Australian Podiatry Association (WA).
He has served on the Podiatrists Registration Board of Western Australia. Andrew was the President of the Australasian Podiatry Council from October 2010 to June 2013, and was on the board of directors of the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council. He was also the Chairman of Advocare, Inc.
Dr Assia Abibsi
Assia has joined us from Canada. She was born in England, grew up in North Africa and had her podiatry training in Canada and New York City. Her rich cultural background and worldview allows her to connect all people of any age and cultural background very easily. Assia speaks four languages fluently (English, French, Berber and Arabic), and is also learning Spanish!
Assia has 8 years of clinical experience in both private and hospital settings. She also has 7 years of experience as a member of the Council of the Quebec Order, an organisation that administers podiatry in Quebec. She worked in 3 different legislations and understands that podiatrists all over the world are highly trained health professionals that should be the first point of call for anyone with foot or lower limb pathology. She has been a mentor to numerous university students and loves to be involved with podiatry education as well as practice.
She practises in all areas of podiatry, with special interests in office-based surgical procedures, biomechanics, medical imaging (x-rays and ultrasound) and diabetes management.
Dr Harriet Berman
In 2018, Harriet graduated a Bachelor of Podiatry, in this year, she was president of the South Australian Podiatry Students’ Association and was awarded the Podiatry Staff Prize demonstrating excellent academic and interpersonal performance.
Harriet’s work ethic is matched by her enthusiasm for podiatry. She has a long-standing interest in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of sporting injuries. This interest cultivated after playing volleyball for over 14 years. Harriet has played at both state league and university level and in her time received Best and Fairest and Most Valuable player awards in 2014 and the prestigious Green and Gold award in 2015.
As a recent graduate, Harriet has the most up to date knowledge allowing her to provide the most current and evidence-based treatment available. She is passionate about helping people getting back on their feet to continue to do the things they love. Harriet is compassionate and empathetic towards all patients allowing her to form great relationships whilst providing the best possible care.
Dr Sruti Panda
Sruti graduated from UWA with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, after completing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and Anatomy. Sruti cares for all her patients and strives to provide the best possible care and treatment. Sruti has a broad range of skills in low-level laser therapy, tendinopathy, custom orthotics, ingrown toenail surgery, dry needling, myofascial release and paediatrics.
Sruti also believes that there is a scarcity of healthcare services in remote WA and thus on Wednesdays she visits the rural towns of Moora, Goomalling and Toodyay to provide Podiatric services to those in need.
Outside of Podiatry she loves to travel and immerse herself in different cultures. She loves to volunteer and is very active in her local church. She also enjoys spending lots of time with her lovable Cavoodle, Mowgli.
Dr Kate Thrussell
Kate’s interest in sports and biomechanics led her to study for a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry). She was drawn to podiatry as it incorporates health care, sports and biomechanics.
She has a wide range of experience, including time spent in the UK in both private practices and hospital settings, before moving to Perth Foot and Ankle Clinic. This has given her vast expertise in all areas of podiatry, including general treatment, nail surgery, musculoskeletal injuries and orthotic prescription.
Kate sees the future of podiatry broadening to include more physical therapies and involvement with physiotherapists, to provide complete patient care. As technology advances, it will be increasingly integrated to offer faster and more accurate diagnoses, and more effective treatment.
Ms Emmery Starling
Since graduating in 2014 Emmery has worked in a variety of clinical settings
including aged care, hospital, private practice; as well as teaching and supervision of students at the University of Notre Dame. With an interest in lower limb musculoskeletal rehabilitation and exercise prescription for neurological conditions, she has a real passion for helping people live a functional and full life.
To further her knowledge, she is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Notre Dame.
With a past as a dancer, Emmery enjoys staying active and playing sport. You might run into her at Freo Dockers games, or cheering on her favourite basketball teams, the Perth Wildcats and the Golden State Warriors.
Kate is on Maternity Leave
Dr Kate Harrison
Kate completed a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry in 2004 and has worked in private practice for 14 years. She works in all areas of podiatry with a special interest in diabetic foot care wound prevention and management and nail surgery.
Kate has a strong interest in sports injuries, with particular emphasis on tendon pathologies, ankle injuries, gait analysis, biomechanics and orthotic management. However, Kate just loves working with any type of foot problem, including general podiatric care.
In recent times Kate has been busy growing her family with daughter Grace in 2014 and son Oscar in 2016. Kate continues to play social netball twice a week and is a long-term member of the Fremantle Dockers. Kate returns to practice at Perth Foot and Ankle on a part-time basis in order to balance her family life. She is looking forward to expanding her skill set to incorporate new techniques offered at the practice and seeing many familiar faces.
We are very excited to see Kate back in in the clinic!