Esher Townsend: Director/Owner of Mid Coast Podiatry. 

BSc Hons Podiatry. Southampton University UK 2005.

Sports Therapy Diploma. 2001

Recreational Running Coach 2018

Strength and Conditioning ASCA Feb 2020

My main reason for deciding to study podiatry was to treat runners, what I didn't know was how much I would come to love this career and all that it offers. After 14yrs, I still enjoy treating our more vintage clients, love having a chat and making everyday life more comfortable. After graduating, I worked with high risk feet, lots of ulcers and trying to prevent them, whilst I enjoyed this aspect of podiatry, I started MCP  in 2010, so I could have a more rounded podiatry career, but my main passion has always been running injuries. I never expected to have my own business, never imagined employing people, but I really enjoy my work family. 

I have always run, I started when I was nine years old, going for a run with my dad was the best thing ever. I completed my first 10km at that age and I still have to work hard to beat that time.  In more recent times, I've been drawn to Triathlon, specifically Ironman. My biggest lesson in the last few years was to practice what I preach.. 

Research in running rehabilitation has improved so much over the years and one of the highlights of my job is helping people run faster, be stronger  and enjoy it.

Life is not just about work and when not training, I enjoy my horses and holidays with my husband. 

The Team



Stephanie Barlin      Podiatrist
Bachelor of Podiatry 


Stephanie joined our team in January 2017. Originally from Taree, she moved to Newcastle after she got married. Whilst there she went to university to study podiatry after deciding Biomedical Science would leave her stuck in a lab, with minimal ineraction with people. Podiatry allows her to keep within the science and medical field, yet enable ineraction with clients, which is an important aspect of our job.

Steph enjoys all aspects of podiatry, but has a special interest in Nail Surgery and child development. She is currently completing her accreditation to become a specialist paediatric podiatrist. With four kids of her own, life is busy. 

Area of special interest: Paediatric Podiatry, Ingrowing toenail surgery and ankle injuries. 

Aaron Strickland         Podiatrist

Bachelor of Podiatry 

Aaron has spent the past 9 years working in private practice as a Podiatrist following his graduation from the University of Newcastle.His experience spans across multiple client bases, from general foot care to diabetic foot management, biomechanics and nail surgeries. A prime motivator for Aaron is improving his clients quality of life. 

Outside of work Aaron is a mad football fan (the world game) and follows Liverpool in the English Premier League. He has played his beloved sport over the last 20 years and has participated as a match official for the last 17 years, including a stint on the A-League. His love of football has led to a keen interest in the treatment of the lower limb and getting people back to their full physical potential so that they too can enjoy their passion in life.

Area of special interest: Soccer Injuries -hip, knee, ankle, foot. Ingrowing toenail surgery.

Rosie Swanson-Wood      Podiatrist

Bachelor of Podiatry

Rosie has moved from Maitland to join the Mid Coast Podiatry Team. She is passionate about helping people enjoy life a little bit more. She enjoys seeing clients of all ages, but has a special interest in making life a little bit easier for our more vintaged clients and educating those with diabetes or other health problems which affect the feet.

Kerrie Norris         Practice Manager


Kerrie is the practice guardian angel, she has worked in the medical field for almost thirty years. She was the practice manager for two local doctors for twenty years and on their retirement decided to look for a new challenge. Kerrie has a wealth of knowledge about how the health system works, she not only manages reception and is your first point of contact on the phone, but is crucial to the smooth running of everything that goes on behind the scenes.


Since the start of Park Run almost two years ago, Kerrie has found a love of running. She can now be found pounding the the street with the Plodders running group. 

Area of special interest: granny duties to the beautiful grandson and granddaughter.

Breea Atkins         Receptionist/Clinical Support


Breea can be found on the front desk, where she assists Kerrie with managing appointments or in the sterilisation room ensuring our equipment is maintained to high standards. 

On days off she enjoys spending time with her family and in the summer is often found at the beach or in the boat. She's also completed some running races, including the super tough 


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