There are 3 podiatrists consulting at the Essendon Foot Clinic. All podiatrists are registered to practice in the state of Victoria and are members of the Australian Podiatry Association.
There are four reception and administration staff who manage the day-to-day running of the clinic. All have extensive experience in working in medical clinics and ensure the practice runs smoothly and efficiently.
Master of Podiatry
Bernard Comerford is the principal Podiatrist at the Essendon Foot Clinic. He completed his undergraduate Podiatry degree in 1984 and after travelling overseas for 12 months he established his multi-disciplinary practice in Essendon in 1986. Further studies were undertaken in the following years seeing Bernard complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Podiatry at LaTrobe University in 1994, his Masters in Podiatry at Curtin University in Perth in 2003 and he is an Endorsed Podiatric Prescriber of Scheduled Medicines in Victoria.
Bernard has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine since 1996 and is currently an external Clinical Studies Supervisor at both LaTrobe and Charles Sturt Universities. He is a member of the ANZPAC University Accreditation Panel and the LaTrobe University’s External Curriculum Advisory Panel. With a keen interest in skin and nail infections, Bernard undertook intensive training with Cutera to qualify as a Laser Technician and treats fungal nail and plantar warts in his Essendon practice.
Outside of work Bernard enjoys spending time with his wife Allison and three teenage sons, Aussie Rules Football, fishing and horse racing.
Daniel completed his undergraduate podiatry degree in 2005 and has since attained his endorsement as a Podiatric Prescriber of Scheduled Medicine in Victoria. Daniel is also a trained Laser Technician treating fungal nails, plantar warts and some soft tissue pathologies. Daniel maintains an interest in all facets of Podiatric care and is a frequent attendee to Sports and Biomechanics, Paediatric and High Risk seminars and webinars. He is currently chair of the Australian Podiatry Association Special Interest Group for Paediatrics.
He endeavours to practise evidence based care by studying current research and its clinical implications. Daniel is local to Essendon and enjoys running, mountain biking and football.
Indya Kirby graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. Indya is interested in all aspects of podiatry with a keen interest in musculoskeletal/sports injuries, general care and diabetic foot health and education. During her podiatry studies Indya worked at The Athlete’s Foot, thus she holds an extensive knowledge in footwear and its application to biomechanics, foot posture and function.
Throughout her childhood Indya was heavily involved in sport. Indya’s greatest achievements include representing Victoria at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in 2010 and winning the 2012 Head of School Girls rowing regatta in the single scull. She has also been competitive in swimming and netball.
Indya is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association and is currently undertaking her Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines with Bernard Comerford, Daniel McManus and Simon Smith as her mentors.