Merivale Podiatry is led by Sophie Walls, whose dream is to educate and support every patient, so they feel confident and able to achieve their goals. We are a small, devoted team who have worked to build a clinic you can trust. We listen. We understand your challenges. We are passionate about diagnosing, treating, managing, and preventing foot problems, no matter how big or small.
We care about your complete health, beyond just your feet, so we work with other professionals you know and trust, such as local physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors to treat your health issues completely.
SOPHIE WALLS – Lead Podiatrist
I vividly remember visiting my local podiatrist when I was seven years old, and ever since I’ve only ever had eyes for podiatry. I love what I do, helping people manage their lower limb and foot problems. I love helping people get the most out of their lives through better foot health.
I am a passionate advocate of podiatry. Stop for a moment and think about what your feet allow you to do. They are amazing, and yet we often only think about them when they’re in pain. I am a firm believer that we should all see a podiatrist once a year. Whether it’s for some TLC, footwear advice, a foot health check-up, or to treat an issue, I’m sure you’ll be surprised with the difference it can make to your everyday life.
I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities that led me to where I am today. I’ve worked within busy metropolitan podiatry practices in Australia, established a Rural and Remote Podiatry Service in regional NSW, and then come back to my hometown, Christchurch, to run Merivale Podiatry.
I am so glad to be a part of the Merivale Community. The community spirit here is incredible and the support I’ve received has meant so much to me. I am lucky to also have the support of my husband, Nick, and the extended Merivale Podiatry team, who make this all possible.
GEORGINA BARR – Senior Podiatrist/ Lead Biomechanical Podiatrist
With her wealth of knowledge and a passion for Dance Podiatry, Biomechanics, and Podiatric Rheumatology, Georgina is the perfect addition to the Merivale Podiatry team.
When asked why she chose a career in podiatry, Georgina said she liked the idea of “specialising in such a complex area of the body.”
Georgina is an expert in Dance Podiatry. She has completed the Juon Pointe Shoe Fitting System - Silver Standard and has a thorough understanding of how to work with dancers and their feet. One of the things we love most about Georgina is that she goes above and beyond. She frequently attends her dancers’ performances to see how they move and tailors her podiatric approach accordingly. She works closely with her patients along with their parents, trainers, and coaches.
Georgina has published original research on arthritis and dance podiatry, and she has presented on podiatric rheumatology and dance podiatry at national and international medical conferences.
Outside of podiatry, Georgina loves art. She has curated exhibitions for galleries in Auckland and Christchurch and written about art for The Press and The Star. Her fun, upbeat nature and positive attitude are an absolute delight and we are thrilled to have Georgina at Merivale Podiatry.
KIRSTEN HARVEY – Senior Podiatrist
Known for her positive energy, Kirsten genuinely cares about her patients. She’s often going above and beyond to make sure patients are back to being pain-free as soon as possible.
Kirsten joined us in November 2021 with a Bachelor of Heath Science (majoring in Podiatry) and a Sports Accreditation from Podiatry New Zealand. Her previous experience saw her working nationwide and in Australia, in medical centres and physiotherapy clinics. She is excited to work alongside other podiatrists at Merivale Podiatry and enjoys learning from her peers.
While Kirsten enjoys many aspects of general podiatry, her true passion is Sports Podiatry. She wants to help people get back to doing what they love, whether that’s hitting the courts or hiking trails. Kirsten believes in both treating injuries and working with patients to strengthen their lower limbs and reduce the risk of future accidents. Education is a key part of this, so Kirsten talks with her patients so they know that when they next hit the court, their feet are ready to go. Sports Podiatry often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to care, so Kirsten often works with other health professionals to help her patients.
Outside of the clinic, Kirsten dabbles in running and Pilates. She enjoys hiking and spending quality time with her husband and two young kids.
KIMBERLY SCOTT – Locum Podiatrist
Kimberly joined the team in August 2021. With a Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry and over ten years of experience, Kimberly is excited to use her knowledge and expertise to help Merivale Podiatry patients.
Her empathetic approach pairs well with her vast expertise to give each patient a holistic treatment. “I see much better results when my patients have a complete care package tailored to them,”
Kimberly realised podiatry was for her after her mother took her along on a trip to a podiatrist. “She’s a smart lady, my mum,” Kimberly said. “She told me I’d be a great podiatrist.” After trying different courses at university, Kimberly discovered her mother was right and started a career in podiatry.
Kimberly loves to travel—for work and for adventures. She frequently helps people at clinics throughout New Zealand, and Merivale Podiatry is her first Christchurch stop. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys exploring the world, rock climbing, horse riding—anything that gets her outside and having fun.
“I love helping people,” Kimberly explained when asked what drew her to podiatry. “People feel better when they walk out the door. I get to improve their quality of life.”
WE ARE PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE RESONANCE PODIATRY GROUP
It’s not just our small team who are here to help you—a host of Podiatrists from throughout New Zealand are at our fingertips. As a member of the Resonance Podiatry Group, our Podiatrists can discuss cases and challenges with specialist colleagues, evaluating treatment options and utilising colleagues’ expertise and knowledge to provide you with the best treatment. We also have access to the latest educational resources and medical research, ensuring we stay at the forefront of modern Podiatry, and we get access to state-of-the-art technology. Merivale Podiatry is the only clinic in Christchurch that is a part of this group.
Merivale Podiatry is also proud to partner with the following businesses associations:
We know feet. We want you to walk out of our clinic feeling confident in your feet. We’d love to help, so get in touch and book an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists.