Matt and Erin Fraser
Company founders and owners
Thank you for choosing us to help you with your podiatry services and footwear solutions.
We are a family business founded by husband and wife team, Matthew and Erin Fraser. We started like a lot of family business; with passion and limited resources. Since opening our first clinic in 2013, we have grown our family to five with Lila and twin girls Olivia and Chloe. This years staff Christmas party highlighted just how much of a family company we are with the amount of kids present matching the number of staff. We have been operating now for 10 years and with the support of the community have been able to grow to operating in three locations in the Bay of Plenty with thirteen employees.
My Name is Joel Stansloski, I serve as the General Manager to Podium Podiatry and Footwear. I have been in this role since October of 2018. Prior to that I had worked in running footwear for over 10 years in the US. I have held every position from part time shoe sales through to store owner/operator. Running and delivering service to people have been mainstays in my life since I was very young. Fortunately, I have been able to combine those things into a career.
I became a customer of specialty running stores when I stared running cross country at age 10 and never left. But I did always believe it could be improved and made more accessible to all types of people, athlete or not. It seems service and professionalism can sometimes be lacking in the footwear business and good old one-on-one customer service is a lost art, one that I strive to deliver to each guest.
My wife and I have 3 children and we moved to New Zealand to be closer to her family. I am an experienced runner having competed at The University of Tulsa (in Oklahoma, USA) in Cross Country and Track. After School I briefly pursued competitive marathon racing having won 4 marathons including my hometown's Cleveland Marathon. My career best time is 2:25:49.
I love the New Zealand and am proud to be now calling it home.
Lead Podiatrist, Clinical Director.
After completing my Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) and AUT in 2006, I worked as a podiatrist in Sydney before moving back to the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty to set up my own practice. Working in 'rural' New Zealand was fantastic, but one struggle I had was having access to expert footwear technicians for my clients. My husband has years of experience on both sides of footwear retail, so he often ended up 'down at the local shops' helping my clients fit new shoes. With so many clients expressing the desire to be fitted 'here and now' Podium was born - a one-stop foot-shop where you can get your complete treatment plan sorted.
I love Podiatry and believe we can help so many people, but we are often the last resort - so we have worked very hard to put Podiatry on the map. Our aim at Podium is to increase access to Podiatry services by making it easy to find (main shopping areas) and affordable.
My desire to increase access to Podiatry for our entire community lead to me completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Maori Health). This was a challenging yet very rewarding year and I have an ongoing focus in this area. I also enjoy working as a Clinical Supervisor for 3rd (Final) year Podiatry students through Auckland University of Technology. I also enjoy representing Podiatry and the wider Allied (Primary) Health Community as a Clinical Representative on the Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Alliance Board and as a Clinical Representative on the Podiatrists Registration Board of New Zealand.
For my hands-on clinical work, I enjoy tackling Skin and Nail problems. I pride myself on a gentle, effective approach. Whether your foot problems are big or small (or perhaps you just want some TLC for your feet) I'd love to meet you. You can see me in our Whakatane clinic.
Senior Podiatrist, Senior Footwear Technician Specialist.
I’m a 'local'! Born and bred here in the Bay of Plenty. Into most sports as a youngster but I was getting injured. Properly fitted shoes and a visit to a podiatrist helped me a lot. This made me want to learn more, so after school I worked in the sports footwear industry and gained a vast amount of knowledge in the biomechanics of the lower limb and how footwear can play a huge part in how the body moves.
I graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) in 2006. In my time as a practicing Podiatrist I have had some amazing experiences in treating the New Zealand Defence Force, Waikato NPC, Chiefs Super 14 and Bay of Plenty Steamers. I enjoy the challenge of working with difficult feet, and love helping people find comfortable foot solutions through my skills as a clinician, and knowledge of the footwear industry.
Footwear and Podiatry has always been in my life and my passion has given me great knowledge to be able to treat my patients to get them back on their feet. I am available through our Flagship Bayfair Location.