About Us – Umina Podiatry

About Us

Umina Podiatry was established in 1985 and has been treating patients and servicing the Central Coast of NSW at our beach location since 2011. We love that we get to be a part of a local community, and that we help the population both as health professionals and by supporting local events and sporting clubs. For our team this is the community where we live, work, and raise our families and nothing is more important to us than seeing it flourish.

Damian GoughGraduated London 1990

Growing up on the North East of England Damian was inspired to help people with mobility problems after suffering a motorbike crash at age seventeen. Many months of hospital and multiple surgeries gave him a deep insight into the reality of many people’s everyday lives.


Damian worked for 6 years in hospital based High Risk Foot Clinics, both in London and Gosford, coordinating care for people with infections and wounds to prevent hospitalisation and amputation. During that time he also worked in private practice, transitioning out of the Hospital by 1998.


He is married to Jody and they have two grown up sons. Away from work Damian’s other interests include travel, fly fishing, brass bands, food and drink, and obscure historic accounts of travel and adventure.

Dwight BilsonGraduated Newcastle 2016

With a background in Orthopaedic Nursing, Dwight brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. After a couple of years working in country NSW Dwight joined us in 2018, and will be full time from 2019. His varied interests in Podiatry include children’s foot problems and Aged Care.


He is a keen AFL player and proud supporter of the Sydney Swans, and spends his spare time attending sporting fixtures and camping in the bush.

Michelle FoleyGraduated Manchester 2010

Michelle grew up in Ireland, and moved to Manchester to study Podiatry. There she received a prestigious award as the top student in her year. She came to Australia in 2011 and worked in a large private practice in Sydney before making the move to the Central Coast.


Michelle has completed further study in musculoskeletal acupuncture and dry needling, and finds this very helpful in managing muscle and nerve pain.


Her spare time is spent working hard with her husband to renovate their home, as well as pursuing interests in fitness, fashion, interior design and travel.

Ellie McGuinnessGraduated Newcastle 2009

Ellie grew up in the area, and worked at the Ferry Road Café for many years. She joined us soon after graduating, and her pleasant caring nature is popular with many of our patients. She is married and has a baby daughter who takes up much of her time, but is also a keen baker and cake maker, producing some spectacular cakes for special occasions.

Gareth McIntyreGraduated Newcastle 2014

Gareth has worked with us as a casual podiatrist over the past few years. He has a background in Aged Care, and understands how to manage challenging and complex cases. He has two children, and his interests include rock music (he once flew to America for the weekend to see Metallica!), rugby league, and his children’s sporting teams.

Patrick RodgersGraduated Brisbane 2009

Patrick is our Saturday podiatrist. He started his podiatry career in outback Queensland where he quickly learned to be resourceful, and “think outside the square” to overcome the problems of remote area practice.


His previous background as a chef means that his attention to detail and customer service skills are exceptional. During the week he is in the podiatry department at Central Coast Local Health where he deals with high risk feet and patients with diabetes.


Patrick enjoys travel with his family, food and drink, and an eclectic taste in music.

Julie PollicinaPractice Manager

Julie has a background in the corporate world where she specialised in bookkeeping. She has been with us for many years and is the person that keeps the business running smoothly, but always has time to enjoy a chat with our patients.


Julie volunteers with the Community Audit Service, enjoys caravan trips with her husband, and early morning walks.

Rebecca O’FarrellReceptionist

Rebecca is the person you usually speak to on the phone. She looks after your appointments and billing, and performs many of the “behind the scenes” things that help our podiatrists to look after you.


Rebecca has two school age children that keep her busy, and volunteers to run the school banking at Woy Woy Public. She enjoys family camping trips and is a keen concert goer.