Melissa Kelaiditis

Mel is an enthusiastic and well-rounded podiatrist who likes to spend her time outside of work camping, baking and drinking copious amounts of coffee. She enjoys all aspects of podiatry however has an interest in Paediatrics, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Biomechanics, Diabetes and Balance and Falls Prevention. She also has a particular interest in the treatment and management of sporting related injuries.

Whilst playing a high level of basketball for 15 years, including representing Victoria in a National competition, Mel sustained several foot and lower limb injuries. These include many ankle sprains, ligament tears and broken metatarsals and even a full knee reconstruction after completely rupturing her ACL. This means she understands the rehabilitation process required to get you back to your full potential and is just as motivated to get you back to sport as you are!

Mel has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science with a Masters in Podiatric Practice at Latrobe University. She has also completed a Bachelor in Health Science with a Major in Rehabilitation at Latrobe University.

Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

Kelsey completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters of Podiatric Practice at LaTrobe University in 2017. Prior to this, she also completed a Bachelor of Applied Science – Human Movement degree at RMIT in 2012.

Kelsey’s interest in podiatry stems from an extensive sporting background, particularly in athletics where she competed at both national and international level. She is a lover of sport and has also competed in swimming, netball, basketball, soccer and cricket over the years.

She has a keen interest in sports injuries and biomechanical cases and understands the importance of proper injury prevention and rehabilitation as a result of her many sporting injuries.
Kelsey also has a strong interest in nail surgery, diabetes assessments and children’s podiatry and is qualified to perform dry needling and shockwave therapy.

Kelsey has had extensive experience working in retail with both sports and orthopaedic footwear. In her spare time, Kelsey loves keeping fit and active, traveling the world, catching up with her friends and family and spending time with her dog Belle.

Aaron Dri

  • Aaron Dri completed his Bachelor of Podiatry at LaTrobe University in Bundoora, graduating in 2008. at LaTrobe University
  • Guilty pleasure: Staying in my pyjamas on a Sunday and then order Ubereats as getting dressed is an unreal expectation at that point
  • Favourite movie: Shawshank redemption
  • 3 people you would love to have dinner with: Nelson Mandela, Gary Vaynerchuk, Warren Buffett
  • I love podiatry because: I get to help, but hear and learn from my clients experiences. It is rare that you can do this with so many amazingly different people!
  • Favourite Book: Fantastic Mr Fox – Yes, I know it is a kid’s book. Memories make everything better!
  • Favourite Place: Berlin 2010. The culture, the people, the nightlife, the infrastructure. Amazing place.
  • Why do you love Watsonia podiatry: I get to work with AMAZING staff while helping others feel better and get out of pain.
  • Favourite quote: “Do my ACTIONS match my GOALS” – Gary Vanynerchuk
  • Surprised to know: I can almost ‘Melbourne shuffle’
  • Favourite food: Nigiri sushi – the small bed of rice with the piece of fish on top
  • What “superpower” would you choose? Super reading speed, stealing this one from Warren Buffett
  • What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Coffee, cycling, coffee, food, catching up with friends and usually in that order.

Kaylee Nelis


Practice Manager

  • Kaylee is the heart and soul of the clinic. Always greeting clients with a smile and doing anything she can do to help both.
  • Guilty pleasure: Coke
  • Favourite movie: Ace Ventura – When Nature Calls
  • 3 people you would love to have dinner with: Chrissie Swan, Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley
  • I love podiatry because: I never appreciated Podiatry before working here. Now I can see how it helps people from the ground up and how important that is.
  • Favourite Book: Any book which can be turned into a movie. I like my books read to me.
  • Favourite Place: The Beach. I’ll take it warm or cold.
  • Why do you love Watsonia podiatry: The PEOPLE. Everyone, from our Podiatrists to our patients, are super friendly and kind. I especially love seeing everyone walk out smiling and happy.
  • Favourite quote: “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.” – Mother Teresa.
  • Surprised to know: I can recite the alphabet backwards.
  • Favourite food: Falafel, I actually drooled, just thinking about it.
  • What “superpower” would you choose? Flying. How awesome would that be?
  • What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I play netball and I enjoy doing anything with my three beautiful boys.