Mr Muhammad (Mo) Maarj
BPod MAPodA PhD Candidate
Mo completed his training through Charles Sturt University Podiatric medicine program. His training involved international placements in Singapore and London.
Mo joined the practice in 2016 after being recruited by Ray Harding (Now retired), one of the most respected podiatrists in the country and the past president of the Australian Podiatric Association (NSW). Mo holds special interests in foot and ankle orthosis, paediatrics and joint hypermobility.
Mo enjoys working inter-professionally with physiotherapists, sports physicians and orthopaedic surgeons at Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre to ensure effective multidisciplinary care is provided to his patients. Practitioners under one roof allows for patient centre discussions to happen simultaneously.
Mo’s PhD candidature is through Newcastle University focusing on children with hypermobility where he also teaches sports podiatry and biomechanics subjects. Mo is an active Member of the Ehlers-Danlos Society International Consortium where he meets with his international colleagues monthly to discuss latest research in EDS/Hypermobility and future research required. Mo has published 2 peer reviewed research papers in open access journals on hypermobility and is working on another 2.
Mo has been on the frontline of prescribing foot and ankle orthotics such as the Riche Brace in aiding patients who have drop foot, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction or chronic ankle instability. He is active in teaching colleague Podiatrist on the process of prescribing these devices. Mo ensures he makes time for conferences with the latest in Rome, Italy EDS international conference 2022 where he was a guest speaker on Podiatric management.
Mo enjoys playing football locally with the Wakehurst Tigers and travelling with his wife back to visit his extended family in Iraq and UAE.
Mr Michael Gumatay
Michael completed his training through the Newcastle University Podiatric Medicine Program.
Michael holds special interests in sports podiatry, paediatric podiatry and musculoskeletal foot and lower leg rehabilitation through strength and conditioning exercise programs.
Michael perused podiatry after suffering chronic foot, knee and lower back pain for most of his growing years having hypermobility and flat feet. Now proud of his flat feet, he is acutely aware of the debilitating nature of foot and leg pain.
Michael is passionate and enjoys the satisfaction of helping patients with the aid of prescribed custom foot orthotics combined with personalised exercise rehabilitation treatment programs as this aided his own personal recovery.
Michael enjoys playing basketball and loves to talk all sports specifically soccer and rugby league. As a new father, he jokingly plans to mentor his son to become an elite athlete.
Mr Ray Harding
Retired Sports Podiatrist
Ray Harding has been practicing Podiatry in Sydney since 1971. When Biomechanics and Orthotic therapy was introduced from America in 1980 he embarked on a post graduate education program spanning more than 5 years. Learning techniques in managing general foot function to sports and paediatric related problems, Ray was one of the first Podiatrists in Australia to convert his practice to solely biomechanics and orthotic therapy. He is the past President of The Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
In 1988 Ray was one of the founding partners in the Running Clinic at North Sydney recruiting the services of some of Sydney’s foremost Podiatrists to address the problems caused by the running boom.
In 1993 Ray moved his practice to Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre to work with some of Australia’s best Sports Physicians, Orthopaedic Specialists and Physiotherapists. He works in collaboration with these other health professionals to bring the highest level of assessment and treatment of lower limb pathology. Treating athletes of all ability, both professional and recreational, Ray also enjoys helping children with growing problems and those associated with sporting activities, not to mention the ageing community with the increasing demand they place on community services in their bid to remain healthy and fit.
Ray employs the latest technology to assess and treat his patients, utilising computerised pressure plate gait assessment, treadmill video gait and track assessments as well as bicycle set up to optimise cycling biomechanics. For orthotic manufacture Ray uses a cad-cam laboratory and a scanning camera instead of old fashioned plaster casts. The orthotics are ground to prescription by a computer controlled drilling gig from a sold piece of plastic. This makes the orthotics super light and thin, but very strong. For football boots and those needing soft orthotics or less control, Ray uses premade Formthotics‚ and EVA shells fashioned by the cad-cam laboratory.
Years ago Ray put together a Recommended Sports Shoe List to help other health professionals and their patients as well as members of the public sort out which sport shoe is best for them from the hundreds on offer in the retail outlets. This list is updated every six months from information provided by the shoe companies and their representatives, retail outlets and feedback from athletes. You can find the list here.
Ray is a Fellow, NSW Trustee and past President of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and a member of Sports Medicine Australia. He attends their conferences on a regular basis. Ray is a Past President of the Australian Podiatry Association NSW and Past President of the NSW Podiatrists Registration Board, a position he held for over fifteen years. He is also one of the founding directors of the Australian Podiatric Biomechanics Association. He has lectured extensively on lower limb biomechanics, assessment and casting techniques and has a regular succession of Podiatry students on clinical placement at Narrabeen.
Ray has played a variety of sports including competition squash and tennis. Unfortunately, following a knee injury from skiing at age 16 and subsequent surgery, Ray is now limited to bushwalking and golf, when time allows and working out in his home gym.