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About Us

Southern Sports Podiatry specialises in the assessment and management of acute and chronic foot and leg pain providing outcomes for runners, walkers, children's foot problems & a number of elite athletes.  We also provide world class skin & nail treatments.

Established in Queenstown in 2009 Southern Sports Podiatry has a part-time weekly clinic in Invercargill at the ILT Stadium Southland

We pride ourselves on customer service, professionalism and ensuring our patients have a positive experience from the moment they book their appointment.

We know what being a ‘patient’ is like and are passionate about making your experience at our clinic a memorable and enjoyable one.

Meet our Team

Gareth Milne

Principal Podiatrist.

Since graduating in 2004 from AUT in Auckland Gareth worked under top Sports Podiatrists and Sports Physicians at Sportsmed in his hometown of Christchurch, going on to work in Melbourne in similar surroundings with Lifecare Sports Medicine before coming back to New Zealand to open the clinic in Queenstown in 2009.

Ongoing education has been a big part of Gareth's career, gaining additional training in:

Dry Needling
Foot mobilisation
Shockwave Therapy
Ski boot fitting and 3D custom medical orthotic manufacture
Tendon injury management

Gareth has enjoyed competing in endurance sport having completed a number of half marathon, mountain marathon and half ironman events and the famous Ironman NZ in Taupo.  He is also a keen skier and is looking forward to getting around the mountain more with his primary school aged daughter.

He understands about sporting injuries and training loads which is an advantage in helping his patients realise their potential.

Patti Barnes


Coming from a background of ski instructing and ski boot fitting, Patti has now followed her interest in human movement & sport into the field of Podiatry.

She loves helping people achieve their goals, whether that be recovering from an injury or training for an event, and will go the extra mile to get her patients over the finish line.  

Although skiing is her favourite she has recently taken up Cross Fit and is also training for the next Queenstown Marathon.

Foot mobilisation
Ski boot fitting
3D custom medical orthotic design

Alita Milne

Practice Manager.

Alita comes from a background in legal work both in New Zealand and Australia but has been the friendly face at the front desk since the clinic opened in 2009.  She is a joint owner of the clinic with Gareth, is the backbone of all our systems and processes and will do what she can to help get you the best information to get the best outcome for you.  

Outside of the clinic she enjoys getting out with Reggie and has a new enthusiasm for skiing with her daughter Tilly.


Doggo Duties.

I am a nearly fully grown Leonberger, born in Alexandra and moved to Queenstown as a puppy to live with my parents Alita and Gareth.  I am the clinic concierge who takes care of first up introductions when you arrive!

Despite my size (70 kg) and height (the photo doesn't do me justice, trust me!) I am very friendly and gentle.  I typically hang out at reception but if you're not so fond of dogs I won't be offended - just let reception know and I can hang out behind the counter.

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