Our Team

The Feet First Podiatry team is made up of professional Podiatrists and Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) trained in all aspects of foot care. Our team focus on offering advice and excellent service for healthier feet. For 100% customer service, we stay up-to-date with modern podiatry procedures, and believe we can serve you better by providing the safest treatment possible.

All our team are highly skilled health professionals trained to deal with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. If you have concerns regarding your leg, foot and ankle, feel free to consult with us immediately. Make an appointment by calling us at (03) 348 7910.

Regular visits to Feet First Podiatry can help prevent foot problems, alleviate pain and keep you on your feet to lead an active lifestyle.

Charlotte Russell

B.Sc. (Hons), Dip. Pod. (NZ) NZ Reg.Pod

Charlotte is Feet First Podiatry's fearless team leader. Charlotte is both our Owner and Director and our Senior Podiatrist, with over 35 plus years of experience. Charlotte studied in Wellington and the University of Brighton (UK) for her Post Graduate BSc, Charlotte went on to study the management of the diabetic foot with a Winston Churchill Scholarship in 1995. Charlotte previously worked for 13 years as a Senior Podiatrist at the Christchurch Diabetes Centre, alongside her practice, formerly Charlotte Russell Podiatry which was started over 20 years ago, to Feet First Podiatry which was formed in 2002.

Agata Zanko

Foot Health Practitioner

Agata originates from Poland, where she graduated with studies in Wyższa Szkoła Infrastruktury i Zdrowia (cosmetology) with a podiatry specialisation. Agata has completed supplemental courses in treatment of ingrown nails, nail bracing, and nail reconstruction. Agata brings to the team a different approach to common Podiatry issues. Agata provides Podiatry services to general patients that are not High-Risk, taking over the Just Toenail service and providing new services of Nail Reconstruction and the Medi-Pedi. We are very fortunate to have Agata on the Feet First Podiatry team.

Karen Cuttance


A familiar face to some, Karen has re-joined the Feet First Podiatry team. Karen is the first part of our dynamic Front of House team working Mondays and Wednesdays. Karen is thoroughly enjoying being part of our Team again. Outside of Feet First, Karen enjoys spending her free time with her grandchildren.

Keren Jones


Keren hails from the UK, she has been living and working in NZ since 2018 and cannot imagine being anywhere else. Keren makes up the second part of our amazing Front of House team working Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Her passions are food, travel, and puppies... She will literally dog sit for anyone. Keren looks forward to being the welcoming face on your next visit to Feet First Podiatry.

Courtney Rhodes

Practice Manager

Courtney has been Feet First Podiatry's Practice Manager since 2016. Originally from the USA, Courtney married a Kiwi and now resides in Christchurch with her family. Courtney handles the business administration side of the business and is happy to assist with any of your enquiries. She is often hiding in the back office, but don't be afraid to pop in and say hello.