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Glen Evangelista

Updated: Jul 5




Glen Evangelista's journey from the football field to the pinnacle of the healthcare industry is a testament to his resilience, innovation, and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others. Born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, Glen's early years were spent in Clontarf, where he was raised by his parents, Sharon and Paulo, in Dale Street. He attended Clontarf Primary and Secondary schools, laying the foundation for his future achievements.

As player number 434 for the Redcliffe Dolphins, Glen showcased his prowess as a promising fullback. His talent shone through in 1993, earning him the title of U/19 Queensland fullback and with his beloved Dolphins, secured victory in the U/19 Grand Final, where he scored a memorable try from a scrum half move. Recognising his potential, influential rugby league scout Terry Fearnley recruited Glen to the Parramatta Eels. However, after suffering consecutive knee reconstructions, Glen faced a pivotal moment that would redirect his journey.

Undeterred by these setbacks, Glen returned to academia and pursued a degree in Podiatry. This decision marked the beginning of an illustrious career in healthcare, where he would make a lasting impact far beyond the football field.

In 2002, Glen and his wife Clare founded Balance Podiatry, opening the business's first clinic in Mackay, Queensland. He saw an opportunity to transform traditional podiatry services by embracing footwear sales and incorporating innovative technologies and services. His vision and dedication led to his co-founding iOrthotics, an orthotic manufacturing business specialising in cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing. Glen's entrepreneurial spirit didn't stop there; in 2016, he spearheaded the merger of Balance Podiatry with the My FootDr group. This strategic move set the stage for rapid growth, culminating in listing the newly formed Healthia Limited on the ASX in September 2018. Upon listing, Healthia owned and operated 72 podiatry clinics, 23 physiotherapy clinics, 7 specialty hand therapy clinics, an orthotics laboratory, and an allied health supply business.


Glen's leadership and expertise drove Healthia Limited to unprecedented heights. By December 2023, the company had expanded to 320 clinics and was acquired by Pacific Equity Partners, ensuring its continued growth throughout Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Glen has served as an expert witness for court testimony, providing his professional insights and expertise in legal proceedings.


Glen is also an avid cyclist, embodying the spirit of a Rouleur (all-rounder) who can push hard regardless of the surface or elevation. In January 2019, he completed the gruelling Mauna Kea climb in Hawaii, conquering the 70 km ride with an elevation gain of 4,226 metres.

Glen Evangelista's story is one of transformation, perseverance, and significant contributions to his community and the healthcare sector. We honour him on the Redcliffe Wall of Fame with great pride, celebrating his remarkable journey and the positive impact he has made on countless lives.


 

Glen Evangelista is listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:

 

A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.

For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post:

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