At Auckland Physiotherapy our main aim is to inspire healthy living and nurture happiness through movement. We provide specialised clinical and wellness services including Physiotherapy, Pilates, Massage, Personal Training, Mindfulness & Yoga.
All of our Physiotherapists have studied for a minimum of 5.5 years full time at University and have extensive knowledge of how to diagnose and manage a large range of musculoskeletal injuries (ie. any pain or injury to the bones, tendons, ligaments, or muscles). At Auckland Physiotherapy we understand that pain is a complex and individual experience. Our passion is helping people to identify the best options for managing their individual situation. We work closely with other health professionals including doctors, pain specialists and radiologists to achieve the best outcomes.
We have extensive experience with sporting injuries and common aches and pains, this means if you see us for a relatively simple problem, you probably won’t need many sessions, as we like to provide the right treatment and advice to help send you on your way and back into action as soon as possible.
If you have a more complex and complicated problems you may wish to see one of our Masters qualified physiotherapist who have additional musculoskeletal training to diagnose and manage these problems. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need lots of treatment, our approach is to provide you with some control and options to move forward. Some people choose to see us for a one-off opinion, which we are happy to provide. However, if needed, we will also stick with you for the long haul or refer you onto one of our talented Physios, Pilates instructors or personal trainers to complete your recovery.
MASTERS QUALIFIED CLINICIANS
POST-GRAD QUALIFIED / SPECIALISED CLINICIANS
OUR HEALTH COLLECTIVE
MARK QUINN - Director and Masters Qualified Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
BHSc, Post Grad Diploma (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), Masters in Health Practice with Distinction
MPNZ, MNZMPA, Treasurer of Auckland Branch PNZ, Clinical Pilates Instructor
Special interests: Lower limb and sports injuries, shoulder injuries and post-op rehab.
Since graduating over 10 years ago Mark's career has taken him to the UK, Dubai, Australia and back to New Zealand. He has worked with various sports teams and top athletes and also with people suffering from chronic and degenerative conditions. Mark really enjoys the challenge of treating lingering/persistent problems that previous management has not been able to rectify.
With Mark's recent masters qualification he enjoys using a multi-faceted approach to treatment and is passionate about getting people back to their best physical shape. Whether it be to finish a marathon, get to the start line of their first triathlon or simply to be able to get through their day pain free.
Mark's personal experience competing in Ironman and multiple sporting events has taught him about how important it is to get a problem fixed the best possible way.
KATY STREET - Director and Masters Qualified Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
BPhty, Cert. MDT, Post Grad Diploma (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) with Distinction, Masters of Health Science with First Class Honours
MPNZ, MNZMPA, Member of McKenzie Institute, Auckland Branch PNZ committee member
Special interests: Back and neck pain, headaches, post operative rehabilitation and chronic pain.
Since graduating from the University of Otago Katy has worked in both the UK and New Zealand in a variety of hospital and private clinical settings. This grounding has enabled her to gain valuable experience to treat a wide range of conditions.
Katy is passionate about Physiotherapy and continues to study to keep up to date with the latest treatment options for her clients. Katy has strong links with spinal surgeons and previously worked in a specialist role within the Orthopaedic spinal team at Middlemore hospital.
Katy's interests in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain have led her to continue post graduate study. She completed a Master's thesis investigating the prevalence and diagnosis of serious pathologies in the lumbar spine. Katy achieved first class honours for her thesis and is planning to publish her findings later this year.
HELEN DUDLEY - Director, Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
BSc (Hons), Clinical Pilates Instructor, MPNZ, Post Grad Diploma (candidate)
Special interests : Movement retraining, running injuries, lower back/pelvic/hip problems, and Clinical Pilates.
Helen graduated from Northumbria University, England in 2005 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons). Since then she has had experience working in both the public and private sector in the UK and New Zealand.
Helen has had extensive Pilates training including completing her Polestar Pilates rehabilitation training in 2012. She uses manual physiotherapy and her Pilates skills concurrently to treat both acute and overuse injuries, which she finds a great combination.
Pilates has done wonders on her own body to improve her hockey, running and surfing along with her many clients. She believes it allows people to take control of their bodies, to gain enduring strength, well-being and resolution from pain.
Helen has a keen interest in sports specific injuries, particularly running, lumbo-pelvic conditions, hip pain and biomechanical assessment. She believes in a holistic approach, striving always to find a cause, work towards prevention and teach her clients about their body and the root problem.
MICHELLE GALL - Senior Physiotherapist and Womens Health Physiotherapy
BPhty (Merit), Post Grad Cert Manual Therapy, Clinical Pilates Instructor, member of Women’s Health Training Associates (WHTA)
Special Interests – Women’s Health including incontinence and post natal recovery, post -op rehab, and clinical Pilates.
Michelle graduated from the University Otago in 2004 and has since worked in both public hospitals and private clinics in NZ, UK and Australia gaining a wide variety of experience in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic physiotherapy.
Michelle completed a post graduate certificate in manual therapy in 2011 and is trained in Clinical Pilates and finds the combination of these skills invaluable in ensuring complete care of her client’s whether it is recovery from acute sporting injuries or management of more complex spinal conditions.
Michelle has completed specialised training in the area of Women’s Health physiotherapy including the treatment of incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction. She is passionate about empowering women to take control and keep fit and healthy throughout pregnancy and beyond and finds this area extremely rewarding.
Michelle is a certified PINC cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist. She uses the combination of her physio, pilates and women's health skills to help women who have been diagnosed with cancer to better cope with the side effects of treatment and optimise their recovery.
SHANNON TROTTER - Senior Physiotherapist and Womens Health Physiotherapist
Master of Physiotherapy, BAppSci (Exercise & Sports Science)
Special interests: Sports rehabilitation and injury prevention, human movement, clinical Pilates, dance physiotherapy and women's health
Since then, she has worked in both the public and private sector in Australia and has recently settled in New Zealand. Shannon is currently undertaking further study to become a Titled Sports Physiotherapist and has completed her Level 2 training. She also has extensive experience in the use of Real Time Ultrasound for core stability training and has completed specialised training in Women's Health and Clinical Pilates.
Although Shannon’s interests lie in Sports Rehabilitation, injury prevention and Pilates, her true passion remains in Dance. Shannon is able to bring together the knowledge and skills she has as a physiotherapist, dance teacher and dancer herself to successfully treat dancers in the clinic.
MICHAEL JEBB - Masters Qualified Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist
BHSc (Physiotherapy), Master of Health Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) with Distinction, PGCert HSc (Acupuncture)
Special Interest - Sports injuries, complex pain disorders, headaches and neck pain, repetitive or overuse injuries.
Mike graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2006 and has since practised in both New Zealand and the UK. He has recently finished a clinical Masters in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This has enhanced his knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and manual therapy techniques, including spinal manipulation and acupuncture. He has gained vast experience in an array of different physiotherapy settings, including private musculoskeletal clinics, high-level sport, corporate physiotherapy and within multi-disciplinary teams.
Mike's strengths lie in his fantastic manual therapy skills. Alongside his Masters qualification, he has further training in Mulligan Concept techniques and utilises this with his manipulative and acupuncture expertise. With great knowledge and understanding of the human body, he is a great diagnostic clinician and enjoys the challenge of problem-solving complex or complicated injuries. By utilising in-depth knowledge and current best practices, he delivers optimal treatment, rehabilitation and education to encourage individuals to excel.
Mike is passionate about travel and sports. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football, golf (13 handicap), cricket, squash and especially snowboarding, of which he is a level two instructor. Mike thoroughly enjoys his job and relishes the opportunity to help people realise and exceed their goals.
ROBYN ATKINSON - Masters Qualified Physiotherapist
BHSc (Physiotherapy), BSc (Kinesiology), Master in Rehabilitation Science
Peer reviewer for the International Journal of Sports & Exercise Medicine, Australian Physiotherapy Association Member (APAM)
Special Interests: prevention and rehabilitation of running injuries, acute and chronic neck and back pain, postural syndromes and tendon pain.
Since first graduating in Canada over 10 years ago, Robyn has worked and studied abroad in the UK, New Zealand and Australia until finally settling in Auckland this year. During this time, she has gained valuable experience in exercise rehabilitation for pre and post operative spinal injuries, advanced techniques in manual therapy, and Clinical Pilates for pre & post natal rehabilitation and conditions such as scoliosis, patellofemoral pain, back and neck pain.
Robyn utilizes the ergonomic and biomechanical training of her kinesiology degree (NZ equivalent to biomedical physiology and biomechanics), with the better-known gems of her physiotherapy degree and skills in critical analyses from her masters’ degree to deliver the best evidence-based care for her patients. Her motivation in identifying the correct diagnosis hinges on her on her passion for delivering the best outcomes. She prefers to combine hands-on therapy with exercise rehabilitation to deliver individualized treatment allowing return to activity, work and living.
Robyn has recently published her masters’ research on the preparedness of new graduates for practicing physiotherapy in private practice and hopes to do further research alongside her clinical practice in the future.
NATALIE BRUNGER - Senior Physiotherapist
BHSc, Post Grad Diploma (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), Master of Health Science (Candidate)
Special interest: Sports and running injuries, lower back/pelvic/hip problems, dry needle therapy
Natalie graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2010. She has since gained valuable clinical experience working in Auckland private practices, and with a diverse range of sporting cultures from social to international level athletes. She has recently completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, as a stepping stone to complete her Master of Health Science.
Natalie has received advanced training in the use of dry needle therapy for the treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction and sporting related injuries. She has found excellent results when combining these skills with manual therapy and exercise to effectively return her patients to their desired level of participation.
Whether through managing existing injuries or preventing future injuries, Natalie uses physiotherapy with the aim to empower her patients to take charge of their bodies, and enable their best performance through life.
PAUL WHITE - Senior Physiotherapist
BHSc, Post Grad Certificate in Manual Therapy
Special interests: Running injuries, sporting injuries, return to sport programs, low back pain & chronic pain.
Paul has recently return to NZ after practising in the UK for the last 12 years. Paul uses a wide range of treatment options to opitimise his patients return from injury. Paul believes in the understanding of each individuals unique circumstances is the key to facilitate this return.
Paul's real passion is the assessment and treatment of everything running related. Paul was lucky to learn from some of the world leading running analysts in the UK. Through this experiecne he has developed a way to teach people to run that is targeted at the persons individual weaknesses.
Outside of the Physio treatment room, Paul divides his time between spending quality time with his little baby and trying his hand at the art of mastering watercolour painting.
DARRYL REID - Senior Physiotherapist
BHSc (Physiotherapy), Post Grad Diploma (Sports Physiotherapy)
Special Interests: Sports injuries, chronic pain and recurrent spinal pain.
Darryl graduated from Otago University in 2002 and has since practised in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. With over 18 years experience, Darryl has a hands-on approach to physiotherapy using manual therapy and acupuncture to get people back to their best physical shape.
Darryl's passion lies in sporting injuries, having been the head physiotherapist for the Seychelles Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Darryl was also part of the New Zealand medical team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics assisting athletes to achieve their ultimate potential.
RACHAEL BUTTERWORTH - Rheumatology and Back Pain Physiotherapist
Special interests: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Spondyloarthritis, Inflammatory Spinal Arthritis, and Psoriatic Arthritis.
Rachael is passionate about providing hope and reassurance to the future of her clients. She is dedicated and responsive to the needs of her clients and loves building long term relationships with people who have long-term conditions. Her goal is to provide the best care available, constantly keeping up to date with medical and non-medical advancements and changes.
Rachael has worked specifically with inflammatory arthritis for the past 10 years. Her particular interest is with clients who have lower back pain that is not resolving, helping these clients get to a diagnosis and then guiding them with appropriate treatment. Rachael helped found the Sydney Spondyloarthropathy Centre in 2011, the only clinic of its kind in Australia in private practice. She has treated over 300 clients since then with diagnosed Ankylosing Spondylitis or Spondyloarthritis/arthropathy, which makes her elite in her field. She has also taught many other practitioners how to suspect these conditions in their clients, with the aim of extending knowledge to all. To hear more about Rachael's experience click here to watch her video.
Rachael is a mother to a beautiful little girl and amidst the challenges of working and being a mum, she strives for self-care and balance, so she can be the best that she can be.
ELOISE CARELLA - Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons), MPNZ
Special Interests – Musculoskeletal injuries and development problems in children
Eloise qualified in 2006 from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. She then specialised in Paediatrics in 2008 in New Zealand before returning to the UK to advance her career at Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. This time was spent working with children of all ages from birth to 16 years, with respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
When she is not at work Eloise is busy looking after her two young children.
CARA BOOTH - Massage Therapist
Diploma in Massage Therapy (Canterbury College of Natural Medicine)
Special interests: Neuromuscular massage, sports massage, deep tissue and relaxation
Cara believes health is a holistic practice from nutrition, exercise and stretching from mind and body, minimising stress and finding a physical, mental and emotional balance. Massage is highly beneficial in our lives aiding muscle recovery and repair, postural balance and increased range of motion. Cara is able to help aid in relief from Aiding relief from stress, tension, chronic and acute pain, headaches, aching muscles, wears and tears. Encouraging better postural and body health awareness, decreasing aches and pains, increasing quality of life!
As a therapist, Cara is continually upgrading her knowledge and aims to provide you with an honest, informative and result driven session.
KIMBERLEY BELL - Clinical Nutritionist
BSc (Human Nutrition), Masters (current candidate)
Special interests: Weight loss/fat loss (WITHOUT hunger), sports nutrition, emotional eating/eating disorders, specialty diets - LCHF (LowER Carbohydrate, Higher Healthy Fat), vegan, vegetarian, paleo/primal, inflammation reduction, IBS and gut issues & type 2 diabetes
Kimberley is qualified clinical nutritionist holding a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Exercise Sport Science from Massey University, and is the nutrition lecturer at the NZ College of Chiropractic. She has developed a passion for whole food nutrition and uses a combination of evidence-based nutritional science and her own clinical and personal experience to offer solutions and guidance for a wide range of health goals.
"I believe that food shouldn’t be complicated or expensive and that you can achieve your goals without hunger or resorting to low fat, calorie restricted plans. I work with my clients to achieve their goals by eating natural, unprocessed foods, welcoming back healthy fats, and getting in tune with their body. I believe it is one thing to know what to do, and another to make it work with your lifestyle. Therefore, I place an emphasis on taking into account lifestyle factors such as time, budget, food preferences, and social life when working with each client"
ADELE GRIFFIN - Personal Trainer and Educational PT advisor
Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Netfit PT NZQA quals - Level 2-4, Classical Pilates Instructor - Advanced, Qualified ZUU and Ankor Instructor
Adele is a qualified personal trainer and Pilates instructor who is passionate and committed to supporting her clients on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Adele also has a teaching background with adults and children in the NZ fitness and educational industries. She loves to use this experienced skill set to be a motivator, inspirer and teacher to help people discover their true fitness potential.
Adele uses a variety of fitness and strength training, including Pilates and rehabilitation exercises. Her client/trainer friendly communication, effective programming and current exercise knowledge gives her clients the confidence to achieve their personal goals and develop exciting and sustainable lifestyle improvements She works with all age groups to provide fun, effective, dynamic and above all realistic fitness programmes for all.
KATIE SWIFT - Pilates Instructor
Mat and Reformer Pilates (YMCA-UK level 3), Dance (ISTD, IDTA) & Barre (Instructor and International Teacher trainer)
Katie is a fully qualified Instructor in Mat and Reformer Pilates, Dance & Barre. As well as the amazing health for body and posture, it is also the other benefits including mental space, mindfulness and breathing which Katie loves, and the opportunity to interact with so many different people every week.
In her role as an Instructor, Katie is inspired each day by the opportunities to make a connection with those who enter her classes, never knowing exactly what it has taken that person to make the steps to join in on the workout that day. For Katie, Pilates and Barre are about focusing on posture, breath and alignment and having fun while you're doing something beneficial for yourself.
Since having her baby in 2017, Katie has found a passion for helping women reclaim confidence in their bodies safely and without time pressure.
PENNY METCALFE - Pilates Instructor
Penny's passion for Pilates and Instructing has developed over a number of years. She is teaching a variety of Mat, Reformer and Equipment based classes, as well as privates and small groups. She has a Physical Education degree and has the Internationally recognised Polestar Pilates Certification. She is also Xtend Barre trained and has completed new “Runity” training programme, a worldwide running certification based on the principles of Pilates.
She loves having the opportunity to up-skill, attending regular courses each year, the last ones being in Neurological rehab with Pilates, Pregnancy, and Running.
Penny loves passing on her enthusiasm for Pilates and movement. She enjoys seeing her clients achieve results, grow in confidence as they learn new movement patterns and feel and see positive changes.
As a Mum of three children, Penny knows first-hand the benefits Pilates can bring to building both physical and mental strength!
Penny relates to Joe Pilates's quote …. "Change happens through movement and movement heals”.
HEYES JOHNSON - Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor
Diploma in Yoga, Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul Grilley, Certificate in Adult Teaching.
Heyes began practising yoga 18 years ago whilst rehabilitating from an injury. He quickly discovered that this ancient tradition offers a wide range of health benefits, and embarked on a personal course of study that continues to this day.
He has completed specialist Yin and functional yoga training with Paul & Suzee Grilley in the U.S. and in 2015 completed a Diploma in Yoga where he gained an in-depth knowledge of the history & philosophy of Yoga, anatomy & physiology, Ayurvedic medicine and a wide range of yoga and meditation practices. He employs a student-focused teaching philosophy, informed by a variety of teaching experiences over a 20year period.
Heyes’s classes draw on a range of traditions including Mindfulness, Hatha yoga & Yin yoga. Each class has been designed to integrate body and mind and to provide students with simple tools that they can incorporate into their daily routines to improve quality of life. Classes are accessible to all ages and levels of experience, placing emphasis on the safe exploration of poses, breath awareness, and mindfulness.
TARA GERMAIN - Practice Manager
Tara comes to us with over fifteen years in supervisory and management roles in the US. She is invested in our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care in an environment that values partnership, optimism and professionalism.
Tara has a very diverse background, having been an educator as well as managed restaurants, retail stores, spas and corporate administrative teams. She is very passionate about natural health, and consults on the benefits of adding essential oils to your daily life, natural skincare ingredients, and supplementing a healthy diet with naturally sourced vitamins and minerals not readily found in much of today's food offerings. She is very thankful for her eclectic career and educational path and feels that she might still have a few more 'lives' to lead before she retires.
She is excited to work with highly qualified individuals who not only truly care about their client's health and wellbeing but have the experience and expertise to get lasting (and often immediate) results. When speaking with clients she finds it very rewarding to hear their successes gained as a result of coming to Auckland Physiotherapy.
CHELSEA BOSTOCK - Receptionist
Chelsea has a Fine Arts Degree from Elam and is currently completing her Masters in Marketing.
When Cheslea is not at work (or studying) she enjoys painting, photography and fashion.
RACHEL WHITNEY - Receptionist
Rachel is working full time until she leaves NZ to work as a contiki guide in Greece at the end of March.
Rachel has spent several years living in Europe and is fluent in French. So if you're planning an overseas trip, she may have some tips for you!
Rachel is very friendly and can help out with any queries you might have, so feel free to give her a call or pop in for a chat.