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Northland


Tina Benfell

Dip Physical Education, Dip Physiotherapy, PGDip (Manipulative Therapy), PGCert (Rehabilitation)


Tina has over 25 years’ experience in regulation physiotherapy and has a special interest in treating spinal injuries. She uses a hands-on manual therapy approach including soft tissue massage.

 


Peter Austin

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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Peter moved to New Zealand from South Africa in October 2019. He has nine years’ experience treating musculoskeletal injuries ranging in type and severity.

Peter has a special interest in chronic shoulder and neck dysfunction, ankle pain, and more recently treating concussion and whiplash-associated injuries. He has completed numerous courses, including kinesiology, taping techniques, dry needling, spinal mobilisations, and vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo, dizziness, balance, vision).

Peter uses a hands-on approach that incorporates various treatment techniques to deliver a tailored and effective treatment to every client, every time.

Peter speaks English and Afrikaans.
 


Georgie Corkett

BSc Physiotherapy
 

 Georgia has worked as a physiotherapist across the world - in England, Australia, France, and New Zealand. She has a special interest in sports injuries, neurological conditions, and post-operative rehab; she enjoys helping people return to an active lifestyle.

Georgie uses a client-centred approach, which includes a combination of hands-on techniques and tailored exercise prescription. As a qualified pilates instructor, she enjoys bringing her pilates knowledge into her physiotherapy sessions.
 


Auckland 

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Brooke Stevenson

BSc (Physiotherapy), PGCert Health Science (Western Acupuncture), PGDip (Rehabilitation)


Brooke’s areas of expertise are musculoskeletal physiotherapy, pain management, and vocational rehabilitation – supporting clients to return to work following an injury. She has experience providing rehabilitation in clinics and the community and can help with breathing performance and management.

Brooke uses a holistic approach focusing on psychological wellbeing, combining brief psychological interventions with other physiotherapy approaches. Her goal is to help her clients to return to their daily life and full functionality. 
 


Caitlin Myocevich

BHSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Rehabilitation)


Caitlin graduated in 2014, initially working in a musculoskeletal practice before moving into an acute setting at Middlemore Hospital. At APM, Caitlin helps rehabilitate people in the community. 

Caitlin has a special interest in working with multi-trauma orthopaedic patients and supporting their rehabilitation. She enjoys treating concussion patients, finding the neurological physiotherapy aspect interesting and challenging.
 


Celene Buitendach

BPhty, PGCert (Manual Therapy), PGCert (Vocational Management)


Celene has twenty years’ experience as a physiotherapist in both her own private practice and in hospitals. Her areas of expertise include neurological physiotherapy (strokes, multiple sclerosis), sports injuries, and chest problems.

Celene is trained in vestibular rehabilitation and can help with balance, vertigo, posture, and vision. Her special interest is treating neck and back pain, headaches, and concussion.

Celene uses a hands-on approach and can provide dry needling and Kinesio taping (elastic therapeutic taping). Celene speaks English and Afrikaans.

 


Chris Boswell

BHSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Vocational Rehabilitation)


Since 2005, Chris has worked in musculoskeletal private practice, occupational health, and community rehabilitation services across a range of private and insurer funded services.

Chris has a keen interest in concussion assessment and rehabilitation, which forms the basis of his clinical practice and learning. He remains fascinated by the science of how the body works and translates this to this clinical practice to support his clients to achieve their goals.
 

Ed Breedt

BPhty


Ed has three years of experience treating pain conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. Before moving to New Zealand, Ed worked for the South African Government providing physiotherapy in rural communities.

Ed’s areas of expertise are musculoskeletal injuries and pain management for ongoing conditions. He is skilled in helping his clients manage pain through exercise prescription, healthy lifestyle and pain neuroscience education, mindfulness therapy, and relaxation.
 


Holley Gestro

BHSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Rehabilitation)


Since 2004, Holley primarily worked in hospitals in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Her area of specialty is cardiorespiratory (heart and lungs) physiotherapy, making her well-placed to treat a variety of conditions, from breathing disorders to recovery following major surgery.

Holley uses a holistic, client-centred approach to design treatment plans best suited to her client’s needs and goals.
 


Jenny Chamberlain

BHSc Physiotherapy, MSc Physiotherapy


Jenny has over six years’ experience in physiotherapy. Her primary areas of focus are vocational rehabilitation, concussion, neurology, and older adults. She has a special interest in women’s pelvic health.

Jenny uses a holistic approach, with a focus on exercise-based rehabilitation, education and hands-on treatment. She empowers clients to self-manage their injury recovery and sustain healthy bodies and lifestyles.
 


Katie Geese

BHSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Health Science), PGDip (Health Science)


Katie has worked in community rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation field for the past few years. Before this, she worked in private practice, where she gained experience working with musculoskeletal injuries, treating elite sports teams and athletes.

Katie’s special interests include sports physiotherapy, musculoskeletal injuries, older adults, and breathing pattern retraining. She uses a client-centred approach to tailor each person’s rehabilitation towards their goals. 
 


Kerry-Ann Phillips

MSc Physiotherapy


Kerry-Ann trained as a neurodevelopmental therapist and has worked with tamariki and their whānau for over eight years.

Kerry-Ann’s special interests include paediatrics, wheelchairs and seating, and living with chronic pain.  She is passionate about incorporating functional play, postural management, and aquatherapy to promote child development and family education.
 


Laura Haime

BHSc Physiotherapy


Laura has experience treating neurological conditions, including stroke and spinal injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and sports injuries. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, from babies to older adults, in community and clinic settings.

Laura is currently specialising in concussion rehabilitation. She is also very interested in spinal injuries and loves helping people get back to their previous level of function to re-engage with their daily life.

Laura believes in exercise as medicine and uses a hands-on approach which can include massage, dry needling and manipulation when needed.
 


Lydia Watson

BS Sports Science, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PGCert (Vocational Rehabilitation)


Lydia worked in the NHS hospital system in the UK before moving to New Zealand in 2007. She has experience treating musculoskeletal injuries in private practices and working pitch side with sports teams. Lydia has completed several musculoskeletal courses and is a certified Pilates Mat Instructor.

Since joining APM, Lydia has been working in vocational rehabilitation to assist people to return to work following an injury. She also provides general rehabilitation and musculoskeletal input under the Training for Independence service and concussion service. Lydia “loves to treat a good neck injury”, as she specialises in lumbar and lower limb muscle imbalance.

Lydia uses a client-centred, hands-on approach and enjoys tailoring her knowledge in exercise prescription and pilates to help people rehabilitate from acute and chronic injuries.
 


Nick Dias

BHSc Physiotherapy


Nick has experience working in sports physiotherapy clinics, rugby teams, and chronic pain management. Due to an injury when deadlifting, Nick developed a keen interest in managing low back pain in hopes of using his experience to help others. With a focus on personal development and evidence-based practice, Nick’s approach supports recovery through personalised rehabilitation programmes that keep exercise achievable.

Outside of work, Nick is an avid guitarist and enjoys music, ice hockey, and the gym.
 


Pranav Thiagarajan

BPhty, PGCert (Rehabilitation), PGDip (Rehabilitation)


Pranav began working as a physiotherapist in 2020. Before coming to APM, Pranav worked on-base at the New Zealand Defence Force as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. He also has experience working with older adults in rest homes, providing hospital-level care.

Pranav has a special interest in occupational health and currently works in vocational rehabilitation, supporting people to return to work following an injury. He uses a holistic and functional-based approach to incorporate her broad physiotherapy skills to create a treatment plan best suited to her client’s needs and goals.
 


Tim McVicar

 BSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Rehabilitation), PGCert (Acupuncture)


Tim has over ten years’ experience working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and has completed several postgraduate degrees in rehabilitation and acupuncture.

Tim recently returned to New Zealand from the UK, where he provided integrated pain services at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. He has a special interest in pain management, exercise rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal conditions.

Tim takes a holistic approach to healthcare, considering all factors which may contribute to pain and injury.
 


Vanessa Wang

BSc Physiotherapy


Before working at APM, Vanessa developed her skills and experience working in a hospital rotational role. She worked in various settings, with a primary focus on respiratory, rehabilitation, and outpatient musculoskeletal.
 

Vanessa's special interests are in neurorehabilitation and high-performance rehabilitation. Her approach uses a combination of education and exercise prescriptions to support her clients to achieve their recovery goals.

Vanessa speaks English and Mandarin.
 


Rotorua/Bay of Plenty

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Maree Hohaia

BSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Health Sciences)


Maree has been working as a physiotherapist for over thirteen years. She has a special interest in osteokinematics (movement between bones), cervical dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation and specialist rehabilitation for ongoing painful conditions. Her other areas of expertise include ergonomics, pilates, hand therapy, and acupuncture/dry needling.

Maree uses an approach called the integrated systems model. This framework allows her to help clients develop better movement strategies and habits, which reduces symptoms while improving function and performance.
 


Viola van der Walt

BSc Physiotherapy, MPhil Sport Science, PGCert (Education)


Viola has thirty years’ experience in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal therapy. She has a special interest in pain management, orthopaedics – specifically joint replacements.

Viola’s approach is focused on educating and empowering her clients to self-manage their injuries and pain.

Viola speaks Afrikaans, English, and basic German.


New Plymouth

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Hannah Rosser

BHSc Physiotherapy


Hannah has eleven years’ experience across a diverse field of physiotherapy, including neurology, respiratory, community, musculoskeletal injuries, and concussion.

Hannah’s primary area of expertise is treating acute musculoskeletal injuries. She has attended multiple musculoskeletal training courses and worked alongside Sports Physicians in Australia for six years.

Hannah’s other special interests include treating concussions and providing community rehabilitation. She is an experienced provider of vocational rehabilitation and is also trained in acupuncture/dry needling.


Nicole Roiall

BHSc Physiotherapy


 Nicole has eleven years’ experience working in a range of physiotherapy areas - from musculoskeletal, neurology, and chronic pain to orthopaedics and women’s health. Her main areas of expertise are pain management, community rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation.

Nicole is passionate about providing an excellent service and has completed multiple certificates in acupuncture/dry needling, bobath training (for neurological rehabilitation), pain management and more.

 Nicole uses a client-centred approach, using various techniques to make sure the treatment is right for the client. She has a special interest in women’s health, pain management, and chronic injuries.
 


Wellington

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Damon Newrick

BPhty, MSc Sports Physiotherapy (Distinction)


Damon has over twenty years’ experience and has worked in private practises in Wellington and London.  Damon’s special interest is sports physiotherapy, particularly lower limb injuries and biomechanics (hips, knees, and ankles). Since graduating, he has worked with athletes and sports teams and taught on the Masters course for Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University (UK).

Damon’s approach uses a mixture of hands-on manual therapy, education, and exercise-based therapy.

 


Loraine Swanepoel

BSc Physiotherapy

 
Loraine has over ten years of experience as a physiotherapist. She trained and qualified in South Africa and is fluent in Afrikaans and English. Her main areas of interest are paediatrics and women’s health.
 
Loraine has experience across all paediatric fields including developmental milestones, neurological conditions, orthopaedic and sports related injuries/conditions. She uses a client-centred therapy through play approach to design a treatment plan best suited to the child’s needs and goals.
 
Loraine’s special interest in women’s health physiotherapy include pelvic floor functioning, continence, pelvic pain, pre and post-surgical pelvic floor rehabilitation and pregnancy related conditions.

 


Nelson

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Alice Scranney

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PGDip (Education), PGCert (Vocational Rehabilitation)


Alice and her family moved to New Zealand in 2006. Before joining APM, she mainly worked in the public health sector in acute care, orthopaedics, and trauma.

Alice has been with APM for three years, providing vocational rehabilitation, concussion treatment (vestibular physiotherapy), and pain management services.

Alice is also a Clinical Educator at the University of Otago for fourth-year physiotherapists. In this role, she provides one-on-one supervision and educational input across key areas of physiotherapy, from paediatrics to community and private practice.

Alice uses a holistic approach in her clinical practice, considering a client’s lifestyle and looking at the ‘bigger picture’ to provide a tailored and effective treatment.
 


Karla de Kock

BSc Physiotherapy


Karla has over 15 years of physiotherapy experience. She came to New Zealand in 2018 and has since been working at APM seeing clients under the Concussion Service, Training for Independence, and providing vocational and functional rehabilitation.

Karla has a special interest in dry needling, pilates (as an instructor) and vestibular rehabilitation (dizziness, vertigo, balance, vision). Karla uses a hands-on, exercise rehabilitative approach; she has a firm belief that a healthy mind breeds a healthy body and vice versa.

Karla speaks English and Afrikaans. In her free time, Karla is paddle-boarding, fishing, or hiking with her family.


Nienke Horn

BSc Physiotherapy, PGCert (Chronic Pain Management), PGCert (Vocational Rehabilitation)


 Nienke has over 15 years’ experience working in rehabilitation and helping clients return to optimal function. A large part of Nienke’s training was centred on working with people with different religions, cultures, and beliefs. She enjoys the cultural diversity of her clients in New Zealand.

 Nienke’s special interests are chronic pain management and vocational rehabilitation, and she enjoys working with clients who have different physical abilities. She uses a client-centred approach and incorporates tailored exercises to help individuals reach their goals.

Nienke is fluent in English and Afrikaans.
 


Suzanne Levey

BSc Physiotherapy


Suzanne moved from South Africa to New Zealand in 2017 and has been a Team Leader at APM for four years. Before coming to New Zealand, Suzanne owned a private physiotherapy practice for over twenty years.  Her work was primarily focused on musculoskeletal, respiratory, and neurological conditions. She has also worked as a physio in Iceland and America. 

When she’s not working, you’ll find Suzanne outdoors – she is passionate about snowboarding, paddle boarding, and fishing. Suzanne speaks Afrikaans and English.
 
 

Christchurch

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Emma Hopkinson

BPhty, PGCert (Occupational Health)


Emma has experience providing vocational and community rehabilitation and treating musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. She has a special interest in sports injuries, with experience treating high-performance athletes.

Emma uses a hands-on approach that incorporates manual therapy and exercise prescription. When she’s not working, Emma spends her time outdoors and keeps active through CrossFit.
 


Gemma Alchin-Grey

BPhty


 Before joining APM, Gemma worked for two and a half years in a busy physiotherapy clinic treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. Gemma has a special interest in treating sporting injuries, particularly concussion and lower limb injuries, as well as post-operative rehabilitation.

 Gemma believes exercise is medicine and uses this approach when working with clients. She has completed her foundation acupuncture/dry needling course and can incorporate this into treatment as applicable.

 In her spare time, Gemma loves playing basketball, baking, hiking, and in winter, you can find her up Mount Hutt trying to improve her skiing skills!
 


James McAllister

BHSc Physiotherapy


James has been practising for over 20 years, with most of his experience gained while working in the USA. His expertise includes sports injuries, orthopaedics (pre- and post-surgery), back clinics, geriatrics, respiratory physiotherapy, and paediatrics.

James has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation (concussion), vestibular rehabilitation, pain management, visual therapy, and back and musculoskeletal injuries. James’s approach is to support his clients to self-manage and be in control of their health.

James speaks Cook Island Māori and has a basic understanding of Samoan.
 


Josh Wilks

BHSc Physiotherapy


Josh has worked in many different areas of physiotherapy. His previous experience includes working in a hospital setting in the community and burns teams; working with strength and fitness athletes in a musculoskeletal clinic; delivering long term rehabilitation for ACC clients under the ACC pain management programme in larger clinics.

Josh has a special interest in pain management, using a holistic approach to manage injuries and chronic and persistent pain.

Josh has recently moved from Auckland and joined APM’s Christchurch team. When he’s not working, you can usually find him at the gym – he even has experience coaching CrossFit!
 


Katharine Kerr

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PGCert (Rehabilitation)


 Katharine has a predominantly musculoskeletal background. She has worked in several different settings in Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand - including UK NHS, private practice, HM Prison Service (UK).

 Katharine’s special interest areas include general musculoskeletal pain and injuries and back pain.

Her approach is exercise-based, and she can provide acupuncture and dry needling.
 


Sue Grant

Dip Physiotherapy, PGDip (Acupuncture)

 
Sue has 21 years’ experience, including working in her own private musculoskeletal and acupuncture practice and as a club physiotherapist for senior rugby teams. Her special interest areas are musculoskeletal, persistent pain, general wellbeing, and biomechanics.
 
Sue is passionate about furthering her knowledge and expertise and has a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which included papers in psychology, biology, botany, nutrition, Chinese herbs, acupuncture and shiatsu massage. Sue has 36 years’ experience in acupuncture and manual therapy.
 
Sue draws on her vast knowledge to provide comprehensive and effective treatments and incorporates acupuncture, biomechanics, lifestyle balance, mindfulness, and education in her approach.
 


Tim Lovett

BPhty


Tim graduated from the University of Otago in 2020 and is currently completing a postgraduate certificate in physiotherapy endorsed in occupational health. Tim has a special interest in persistent pain and musculoskeletal conditions.

He uses a client-centred approach that incorporates exercise prescription and hands-on treatment to help patients achieve their goals. He enjoys the challenge of treating a wide range of conditions.
 


Timaru

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Suzanne Ambrose

DPT, PGDip (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy - McKenzie Method)


Suzanne has almost 30 years of experience as a physiotherapist. She trained as a physio in New Zealand but completed her Doctor in Physical Therapy training in the USA, where she practised sports medicine for over 15 years.

Suzanne also has a Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method). Her other special interest areas include concussion and vocational rehabilitation. 

Suzanne uses a mechanical approach to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries and a holistic approach for big picture problems requiring physiotherapy. Suzanne empowers her clients through education and self-treatment strategies to complement her hands-on approach.


 


Central Otago

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Dot Nacaewa

BHSc Physiotherapy


After graduating in 2005, Dot left NZ to gain experience working and travelling overseas, primarily in Australia and the UK. I worked mainly in musculoskeletal outpatient clinics, where she discovered a passion for pilates and treating elite level sportsmen and women.

Dot returned to New Zealand in 2012 and developed a new area of expertise in women’s pelvic health. She enjoys treating muscle imbalances around the pelvis, pregnancy and post-natal dysfunction.

In her younger years, Dot competed at elite level sports where she learnt the importance of good rehabilitation. In her free time, you can find Dot skiing, surfing, or chasing after her two young boys.


​Lynne Weir

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PGCert (Vocational Rehabilitation)


 Lynne has 18 years' experience as a physiotherapist, initially working in Scotland before moving to New Zealand in 2007. She has extensive experience with musculoskeletal injuries, including sports injuries and is qualified to do acupuncture. 

She is especially interested in providing concussion and vocational rehabilitation.
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