Clinic Teams

Motus Amberley

  • Bridget Ford

    Business Manager, Physiotherapist

    Bridget graduated from Otago University in 2003 and has worked in a private practice in Southland and Canterbury since then. She is trained in trigger point dry needling and joint manipulation and has experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Bridget is passionate about helping people get back to their previous activity and helping them to remain active. Outside of work she loves to spend time with my young family, running and getting away into the hills.

  • Maree Dvorak


    Maree has been working as the team’s receptionist since 2014. Prior to this role, Maree was also involved in customer service. She is enjoying watching the community grow and seeing the changes taking place.

  • Nickey Robinson

    Administration Manager

    My role as Practice Manager in Amberley started in August 2016.
    I am enjoying the change of direction from working in Christchurch and especially enjoy working as part of a team in a rural community.
    In my spare time I hobby farm, play tennis, netball and enjoy walking.

  • Ashton Edwards


    Ashton graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has recently joined our team at Motus Amberley.
    He is looking forward to getting to know and working with the rural community of Amberley.
    Ashton has a keen interest in exercise-based rehabilitation and sports physiotherapy. He has worked with Saturday sports teams including football and rugby over the last couple of years.
    Ashton’s hobbies include snowboarding, water-skiing, tramping and he is involved in volunteer surf lifesaving.

  • Alexia Parker


    Alexia has joined the team at Motus Amberley with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Otago University. Alexia is one of the weekend Physiotherapists for post-surgical rehabilitation following Hip/Knee replacements and Cardiac surgery at St. George’s Hospital. Some Saturdays Alexia is involved with the netball in Rangiora as one of the physiotherapists. Alexia also runs one of the exercise classes at our local gym. In her spare time you might see her at the gym, at the ice skating rink, reading books or attempting to learn a second language. Alexia is looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Motus Ashburton

  • Karla Poyner

    Business Manager, Physiotherapist

    Karla is a general musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 13 years of clinical experience. Karla treats all injuries and conditions. and has special interests in acupuncture and inner ear, dizziness, balance and headache problems. Karla is passionate about supporting her clients and the community to be active and remain active. She likes to take a holistic view for her patients to consider their needs as a whole, not just in isolation. Karla has international experience, having worked in Australia, England and New Zealand. She is Mid Canterbury born and bred and outside of work loves to spend time with her young family, go to the gym and enter the odd fun fitness event. Karla holds a post graduate certificate in Physiotherapy endorsed in Acupuncture and is a registered physiotherapy acupuncturist and a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist.

  • Stacey Yates


    Stacey is our new addition to the team as part-time receptionist. She has recently returned to New Zealand with her husband and young son following a period of living in Brisbane. Stacey and her husband both enjoy cross-fit and weightlifting. Her welcoming manner puts patients at ease.

  • Bridget Sheed


    Bridget is the newest member and is enjoying immersing herself into the Mid Canterbury Community and is a recent graduate from Otago University. She originates from Geraldine. Bridget has experience as a Sports medic. She is looking forward to treating our valued MOTUS Ashburton clients.

  • Deanne Brodie


    Deedee Brodie joined the team at Motus Ashburton in August 2017. Deedee is available to help you live active and enjoy the life you want to live. This may be treating a musculoskeletal injury (muscle, tendon and ligament injuries), optimising sports performance, managing a chronic condition (arthritis, chronic back pain) or helping you rehabilitate either pre-or post surgery. Deedee originates from Scotland and has been living in Ashburton for the last year. Deedee studied Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and worked in the NHS within a range of settings. She also worked in a private practice prior to moving out to New Zealand. Deedee also delivers our Falls Prevention Program. Deedee has a wide range of experience from children to elderly and is looking forward to continuing to work in the Ashburton area.

  • Allison Maconochie

    Falls Prevention Provider

  • Sarah Kerse


    Sarah graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. After growing up in rural South Canterbury she has now adapted to city life and at Motus Russley. Sarah is trained in Dry Needling Acupuncture and is interested in the treatment and management of sporting injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation. During the winter, she also works with rugby teams on game day helping with acute injury management. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys wakeboarding, tramping, netball, running and rugby.

  • Sarah Barlow


Motus Eastcare

  • Craig Braggins

    Business Manager

    Craig graduated from the University of Otago in 2001. Prior to joining the team at SportsMed and Motus Health Craig traveled extensively working in England, Sweden and British Columbia Canada. Craig has interests include sports injuries, pre and post-surgical management, spinal injuries, sports taping, acupuncture, exercise prescription and muscle balance assessments/bio mechanics with particular interest ion Lower Limb biomechanics.

  • David Kearns


    David trained in Auckland where he opened his first practice before relocating to Christchurch in 1993. David opened Eastcare Physiotherapy at that time and has been providing physiotherapy services to Christchurch ever since. David has a special interest in Sports injury management and Occupation Rehabilitation with Post graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine and has recently completed post graduate qualifications in Occupational Rehabilitation.

  • Nicole Meikle


    Nicole graduated from the University of Otago in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has a particular interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and enjoys working with various sports teams. Raised in rural North Otago, Nicole loves spending time in the outdoors. Outside of work she is also a keen netballer, enjoys waterskiing and spending time with friends and family.

  • Catherine Nation

    Falls Prevention Facilitator

    Catherine is a NZ Registered Nurse and has worked in a variety of positions throughout her career. She worked in Surgical Nursing, NZ Army Nursing, Assessment / Treatment and Rehabilitation Service for CDHB and currently in Aged Care Nursing. She is very happy to be involved in the Falls Prevention Programme in the community. She appreciates the opportunities in Canterbury for walking and tramping as this is one of her favourite pastimes.

  • Jaqui Bullock


    Jaqui is new face at Eastcare Physiotherapy. She is working mornings and afternoons alternating with Stephanie. Three years ago, Jaqui and her husband returned to Christchurch after living in Australia for several years where she worked in a very busy regional airport. She enjoys spending time with family and has an interest in golf and rugby.

  • Tom Williams


    Tom graduated from the University of Otago in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He was born and raised in Christchurch, and is an old boy of Shirley Boys High. After five years of study at Otago, Tom is excited to be back in Christchurch with the MOTUS Eastcare Team. Tom has an interest in sports physiotherapy, exercise based rehab and helping others live an active lifestyle. In his spare time you will find Tom training for his next Triathlon event and making the most of the South Islands’ outdoors.

  • Emma Hewat

    Physiotherapist and Vocational Provider

    Emma graduated in 2011, and has been working at Eastcare since then. She enjoys serving the eastside community by helping people from all backgrounds recover from their injuries. Emma has worked with rugby, touch rugby, and rugby league teams, and is currently the physiotherapist for the Linwood Keas Rugby League Premier team. She enjoys working with older people to keep them active, and to prevent falls. She recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation. Emma enjoys making the most of the Canterbury outdoors by walking, running and tramping, from the beach to the hills, and beyond.

  • Louise Clemens


    Lou graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Physiotherapy. She is excited by the large variety of people who visit rural community physiotherapy in Amberley, and wishes to expand her sports physiotherapy knowledge by continuing to work with Saturday sports teams. In the weekends she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as camping and exploring North Canterbury's beautiful beaches, rivers, lakes and trails.

  • Nicole Campbell


  • Kate Suter


Motus Lincoln

  • Brett Warman

    Business Manager / Physiotherapist

    Brett has a keen interest in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sporting injuries, and has recently completed his Masters of Sports physiotherapy through the University of Otago. Brett is a key provider for high performance sport in New Zealand in hockey, working with New Zealand and Canterbury hockey teams. Brett has many years experience working with athletes, including Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Tactix netball and a number of senior rugby teams. Brett has post-graduate qualifications in acupuncture and is a credentialed McKenzie therapist.

  • Susanne Hides

    Practice Manager

    Susanne joined the team in July 2015. Prior to this, Susanne worked in a variety of administrative positions, including Office Coordinator at Fletcher EQR for more than four years and a challenging stint managing the Naval Point Club in Lyttelton. She is enjoying the change of direction and pace, and especially the great team of people she works with. Outside of work, Susanne enjoys attending craft sessions with friends, relaxing with a good book, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and spending time with her young grandson.

  • Kathryn Claridge


    Kathryn has been actively involved in the Lincoln community since establishing the physiotherapy practice in 1989. Kathryn has years of experience in the management of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions that cause impaired function. Kathryn’s current clinical areas of interest are manual therapy, postural analysis, pre-op and post-op rehabilitation, and gym-based rehabilitation.

  • Rebecca Claridge


    Rebecca has been working part time at Motus for 6 months, and prior to that has had a more temporary role for a few years. She enjoys dealing with customers and making sure that they have a great experience. Outside of Motus Rebecca is also a professional photographer, specialising in weddings and portraits. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, going for runs and also horse riding. She enjoys competing in show jumping, dressage and eventing, but also enjoys long hacks to the river.

  • Stephanie Foster


    Stephanie graduated from the University of Otago in 2017. Originally from Auckland, she is enjoying exploring the South Island and everything it has to offer. Steph is interested in keeping people active and performing to the best level they can, and enjoys working with local sports teams. She has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation from her background in netball, running and martial arts. She also loves working with people post-operatively, and has an interest in learning more about neurorehabilitation, including spinal cord injury and stroke.

  • Vicky Hart


    Vicky recently moved to Lincoln following working in Nelson in a private practice for three years. She has a broad interest in all types of injuries. Vicky has an interest in biomechanics and prevention of recurring injury. Vicky also works within our pain team on the ACC Pain contract. Outside of work, Vicky is a keen horse rider getting involved in the local scene. Vicky also has a background in dance and an interest in dance injuries.

  • Chris Yoo


    Chris graduated from Otago University in 2015 and has worked in Rolleston since then. He is trained in trigger point dry needling and Pilates which allows him to incorporate a variety of techniques into his sessions. Chris loves treating all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions and being involved with sports team. Outside of work, he loves playing golf, weight training and drinking coffee on Monday morning.

  • Hannah Charles-Tauwhere


Motus Rangiora

  • Mary Connors

    Business Manager / Physiotherapist

    Mary has interest in clinical management of complex injuries and recurring injuries. She manages post-surgical rehabilitation along with gym programmes to achieve return to work. Her special interests also include shoulder rehabilitation and cervicogenic headaches.

  • Hayden Thom

    Physiotherapist, Business Manager

    Hayden trained at Otago University graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2012. He has a strong clinical interest in exercise prescription and sports rehabilitation especially in the areas of rugby, cricket and golf. Hayden is currently the physiotherapist for the University Division 1 rugby side and has had experience working within Canterbury Rugby and the Crusaders Academy. Hayden is currently a member of a golf club in Canterbury and plays on a regular basis.

  • Kay Lemm

    Practice Manager

    Kay is Practice Manager for SportsMed Rangiora and has been part of the team since 2010. Prior to this, Kay was Office Manager/Trust Accountant for a Rangiora Law firm for five years, with 24 years' experience in the Law profession. Kay is married with three great girls, and two puppies. She plays and coaches netball, and is looking forward to getting back into squash.

  • Adrienne Butler


    Adrienne started with the PMG administration team in April 2014, working with each of the clinics providing reception cover when needed, as well as permanent shifts. Before starting with PMG, Adrienne was running her own business from her home-based workshop, making and selling wheatbags and neck coolers. She has three children – all with an interest in hockey.

  • Tamiho Mitsuhashi


    Tamiho graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2017. She completed a physiotherapy course in Japan 2004 and she has been working for 12 years. She received a license of Bobath therapist in 2006 and her specialty is in neurological physiotherapy, in particular stroke, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury for adults and children. In 2012 She was awarded a scholarship that saw her travel to Denmark, Sweden, England and Australia in 2013 to learn about physiotherapy for spinal cord injury. This experience has influenced her to become a physiotherapist overseas to develop her career and foster a strong passion to contribute to society abroad. Outside of work, she has been involved with wheelchair basketball as a classifier and Chair Ski as a staff member. She has an interest to teach softball and enjoys going skiing and mountain biking.

  • Kirsty Prattley


    Kirsty graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has been working in a Private Practice in Feilding for the past two years and is excited to be back in Christchurch and joining the Motus Rangiroa team. She has an interest in sports physiotherapy for both youth and adults as well as dry-needling. Kirsty enjoys partner dancing and water skiing in her spare time.

  • Katherine Neilson


    Katherine is a recent graduate of Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She grew up predominantly in the lower North Island and after completing study in Dunedin and Wellington has chosen to move South to Christchurch and is keen to explore what Canterbury has to offer. Katherine has an interest in sports injuries, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and helping others live an active life. In her spare time Katherine enjoys weightlifting, tramping and photography.

  • Heli Graham


    Heli graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She worked for a year and a half in the UK and found a passion for musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. She spent time travelling in 2018 and fell in love with New Zealand. She has a keen interest in sports physiotherapy and has experience working in rugby and with junior athletes. In her spare time she loves to snowboard, surf and go running and cycling. She is currently training for the Queenstown Marathon in November.

Motus Russley

  • Bryce Ebben

    Business Manager/Physiotherapist

    Bryce graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate in Western Acupuncture. Before joining the team at Motus Russley, Bryce worked at Sportsmed here in Christchurch (part of the Motus Health Network). Bryce has also worked in Auckland and Wellington gaining a vast range of private practice and sports physiotherapy experience. Bryce has been a New Zealand Team Physiotherapist at the World University Games, Youth Olympics and with the New Zealand Tall Blacks at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey. Bryce’s interests include sports injuries, pre and post-surgical rehabilitation, spinal injuries, sports taping, acupuncture, exercise prescription, muscle balance and bio-mechanical assessments.

  • Yanica Carter

    Practice Manager

    Nicky has been the Practice Manager for the last two years. She studied a BCom in Hospitality Management in South Africa. She spent eight years managing five-star games lodges in remote areas of South Africa and Botswana, enjoying the beautiful wildlife and hosting people from all over the world. Once her son was born, she worked as a financial advisor and then took over the management of her family’s business to have a more settled life. Nicky has an eight-year-old son. They immigrated from South Africa in 2015. Nicky enjoys the outdoors, seeing the sights of Christchurch and surrounding areas and the social atmosphere that Motus Russley provides.

  • Ben Jowsey


    Ben graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a bachelor of physiotherapy. After a stint working on acute inpatient wards at Christchurch Hospital, Ben has been working at Motus Russley and is enjoying being a part of the Russley team. He has worked alongside Premier and Colts level rugby over the past few years and has an interest in running, sporting injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. In his spare time, Ben enjoys running and is a keen musician.

  • Ellen Kelly


    Ellen graduated from The University of Otago in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She was born and raised in Christchurch, and is an ex student of Burnside High School. After four years of study in Dunedin, she is delighted to be back in her home community at the MOTUS Russley Clinic. Ellen has an interest in sports massage, rehabilitation through exercise, taping for sports and pain relief, and is excited to be a part of each client’s individual journey. In her free time, Ellen enjoys exploring the great outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and is fond of arts and crafts.

  • Wei Bin Yeoh


    Wei graduated from Otago University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has recently joined our team at Motus Russley. Wei was raised in Malaysia and took the 9000km journey to New Zealand to study physiotherapy. He enjoyed his time in New Zealand and decided to stay. Wei enjoys working with his clients by helping them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Wei has a keen interest in acute sport injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Outside of work, Wei enjoys working out in the gym and spending time with family and friends.

  • Louise Blackburn


    I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with 12 years’ experience gained from private practice clinics in New Zealand and Ireland. I obtained masters qualification of Health Practice in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Western Acupuncture in New Zealand. I have worked with different sports teams including rugby, cricket and football at club, school and provincial levels.
    I have an interest in Manipulative therapy, acupuncture, running analysis, sports injury management, biomechanical assessment, exercise prescription and progression, orthopaedic pre and post-operative management and Clinical Pilates using Mat and Reformer.

Motus Timaru

  • Geoff Thompson

    Senior Physiotherapist

    Geoff has been a physiotherapist for 11 years, working over a range of roles in New Zealand and the UK. He has completed his post-graduate hand and upper limb training in 2014 and continues to pursue his post-graduate training. Geoff is currently the physiotherapist for South Canterbury Rugby and has a special interest in sports, orthopaedic rehabilitation, occupational health and biomechanical physiotherapy while also completing breathing and respiratory assessment and retraining.

  • Lorraine Sparrow

    Business and Practice Manager

    Lorraine is the Practice Manager for Motus Ashburton and now also Motus Timaru. She has worked in this role at the Ashburton clinic for the past 10 years with the previous owner. Lorraine enjoys the interaction with patients, making them feel welcome and relaxed. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and walking.

  • Pauline Strachan

    Occupational Therapist

    Pauline is an occupational therapist with over 10 years experience working in the areas of orthopaedics, paediatrics, mental health and medical rehabilitation in both new Zealand and the U.K. Since returning home she has been specialising in vocational rehabilitation, completing her post graduate certificate from Otago university. When not working Pauline enjoys running, Pilates, and spending time with family.

  • Tessa Mitchell


    After five years living in the UK, Tessa decided to move back to her hometown Timaru. At the start of 2014, she started working as a receptionist for Motus Timaru and has really enjoyed being part of the team. Tessa’s passion is travelling and discovering new places – she is currently completing a bucket list of 100 activities all within New Zealand.

  • Matthew Joubert


    Matthew graduated from AUT in 2017. He enjoys the outdoors and is a keen martial artist and snowboarder. Matt is keen on being active and promoting a healthy life style. He has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and neuro physiotherapy.

SportsMed Bealey Ave

  • Julian Firth

    Physiotherapist / Business Manager

    Julian played football to a semi-professional level in the UK and has continued his interest in the sport. He has worked locally with Canterbury teams and with New Zealand Football at their National Training Camps. Julian has a clinical interest in post-op management, shoulder rehabilitation and lower limb injuries.

  • Sarah Langer

    Practice Manager for Sportsmed Physiotherapy

    Sarah is the Practice Manager for SportsMed Physiotherapy and has been part of the team since 2016. She is German and practiced Physiotherapy in Germany for 3 years before she traveled to New Zealand in 2013. Soon after arrival she fell in love with the beautiful country and a real kiwi bloke and decided to stay here permanently. In 2015 she started her degree in Applied Management and is expected to finish in June 2018 with a major in Operations Management and Sales & Marketing. Outside of work and study Sarah likes to run half marathons, designing websites, gardening and reading.

  • Alan Robertson

    Physiotherapist and Pain Management Provider

    Alan Robertson Bsc(hons) Physio Newcastle England 1997.
    Born in Newcastle England
    Happy to be back in Canterbury after 14 years of picking up great experiences working in: England, Scotland, Borneo and Tauranga .
    Was rheumatology physiotherapist at CDHB Christchurch 2002-2004 and missed the place so much we had to come back.
    Married to Alex with 2 boys aged 12 and 9 also a son aged 31.
    Keen sportsman, just watching these days, love Rugby. I admire everything about the All Blacks apart from when they are thrashing England: 2003 was a great time to be in New Zealand.
    People with chronic pain and acute injuries are who I help.

  • Caden Shields


    Caden is a graduate of the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy. Caden has a background in all sporting injuries, however has a strong interest in endurance sport. Caden has an extensive history in distance running, both as a physio and as an athlete. He is a former division one NCAA collegiate athlete, where he studied at Purdue University, IN, USA. While at Purdue, Caden qualified for the NCAA division one Cross-Country championships in 2009, the first male athlete from the University in 22 years to do so. Caden is the current New Zealand 10,000m champion and is working towards becoming a marathoner. Caden has been team physio for Athletics Otago to three national championships and has worked with many nationally and internationally ranked track and field athletes. Caden is skilled in biomechanical assessment, training load management, and sport specific rehabilitation.

  • Eleanor McQuaid


    Eleanor hails from the “Emerald Isle” and graduated from University of Ulster with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011. She joined Motus in November 2018, and comes with international experience, having worked in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Eleanor has experience treating a wide range of injuries both in the hospital and private setting and her special clinical interests are conditions of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hips. She takes a holistic and individualised approach to injury management, and often uses Pilates principles to help patients become more aware of their body, move better and help prevent future injury. She is also certified in Dry Needling and Acupuncture, which she often uses throughout the rehabilitation journey. Eleanor has a personal background in the Gaelic sport Camogie, and has worked as team Physio for Gaelic football teams when back in Ireland. These days she likes to keep fit by doing Pilates, running and playing Gaelic sports here in Christchurch.

  • Gemma Grey


    Gemma graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2017 and has joined the team as part of the New Graduate Program. Gemma has worked for SportsMed previously as a rugby sports medic in her final year of undergraduate study.
    Gemma has a special interest in the rehabilitation of sporting injuries, particularly basketball and netball.
    In her spare time you will find Gemma playing basketball, running or exploring the beautiful outdoors.

  • Koal Berkahn


    AUT graduate from 2014 born and breed in the mighty Bay and that’s the Hawkes Bay of course. Over the years I have worked through the north island and been involved with North Harbour Rugby and Basketball. I have a keen interest in snow sports spending two years working in Whistler with athletes getting them back on the snow. Currently I am involved with Lincoln University Rugby and am looking forward to being involved with Canterbury rugby. My physiotherapy interests are shoulders, knees, neck and back as they are often complicated and tricky but who doesn’t like a challenge. My personal interests are anything water or snow related any time I can be behind a boat, on a wave or cruising down a mountain a feel in my element. I also love travel and have been through some great adventures already and am always looking forward to the next.

  • Laura Meagher


    Laura is an Irish graduate who qualified in 2008 and has been living and working in New Zealand since then. Laura has a keen interest in football and has worked as the Physiotherapist for the Senior Men’s team at Cashmere Technical Football Club.
    Laura’s special interests include injury prevention, dry needling and rehabilitation of lower limb injuries. She particularly enjoys ACL rehabilitation with a focus on advanced sports-specific rehab.

  • Mark Hollis


    Having worked in four different countries over the last 16 years, concentrating on musculoskeletal, neurological, and post traumatic brain injury rehab, Mark has settled in Christchurch to concentrate on furthering his understanding of the new research surrounding persistent pain. His main intent is deciphering the complexities of science into easily understood language so that you, the client, can be better informed. He has traded in his running shoes for the joys of parenting, but the lure of the road still remains.

  • Meari Ono


    Meari graduated from University of Otago in 2012 and is currently completing her Postgraduate Diploma endorsed in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from AUT. She rejoins the team after working overseas for the past 2 years based in a physio clinic in Tokyo. Whilst there, she balanced a clinical load with working with professional athletes on the ITF circuit, LPGA tour and Asian Tour throughout Asia. Meari has a personal background in rowing, netball and running and has previously worked with rugby. She has a special interest in biomechanics and injury prevention. Meari is qualified in dry needling extremities and can consult in Japanese. She has a love of the outdoors, diving and travel.

  • Megan Orchard


    Megan completed her physiotherapy study in Otago, before working over in Melbourne for six years. She settled back in Christchurch with her family in 2015. Megan is currently doing postgraduate study in Vocational Rehabilitation, to assist clients back to work following an injury or surgery. This involves workplace assessments, constructing return to work plans and providing gym rehabilitation programs. Megan also enjoys her clinical work, particularly with post-operative rehabilitation, running, netball and rugby injuries. Outside of work, Megan enjoys running and strengthening for fitness, and spending time with her family.

  • Mikey Lee


    Mikey graduated from University of Otago in 2018 with a degree in physiotherapy. He has a keen interest in acute sport injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He is interested in providing a well-rounded approach to injury management that takes into account all areas of life. In his spare time he likes to exercise and hang out with friends and family.

  • Nicola Handley


    Nicola Handley is a University of Otago physiotherapy graduate and has worked in both New Zealand and England, in the public system and private practice. While in the UK Nicola attended an array of courses, and has continued to up-skill since returning to New Zealand; training in the application of kinesio-tape, running efficiency and technique courses as well as exercise rehabilitation and prescription courses. Nicola is a keen runner, mountain biker and skier, and has competed in many running and mountain bike events; in 2012 she was the first woman in the Hanmer Half Marathon and Marlborough Half Marathon. 

  • Nicole Radburnd


    Nicole studied at University of Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has previously worked with rugby teams and at the Selwyn Netball Courts during winter as the on-site physiotherapist on Saturdays. Her interests include lower limb and acute sporting injuries. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys playing hockey, running, gym, water and snow skiing.

  • Philippa Hann

    Occupational Therapist and Vocational Provider

    Philippa is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Vocational Rehab team in July 2017. She has worked in various community-based roles since 1992, including Community Occupational therapist for Gisborne and Canterbury DHB’s, Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination in Christchurch and 15 years in Complex Wheelchairs and Seating, assisting people to maximise their comfort and function. She has excellent problem-solving skills which helps with having positive outcomes for clients and their return to work programme.
    When not at work, she dabbles in amateur dramatics, likes walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

  • Sharon van den Berg


    Sharon trained in Otago and has over 25 years of physiotherapy experience. She has her Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health. She has spent many years overseas, including the UK, Middle East-Kuwait, and Perth, Australia. Her particular work interests include netball, boxing, martial arts, equestrian, chronic pain and complex injuries as well as rehabilitation post-surgery/injury. Sharon spends the majority of her working time completing work-site assessments, return to work planning, gym rehabilitation programmes and staff supervisions for contracts that are primarily through ACC funded contracts.
    In her spare time, Sharon enjoys Tai Chi and singing. She is supported at home by her husband and teenage triplets and manages to get out and about running or walking with her dogs.

  • James McCormick


    James studied at Otago University and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science in physiology. He has worked with Canterbury Hockey and Canterbury Football as well as club rugby. James has an interest in injury prevention, sports rehab, strength and conditioning and has player experience in rugby, touch, football, volleyball and athletics.’

  • Freya Taffs


    Freya graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has joined the team at Sportsmed. Freya is passionate about helping you live an active life. She has an interest in acute sports injuries and working alongside sports teams. Freya enjoys staying active at the gym and exploring the outdoors.

  • Michael Ward


    Michael graduated from University of Otago in 2011 and initially worked in the USA for a year before coming back to New Zealand. Since then he has had involvements with representative level rugby, touch and softball teams. He is currently studying towards a postgraduate masters in sports physio, is trained in dry needling and has experience with workplace ergonomic set ups as well as vocational return to work rehabilitation.

  • Mary Gray


    I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Otago in 2017. Originally from Dunedin, enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities to help them achieve their goals and achieve full fitness/good quality of life. Have returned to the South Island after a year working in Rotorua where I enjoyed taking Pilates classes, post op rehab, chronic pain program, outpatients, sports injuries. Former NZ rep cycling, cross country mtb, Xterra. When younger Otago team for gymnastics, swimming- this background has given me a keen interest in working with athletes in all of these sports. Soon be doing bike fits.

  • Chris Pettet


Motus Nelson

  • Dawn Chalmers

    Business Manager, Physiotherapist

    Currently on Parental Leave

  • Garth Munro

    Business Manager, Physiotherapist

    Garth has over thirty years of experience in Physiotherapy, ranging from Private metropolitan and rural clinics to strategic and operational District Health Board environments. He has a Master of Health Science Degree (Rehabilitation) and post graduate Diplomas in Manual therapy and Rehabilitation. Garth also established one of NZ’s largest Interdisciplinary Clinics specialising in the management of Chronic Pain conditions and has a keen interest in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of complex conditions. Garth also has a keen interest in the development of activity and fitness in both the Child and Adolescent, and the aging populations. He personally has a long history of participation in running, mountain biking, weight training and swimming and is motivated to guide his patients in their endeavours to develop and maintain a healthy and active life .

  • Megan Ward


  • Ash Lindup


    Ash graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Distinction) in 2016. Since then has been working in a sports/musculoskeletal private practice as well as working with sports teams over the last few years including Nelson Rugby Football Club Senior ‘A’ team, and Nelson Giants basketball team. Ash was born and raised in Nelson, has a high interest in sporting biomechanics and sports related rehabilitation - particularly rugby, basketball, touch, gym training and cricket.

  • Hazel Davidsen


    Hazel graduated from Otago University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition. She grew up in Nelson and is excited to be back in Nelson with the Motus team. Hazel has worked with various rugby and rugby seven’s teams and is currently the physiotherapist for the Tasman Mako Women’s team. She has a particular interest in sports injuries and working along side sports teams. In her spare time she likes to stay active at the gym and spend time with friends and family.

  • Kelly Mabbett


    Kelly completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy through AUT in 2012. Since then she has worked in sports and musculoskeletal private practices in New Zealand and England. Kelly is trained in Acupuncture, dry needling and is a Mulligan Concept Practitioner. She enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, both acute and persistent injuries. She has a special interest in biomechanics and injury prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys running, kayaking and mountain biking.

  • David Donga


  • Stephani Mitchell