About our Bethlehem Physio practice
The Bethlehem clinic is a modern physiotherapy and pilates clinic that provides a welcoming, calming atmosphere. We are located on the ground floor of the Bethlehem Birthing Centre and have convenient parking as well as disability car parks immediately outside the clinic.
Our Bethlehem physio team provide a holistic approach to your well-being and each therapist has a specialist area of interest.
The expertise of our team ranges from Acute sports and spinal physiotherapy, Hand Therapy, Women’s Health, Bradcliff Breathing Assessment/Treatment, Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Return-to-Work Rehabilitation, Acupuncture, Exercise Rehab, and Manual Therapy.
Dominic SamuelPrincipal, Physiotherapist
Marjo ThomasPhysiotherapist - Falls Prevention Team
Louis RichterClinical Psychologist
Fanny PetersPilates Service Manager
Hannah SarcichPilates Instructor
BSc (HONS) Biology with Sport & Exercise Science. MSc in Physiotherapy. Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NZMPA)
Hailing from the UK, Dom joined the BIM Team in January 2015 after four years working as a Staff physiotherapist in Waikato Hospital.
Dom initially completed a Bachelor of Science Degree (with honours) in Biology with Sport and Exercise Science, going on to coach football in America for 2 years. During his time in America, Dom decided he wanted to work as a Physiotherapist and retured to the UK to undertake his training, graduating from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2010 with a Masters of Science Degree in Physiotherapy.
Dom is a certified STEEL cancer rehab physiotherapist providing individualised rehab plans with men who have/had cancer. Dom and his young family love the outdoor lifestyle New Zealand has to offer, so much so they have become New Zealand residents – that’s not to say Dom won’t stop keeping tabs on his beloved Liverpool!!
BPhty (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago), APPI certified Pilates Instructor, PINC certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
Originally from Waiuku, Shannon completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago University in 2002.
Shannon has been a member of the Body In Motion team since 2007 after several years working & travelling in the UK. Whilst in the UK, Shannon qualified as a Clinical Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI). Shannon has completed further Pilates equipment training & also Antenatal & Postnatal Pilates through APPI & is also a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. She is passionate about working in this field; there is real lack of support for women once they have completed their medical treatment & PINC rehab helps these women to have quality survivorship & get back to the things that matter most to them.
Outside of work, Shannon is kept busy with her family either doing DIY at home or enjoying the great outdoors. Shannon enjoys mountain biking, waterskiing & snowboarding with her family.
BPhty, MHSc Hons, PG Dip Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Western Accupuncture, MPNZ
BradCliff Breathing Practitioner
Kelly graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1996, completing a Masters in Health Science, majoring in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Western Acupuncture in 2004.
She spent her career working in private practice in Tauranga and London expanding her repertoire of manual therapy, acupuncture, functional exercise and rehabilitation skills. Focusing on wellness led her to become a BradCliff Breathing Practitioner, completing these skills with Vestibular retraining for balance and vertigo issues.
Kelly enjoys addressing and resolving dysfunction; whether it is related to sporting, work, recreational or home pursuits.
BPhty (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago)
Born and bred in Tauranga, Simon graduated from the University of Otago in 2019. Simon spent his final year in Christchurch where he completed placements in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Older Persons Health and Cardiothoracics. Simon has been looking forward to returning to the beautiful Bay of Plenty to start his Physiotherapy career.
Simon’s key interests are musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation. He is also a keen multisporter who also enjoys golf, cricket and spending time with family.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, BSc, MPNZ
Originally from India, Pardeep moved to Tauranga with his family at an early age. He initially completed a Bachelor of Science and then a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015 from the University of Otago. Pardeep worked as a Physiotherapist for four years in Rotorua and then went on to work in Tasmania, Australia for two years. He has experience and an interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, persistent pain, orthopaedic rehab, community rehab and using a holistic approach to help his clients.
Pardeep is passionate about ongoing professional development and is a committee member for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Branch of Physiotherapy New Zealand. In addition to English, Pardeep can also fluently speak Punjabi & Hindi.
Outside of work, Pardeep enjoys spending time with his family and loves do some Bhangra (Traditional Punjabi folk dance).
Marjo graduated in Cape Town, working there as well as in London. A few years later she immigrated to NZ and worked in Auckland since then. Her varied work experience includes musculoskeletal and sports injuries, with the majority in private practice as well as in hospital outpatient departments, and Occupational Health Physiotherapy. Marjo developed an interest in the “Older Adult” having worked with many in that age group in the past five years while working in ED and Orthopaedics at North Shore Hospital.
Marjo has recently moved to Tauranga with her husband and excited to have joined the Falls Prevention team at Body in Motion. Marjo enjoys swimming, tramping, cycling, gardening and exploring beautiful areas with her husband and friends in their campervan.
Originally from Gisborne, Elise graduated from AUT in 2019. Her clinical placements were at Starship hospital, the acute neurosurgical unit and with community rehabilitation in Auckland. She then spent time travelling solo, then working in the private sector with scar management therapies and musculoskeletal injuries from 2020, completing Dry Needling certifications in 2021.
Her areas of interest include dry needling as an adjunct to manual therapy, clinical pilates and optimising dysfunction with easy to understand education. Elise plans to further specialise in neck and headache management in the future – watch this space!
In her spare time Elise enjoys hiking, swimming and surfing – although she is happiest just walking her dog, Oakley on a beach anywhere in NZ.
Jess has lived in the Bay for the past 12 years and has an 8 year old son who keeps her very busy. In her downtime, Jess enjoys horse riding, music and socialising with family and friends.
BA Law and Psychology, BA Honours in Psychology, MSocSci in Clinical Psychology
Louis’ career in mental health started in South Africa in 2013 when he first registered as a counsellor. Louis attended further clinical psychology training while he practiced on the side as a counsellor, and he became fully registered as a clinical psychologist in 2017. Louis’ employment history in mental health covers a very broad spectrum, including private practice, and in-and-outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults.
Professionally, he also worked with the intellectually disabled population, and in the area of neuropsychology within the rehabilitation context of spinal cord, traumatic brain, and cerebrovascular injuries. Addictions, trauma, mood, anxiety, personality, adjustment, psychotic, and neurodevelopmental (e.g., ADHD and autism spectrum) conditions were his main areas of focus over the years.
Generally, psychological therapy is what Louis enjoys the most about his career. Personally, he is a foodie (absolutely love cooking and baking!), crazy about movies, crazy about warm sandy beaches, and he is very invested in his close family relationships and friendships.
Originally from France, Fanny worked in Western Australia for 7 years as a Research Scientist in Infectious Diseases, before recently relocating to New Zealand with her family.
Fanny started practicing Pilates in 2012 and was amazed how quickly her posture improved. The back pain and headaches she suffered for years disappeared within months and was moving more easily and gracefully. In 2016, Fanny completed her certificate IV in Pilates through Breathe Education in Melbourne. She teaches Evidence-based Pilates which is a science based method that aims to help people improve their movement with a focus on them rather than the exercises.
Passionate about movement and improving health and wellbeing, Fanny loves challenging her clients and introducing new exercises to her classes.
2018 – Registered exercise professional – New Zealand
2020 – Foundation of classical Pilates Mat
2021 – Yoga Alliance registered – Vinyasa Yoga
Her story: Born in Hamilton. Lived and studied in Wellington for five years. Recently moved to Papamoa for a more relaxed lifestyle.
Passion: Movement as medicine!