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
Rina BesterPilates Instructor
Fanny PetersPilates Service Manager
Ian CulpanPilates Instructor
BSc (HONS) Biology with Sport & Exercise Science. MSc in Physiotherapy. Certtificate 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), MPNZ
Anna graduated from Otago university in 2013 and has worked in both the public and private sector as a physiotherapist. She has completed numerous rotations including neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, cardio-respiratory ICU care and outpatient musculoskeletal and pediatric therapy.
Anna thrives on the diversity within her role at body in motion. She currently divides her time between treating patients in the Bethlehem clinic, managing the BOP in home falls prevention programme and partnering with BOP women’s rugby as one of their key physiotherapists. In her spare time Anna can usually be found along side family and friends, in the outdoors or trying some new baking or cooking recipes.
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)
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 is a keen member of Mount Runners & Walkers & enjoys the snow with the family in winter.
BPhty, MPNZ, Certified Polestar Pilates rehabilitation practitioner.
Laura graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2012, and the New Zealand School of Dance Wellington in 2007 having majored in classical ballet. Whilst completing her degree Laura instructed Pilates in rehabilitation gyms and upon graduating has gone on to become a fully certified rehabilitation practitioner through Polestar Pilates NZ.
As an undergraduate she was able to combine her passion for physiotherapy and dance by working with the physiotherapist for the dancers of the Royal NZ Ballet. She has a rich appreciation of the benefits of combining her physiotherapy and Pilates knowledge to help anyone regain and maintain their best physical and mental health.
Laura has also trained in dry needling to give her patients more treatment options to improve their functional ability whatever that may be. She keeps herself fit by utilising her home gym and Pilates workouts, and ocean swimming in the warmer months.
B Phty COMT MPNZ
After graduating from the University of Otago in 2011 with Distinction in a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Stephanie began her physiotherapy career working in the public hospital setting in Wellington. While working as a rotational physiotherapist Stephanie gained experience in a wide range of areas including post-operative and orthopedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, neuro-rehabilitation and general medical.
Stephanie has been with Body In Motion since her return home to Tauranga in 2014. She has since completed a Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy and integrates both manual therapy and exercise prescription in her practice. Stephanie loves being a physiotherapist, working alongside patients to restore their function and keep them doing the things they love. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys running and enjoying the Bay’s beautiful beaches and outdoors.
Prior to teaching, Sidelle had worked in the healthcare industry for over 10 years. Sharing Body in Motion’s enthusiasm for a high level of professional service she will be happy to help you any way she can. When she gets a spare moment Sidelle enjoys SUPing, tennis and relaxing with family.
BHSc Physiotherapy (AUT), Postgraduate study in Rehabilitation (AUT), APPI certified Pilates instructor, Bradcliff breathing practitioner, Therapeutic Yoga, MPNZ
Annalees works in pain management with people whose pain has become persistent or chronic. She enjoys guiding people to gradually become more active, manage stress, sleep better and engage in the things they love doing again.
Annalees facilitates both individual pain management programmes and pain self-management groups.
Annalees also is trained in assessing and treating vestibular and oculomotor conditions, particularly post-concussion.
Breathing retraining is a core part of Annalees’ approach to managing complex and ongoing conditions. When we breathe better, our bodies and minds do better.
Annalees also helps clients manage the impacts of concussion from a neurological and vestibular rehabilitation perspective. Dizziness, pain, nausea and fatigue are common following concussion and can be treated very effectively with this approach.
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.
Tracey moved to Tauranga and joined the Body In Motion family in 2014. She absolutely loves living in the Bay and enjoy the balance between growing avocados and her role as a receptionist/administrator. Tracey is passionately interested in holistic wellness, nutritional health and fitness.
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.
Rina lived most of her life in Gaborone, Botswana, before relocating to New Zealand with her husband at the start of 2018. She has always loved being active and enjoying the outdoors, participating in different types of sport throughout the years. Rina started doing Pilates after a minor horse riding accident and was impressed with a rapid recovery, complimented by experiencing a notable physical transformation. This inspired her to become a Pilates Instructor, starting with formal training with BASI. She initially completed BASI Mat training and is now working towards her completion of BASI- Global Comprehensive training. It is her goal to keep studying beyond this and to learn as much as possible in the process. She has a passion for people from all walks of life and loves helping clients to get stronger and achieve their personal goals. Rina is passionate about active ageing and assisting others to live the fullest life possible. Outside of work, Rina loves spending time with her husband and visiting her daughters who live in Australia. The family enjoys exploring different parts of the world, hiking, good food and wine.
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.
Ian is both a Pilates and Fitness trainer. He completed his Core Foundation and Optimal Mobility Pilates course in 2012 at Studio Pilates in South Africa. His training emcompasses many different methods of Pilates including STOTT, Power, and the New York discipline, where his knowledge and experience in each of these can facilitate his individualised approach when programming for clients. In fitness, Ian is grounded in TRX suspension training & functional fitness and incorporates elements of these disciplines into his classes. He loves the mechanics of our anatomy makeup and feels privileged to help others reach beyond their training goals whether it be post injury returning to wellness or athletic conditioning.