About our 1st Ave – The Gym practice
Conveniently located in Tauranga’s CBD, our clinic is located within ‘The Gym’ at 107 1st Avenue. Our Physiotherapists can provide an array of treatment option as well as utilising the gym for your rehabilitation needs. Free limited parking is available for our clients to use and there is plentiful street parking too.
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.
Olivia van Schaik
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Raised in Southland, Olivia graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011. She worked for the Southland District Health Board in Dunedin for a few years, before travel beckoned and she moved to the United Kingdom to pursue physiotherapy in London.
In between exploring Europe, she worked for the NHS in hospital and community based settings. After three years, Olivia moved back to wonderful New Zealand and now resides in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Olivia is passionate about health and fitness and is qualified in dry needling. She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and delivering a holistic client centred approach to injury rehabilitation and achieving goals.
You’ll find Olivia keeping active in the outdoors, playing social sports, and spending time with friends and family.
BSc Sports and Exercise Science, MSc Physiotherapy
Marcus was born and raised in Devon, South-West England, a great place to grow up being active in the outdoors and in nature. He studied for 5 years In Leeds in Northern England. During his Physiotherapy degree he was fortunate enough to spend two months in Namibia working in a rural clinic. He then moved on to spend 1.5 years completing NHS rotations which he enjoyed as it developed him to become a well-rounded clinician and understand a diverse number of medical conditions. This time also consisted of time working as a respiratory physiotherapist on the COVID-19 wards and ICU. Marcus also worked part-time as an MSK Physiotherapist.
Travelling to New Zealand has been a life long dream, growing up watching the All Blacks and watching documentaries on New Zealand. He has absolutely loved the move over here with the lifestyle, people and outdoors. Working as a Physiotherapist Marcus really enjoys the interaction with people and taking a person-centered approach to their care. Taking time to understand their goals and what motivates them and using exercises, strength and conditioning and education to empower clients.
Outside of work, Marcus enjoys all things outdoors and extreme sports – he completed his Canadian Level 2 snowboard instructor qualification in Big White Canada, taught wakeboarding in America, and enjoys surfing, hiking, keeping active. He is hoping to refine his Kite Surfing skills here in the Mount.