Introducing our Management Team
Mal ShivnanManaging Director
Scott IllingworthClinical Operations
Deeanna PiermariniBusiness Development
Alice TaylorPyes Pa
BSc; Sport & Ex Sci, MSc Physiotherapy
Alison (Ali) qualified in 2013 from the UK having previously completed a degree in Sport & Exercise Science. Using her education and passion for exercise, she has focused on sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and takes a special interest in children and adolescent sports injuries.
As a physiotherapist and aspiring sports person, she loves combining both aspects of her training to enable clients to achieve their goals, whether it’s returning to elite sports or daily activities. Ali likes to focus her treatment on movement rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and manual therapy, alongside her other qualifications in acupuncture, taping, and soft tissue massage.
Outside of work she is a keen Ironman triathlete, hoping to make it into the elite/semi-professional rankings within the next few years. Ali also loves the outdoors and any new sport she can try her hand at, which is why in August 2016 she moved to this part of the world and joined the Body In Motion team.
BPhty, APPI CPP, MPNZ, ConnectTherapy™ Series Graduate
Laura completed her Physiotherapy training at Otago University in 2007. She went on to work in Wellington, before deciding to travel the world. Not quite ready to head back to NZ Laura worked for several years in Sydney where she completed her Clinical Pilates certification and found love for both treating running injuries and running herself.
Since arriving in the beautiful Mount Maunganui Laura has returned to Australia several times for professional development. She believes in treating holistically and integrates the full body in her sessions using her “ConnectTherapy” training by L J Lee. Laura loves seeing results with her patients by working hard to understand the driver of the problem and not just treating the pain.
BPhty, MPNZ, PINC Certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, McKenzie Credentialled therapist, COMT (Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy)
Leanne has had over 10 years’ experience since graduating with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from Otago University in 2007. Leanne has worked in the hospital and private practice setting within New Zealand. She has also worked overseas in the Public Hospital system in England and Private practice setting in Melbourne Australia.
Originally from Hamilton Leanne moved to the beautiful Bay in 2015 and has been with Body In Motion since. She is a full time Physiotherapist here at Body in motion and a Pilates instructor. Leanne has recently completed a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through AUT. She is certified in the McKenzie approach to treatment and provides rehabilitation to Woman during and after cancer treatment.
She enjoys using a wide variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy, home exercise prescription and education to ensure her clients a speedy recovery, they achieve their goals and prevent injury recurrence. When not at work Leanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, playing golf and travelling.
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!!
BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy, MPNZ
Alice graduated from the University of Manchester (UK) with a BSc (Honours) degree in Physiotherapy in 2001. After 3 years working in a large NHS teaching hospital in Leeds she decided to explore life “Down Under” moving to Australia in 2004. Based in Mackay, Queensland Alice owned her own successful Physiotherapy Practice for 10 years before selling this in November 2015 to move to NZ permanently with her Kiwi husband and young family.
Since 2007 Alice has trained and specialised in Pelvic Health; treating women and men with incontinence, bladder and bowel issues and sexual pain. Alice also has a special interest in treating people with persistent pain. She is passionate about helping people to move well, live well and achieve their goals. Outside of work Alice enjoys playing Football (soccer!) and spending time with her husband and young daughters.
PG Cert Western Acupuncture
Certified Pilates Instructor (Back in Motion Level 1-3 Mat)
Karen graduated from AUT in 2003 and returned to work in her hometown of Whakatane for the BOP DHB. She then travelled abroad to the UK for her big OE, combining travel and work in various private and military practices as well as the NHS. On return home she returned to work as a musculoskeletal physio at Whakatane Hopsital, where she completed her Post Grad Cert in Western Acupuncture and gained her pilates instructor certification. Karen also spent several years competing at an elite level in the sport of mountain biking for Specialized NZ, and represented NZ in numerous World Cup and Championship campaigns, as well as the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Karen has a strong passion in sports strength conditioning and rehabilitation, as well as manual therapy, pilates and acupuncture.
Clinical Support Team
Fiona (Flo’) GutschlagClinical Mentor - Musculoskeletal
Carmen GoodwinOccupational Health & Social Rehabilitation
Jacob McLeanPain Management
Nick TaylorHand Therapy
Fiona (Flo’) Gutschlag
Dip Phty, PGD Sports Physio, MSc (Manipulative Physio)
My day consists of treating a variety of patients, all with unique reasons for needing physiotherapy. I specialise in the treatment and rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal injuries and getting straight to the point. I believe that energy goes where energy flows, which is why in each treatment everything is done with purpose.
Some of you may have met my son, Winston, the Schnauzer-Jack Russell Prince of Tauranga. My passions in life include spoiling Winston, enjoying flat whites and caring for my fantastic patients along their journey of healing.
BHSc (Physio) PG CertHealSc (Pain)
Jacob has worked full time as a physiotherapist since completing his training in 2003. He combines his experience with a passion for ongoing learning to provide an evidence based approach to help individuals get back to doing the things they want to do as soon as possible. To get you the best results he will help you get to the underlying cause of your problems and not just treat the symptoms. He specialises in musculoskeletal pain and post operative rehabilitation especially backs, shoulders and knees.
BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGCert HSc (Rehabilitation), NZ Registered Hand Therapist
Nick completed his physiotherapy training in 2013 at Auckland University of Technology, and immediately specialised in hand therapy. He completed his post-graduate hand therapy studies in 2014, and became fully registered in 2016.
At the same time as pursuing these studies Nick was also employed in a specialist hand clinic in Auckland, working in an integrated team alongside an orthopaedic hand surgeon. During this time he was exposed to a huge variety of hand, wrist, forearm and elbow conditions, and was able to hone his hand therapy skills and craft his own unique approach to this fascinating area.
Nick’s move to the Bay of Plenty was spurred by the opportunity to join the amazing team at Body in Motion, and be involved in creating a first-class hand therapy service. As an experienced and passionate rock-climber he also relishes the proximity of Tauranga to some of Aotearoa’s finest climbing areas, and heads to the cliffs most fine weekends.
Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor
Tahlia grew up in the spotlight as a dancer and theatre actress and as part of her training she regularly practiced Pilates at studios in Auckland. Her passion for movement & anatomy grew into career when she became a Certified Pilates Instructor during her time traveling overseas. She trained in Canada working in various studios until she landed her dream position in a STOTT Licensed Training Centre in Dubai. There she spent 18 months being mentored, examined and training alongside some of the worlds top STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainers.
As a mother Tahlia has first hand experience of how effective Pilates can be for expecting and new mothers to improve the labour experience and speed up post birth recovery. Tahlia has completed her STOTT training for Injuries & Special Populations and is qualified as a TOTAL BARRE Instructor. She teaches all Pilates class types & levels at BODY IN MOTION and provides private client sessions with access to all Pilates equipment.
Her next goal is to become a Certified Instructor Trainer and start educating others in the incredible movement speciality that is Pilates.