Introducing our Management Team
Mal ShivnanManaging Director
Scott IllingworthClinical Operations Manager
Deeanna PiermariniBusiness Development
MPhty (Manips), PGDSportsmed, DPhty, BPhysEd
Gizzy-born, Dunno’s cultured, and Tauranga matured, Mal is the founder and owner of Body In Motion. After a decade post-Uni of working professionally in NZ, travelling on a 5 year working OE, returning to NZ to complete post-graduate study, Mal and his wife Sarah decided to put down roots in Tauranga and start a business, and a family!
The doors to Body In Motion opened on the 25th of February 2002 in Greerton, Tauranga. Over the 17 years since it’s inception, Body In Motion has grown from a single site, acute musculoskeletal physiotherapy-only, one-man-band operation, to a multidisciplinary integrated allied health service, delivered from both community (homes, work places, schools/ universities, etc) and traditional clinic-based settings, across the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty, by a dedicated and engaged team of over 70 Legends!
Scott joined the Body In Motion team in 2008 and bought to the team a strong back ground in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, having graduated from AUT in 2001. Scott has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He has worked alongside a number of representative Sports teams including codes as diverse as Aussie Rules, Softball and Basketball and has also worked with the BOP Steamers men’s 7’s side.
Scott has continued to develop his leadership and management skills while at Body In Motion and currently acts as the company’s Clinical Operations Manager across all of our sites.
Outside of work, Scott enjoys Mountain biking, trail running, spending time with his family and any activity involving the great Kiwi outdoors.
BHSc (Physiotherapy) PGDip Management Studies (Part 1 MBA), PGCert (Occ Physio)
Deeanna brings the ideal mix of clinical and management skills to her role within Body In Motion. Deeanna practiced physiotherapy throughout NZ and the UK since graduating in 2000. She has worked in the past for ACC as a Supplier Relationship Manager assisting treatment providers to work with the organisation. Her postgrad qualifications in occupational physiotherapy and management underpin her sound oversight and management of the rehabilitation programmes that Body in Motion manage and deliver throughout the BOP and Waikato. Deeanna role sees her creating new products and services that Body In Motion deliver, developing new strategic partnerships, sourcing rehabilitation funding streams and guiding long-term objectives to meet business and community needs. She assists the Managing Director with strategic planning to design a pathway to growth amidst competition and constant change in the industry. Deeanna is also involved in project management and has the responsibility of the planning, procurement and execution of projects that Body In Motion undertake.
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.
BPhty, PGCert Western Acupuncture, MPNZ
Melissa is originally from the Hauraki Plains but has been a Tauranga local since 2012. After graduating from Otago University, she started her physiotherapy career in Te Aroha working for a small private practice. During this time she also worked in post-surgical rehabilitation and was the sideline physiotherapist for the local rugby team.
After returning from a stint overseas, Melissa decided to pursue her interest in vocational rehabilitation and completed postgraduate training in the area. She is now working full time in the vocational rehabilitation team. Melissa enjoys the opportunity to understand her clients work environment, and ensure their rehabilitation means that they are fit to return to work. In her spare time, Melissa loves getting out for a run, heading to beach or visiting the local cafes and restaurants.
Clinical Support Team
Carmen GoodwinCommunity Rehabilitation Services Manager
Fanny PetersPilates Service Manager
Jacob McLeanPain Management
Cory MatulinoVocational Services Manager
Nick TaylorHand Therapy
BHSc (Occ.Ther.), PG Cert HSc (Rehab), NZROT, MNZAOT
Carmen has 20 years’ experience in public and private healthcare settings in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural approaches in neurological conditions such as Brain Injury and Stroke. She held clinical and consultant/teaching roles across the UK for 10 years before returning to NZ and applying this knowledge to both Vocational and Community Rehabilitation sectors. Carmen is listed on the HASANZ register, and works with a number of companies developing Wellness at Work programmes throughout the Bay of Plenty. Outside of work, Carmen is a member of the Otumoetai Rotary club and chairperson for District 9930 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).
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.
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.
B Phty, MPNZ
Cory graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Otago in 2008, and initially started
working in the musculoskeletal sector, completing a brief stint at the Victoria University
physiotherapy clinic before moving to Australia. She started working in the vocational and
occupational rehabilitation services 8 years ago whilst living in Brisbane.
Cory has a wide range of experience, including vocational rehabilitation, pre-employment and functional screening, onsite
physiotherapy clinics, and risk assessments for employers. She has an interest in ergonomics, work
design and wellness at work. Cory believes that good work is essential for overall health and
satisfaction in life. Outside of work, Cory participates in social sports, likes camping, and loves
spending time with her young family.
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.
Everlyn WrayBusiness Support Manager
Elaine WilliamsBusiness Support - Data and Performance
Shannon HopkinsBusiness Support Administrator
Having worked in Healthcare administration and management for the past decade, Everlyn joined the Body In Motion team in 2018. She has a real passion for rehabilitation and supporting our team in delivering great results. When not at work, you will find her enjoying films, reading, travelling and enjoying the beautiful NZ countryside.
Originally from the beautiful Taranaki, Shannon moved to Tauranga with her partner in 2013.
In 2015 she joined the BIM family in Bethlehem as a receptionist before moving into her current role as a Business Support Administrator based out of our Girven Road head office. Shannon loves music and every year looks forward to a summer season filled with concerts and festivals, even better when she can take her campervan with her!