About our Mount Maunganui Physio practice
Our Grenada Road clinic in Mount Maunganui is centrally located just down from Bayfair and Baywave with onsite parking. We have six Physiotherapy treatment rooms as well as a Clinical Pilates studio. Our multidisciplinary team at Grenada Road are friendly, professional and excellent at what they do. You do not need a Doctors referral to attend our clinic.
Laura MacdonaldPrincipal, Physiotherapist
Jacob McLeanPain Management
Marjo ThomasPhysiotherapist - Falls Prevention Team
Raewyn TannerRehab Coordinator
Cara VenterAssociate Hand Therapist
Nick TaylorHand Therapist
Carmen GoodwinOccupational Therapist
Ian CulpanPilates Instructor
Alana PetersenOccupational Therapist
Melissa ReidOccupational Physiotherapist
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.
Denise has worked at Body In Motion for the last 10 years and loves meeting all the lovely people that come through our doors every day. Having moved from Hamilton to the Mount about 15 years ago, can’t imagine not living close to the beach now, so plans on staying put. Denise has 2 adult sons and a wee dog, Molly, who also enjoys walking on the beach. In her spare time you will find Denise reading, walking or catching up with friends.
BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine
Aine is new To New Zealand from Ireland having previously worked in professional rugby and with international football, treating elite athletes across many age groups and sports. Aine has a keen interest in exercise based rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and sports performance.
Aine’s interests ourside of work are going to the gym, boxing, pilates and crossfit. Her new hobby at the Mount is surfing!
BHSc (physio) MPNZ
Born and bred in Auckland, Lucas graduated from AUT in 2017 and was more than ready to move to the Mount and enjoy the good life! He spent his final year of university placed at Waikato hospital, working within the community setting, and the burns and plastics ward.
Lucas has previously worked for many rugby teams, the 2017 Maadi Cup, and the 2017 World Masters Games for cycling and rowing. His particular areas of interest are in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic pain. With a holistic outlook, he is passionate about working towards what matters most to his patient’s, identifying the contributing factors to their pain or injury, and getting them back to where they want to be by addressing these.
From Whangarei originally Brandon moved down to Dunedin in 2012 where he completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and graduated at the end of 2015. He then moved back to Whangarei where he spent the next 18 months working at a private practice dealing with a range of injuries including sport, work and post surgical rehabilitation.
Brandon also has a strong interest in sports physiotherapy working with multiple teams including Northland Development, Northland Sevens and Samoa A when they travelled to Uruguay to compete in the 2016 Americas Pacific Challenge.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy; MPNZ; MAACP; MCSP; MHCPC.
Originally from the UK Liz started working as a physiotherapist within the NHS rotating around various ward based roles and muskuloskeletal outpatient clinics. Liz has been working in private practise since her arrival in New Zealand in August 2016. Liz has a passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and the experience she has gained both in the UK and in New Zealand has broadened her skill set in the musculoskeletal and sport physiotherapy areas.
As a keen triathlete and open water swimmer, Liz understands the stresses and pressure the body is put through during training and events in order to perform, and from her own experiences, knows that injury can arise during these times for many reasons. By looking at the whole picture with her patients, Liz strives to direct their rehabilitation in order to prevent recurrence of such injuries, and to facilitate a return to their optimal condition. Liz is fully trained in various techniques, including acupuncture, manual therapy and sports massage, and likes to apply hands on therapy, where appropriate, in order to assist in her patient’s rehabilitation.
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.
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.
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.
Raewyn works as part of the rehab team through the Activity with Arthritis and Falls Prevention programmes. She has a varied career in both business administration and community health and fitness. Raewyn is a qualified fitness instructor and holds a Certificate in Health Care Assistance. She has a real interest in helping people re gain and maintain mobility and wellness to be able to live life to the full.
In her spare time, Raewyn loves to be active and enjoys walking with her dogs, tramping, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
BHSc O.T., P.g.Dip Rehab.
Originally from South Africa, Cara has a broad range of experience in the field of health care. Cara practiced as a Veterinary Nurse working in the rehabilitation of Sports Horses. After arriving in New Zealand, Cara completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy (2016) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (2016). During this process, Cara fell in love with Hand Therapy whilst completing a clinical placement at the Hand Therapy department at Middlemore Hospital. She has since become an Associate Hand Therapist at Body in Motion and is currently completing her Masters in Rehabilitation, specialising in Hand Therapy.
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.
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.
An Opotiki local, Alana loves living in the Bay of Plenty. After spending 2012 on an OE working and travelling around Europe, Alana decided to return to New Zealand to take on a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, which she completed in November 2016.
As well as being a keen Occupational Therapist, Alana is passionate about health and fitness. She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and appreciates the value of teamwork as this is what leads to achieving client goals. Alana works collaboratively to deliver a holistic, client centred approach to ensure all aspects of an individual’s well being are considered throughout their rehabilitation journey.
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.