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.
Sven GyajaPhysiotherapist - Pain Service
Laura MacdonaldPrincipal, Physiotherapist
Olivia van SchaikPhysiotherapist
Nick TaylorHand Therapist
Cara VenterAssociate Hand Therapist
Jacob McLeanPain Management
Cory MatulinoVocational Services Manager
Alana PetersenOccupational Therapist
Joanne ArnoldOccupational Therapist
Harriet GilmourOccupational Therapist
Wayne HewlettPsychological Services Manager
Raewyn TannerRehab Coordinator
Fanny PetersPilates Service Manager
Ian CulpanPilates Instructor
B HS (Physiotherapy), BA (Social Pedagogy)
Sven’s previous career was in Social Work and his background in sports which eventually led him to physiotherapy. Sven’s clinical focus has been on pain management for number of years. His work is based on the biopsychosocial model of health, which recognises pain as a multi factorial and individual experience. Sven values, encourages and enables confident self-management and his clients can expect an individually tailored recovery plan with them in the middle.
Outside of work, Sven loves football, tramping, fishing, gardening and playing the guitar.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
Michael hails from the deep south, on farm in a small rural area called Gimmerburn, hour and half drive northwest from Dunedin. He spent last decade schooling and studying in Dunedin enjoying the amazing student life Otago has to offer. It was time for a change of scene and it was the range of outdoor opportunities, lifestyle and climate which largely influenced the move North. Having loved previous visits to the BOP region, I thought what better place to start my new graduate career and what better opportunity to deepen my interest in sports physiotherapy. Previous experience with sports injuries has enabled me to experience first hand, the benefit of a clinician who is enthusiastic and patient focused along the course of the rehab journey.
Michael’s interests outside of work are keeping fit and healthy, meeting new people by following and playing rugby and cricket all year round. He has recently tried his hand at outdoor water sports and is keen to give surfing a go. If Michael is not around the sports field, you will find him spending time with family and friends, drinking coffee, in search of good food or taking a walk/hike to explore the outdoors.
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, 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.
Dip Phty, Dip Phys Ed, MPNZ
Kia Orana. With a background in physical education from Otago and physiotherapy from Auckland, I settled in the Bay of Plenty in 1987. With my wife Isobel and children Cory, Baillie and Jake I have enjoyed the lifestyle the Bay offers including surfing the main beach and walking up Mauao.
On the work front I enjoy acupuncture, sports and manual therapy. I am a hands on therapist and recently enjoyed my time away as a physiotherapist with the Cook Island’s men’s rugby team. Meitaki maata.
Sophie is originally from a small town in Northern Waikato and moved up to Auckland in 2012 to complete her Physiotherapy studies at Auckland University of Technology. Since graduating Sophie has worked within the private practice setting, gaining valuable experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, pain and vocational rehab.
Sophie also has experience within the aged care setting after completing a few months work within this area in Australia. Over the past few years Sophie has began to develop a keen interest in women’s health, particularly enjoying treating women with musculosketal conditions pre and post natally. Sophie enjoys encouraging women to maintain an independent level of function during pregnancy and then work with them to return to life activities or sport safely following birth.
Outside of work Sophie enjoys spending time outdoors on her parents farm or at the beach swimming and paddle boarding and also she participates in Cross fit to stay fit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
Sania moved to the sunny Bay in March 2017 with her Husband and 4 children. On the weekends you will find her spending time with her kids or watching them play sport.
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.
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.
DipOT, NZROT, MNZAOT
Jo has lived in the Bay of Plenty for the last 25 years and has worked on contract to various providers until recently when she joined Body in Motion. During this time Jo worked in vocational rehabilitation for ACC, private insurers and private employers, and in social rehabilitation including Training for Independence programmes, Single Discipline Assessments and Housing Modifications. Over the last five years Jo has worked more extensively in the Concussion Service and Support Needs Assessment contracts. Jo’s work at Body in Motion includes vocational rehabilitation, concussion service and social rehabilitation. Jo lives with her family in Mt Maunganui and tries to make the most of living in such a great location.
B Occ Ther, NZROT
Harriet went straight from school to studying a Bachelor of Occupaitonal Therapy through Otago
Polytechnic. She completed her degree in November 2016, graduating in March 2017.
Vocational rehab is the reason Harriet studied Occupational Therapy, she has always had a passion for
rehab and building meaningful relationships with her clients to ensure the best results. Harriet originally
joined the Body in Motion team during her second-year placement and we happily welcomed her back
as a full-time member in February 2017.
Harriet continues her studies through AUT, currently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Health
Sciences. In her spare time, Harriet enjoys horse riding, surfing, team sports and spending time with
friends and family.
BSc, National Certificate in Horticulture (amenity), BA, MSc, PGDip Health PSych.
Wayne’s early work life involved working in the horticulture and landscaping industries. After a mid life epiphany he decided to retrain as a psychologist. He believes his earlier work history gives him a very pragmatic and down to earth (pardon the pun!) approach to his work as a psychologist. Wayne believes that everybody, regardless of circumstances, can gain a greater quality of life. He likes to bring his practical approach to helping his clients find ways to achieve this. Wayne retrained as a Health Psychologist through the University of Auckland and spent his internship year (2005) at the Pain Clinic at Waikato Hospital. Wayne has spent most of his time since working with ACC clients who are coping with injury of some sort and/or chronic pain. He also enjoys working with private clients with a number of presenting problems.
Wayne has been a keen runner- these days mostly in bush/forest and and enjoys getting out on a mountain bike as well. He still loves landscaping but restricts this to working around his home. He loves, good food , good wine, good music and a good book.
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.
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.