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.
Alana PetersenOccupational Therapist
Alice StuckeyOccupational Therapist
Sven GyajaPhysiotherapist - Pain Service
Fanny PetersPilates Service Manager
Morgan WilliamsPilates Instructor
Elisabeth van der MolenPilates Instructor
BPhty (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago)
APPI certified Pilates Instructor
PINC certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
Originally from Waiuku, Shannon completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago University in 2002.
Shannon has been a member of the Body In Motion team since 2007 after several years working & travelling in the UK. Whilst in the UK, Shannon qualified as a Clinical Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI). Shannon has completed further Pilates equipment training & also Antenatal & Postnatal Pilates through APPI & is also a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. She is passionate about working in this field; there is real lack of support for women once they have completed their medical treatment & PINC rehab helps these women to have quality survivorship & get back to the things that matter most to them.
Outside of work, Shannon is kept busy with her family either doing DIY at home or enjoying the great outdoors. Shannon is a keen member of Mount Runners & Walkers & enjoys the snow with the family in winter.
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.
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.
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.
BPhty with Distinction, Otago
Harriet completed her studies through the University of Otago, graduating at the end of 2019. Originally from Aria in the King Country, Harriet played hockey throughout her schooling years and also picked up waterpolo and adventure racing while at secondary school. She has spent many summers holidaying in the Bay and jumped at the opportunity to kickstart her career here at BIM.
Harriet has a keen interest for musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has enjoyed spending the past few seasons on the rugby sideline as a medic, both in Otago and Hawkes Bay. At this stage, she uses a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription to facilitate recovery and is looking forward to broadening her skills and scope. To keep fit, Harriet enjoys running and attending the gym. Some of her other interests include going to the beach, catching up with friends and watching rugby.
BPhty with Distinction (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago)
Rebecca graduated from the University of Otago in 2020, with placements in the Manawatu and Wairarapa. Throughout her studies, Rebecca was a keen medic for football and rugby teams and has an interest for treating and developing her skills with sports related injury and neurological conditions.
From a farming background in South Taranaki, Rebecca enjoyed competing in cheerleading in her high school years, spending time at the beach and going on mountain walks. Her other interests include catching up with friends for coffee, art and baking.
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.
BSc (HONS) BioMed. MSc Physiotherapy, APPI Pilates, Clinical yoga, Dry needling
Samantha is originally from the UK and graduated with a BSc Biomed degree in 2007, and an MSc Physiotherapy in 2011. She has worked at several large teaching hospitals in London, and alongside elite athletes at the London ITU world series triathlon circuit, FIS ski world cup France, and cirque de soleil.
Samantha has always had a special interest in female specific sporting injuries, running rehab, and pelvic health, and more recently she has completed training in female urinary incontinence. She is passionate about helping people get back to doing what they love most and providing a supportive rehab environment. Samantha has UK postgrad training in acupuncture and currently practices dry needling, APPI Pilates, and clinical yoga.
When Samantha is not in clinic she’ll most likely be exploring NZ’s great outdoors – running, hiking, surfing, snowboarding, spearfishing and photography.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Physical Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning Level 7
Alice is passionate about health and fitness which led to completing study in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Otago in 2011. Having previously worked as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach for a number of years before deciding to move back to her home town of Tauranga in 2016. Alice enjoys living an active lifestyle, being close to the beach and also the mountain biking haven, Rotorua. Her passion for supporting people and rehabilitation led to further study, completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2019. Alice enjoys building meaningful relationships with clients providing support along their rehab journey to achieve their desired outcomes. Most recently, she has been working in Vocational Rehabilitation supporting clients back to work after injury.
Outside of work, Alice enjoys keeping active through sports such as mountain biking and competitive ultimate frisbee. Taking the opportunity to explore New Zealand, adventuring in the bush and bike packing.
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.
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.
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.
2013 – Graduated AUT University as a Physiotherapist
2015- Pilates Institute of Queensland- Level 1 and 2 mat work
2020- APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1, 2, 3 and 4- Melbourne
2021- PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Certification
Her story: After studying in Auckland, Morgan spent nearly 8 years overseas in Australia and the UK before relocating to Tauranga in 2021, in search of a more relaxed lifestyle!
Passion: Helping clients to achieve their goals through Pilates! As well as food, travel and attempting to surf!
Elisabeth van der Molen
Her story: Being passionate about sport and fitness from a young age, a debilitating injury introduced me to Pilates – and the love story began! I was certified in Australia in 2018, and in 2021, left corporate life to pursue my passion of helping people, like myself, find their way through Pilates full time.
Passion: Making others smile and feel good! Also dancing, any dynamic fitness, feeding people & enjoying beach life with my husband and English staffy.