About our Papamoa Physio practice
Located next to Papamoa Plaza foodcourt, we have convenient parking and wheelchair accessibility.
We are a professional and friendly team who pride ourselves on our holistic approach. We are passionate about guiding you through not only Injury recovery but future injury prevention. Our goal is to get you back doing the things you enjoy.
Suzaan Le RouxPrincipal, Physiotherapist
Itabera (Ity) OtumuliPhysiotherapist
Suzaan Le Roux
B.Sc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Suzaan is originally from South Africa and graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2013. Having worked in worked in the public sector for 5 years, Suzaan relocated to New Zealand in 2018 with her husband. In South Africa Suzaan gained a variety of experience in mulitiple areas including musculoskeletal, intensive care, sport and neurology.
Suzaan has a special interest in musculoskeletal, sport and exercise-based rehabilitation and in treating people with Vertigo issues. Her goal is to get people moving to achieve optimal function and prevent recurrence of their injuries. She is also trained in Dryneedling and matwork pilates.
Outside of work, Suzaan is a keen sports person and enjoys being outside either getting fit, camping, hiking or exploring New Zealand.
BPhty, Reg Physio Acup, COMT, Cert NZIMM. Member of PNZ, PAANZ, OASIG, NZMPA.
Paula has had over 20 years’ experience within the physiotherapy profession since graduating with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from Otago University
in 1996. During her working career she has worked in a variety of settings developing an extensive skill base.
She holds a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and has been a Registered Acupuncturist for over 15 years. This allows her to use a broad spectrum of treatment tools to ensure her clients
achieve their goals within an optimum time frame.
Paula is a part -time therapist for Body In Motion and also works with the Older Adults at a local Care Facility.
When not at work she is an active Mother who enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors or travelling.
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 part 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.
BHSc(Physiotherapy), PG Cert Western Acupuncture and Women’s Health training
Karen is extremely excited to be back working in the Body In Motion Team after having her first child, Luke, who wasn’t very interested in sleeping! She is loving being able to help her patients with their injuries and pelvic floor concerns.
Karen has always had a passion for sport and music. She is an A2 graded squash player and represented NZ in the NZ Trans-Tasman Masters Team in 2019 after becoming a Mum in 2018, so she’s pretty proud to be back on the court and playing the best she’s ever played.
Ryan completed his studies at Otago University in 2018. He spent his final year completing his degree in Wellington, where he had a variety of placements at Lower Hutt hospital including; Older Person’s Rehab, Burns and Plastics, Orthopedics, and in the Outpatient clinic.
He has spent multiple season’s with Rugby team’s in both Otago and Wellington. Ryan has a growing interest in sport and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Ryan, originally from Papamoa, snapped up the opportunity to return home to begin his post-graduate working career with Body In Motion.
Ryan targets treatment by providing the patient with a high level of education, functional-specific exercises and a range of manual therapy techniques to progress the patient accordingly. Most importantly he will listen to the patient and gain a holistic approach of their lifestyle to provide a patient-specific treatment program.
Itabera (Ity) Otumuli
Ity graduated from AUT in 2011. Since then she has worked mainly in private practice, where she has developed a wealth of experience with a focus in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Alongside this she has been involved in many sports over the years, with the majority of this being passionately involved in all levels of netball development and pathways within the Northern Zone. This included Physiotherapist for the Northern Mystics.
Ity is a proud mum to a toddler who keeps her very busy. Our little family enjoys walking, jogging, and lots of family time at the beach.
Bachelor Health Science (Phty), Post graduate certificate (Sports Phty), Post graduate diploma (Sports Phty)
Laura graduated from AUT in 2018 and went on to complete a post-graduate diploma at Otago University. Laura has completed training in dry-needling, both the foundation and advanced courses. After working for a couple years in private practice on the North Shore of Auckland, Laura has relocated to the beautiful Bay of Plenty to be closer to my family and to make the most of the amazing weather.
While working in Auckland Laura worked with a range of sports teams including Sano Training CrossFit gym and Waitakere Men’s football team. While she is passionate about sports physiotherapy, Laura loves meeting and treating people from all walks of life. Laura enjoys incorporating both exercise based rehabilitation and manual therapy her treatment approach, and enjoy working with clients to form a treatment plan that works for them.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys volleyball, baking, cafe hopping and spending time outdoors.
Jo has worked in customer service roles for over 20 years. She enjoys getting to know everyone and always has time for a friendly chat. Along with her husband and two children she moved to the sunny bay 7 years ago after living in the beautiful South Island for 10 years and absolutely loves living here.
A self professed animal lover, Jo also enjoys the beach, hiking, boating, baking, and spending time with her family.
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 Design (Vis Com), Grad Dip Arts (Psych), PG Dip Science (Health Psych), MSc (Hons), PG Dip (Health Psych)
Juliette trained as a Health Psychologist as the University of Auckland and has worked predominantly in rehabilitation. Juliette has expertise in pain management, neurological rehabilitation, and general rehabilitation. She likes to work with a strengths-based approach to psychology which acknowledges that everyone has skills which serve them and focuses on growing resilience.
Outside of work Juliette competes in Powerlifting and enjoys spending time getting out in nature.