About our Papamoa Physio practice
Located in the heart of Papamoa at Fashion Island, we have convenient parking in front of our clinic and have a wheelchair accessible clinic.
We are a professional and friendly team who pride ourselves on our hollistic 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.
Itabera (Ity) OtumuliPhysiotherapist
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.
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.
MSc Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, MPNZ, Personal Trainer, AACP Acupuncture, APPI Pilates Instructor
Leon hails from the UK and graduated with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia in 2015. He also holds a BSc Sports Therapy degree. Leon has experience working for the NHS across orthopaedic and musculoskeletal settings. Since arriving in New Zealand early 2018, Leon has built upon his musculoskeletal skillset in both public and private outpatient clinics.The Bay of Plenty captured Leon’s heart the moment he arrived and is proud to call Papamoa home. As a full time Physiotherapist here at Body in motion, you’ll find Leon utilizing his skills as a Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor to get you outstanding outcomes. Being a 3 times national martial arts champion across several styles an avid gym goer and a yoga and qigong enthusiast, you will be encouraged to move mindfully, powerfully and with a purposeful flow.Leon utilises a wide variety of treatment techniques which include acupuncture, manual therapy, soft tissue manipulation, gym/home-based exercise programmes and mindfulness. When not at work you’ll find Leon meditating, Thai boxing, running trails, in a yoga class or enjoying the outdoors with his young family.
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.