About our Whakatane Physio practice
Body in Motion Whakatane is located at 52 Boon Street, Whakatane. Our experienced Whakatane physiotherapist has specialty interests in manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, exercise strengthening, acupuncture, and pilates. We are expanding our services and now have a Senior Hand Therapist in the team.
Karen HanlenPrincipal, Physiotherapist
Sue LangdonHand Therapist
PG Cert Western Acupuncture
Certified Pilates Instructor (Back in Motion Level 1-3 Mat)
Karen graduated from AUT in 2003 and returned to work in her hometown of Whakatane for the BOP DHB. She then travelled abroad to the UK for her big OE, combining travel and work in various private and military practices as well as the NHS. On return home she returned to work as a musculoskeletal physio at Whakatane Hopsital, where she completed her Post Grad Cert in Western Acupuncture and gained her pilates instructor certification. Karen also spent several years competing at an elite level in the sport of mountain biking for Specialized NZ, and represented NZ in numerous World Cup and Championship campaigns, as well as the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Karen has a strong passion in sports strength conditioning and rehabilitation, as well as manual therapy, pilates and acupuncture.
PG DIP Manual Therapy
Registered Hand Therapist
Sue graduated from AUT in 1978 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Her first job was at Tauranga Hospital where she worked for one year before going on her OE.
Starting with a year in Canada – both private practice in Regina, Saskatchwan and Nanaimo hospital on Vancouver Island (which was heaps of fun). Here she met some Irish Physios who changed her life “Sue you have to come to Ireland to work”. So after travelling in the UK/Europe Sue ended up in Galway for 11 years working in both hospital and private. Of course she met an Irishman got married and had two gorgeous boys.
They returned home to Edgecumbe in 1990 and back to work for the DHB and then private and back to the DHB when the boys went to high school. Sue completed my Diploma in Manual therapy in 1995 and my Hand Therapy registration in 2004. Hands are her focus. Out of work Sue loves to ride her mountain bike, hike, gym, garden and read. She is still waiting for the Grandma bit.
Wendy has worked at Body In Motion Whakatane since March 2019. She has lived in Whakatane most of her life and worked for a variety of local companies and organisations. Wendy is enjoying rejoining her team members that she worked alongside at Whakatane Hospital and meeting up again with clients from many of the different places she has worked at. Loves hiking, travel, golf and catching up with her son and daughter and their families (just to name a few of her favourite things!)
BHSc Physiotherapy, PG Cert Western Acupuncture, Certified Pilates Instructor
Sarah graduated from Otago University in 2012 and moved to Auckland to begin her career as a musculoskeletal therapist. In Auckland she became qualified as a Pilates instructor which extended her exercise prescription and heightened her awareness to the intricacies of movement. She also completed her certificate in Western Acupuncture, adding another valuable tool to her belt.
After five years in Auckland Sarah and her tree hugging “husband” moved to sunny Whakatane to start their family together. Between children Sarah worked as a community physiotherapist at the Whakatane DHB. She has now returned to musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a passion for helping people achieve their goals. Sarah is a holistic practitioner combining education, manual techniques and exercise rehabilitation.
Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKIN), Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT)
Jackie graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 2013 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) degree. Upon graduating, she worked in Halifax for a few years in both private practice and community-based care. During her time there, she gained valuable experience working with a wide range of conditions, injuries and functional levels. In 2015, Jackie decided to make the move to New Zealand and is happy to have called Whakatane home for the last three years.
Jackie has completed several post graduate courses including, but not limited to the prevention and treatment of running injuries, concussion treatment and management, orthopaedic manual and manipulative therapy (upper quadrant) and acupuncture. She also has experience working with respiratory conditions and ran the community Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in Whakatane for the last two years. Jackie is a firm believer in continuing education and is dedicated to becoming a more efficient and effective clinician through professional growth and development. Jackie employs a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, modalities and education to assist each client in their return to optimal health and function. Her treatment philosophy is that every injury happens for a reason and so she searches for the cause of the problem, rather than a quick fix.
Aside from work, you are most likely to find Jackie outside. She enjoys running, hiking, playing soccer, camping and getting out on the water (in her Canadian canoe of course).