Physio Mechanics Owner and Senior Physiotherapist
Abby completed her physiotherapy study at AUT and graduated in 2007. She always knew treatment of sports injuries and musculoskeletal physiotherapy was her passion.
She is now the proud owner of Physio Mechanics and is kept very busy in her management and senior physiotherapist role, as well as being a dedicated mum to her two young kids Charlie and Oscar.
She works alongside a very experienced and professional team of physiotherapists who are dedicated to providing efficient and effective physiotherapy services to various individuals with a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries or imbalances.
Abby has a friendly and approachable personality, gains the respect of her patients and sees great results everyday. She aims for full rehabilitation and prevention, whilst encouraging achievement of patient goals, whatever they may be.
Abby is a qualified Mulligan Practitioner, one of only 57 in NZ, which outlines her impeccable accuracy with her clinical techniques. In addition to this she also has gained further qualifications in dry needling, exercise therapy, headache and migraine treatment, and orthotic therapy.
Senior Physiotherapist and 2IC
Richard has worked in private practice for over ten years since graduating from Otago University in 2006. He has a special interest in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy including acute and chronic injury management ...
and has worked with a range of sports teams from premier club rugby and football teams to representative netball teams. His clinical philosophy is lifelong optimal patient health. Richard enjoys the challenge of determining the underlying cause of injuries as well as the implementation of injury prevention.
An avid sports enthusiast, Richard can often be overheard talking a wide range of sports with his clients. He has played badminton at a regional representative level at both age group and senior levels, and has turned his hand to several other sports including soccer, cricket, water polo, and has run several half marathons. These days however most of his exercise comes in the way of chasing after two energetic pre-schoolers.
Amelia has worked in private practice since graduating in 2002. She has subsequently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2008 and her Masters of Health Practice .....
..... graduating with Distinction, in 2010.
Amelia’s areas of professional interest include Manual Therapy (including massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation), Acupuncture, Clinical Pilates, and chronic pain management. Amelia also has a strong passion and a wealth of knowledge in the field of Womens Health including Pre and Post Natal Care which is why she works alongside Imogen to run our Womens Health service at Physio Mechanics.
Amelia believes that a multi-faceted approach is essential to the successful treatment of most complaints. Her approach is practical and hands on, emphasising treatments that make rapid but sustained improvements for each individual patient.
Outside of work, Amelia is kept busy with her 3 energetic sons and their extra-curricular activities. Amelia is a former gymnast, a sport which her boys now have a love of. She is passionate about exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for optimal overall function.
Helen completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) at AUT in 2013. She immediately joined the Physio Mechanics team and endeavours to see her patients achieve their goals and return to full function during their rehabilitation.
Helen takes an individualised and multidisciplinary approach to improve her patient's total wellbeing. She is passionate about exercise, living a healthy lifestyle and seeing her patients’ progress fast. . Athlete development and injury prevention in the younger generation is a particular area she is interested in. She is keen on all things musculoskeletal and intends on doing post graduate studies in the future.
Outside of work, Helen is a keen sports person with a particular interest in hockey, which she has been involved in both representative and club teams. She also plays a role in coaching the younger teams. She has a friendly and approachable manner and likes meeting new people..
Rochelle completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 2015. She has been interested in physiotherapy since the age of twelve, and is absolutely loving the impact she is able to make...
... on patients’ lives with her physiotherapy techniques and being a part of them reaching their full potential.
Rochelle runs our local Alfriston College school clinic and has also provided onsite physiotherapy for local sports clubs. She really is such a bubbly, happy and friendly physiotherapist who you will feel instantly at ease with and see great results.
Andy completed his Physiotherapy degree with First class honours in 2016 in England. Following this he built his experience working 3 years in the NHS, before flying on an adventure to join our Physio Mechanics team in NZ.
Here he will be running our Rosehill school clinic and working out of our Karaka clinic. He is a friendly and social one, who is completely dedicated to his patients recovery.
Andy takes a holistic approach to his patients and doesn’t just treat the condition but the person, taking into consideration patient goals for the future. A big part of Andy’s practice is injury prevention and often an aim is to provide plans to help his patients lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Outside of work Andy is very sporty regularly running in events raising money for various charities and he plans to do more whilst in New Zealand. He also regularly plays Football at club teams and is very passionate about his English club team Arsenal.
Micaela completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 2018. After enjoying her student placement here at Physio Mechanics, she joined the team officially. She will be working across both the Karaka
and Takanini clinics, and running our James Cook High School clinic.
Micaela has the most amazing hands on massage skills and is firm but effective with all her physio techniques. She absolutely loves seeing the changes she can make in clients lives with her physiotherapy skills.
In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, playing netball, swimming, jet-skiing or paddle boarding with her friends and family.
Jack completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 2016 and his Post Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2018. He worked for 2 years in a Wellington private practice,
before moving back to his Kerikeri hometown to pursue some locum work. He has just returned from travelling for 6 months around Canada and Europe, and is now excited to join the team in our Karaka Clinic.
In addtion to his work in the clinics, Jack has a strong sporting background having played and worked on the sideline with premier football teams. He enjoys the challenge of helping every patient meet and surpass their rehabilitation goals with an individually tailored management plan. He is super smart, lots of fun, and will get you results!
Physiotherapist / Pilates Instructor
Stacey graduated with her Physiotherapy degree from AUT in 2006 and immediately started work in private practice. Additionally, she trained in clinical Pilates due to a strong interest in the use of Pilates as a form of exercise, which can be used ...
... in conjunction with physiotherapy rehabilitation.
Stacey is also a qualified PINC and STEEL cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist and is passionate about helping men and women affected by cancer regain strength, body confidence and quality of life through rehabilitation and exercise.
Having worked in clinics in New Zealand and the UK she has developed a strong background in chronic pain disorders, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, women’s health and is experienced in dealing with a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries.
When she’s not spending time with family and friends, Stacey enjoys watching and participating in sports, including touch rugby, tennis, hiking and snowboarding.
Melissa has spent her career in the education sector, as a biology teacher, a workplace educator, a dance teacher and director of a dance school, and a Pilates instructor. She has been teaching barre classes, mat and reformer pilates since...
... the beginning of 2017, and loves that it is about healthy functioning and movement. She loves engaging people in exercise to enhance their everyday living.
Melissa also does workplace facilitation in literacy, numeracy, communication and leadership, and is a life coach. She spends her down time with her husband, baby girl and two rescue dogs.
Sophie has an avid fascination and drive to discover how facilitating change improves your recovery and wellbeing. Her approach towards bodywork is towards providing pain relief, increasing range of movement and improving your quality of living so that you enjoy a much better way of living.
Being an active runner herself, she knows the benefits of regular massage which led her to complete a certificate in relaxation massage. However she wanted to learn more and further completed a Diploma in therapeutic and sports massage.
In her spare time she is very active herself. You can find her either running or paddle boarding.
Andrew is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health and the role chiropractic plays in both performance and function to achieve this. After working in the UK in the Event Management industry, Andrew changed careers after an accident led him to the chiropractor.
Not only did he recover from his injuries but he became far more energetic, moved better and just felt better. It was during this time of care that he knew that becoming a chiropractor was the next step in his career path.
Andrew retrained and graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic
He continues to attend seminars on a regular basis to keep his knowledge up to the cutting edge. Chiropractic is always changing & developing its understanding of neurology, headaches, pain & performance.
Andrew has an insatiable passion to making a difference to his patients’ lives so that they can live a life of optimal health. There are many moments in Andrew’s life when he feels he is in his absolute element and most of those are when he is helping people to discover their true health and achieve their goals, so they can excel in all that they do and contribute by participating in their community and society as a whole.
When not at the practice Andrew can be found shearing sheep, feeding out the cattle or cheering, with his wife, from the side lines or river bank supporting their two daughters in all their sporting activities.
Jane joined the practice in 2007 as a receptionist and is now the Administration Manger for Physio Mechanics, going between both clinics. She is the friendly face that greets you at the front door, the helpful voice on the end of the phone .....
..... and the true backbone behind making the day to day things happen.
Jane enjoys the daily contact with patients and seeing them progress through their rehabilitation, always providing a friendly and professional service to all clients, along with a smile.
Coming from the UK Jane is well suited to the outdoor life in New Zealand. She is an active road cyclist competing in many road race events, water skis as often as possible and occasionally takes to the slopes for a bit of snow skiing too.
Karen Ter Huurne
Karen has been running administration at our Takanini clinic 3 days a week for over the past 7 years. Outside of this time, she looks after her lifestyle block which includes cattle and a horse.
She enjoys the outdoors walking/tramping, horse riding, gardening, as well as attending yoga classes.
Karen enjoys entertaining, particularly having dinner parties with friends. She loves to travel and has already seen quite a bit of the world. She plans to see more of the South Island and hopes to do all the walks on the well known tracks down South. She’s partial to camping out too.
Daryl has lived in the Papakura area all her life and enjoys working with the public. She loves spending time with friends and family.
Has a passion for swimming and snorkeling and loves to combine this with travel where possible. She also enjoys walking, reading, crosswords and gardening.
Colleen runs administration in our Karaka clinic 3 days a week. She brings with her strong communication and organisational skills along with a friendly smile and a genuine passion for helping others.She is often found in reception babysitting patients babies, or helping with homework while their parents get treatment - she really is well liked by everyone.
Colleen enjoys coaching and managing hockey teams and spends many weekends encouraging and watching her children play various sports.
Other past times include long beach walks, knitting, house renovations and anything creative. Colleen has a very approachable personality and looks forward to meeting you.
Abbie is currently studying Occupational Therapy at AUT while running busy admin shift part time at Physio Mechanics. She is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone and the friendly face at the front desk when you are sorting your appointments.
She will make you feel at ease and part of our family at every visit.
During her free time, she enjoys playing sports, with her main one being football. She loves anything that involves the outdoors whether this be camping, being in the water, or even skiing. Spending time being active or in the outdoors is important to her.
Her passion lies within the occupational therapy and physiotherapy movement, as she loves to help others. She is excited to start her journey into this industry.
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