Active Health is owned and operated by two experienced practitioners, Mark Hollands (Physiotherapist) and Simon Wheeler (Podiatrist).
Mark and Simon take great pride in surrounding themselves with team players who have extensive experience and knowledge. Our patients' wellbeing is the focus of everything we do.
This contributes greatly to Active Health's mission of providing quality holistic health care in a professional, fun, successful environment.
To book an appointment with any of Active Health’s practitioners phone (03) 383 6290.
Podiatrist / Director
BHSc (Pod), PGDipSportsMed
Simon is a vastly experienced podiatrist who provides management for all foot and ankle conditions. Simon has a long standing interest in diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, and its associated areas, including orthotic design, sports shoe prescription, running analysis and bike setups. Simon also uses strengthening and stretching regimes along with manipulation of the foot joints to help alleviate many different complaints of the foot.
Through the years, as a High Performance Sport NZ Podiatry provider Simon has been involved with the treatment and rehabilitation a number of elite athletes especially in the Olympic Sports of Cycling, Athletics and Triathlon.
Simon has worked for Mizuno NZ as their Consultant Podiatrist since 2001, being involved in shoe range selection, technical training of retail staff throughout NZ and involvement in promotional events.
Simon has also developed a range of specific protective padding for contact sports which he custom makes for professional teams and private patients, including the All Blacks, Crusaders and Highlanders.
Kirwan developed a passion for biomechanics following his own personal experience with injury, surgery and rehabilitation. This led him to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Podiatry, graduating in 2008 and moving to Christchurch to be part of the Active Health team.
Based between the Active Health locations in Christchurch and Rangiora he provides a full range of Podiatry services are including gait analysis, biomechanical assessments, footwear review, exercises prescription, orthotic therapy and palliative care. These services can be provided for all ages and are tailored to meet your individual injury, activity level and health goals needs.
In his free time, Kirwan spends as much possible in the backcountry fly-fishing and hiking. When in Christchurch he spends his time out and about on adventures with his young family.
Julia qualified as a Podiatrist in 2017 and has recently moved to Christchurch from the North Island to join Active Health’s team.
Having represented Waikato in both water-polo and netball, she has developed great interest towards the biomechanics of the lower limb and injury prevention. Julia is enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of Podiatry ranging from footwear, sports, paediatrics, diabetes and the overall health and wellbeing of the individual.
Julia is based at Active Health’s main clinic on Manchester street as well as the satellite clinic in New Brighton.
Sophie graduated as a podiatrist from AUT in 2016. After working in Auckland for the past eighteen months, she made the move back to Canterbury to join the Active Health team.
Sophie has been involved in a wide range of sports over the years such as rowing, track cycling, hockey and horse riding to name a few. She first saw a podiatrist herself when she was younger to help her with her gait pattern and was intrigued by the process of making orthotics and helping people walk with comfort.
Sophie has a keen interest in all areas of podiatry.
Physiotherapist / Director
PGDip SportsMed, BPhty (credit), BPhEd, BSc, CertAcup (UK)
Mark has 25 years’ experience in Leadership, management and the provision of High Performance, Health and Wellbeing services. Mark has worked internationally in both the public and private sectors, and as a member of both amateur and professional elite sporting organisations. He has led key business partnerships and stakeholder relationships across local government, regional sports bodies and teams, professional service providers, and corporate health customers. Mark has a real passion for helping make people be the best they can be and being the facilitator of their total Health and Wellbeing. This involves:
- A proactive multidisciplinary holistic approach
- Faster rehabilitation and return to work
- Reduction of steps in the health pathway
Mark is willing to go the extra mile to ensure positive outcomes for individuals, families and companies and truly believes in ACTIVE HEALTH FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE.
Mark’s experiences and qualifications include:
- Helping lead a successful business recovery and change the strategic direction of Active Health following the Christchurch earthquakes.
- Currently working with NZ Rugby, New Zealand Lacrosse and Northern Districts Cricket
Board Member ADASTRA Foundation supporting up and coming athletes
- Previous High Performance Impact Manager, Cycling New Zealand - leader, manager and provider in New Zealand’s High Performance environments with an on-going and enduring focus on collaborative care and teamwork for the benefit of athletes.
- 25 years as Performance Impact Member of New Zealand Olympic Teams to the Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games– medals included 3 Silver and 4 Bronze
- Physiotherapist to New Zealand Cycling Teams at Manchester and Delhi Commonwealth Games and 25 World Championships
- Strong lecturing background having taught in Anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control and Exercise Physiology
- Degrees in Science (Physiology), Physical Education (Kinesiology), and Physiotherapy (Credit)
Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation
Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
BSc(Hons), certified Matwork Pilates instructor (APPI) UK
Kate has a wide range of physiotherapy experience, having qualified in 2001 from Manchester University in the UK. She has worked in many areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy both in the UK and New Zealand, from sports teams, to hospital and private practice, and has taught Pilates classes regularly since 2008.
Kate moved to New Zealand in 2009 and has been teaching up to five Pilates classes a week. She connects well with people of all ages, to help to assess, treat and prevent further injury. She has a keen interest in muscle balance problems and postural issues. Kate also enjoys treating shoulder and back injuries, along with post-operative care. She relishes the challenge of working out the problem and treating injuries with a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and looking at long term prevention.
In her spare time, Kate is an avid runner and has been a member of Extra Mile Runners in Christchurch for several years, having completed a number of half marathons. Living close to the Port Hills with her husband, she loves having the perfect training ground on her doorstep.
PGDipSportsMed, PGCert Rehab, BPhty, BPhEd, CertAcup(NZ)
Julianne has a wide range of physiotherapy experience ranging from treating high profile elite sports teams to those everyday injuries that we are all familiar with. Her focus is a full return to function and further injury prevention, Julianne will look at your total ergonomic function either in your sport, work or home environment.
Julianne has recently completed post graduate studies in Occupational Health and has provided physiotherapy services to NZHockey; the Canterbury Mens & Womens Hockey and Canterbury Netball.
MPhty(distinction), PGDip(acup), BSc(Hons), PAANZ
Michelle qualified as a physiotherapist in 1994. In 1999 she completed a postgraduate qualification in manual therapy and manipulation, and in 2000 her interest in combining her manual and rehabilitation skills with the use of different forms of acupuncture began. Initially, Michelle trained in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, then in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling. More recently Michelle has been awarded a distinction at Masters Level in Physiotherapy, endorsed in acupuncture.
Michelle thrives on challenges and specialises in complex injuries, chronic pain, and also has a particular interest in shoulders. Her ability to analyse and fully comprehend complex and painful conditions is one of Michelle’s strengths, which then allows her to formulate a complete package of rehabilitative needs. Michelle never only treats the presenting symptoms but will endeavour to put right any of the contributing factors to the pain or disorder.
Outside of work, Michelle is a keen runner having competed in several marathons, and her ambition is to one day run the 60km Kepler Challenge.
BPhty PGDip SportsMed (credit), PGCertAcu (NZ)
Angela graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1996 + has since gone on to complete post graduate qualifications in both Sports Medicine and Acupuncture. She has over 15 years’ experience in private practice, with a further six years in a variety of orthopaedic roles while living in the UK.
Angela enjoys the challenge of managing all musculoskeletal injuries. She has a keen interest in lower limb biomechanics + pelvic stability, and uses a combination of manual therapy and movement and muscle balance assessment tools, to aid recovery and improve performance. She frequently attends seminars + conferences to enhance her knowledge and skills.
She has worked with many sports in a range of environments, including the South African netball team, a world masters hockey tournament, and speed skating world cup events in Italy + Russia. But by far the sport she’s spent the greatest time on the side-line is rugby, working with both men’s and women’s, from weekend warriors to rep teams, including seven seasons the with Canterbury Women’s 15s and 7s teams.
In her spare time, she enjoys running and has completed numerous half marathons, using these as an opportunity to explore the country.
Bevan graduated from the University of Otago in 2006, receiving the Sheila Consuela MacDiarmid Scholarship. He is an experienced clinical physiotherapist in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy with a focus on exercise-based rehabilitation and injury prevention. Bevan enjoys working with all ages, from youth athletes to older adults, helping them rehabilitate from injuries and return to active lifestyles with improved biomechanical efficiency. Bevan has also developed an expertise in muscle balance assessment, occupational health, golf-specific physiotherapy and mental strategies to overcome injuries. Bevan competes to a high level in his own sporting endeavours and is the captain of the New Zealand Korfball team. Bevan has also been the physiotherapist to both the New Zealand and Australian Korfball teams.
Cath brings to Active Health a wide range of experience. After graduating in 1991 she spent time working in the UK and the United States specialising in Orthopedics. After returning to New Zealand she worked for a number of years in a leading multi-disciplinary sports practice specializing in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. For the last three years Cath has worked in a Pain Management Practice managing chronic pain conditions and specialising in Vocational Health. Cath is currently completing post graduate studies in Vocational Health. In her spare time Cath enjoys running and has recently taken up mountain biking.
Kath has a wide range of physiotherapy experience, having graduated from the University of Otago in 1994. She has worked in many areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in New Zealand, America and the UK. She enjoys treating a wide range of conditions and is dedicated to helping people recover from their injuries through comprehensive assessment, treatment and individualised rehabilitation programmes.
Kath worked for Active Health for three years back in 2005 at the QEII location, and has recently re-joined us after relocating from Auckland.
In her spare time, Kath enjoys jogging and mountain biking.
Jean qualified as a physiotherapist in 2017, after graduating from Otago University. She has recently transferred to Christchurch to join the Active Health team. Jean is passionate about treating a wide variety of injuries and developing patient-centred treatment plans to help people achieve their own personal goals and prevent further injury. She is a competitive runner, with additional interests in road cycling and swimming, and it was through her own sport-related injuries that she developed an interest in physiotherapy.
Jeremy graduated from the University of Otago in 2013 and has experience working in the musculoskeletal, sports and rehabilitations settings within New Zealand and the UK.
He has worked in both private practice and occupational health, having experience with the management of a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. Jeremy has worked with numerous sports teams including rugby, cricket, football and hockey from an amateur to an elite level. He has completed post graduate courses in dry needling and is skilled in manual therapy, exercise prescription and ergonomic workplace assessments.
Jeremy has a special interest in treating acute and long-standing neck/back pain, cervicogenic headaches, sciatica, hip, knee, shoulder injuries, ergonomic assessment, sport and running related injuries.
Jeremy loves travel, exploring other countries and immersing himself in other cultures.
He enjoys hiking, yoga, football, Brazilian Jiu jitsu and is currently training towards competing in the 2020 Coast to Coast.
Emma graduated from Otago University in 1994 and has worked in New Zealand and America in a variety of musculoskeletal and rehabilitation settings. She is really excited to be back working in her hometown.
Emma relishes the challenge of helping address musculoskeletal issues through a variety of whole body assessment and treatment/rehabilitation techniques, including Cranio Sacral Therapy and Bowen Therapy.
She is able to treat a wide variety of conditions both acute and chronic, in particular low back/SI joint and lower limb injuries. She enjoys working with all athletes of all levels, and has a special interest in running and hockey.
Emma is also a ISBT Bowen Therapist, Health and Wellness Coach and has completed Upledger Cranio Sacral Therapy 1 and 2 courses.
In her spare time Emma likes running, playing hockey, walking her family dog, and spending time with family and friends and baking (and eating what she has baked!)
Asha graduated from the University of Otago in 2018. After spending her placement year in Christchurch, she has decided to stay on and join the team at Active Health.
Having represented Auckland and played water-polo for over ten years, it was through her own experiences with injury, and an interest in the human body, that she developed a passion for physiotherapy.
Asha likes to spend her spare time doing something active, whether it be walking/running the Godley Head or Rapaki tracks, or in the gym training for rugby. She also enjoys cooking and baking for her friends.
Asha enjoys working in collaboration with clients to treat their injury, work towards client-centred goals, and making them the best person they can be.
Dietician / Nutritionist
Dietician / Nutritionist
My approach is practical advice for realistic lifestyle changes that last a lifetime. Having completed a Masters in Dietetics, working in a high performance sporting environment and researching many different diets, I truly believe that there is no 'one size fits all' answer. I am determined to help each of you find a way of living and eating that gives you energy and makes you feel awesome inside and out. My busy lifestyle means I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals so it is important that I create great tasting recipes that are nutritious, quick and easy to prepare. I look forward to sharing these ideas with you.
In my spare time I play netball for the Mainland Tactix, do some recipe writing for the Healthy Food Guide and enjoy going out for a meal with family and friends. I am currently running a clinic at Active Health on Manchester Street, Christchurch and see people over the phone or on skype worldwide.
Sarah is a UK trained Osteopath. She splits her working week between treating people and animals, which has her traveling all over New Zealand.
Sarah worked in the UK before coming to NZ in 2001. Her practices are set within other well-established medical practices and clinics within Canterbury.
Her focus is on the treatment of sports injuries and problems, especially in young people, pregnancy related matters, babies, children and animals.
Other commitments to the Osteopathic field in NZ have been lecturing on animal osteopathy both to members of the profession and publicly. In 2006 Sarah was appointed as an examiner for overseas osteopaths by the OCNZ, which ended in 2010. She continues work with the Council at present in the paediatric scope of osteopathy and as a mentor to overseas osteopaths. Sarah lectures in Animal Osteopathy in the UK, at The ESO. In November 2014 at the 10th ICAOR Conference in Brazil, Sarah presented a paper on Forelimb Lameness in Dogs Due to Bicipital Tenosynovitis.
Pilates & Yoga
Juliet has been employed in health & fitness since 1997, training and working in a number of different facilities in Melbourne and London and NZ. Her background as a dancer, training and performing in both NZ and Australia, has facilitated her role as both a trainer and a group exercise instructor.
Juliet has a BA of Dance from Melbourne University and began her Pilates study through Wellington Pilates studio owner Ellena Conland (Educator for Polestar) of Performance Pilates She trained in both in mat work and equipment-based work, (including Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda chair). Juliet also worked studied under Tanya Huddart (Master Pilates Instructor) and Susie Simpson (physiotherapist to NZ School of Dance).
Pre and postnatal training is a specialty area, initially studying under Lisa Westlake, the expert in Australasia, Juliet then completed further study through Australian-based Company Fit-nation.
From 2004-2009, Juliet contracted to Te Whaea - New Zealand's National Dance and Drama centre where, as part of a Health and Wellness team, she developed and implemented strength training programmes for the dancers.
From 2005-2008, she was the Strength and Fitness Consultant to the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, working with the dancers to enhance performance and prevent injury.
Juliet’s broad base of knowledge and experience, and her dedication and commitment to her clients enables them to gain life-changing body awareness that allows them to achieve their results in minimal time.
Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation
Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
Susan has been a physiotherapist for over 20 years and has studied and worked in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. She spent the early part of her career working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and developed strong manual therapy skills. On moving to America, Susan studied for and gained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Physical Therapy (Orthopaedics) and a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
Working largely with back and pelvic pain diagnoses, Susan felt there was a missing link in providing complete care for these patients, which lead to the development of a special interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Over the last few years Susan has completed extensive advanced training in Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health, including obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Women's Health and Continence from Curtin University in Perth, and completing Functional Dry Needling Certification (Level 1, 2 and advanced) from KinetaCore in Colorado. Utilising these skills, she now proudly offers a truly comprehensive successful physiotherapy approach to pelvic health issues and pre and postnatal care.
Susan also has a passion for cancer rehabilitation and works with patients before, during and after medical cancer treatments, addressing treatment side effects like pain, fatigue, weakness and lymphoedema that may have affect patient’s physical and functional abilities. While she was based in Colorado, Susan completed training in the Pink Ribbon Program, the Strength After Breast Cancer Program and became a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist. She was part of the cancer rehabilitation team at Boulder Community Hospital, working in close association with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centre. Since returning to New Zealand she has become a certified provider of the PINC and STEEL cancer rehabilitation programs, which are internationally known physiotherapy and exercise programs for women and men with cancer.
Susan has returned to her hometown of Christchurch with her husband Keith, a Sommelier and is delighted to bring these unique skills and treatments to Active Health. Susan and Keith enjoy a well-balanced lifestyle including appreciation of good food and wine, travel, and many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.
We are delighted to have Susan back on the Active Health team, after working with us back in 2012.
Lynley is a long standing member of our reception team. She likes keeping active through running and is a keen follower of football, whilst also providing the taxi services for her two children as they develop their football skills.
Joanne, originally from the UK, is a member of the reception team. She has interests in running, yoga, cycling and baking cupcakes which keep the rest of the staff happy. Joanne has recently completed the London Marathon.