Active Health Team

Christchurch

Meet Our Team

Christchurch Podiatrists

Simon Wheeler

Podiatrist / Director

BHSc (Pod), PGDipSportsMed, M.Sport.PodNZ (Sports Accredited)

About Me

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 Franke

Podiatrist

BHSc (Pod), M.Sport.PodNZ (Sports Accredited)

About Me

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 general 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 Oppert

Podiatrist

BHSc (Pod)

About Me

Julia qualified as a Podiatrist in 2017, growing up in the North Island she moved to Christchurch 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 Gray

Podiatrist

BHSc (Pod)

About Me

Sophie graduated as a podiatrist from AUT in 2016. After working in Auckland for eighteen months, she made the move back to Canterbury to join the Active Health team.

She is currently studying a post graduate diploma in sport and exercise medicine through Otago.  

Sophie has been involved in a wide range of sports over the years including rowing, cycling and hockey to name a few. She first saw a podiatrist herself when she was seven 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 paediatrics and sports related injuries but extends her knowledge and skills to all areas of podiatry. She also has a certificate in dry needling  through PAANZ

Christchurch Physiotherapists

Mark Hollands

Director

PGDip SportsMed, BPhty (credit), BPhEd, BSc, CertAcup (UK)

About Me

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
Kate Horton

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

BSc(Hons), certified Matwork Pilates instructor (APPI) UK

About Me

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.

Kath Bull
Kath Bull

Physiotherapist

BPhty

About Me

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 from 2005-2008 at the QEII location, and then re-joined the Active Health team in 2017 after relocating from Auckland.

Kath is available to see both private and ACC clients. Kath also works on ACC Vocational Rehabilitation contracts, both as a lead provider for these contracts and also providing rehabilitation to help clients return to work as soon as possible after injury. Kath has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation with a paper in Work Rehabilitation.

In her spare time, Kath enjoys hiking, skiing and mountain biking.

Julianne Grant

Physiotherapist

PGDipSportsMed, PGCert Rehab, BPhty, BPhEd, CertAcup(NZ)

About Me

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.  Julianne’s current work focuses on the areas of Vocational Health, Pain Management and Escalated Care Pathways.

Julianne also has a Physical Education Degree and has completed post graduate studies in Sports Medicine and Occupational Health. Julianne has provided physiotherapy services to NZ Hockey; the Canterbury Mens & Womens Hockey Teams and Canterbury Netball.

Bevan Lawson

Physiotherapist

BPhty (credit)

About Me

BPhty (credit)

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 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.

Brad Robinson

Physiotherapist

BPhty (Distinction)

About Me

Brad qualified as a physiotherapist in 2017 after graduating from the University of Otago. Brad then worked in Timaru and Oxford, before moving back to Christchurch to join the Active Health Team. Brad is passionate about working alongside people with a variety of injuries to help them achieve their goals and help them return to their active lifestyles. Brad is particularly interested in using a comprehensive biomechanical assessment to assist in treatment of injuries and determine why an injury might have occurred to assist in preventing further injury in the future. He likes to use his training in dry needling to assist people with their recovery where appropriate. Brad has played a variety of sports competitively, most recently focusing on basketball. It was through these numerous sports and inevitable injuries that Brad found a passion for the human body and managing injuries. In his spare time Brad likes to enjoy the New Zealand outdoors through tramping, trail running and back country camping.

Cath Silvester
Cath Silvester

Physiotherapist

Dip Phys.

About Me

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.

Angela Mackie

Physiotherapist

BPhty PGDip SportsMed (credit), PGCertAcu (NZ)

About Me

BPhty PGDip SportsMed (credit), PGCertAcu (NZ)

Angela is a New Zealand Physiotherapist with 25 years experience and has post-graduate qualifications in both Sports Medicine and Acupuncture. She frequently attends conferences and courses to enhance her skills and knowledge

Angela enjoys the challenge of managing all musculoskeletal injuries. She has a keen interest in lower limb biomechanics + pelvic stability.  Following a thorough assessment to understand your specific condition, she uses a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, breathing re-education and exercises to aid recovery and help you return to the things that are important to you.

Angela has been privileged to work with a huge range of sports teams and individuals including netball, hockey and ice skating to the highest of levels. 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 teams, including seven campaigns the with Canterbury Women’s 15s and 7s teams.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and has completed 20 half marathons, using these as an opportunity to travel and explore the country.

Olivia Adam

Physiotherapist

BPhty (Distinction)

About Me

Olivia graduated from the University of Otago after spending her placement year in Christchurch. During this placement year she worked with Active Health as a Sports Medic for a rugby team and then joined the the team as a physiotherapist after graduating. She likes spending her spare time outdoors in a multitude of activities including running, tramping, and mountain biking. After many years of netball and tennis leading to multiple injuries, she combined her own rehab experiences with her enthusiasm for people and she found a passion for physiotherapy. Olivia enjoys being able to work with people to treat and manage their injuries and in the long run prevent further injury whilst encouraging an active lifestyle.

Christchurch Osteopath

Sarah Wisson

 Osteopath

About Me

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. 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.

Christchurch Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation

Susan Larson

Susan Larson

Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

About Me

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, completing Functional Dry Needling Certification (Level 1, 2 and advanced) from KinetaCore in Colorado, and numerous continuing education courses. Utilizing 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. In addition to providing individualized cancer rehabilitation, Susan runs a Next Steps cancer group exercise class at the Rangiora Fitness Centre.

Susan has returned to her hometown of Christchurch with her husband Keith, a Sommelier and is delighted to bring her 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. Susan sees patients in our St Albans clinic and in Rangiora at both the Durham Health and the Rangiora Fitness Centre Active Health clinics.

Christchurch Administration Staff

Lynley Devon
Lynley Devon

Senior Receptionist

About Me

Lynley is a long-standing member of our reception team.  She likes keeping active running socially around home and in the hills. 

Now her two children have left home she spends more time walking the dogs and enjoys nothing more than curling up on the couch with a good book.

 

Suzanne Cocks

Receptionist

 

About Me

Suzanne is friendly receptionist who is very passionate in the well being of our clients.

Suzanne loves family life which revolves around three Grandchildren.  Suzanne enjoys the outdoors, often away, either mountain biking or walking enjoying our beautiful country.

Michelle Reid

Receptionist

About Me

Michelle is a member of our reception team.  She keeps active with workouts at the gym, mountain biking and walking the tracks around the Canterbury area with her dog.  She also has three young grandchildren who she loves to spend time with and also keep her active.

Abbey Clark

Receptionist and Gym Manager

About Me

Abbey is a lover of all things health and fitness being a qualified personal trainer. She is always keen for getting out and about, including walks, playing and watching sports.

Her biggest passion would be health and fitness, along with travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Make an appointment today

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