Active Health Physiotherapy

Hamilton & Waikato

Are you looking for a Physiotherapist in Hamilton? We have some of the best in New Zealand!

Visit us at one of our two Hamilton locations. To book an appointment phone us today, or find a time that suits on our online booking systemNeed help getting started? New to Active Health? Contact us using this form or call on 07 838 3262

    Acute Injury Treatment & Rehabilitation Programmes

    Looking for a Physiotherapist in Waikato? Experiencing problems with pain, range of movement, muscle balance and function? Physiotherapy is about human function, movement and maximising the body’s potential. Active Health has a team of expert Physiotherapists to help you get back to an active life.

    Pre and Post-operative Rehabilitation

    In some circumstances surgery may be the best pathway for your injury or continuing concern. Depending on the severity, acute or elective, it could be a number of months before your surgical date. This lead in time, can be used to improve post-operative outcomes by working with the team at Active Health. Some pre-operative goals and considerations may include; addressing compensations and pain from “favouring” your injury, improving your cardio-vascular fitness and strengthening adjacent muscles in preparation for time off to rest and recover. In some cases simple strapping, bracing or direction on footwear can be used to good effect, in order to offer a greater degree of comfort prior to surgery.

    Post-operative rehabilitation is very important and often advised by your surgeon in order to provide better long-term outcomes. The key to this is a graduated and guided rehabilitation plan. This should include functional movements and exercises specific to you and your daily home activities, work requirements and sporting endeavors. Active Health’s clinicians can help develop an individualised and specific rehabilitation plan to help get you back out doing what you love.

    Muscle Balance Assessments

    muscle balance by physioTrying to manage more than one injury?  Looking to return to sport or exercise after time off? Are you starting a new fitness challenge? A muscle balance assessment provides detailed insight into your current strength and flexibility. We provide clear exercise-based advice and programs for you to achieve your fitness goals. With this base line muscular audit, you can then be guided on how to lessen your injury risk and develop safe fitness practices, that aim to get you to your goals faster. These plans can be specific for gym work outs; home exercise based; or individualised for your chosen sport.

    new to our clinic

    Why Choose Us?

    Our physical approach.

    At Active Health we strive to promote, maintain & restore your physical, psychological & social health and well-being. At a consultation you can expect one of our experienced team to assess your levels of pain, range of movement, muscle balance and function.

    • We provide education on appropriate treatment options and self-management strategies
    • Work collaboratively with you on a treatment and rehabilitation plan designed to help you achieve your goals
    • All rehabilitation plans aim to provide a long-term maintenance and a future injury prevention plan.
    • Our fully equipped gym means that we can give our clients the best chance to meet their rehabilitation goals

    We can help with both ACC and non-ACC related injuries

    Need an ACC Appointment?

    ACC Physio

    Our physios are all qualified & registered. We provide ACC appointments if your injuries meet the criteria outlined by ACC. There is a co-payment for each treatment session.  

    For both ACC and non-ACC related injuries, our initial appointment times are 45 minutes. Subsequent follow up sessions are 30 minutes.

    passion lead us here

    Hamilton Physiotherapists

    Meet Our Team

    Mike Lovell

    Physiotherapist / Director

    Dip. Phty, PGDip HSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), Dip. MT

    Read my bio...

    Dip. Phty, PGDip HSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), Dip. MT

    Mike has been the principal Physio and Director of Sports Med Physiotherapy since 1997. After qualifying a long time ago (last century) from Auckland School of Physiotherapy in 1992, he has since completed diploma’s in Manipulative Therapy, and Health Science (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy).

    He has previously been the Physiotherapist for the New Zealand Triathlon Team and Rehabilitation Physiotherapist for the Chiefs Super Rugby Team.

    Working with the Chief’s Rugby Team further developed Mike’s background in strength and gym-based rehabilitation. His patients are now being encouraged to perform resistance training to stay strong and active for work and home, not necessarily just for sport!

    Mike’s appointments:

    • NZ Triathlon (2002 – 2014): including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and 2012 London Olympic Games.
    • NZ Paralympic Road Cycling Physiotherapist for 2010 and 2018 World Championships.
    • Chiefs Super Rugby Rehabilitation Physiotherapist 2007-2008, and 2011-2016.
    • Waikato Rugby Team Physiotherapist 2001, and 2006-2007.
    • NZ Secondary Schools Rugby Team Physiotherapist 2009-2010.
    • Taupiri Rugby Football Club 1996-2005.
    • High Performance Sport NZ Physiotherapist Provider 2000-present.
    • Melville United FC Team Physiotherapist 2018-


    Amanda Foster


     Masters in Health Practice with Distinction (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sport & Exercise Science); BHSc (Physiotherapy)

    Read my bio...

     Masters in Health Practice with Distinction (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sport & Exercise Science); BHSc (Physiotherapy)

    Since graduating in 2006 from AUT, Amanda returned to the Waikato, spending just over a year working at Waikato Hospital and then moving into private practice.

    Amanda completed her Clinical Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2011. This extended training has provided her with excellent assessment and treatment techniques which she uses in her day-to-day practice to help her patients achieve the best possible results – from the aspiring athlete to the weekend gardener.

    Amanda has worked with a number of sporting teams, predominantly in Netball.

    Keen to make a difference in reducing serious injuries in sport, Amanda worked in an injury prevention role with Netball New Zealand & ACC for two years – delivering the NetballSmart injury prevention programme across the Waikato/BOP Zone.

    Amanda finished this role in late 2019 when she was appointed to the Waikato BOP Magic Netball Team as their team Physiotherapist.

    Team Appointments:

    • Waikato BOP Magic Netball Team Physiotherapist (Nov 2019 – Current)
    • NZA Netball Team Physiotherapist – Cadbury Series 2020, 2021 Camp.
    • Netball New Zealand Pathway to Podium (2018) & National Development Camp Physiotherapist (2017 to present)
    • Netball New Zealand Secondary School Team Physiotherapist 2017/2018
    • Waikato BOP Beko Netball National League Physiotherapist 2016 – 2018
    • Waikato-BOP U23’s Netball Physiotherapist 2013
    • Hamilton City Netball Physiotherapist at Nationals 2013, 2015
    • Physiotherapist to Morrinsville Sports Senior Rugby Team 2010-2017

    Aside from work, Amanda is a mum to two girls and along with her husband, when the weather allows, they will often be out on the boat fishing. Amanda also plays squash, coaches her daughter’s netball and is currently getting a bit of DIY experience, helping to renovate their home.

    Mark Hollands


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

    Read my bio...

    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
    Laura Nolan


    Musculoskeletal & Women’s/ Pelvic Health

    BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy; PGDipHSc Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy; Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Educated; Certificate in Pre- and Post- Natal Pilates; MPNZ

    Read my bio...

    Laura began working at our Ulster Street clinic in 2008 after completing her Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Physiotherapy, in Northern Ireland in 2006 and then travelling the world before settling in New Zealand. Since then, she has completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2015, furthering her evidence-based practice in this area. More recently, Laura developed an interest in Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and has completed various courses to develop her knowledge in this area.

    Over the years, Laura has worked with sporting teams, including football, rugby and representative level netball teams. She has enjoyed having a mixed case load in the clinic involving people of differing ages and with a variety of injuries, including sporting and work- related injuries, rehabilitation post- surgery, pre- and post- natal conditions, and has an interest in working to prevent further injury.

    Laura’s strong Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy background and realisation of how important both the core stability and breathing systems are in rehabilitation and exercise, and how intricately linked they are with pelvic muscle dysfunction, led her to her interest in Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Laura understands first-hand the physical and psychological aspects that are involved in what can be intensive and extended recovery processes after completing a lengthy rehabilitation to return to sport herself, after first having an ACL reconstruction on her knee, and then postpartum recovery following the births of her children. Her real interest within this field lies in treating pre- and post- natal conditions, including posture advice, pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, bladder or bowel leakage, frequency or urgency, DRA (abdominal separation), functional strength assessment. Laura’s passion is in individual and group exercise and Pilates prescription through pregnancy, and for return to activity, running and sport post- partum

    Laura currently works part -time and enjoys spending the rest of her time looking after her two young children. Laura has a passion for water-skiing and competes in New Zealand National tournaments each year. She also enjoys participating in a “mum bootcamp” regularly, running with her dog, has completed a few half marathons, and is a bit of a snow bunny in winter: skiing and snowboarding.

    Jill Bell


    Dip Physiotherapy, Dip Maniptherapy, Cert Acup, PGD Rehab

    Read my bio...

    I have joined the practice again after twenty years working in other areas of the Waikato and am enjoying working in a great team where we keep up to date with best practice and aim to do our best for patients.

    Over the years I have worked with Waikato Netball, NZ Hockey, and Workplace Assessments. I have a special interest in back problems but enjoy all aspects of my work.

    I make a point of explaining my findings and the rehab plan so that we work together for the best result.

    Justin Ralph


    BHSc (physiotherapy), PgDip HSc (musculoskeletal physiotherapy), Bike Fit Consultant

    (Certified Advanced Serotta International Cycling Institute Bike Fitter).

    Read my bio...

    Justin is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a range of experience working in private practice and high-performance sport settings. Justin completed his physiotherapy degree at AUT in 2004 and post graduate qualifications in 2011. He then progressed into an area he is very passionate about and completed Bike Fit education at the Serotta International Cycling Institute in the United States and has progressed to become a Bike Fit Consultant.

    Justin started work with Sports Med Physio in 2004 and following a couple of extended periods away has returned to the now Active Health in 2022. He started working in high performance sport in 2011, working through two Paralympic cycles and the recent Tokyo Olympic cycle leading the physiotherapy team with Cycling NZ. Justin has gained a range of skills over this time and has a passion for helping people plan and achieve their goals through physiotherapy, weather its injury management, injury prevention or just ensuring the body is functioning to its highest capability. He is very keen to help progress sports physiotherapy in New Zealand and is the current president of the Waikato Branch of Sports Medicine NZ.  

    Currently Justin works part time in the clinic as well as contract work privately and with Cycling New Zealand. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family including three young kids.


    Justin’s appointments:

    Waikato Rugby U20’s physiotherapist, 2005

    Cycling New Zealand Road Team Physiotherapist, 2005-2010 including World Championships and the 2008 season at the European training base in France

    Paracycling New Zealand Lead Physiotherapist & Bike Fitter 2011 – 2016, including the London and Rio Paralympic Games

    High Performance Sport NZ/Cycling New Zealand Performance Physiotherapist & Bike Fitter 2017 – 2022, including Tokyo Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games and multiple World Championships and World Cups

    Cycling New Zealand Bike Fit Consultant, Current  

    Claudia McKenna

    claudia physio therapist


    BPhty (Hons)

    Read my bio...

    Claudia began working for Active Health in January 2021, after completing her studies at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy in 2020.  She completed her degree with First Class Honours.

    Originally from Christchurch, Claudia made the big move to Hamilton this year and is thoroughly enjoying her time in the Waikato. Growing up, Claudia was involved in many sports including tennis, netball, and rowing, and had strong interests in biomechanics, health and anatomy which lead her down the path of physiotherapy.

    Since starting at Active Health, Claudia has had the opportunity to work alongside Hockey New Zealand, supporting the Women’s Black Sticks squad at the 2021 North vs. South series, as well as the Hockey New Zealand Performance Network training camp in July 2021. Alongside her colleague, David, she has also worked with the Wintec Waikato Hockey Men’s U18 team at the 2021 Vantage National tournament.

    Claudia is currently working out of our Thomas Road clinic. You can also find her at the Hamilton City Netball Centre on a Saturday providing an acute injury assessment and treatment service.

    Hayley Dibley


     BPhty (Distinction)

    Read my bio...

    Hayley joined Active Health in October 2022. After completing her physiotherapy studies at University of Otago School of Physiotherapy in 2020, Hayley initially gained experience in musculoskeletal, aged care and post operative orthopaedics and cardiac physiotherapy at a clinic in Hamilton. She also completed additional training in Women’s health and reformer Pilates.

    Growing up, Hayley kept busy playing football and was exposed to the benefits of physical activity and nutrition. She then developed a passion for physiotherapy after spending some time with a physiotherapist in her adolescent years. She has keen interests in Women’s health and adolescent athletes.

    In her spare time, Hayley enjoys staying physically active in any way possible, teaching reformer Pilates, and baking.

    Hayley enjoys empowering clients of all ages during their injury rehabilitation to manage and return to their full function.

    Tim Grimes


    Read my bio...

    Tim qualified from University College Dublin in 2017. He has an interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, helping people to continue to do the things they enjoy. Tim enjoys working with young and old. He has an interest in persisting pain and finding ways to continue to move forward. Tim enjoys the challenges of trying to find solutions for any injury and find a rehab plan that works for your lifestyle. When not at work, Tim enjoys surfing and wandering.

    Physiotherapy  Locations:

    Ulster Street

    Phone: 07 838 3262

    Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri: 8.30-6pm. Tues/Thurs: 7.30 – 5.30

    243 Ulster Street, Whitiora, Hamilton

    Thomas Road

    Phone: 07 838 3262

    Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30-6pm

    105 Thomas Road, Huntington, Hamilton

    Make an appointment today

    Find a time that suits you and book an appointment online using our booking system. If you are not sure who to see, give us a call and we can help find the best clinician for you.