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 us today.

Our Team

Podiatry

Kirwan Franke

Kirwan Franke

Podiatrist

BHSc (Pod)

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 Oppert

Sophie Gray

Podiatrist

BHSc (Pod)

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.

Our Team

Physiotherapy

Bevan Lawson

Bevan Lawson

Physiotherapist

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 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.

Jean Kozyniak

Jeremy Poff

Physiotherapist

BPhty (credit)

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 Kelley

Emma Kelley

Physiotherapist

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

Asha Read

Physiotherapist

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.

Our Team

Dietician / Nutritionist

Jessica Moulds

Jessica Moulds

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.

Our Team

Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation

Susan Larson

Susan Larson

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.