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Meet Our Team

Rangiora Podiatrists

Kirwan Franke

Senior Podiatrist/Director

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.

Sophie Gray


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

Rangiora Physiotherapists

Bevan Lawson


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.

Asha Read



About Me

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.

Emma Kelly
Emma Kelley



About Me

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!)

Jeremy Poff
Jean Kozyniak


BPhty (credit)

About Me

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.

Rangiora Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation

Susan Larson
Susan Larson

Pelvic Health and Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

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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.

Rangiora Administration Staff

Natascha Nooji

Practice Administrator

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