Active Health is owned and operated by three experienced practitioners, Mark Hollands (Physiotherapist) and Simon Wheeler (Podiatrist) and Mike Lovell (Physiotherapist).

Mark, Simon and Mike 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

Physiotherapy

Mike Lovell

Mike Lovell

Physiotherapist / Director

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-

Mark Hollands

Mark Hollands

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
Fiona Goddard

Fiona Goddard

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Dip Phty (1984), PGD Sports Phty (1989), PGD Hlth Sci (Manip Phty) (1994), Reg. Phty Acupt (1993), Key Physio HPSNZ

Fiona has worked with us since 2003. She has been in private practice since 1990.

Fiona graduated from the Auckland School of Physiotherapy. Further studies led to a Post-graduate Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy (Curtin University, Perth) in 1989, and a post-graduate Diploma in Health Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy) at AUT in 1994. leave same as on website). As well she registered as a Physiotherapy Acupuncturist in 1993.

Fiona has worked with many provincial sports teams. She was the physio for the Magic Netball Team for 11 years (1999, 2000, 2003-2013), including being in the winning National Bank Cup & ANZ Championship teams. She has also worked with NZ Women’s football, NZ Women’s softball, NZ Rowing, and NZ Triathlon.

Fiona enjoys keeping fit and active. She competes in triathlons, running, swimming, and some cycling events. She has completed 15 half ironman distance events, 5 NZ Ironman events, numerous standard distance triathlons and half marathons. This participation in these sports has transposed into a keen interest in treating athletes from these disciplines. Fiona has developed a sound knowledge base on run form, analysis, and rehabilitation. As well as understanding the requirements of swimming and cycling.

Fiona is also a Mum to 3 children.

Jill Bell

Jill Bell

Physiotherapist

Dip Physiotherapy, Dip Maniptherapy, Cert Acup, PGD Rehab

I have joined the practice again after twenty years working in other areas of the Waikato.

Whilst working at the clinic originally I was involved with sports in particular Waikato Netball and since then have worked more with the general population. This has included work in the occupational rehabilitation sector performing worksite assessments and return to work plans.

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.

Amanda Foster

Amanda Foster

Physiotherapist

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 further training has provided her with the most up-to-date 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 and Rugby. Keen to make a difference in reducing serious injuries in sport, this has lead Amanda to currently also work in an injury prevention role with Netball New Zealand & ACC - delivering the NetballSmart injury prevention programme across the Waikato/BOP Zone.

Team Appointments:

  • 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.

Laura Nolan

Laura Nolan

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 Laura has completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, furthering her knowledge and evidence-based practice.

Laura has worked with sporting teams over the years, including club football, school rugby and representative level netball teams.

At present, she enjoys having a mixed case load involving people of differing ages and with a variety of injuries, including acute sporting injuries, work- related injuries and rehabilitation post- surgery.

After having ACL surgery on her own knee and returning to sport, Laura understands first-hand the physical and psychological aspects that are involved in what can be an intensive and extended rehabilitation process following injury. Due to this she has a real interest in working to prevent injury, particularly in the younger athletes.

Laura currently works part -time and enjoys spending the rest of her time looking after her one-year old daughter. Laura has a passion for water-skiing and competes in New Zealand National tournaments each year. She also enjoys running with her dog, has completed a few half marathons, and is a bit of a snow bunny in winter; skiing and snowboarding.

Eric White

Eric White

Physiotherapist

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (Scotland, 2014)
Higher Cert Physiology and Health Science (Ireland, 2010)

Eric began his studies with Physiology and Health Science in Ireland and went on to gain his Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014.

Eric has spent the past 4 years working in the National Health Service in Scotland working in post-operative and neurological rehabilitation settings.

Eric combines his practice with his love of sport, working for the past 4 years with Football, Hockey, Lacrosse and Powerlifting athletes but mainly with Schools and Senior Rugby Teams.

Eric has a special interest in Orthopaedics and Post-Op rehabilitation as well as a keen interest in Sports Performance, Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning from his university experiences working in Irish professional sport (Rugby and Gaelic Football).

Eric comes to New Zealand as a lifelong Munster Rugby fan and has represented Munster in both Rugby and Hockey at Underage and Schools level and is hoping life in Hamilton can bring him out of rugby-retirement! He brings with him his passion for sport and the outdoors and is looking forward to exploring the country and maybe becoming a better surfer!

Timi Tapara

Timi Tapara

Physiotherapist

Timi has joined us as of February this year. He has come back home to the mighty Waikato after being born in Adelaide and then moving to Canberra to pursue life as a professional rugby player in the Brumbies Academy programme. At the same time as he was chasing the rugby dream, he was also beginning his physiotherapy studies and after one knee injury too many, he completed his a Masters degree in Physiotherapy. He was also involved in tutoring anatomy and physiology at the University of Canberra, including resident Australian Institute of Sport athletes. Timi’s passion for elite sport and working with the athletic population has followed him since coming to Hamilton. He is working with Melville Rugby Club as their team physiotherapist and is also the current Waikato Sevens physiotherapist.

Our Team

Sports Physician

Dr Kevin Bell

Dr Kevin Bell

mbchb, mmedsc (hons), pgdsm, facsem

Kevin has been a specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine working in Hamilton since 2014, having completed his fellowship training in Wellington and Sydney. He completed his Masters degree investigating the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy with autologous blood injections and his work was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal.

He diagnoses and treats all kinds of acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems including sport, leisure and work related injuries.

He has a special interest in treating chronic tendon injuries and in the non surgical treatment of osteoarthritis. He has been carrying out ultrasound guided Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Orthokine injections to treat osteoarthritis and tendinopathy for many years.

He also uses extracorporeal shockwave therapy to treat tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.

He has been team doctor for the Chiefs, Wests Tigers, Northland Taniwha, Wellington Lions and attended two FIFA age group soccer world cups in the past.

Kevin has two young children that keep him busy at home and is a keen cricketer and golfer when the weather allows.

To see Kevin you must have a referral from your GP, physiotherapist or other medical provider.

Our Team

Massage Therapist

Stephen Burden

Stephen Burden

Massage Therapist

Stephen Burden MSc (Medicine) Exercise Science is both a Registered Massage Therapist (MNZ) and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEPNZ) with 20+ years experience. He is a current service provider for High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ); been part of the Health Support Team at the Commonwealth Games (Delhi) and has worked with many elite athletes and teams (NZ Rowing; Silver Ferns & Tall Blacks). Stephen offers sports, therapeutic and deep tissue massage as well as musculoskeletal assessments and final-phase exercise rehabilitation programmes. Outside of the clinic, he is an competitive Masters track & field athlete who holds Waikato, NZ and Oceania records in the short sprints, long and triple jump.

Our Team

Nutritionist

Rebecca Johns

Rebecca Johns

Nutritionist

BA (Hons), MMedSci Human Nutrition, Pg-Dip Sport and Exercise Nutrition, ISAK Level 1

Weight management, weight/fat loss and weight gain. Sport and performance nutrition. Male and female health and hormones. Family nutrition.

I have extensive experience in performance nutrition working with both elite and recreational athletes and currently provide nutrition services to the Gallagher Chiefs. I have worked with numerous teams and athletes including the BNZ Crusaders, Canterbury rugby, semi-pro triathletes, boxers and nationally representative school sports teams. From school groups to Super rugby I believe in empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to make the best choices for them, their wellbeing and their performance. I extend this philosophy to my clinical practice where I have experience working with weight loss and type II diabetes management, healthy weight gain and general health concerns. Everyone is different, which is why I believe to succeed we must take an individualised approach to nutrition. Nutrition encompasses so much more than simply what we eat, food in our society has social, financial and emotional influences. This is why cookie-cutter diet plans and blanket advice simply don’t work. Whether you are looking to lose weight, manage your health or increase your competitive edge I take the time to understand you as an individual, your goals and your current barriers to achieving these and create a personalised action plan to help you work towards these in realistic and achievable steps.