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 on (07) 853 7096 or find a time that suits on our online booking system
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!
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-
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
Physiotherapist / Physiotherapy Registered Acupuncturist
Dip Phty (1984), PGD Sports Phty (1989), PGD Hlth Sci (Manip Phty) (1994), Physio Reg 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 in Sports Physiotherapy (Curtin University, Perth) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Health
Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy) in 1994. As well, she registered as a Physiotherapy Registered
Acupuncturist in 1993.
Fiona has been the physio for many sports teams. She was the physio for the Magic Netball Team for
eleven years (1999, 2000, 2003-2013), including being in the winning National Bank Cup and 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, open water swimming and
some cycling events. She has competed in 21 half ironman distance events, 4 NZ Ironman events,
numerous standard distance triathlons and half marathons. The 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.
Dip Physiotherapy, Dip Maniptherapy, Cert Acup, PGD Rehab
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.
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.
- 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.
Physiotherapist- 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
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.
David is a new graduate Physiotherapist joining us in the Waikato at our Ulster Street clinic, having recently completed his Bachelor of Health Science Degree, in Physiotherapy, at Auckland University of Technology in 2020.
David has a keen interest in injury rehabilitation and sports medicine. He is committed to bringing an evidence-based and modern approach to his assessment and treatment, in order to provide the best opportunity for optimal recovery.
David has ongoing involvement in research, currently working on a project involving the median nerve which has gathered international interest. His final year undergraduate paper on median nerve neurodynamics was awarded the ASICS Prize for AUT’s Best Research Project of 2020, as well as earning the Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy (SEPNZ) Research Award for 2020.
In his spare time, David enjoys playing football and golf, and loves getting into the gym. He is passionate about sport and follows local teams such as the Warriors and Wellington Phoenix.
David is the current Physiotherapist for Ohaupo Senior Men’s Rugby and has previously worked with North Shore United Men’s Premier football as a student Physiotherapist.
He looks forward to meeting you and helping you on your recovery journey!
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 and at Sacred Heart Girls College twice a week throughout the school term. You can also find her at the Hamilton City Netball Centre on a Saturday providing an acute injury assessment and treatment service.
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 need to request a referral through your GP, physiotherapist or other medical provider.
NZ Registered Nutritionist, MSc SpExSci (Dis)
IOC Sports Nutrition Diploma,
ISAK Level 3 Anthropometrist
Nutrition is not a one size fits all and Lillian believes in working with you, and your lifestyle, to deliver highly individualised information catering to your goals and needs. Lillian is experienced, with over 12 years of experience in the sports science field, her background includes a variety of sports, ages, and performance levels, providing her with the tools to confidently educate and help anyone reach their nutritional goals. She holds an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in Sports Nutrition as well as a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science. Her experience is supported by her scientific knowledge and education.
Her aim when working with clients is to provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to allow them to independently and confidently manage their day-to-day nutrition long-term.
She is currently the Lead Team Nutritionist to:
• NZ Black Ferns XVs
• WBOP Magic Netball
• Northern Districts Cricket
A basic consultation is a perfect place to start if starting is the hardest part. Maybe you want some one on one time with a professional? Maybe you have some goals you want to achieve on your own, but don't know how to make those changes happen? Or maybe you just have some questions? Catch up for an hour and discuss goals, challenges, budget, and lifestyle habits, so we can work with you to identify what will work best for you. Get highly personalised and individualised nutrition advice to get you started working towards your goals, as well as weekly follow up for two weeks.
NZ Rugby Black Ferns XV’s - Lead Nutritionist, World Cup Winners 2017
High Performance Sport NZ - Performance Nutritionist, responsible for athletes competing in following sports
- NZ Rowing
- NZ Triathlon
- NZ Netball (Waikato based Silver Ferns)
- NZ Athletics
- NZ Boxing
- NZ Men’s and Women’s Sevens (Waikato & BOP players)
- NZ Paracycling
Pathway to Podium
Waikato Rugby Football Union Academy
Taranaki Rugby Union