Our latest recruit, Carrie, is an Exercise Physiologist, who for the past couple of years has been a key part of NZ’s quickly evolving movement of using exercise to manage chronic diseases. Carrie has been actively establishing pathways for care inside the “Exercise is Medicine” Waikato committee where she is a member.
Prior to specialised exercise prescription, Carrie worked as a personal trainer for more than 10 years. Carrie has a PGDip in Sport & Exercise Science majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Advanced Rehabilitation Methods.
She is a highly motivated, dynamic practitioner who is passionate about transforming people’s lives through the benefits of using exercise for different situations.
In her youth Carrie competed as a national level gymnast and has coached competitive boy’s gymnastics in Hamilton, training alongside International representatives. She also competes as a Masters athlete for CrossFit Waikato.
Carrie’s areas of interest are rehabilitation and recovery from neurological conditions as well as sport performance, which is supported by Continual Professional Development courses in the area of Kinetics.
She assists Advance clients in achieving their fitness goals and prescribes exercise for those recovering from illness or injury. Carries also works with people to improve their general health following medical conditions that are deemed ‘high risk’. She also takes a number of the popular Advance fitness classes. Outside of work Carrie tries to fit into the mind of her 5 year old son and keep up with his imagination. Together they do life.» View details
Christian has more than 10 years’experience in the PT industry. Christian has a passion in helping people achieve their goals and bringing awareness that
physical training has a greater purpose.
Trained in New Zealand, Christian completed his Personal Training course at the Institute of Health and Fitness.
He believes in continuously expanding his knowledge by consulting with mentors from various disciplines, while also working alongside physiotherapists.
His Specialties include movement and restoration training using original strength training systems; kettlebell, bodyweight, OOV and barbell training. » View details
Judy graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2006 with a bachelor degree of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Massage. Originally from China, she moved to NZ in 2016 with her husband and two children. Before that, she already had more than 10 years clinical experience and practiced in South Africa for 9 years.
Judy's particular areas of special interest include
Neurological conditions, Musculoskeletal disorders,
Sporting injuries, Skin conditions, Gynaecological and obstetric disorders and Psychological conditions» View details
Kate is enthusiastic about seeing people get back to doing what they love and reaching their goals.
Kate has been through her own acute and chronic injuries and as a podiatrist she knows how important all-inclusive holistic healthcare is to anyone’s quality of life. She focuses on treating the whole body, so you get better and stay better with gait analysis and retraining, biomechanical assessment, pressure distribution therapy and muscle drill conditioning.
Kate is also a Running Coach and takes regular running workshops to help those who are just starting out through to those that want to improve their technique and learn how to reduce risk of injury while running.» View details
Melissa has come from a strong sporting background. It was receiving many injuries from various sports, and witnessing the recovery she had from physiotherapy, that lead her into the role she’s in today.
Melissa completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours and has recently relocated to Hamilton to start her Physiotherapy career. She is living out her dream of being able to help people achieve their goals through Physiotherapy, as she was once helped. » View details
Melody brings over 10 years experience as a qualified Massage Therapist with a degree in Therapeutic and Sports Massage and training in Dry Needling and Kineso taping.
She has working internationally in Australia, the UK and Canada, in addition to NZ.
Melody’s unique, strong skill-set means she can draw on specific massage techniques to better meet a client’s individual needs. These could include, but are not limited to Back, neck and shoulder release, Stress and muscular related headaches, Sports recovery massage and Pre and post-natal Pregnancy massage.
Melody prides herself on delivering the most effective, client-centred individual treatment possible from a Massage Therapist. This means utilising all her skills to find the root of a problem rather than mere symptom relief and to ensure lasting results.
Melody is passionate about helping her clients return to the most important things in their life that pain has taken away.
When she is not helping to improve lives, Melody enjoys travelling the world, hiking, skiing and more recently on her travels has discovered the beauty of being under the ocean after learning to scuba dive.
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Rachael is one of our fantastic Senior Therapists and has worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy ever since she graduated from AUT in 2011.
She has worked with rugby teams, in post-operative orthopaedic and cardio-respiratory settings and in private clinics both here in New Zealand and the UK.
Rachael is passionate about what she does and loves nothing more than to see her clients achieve their full potential and beyond. She enjoys the challenge of figuring out why someone has injured themselves and correcting these imbalances to ensure the injury does not reoccur. She uses a combination of good education, hands on techniques, exercise prescription and is also skilled in dry needling.
Rachael is a health and fitness fanatic herself, spending any spare time at the gym or running the Hakiramata’s and she also enjoys travelling.
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Stephen has special interest in treating back injuries and bio-mechanics – the way the body moves. His highlight in physiotherapy is seeing a client walk out functioning better than when they came in. He enjoys the fact that at Advance he can take the time to treat each client uniquely and then educate them on how to maintain the improvement they have made after their treatment is finished. » View details
Originally from the Bay of Plenty Tony has spent 10 years studying and working in Hamilton.
A background of playing and coaching various sports has lead Tony into a diverse healthcare journey, with over 20 years experience in sports massage and yoga teaching and now physiotherapy.
Tony combines exercise prescription and manual therapy to address his clients’ needs. He believes learning keeps us stimulated and alive and brings this approach into improving physical function.
While his sporting days are largely over, he is still a keen follower of NZ sports people and teams. He enjoys staying active at the gym, yoga studio and great outdoors and is a slightly addicted record collector.» View details