Physiotherapy

The physiotherapy department is dedicated to the provision of quality services to the local community and especially to the sporting population. The key focus of physiotherapy is the "restoration of normal function" when impaired through injury, disability, ageing or disease. Your Physiotherapist will assess your problem, identify the cause and help you to qualify your goals. We will then plan and administer a treatment program that aims to enhance the body’s natural healing process and correct any causative factors.

When you come to UniSports Centre for Sports Medicine our physiotherapists are able to offer a coordinated approach to patient care with the other health professionals in the clinic, distinguishing our practice from others by allowing a truly multi-disciplinary approach to injury management. This environment allows for continual up-skilling and sharing of information between all staff.

Injury prevention and advice on personal health programmes are available for those keen on maintaining a healthy and active body whilst we also look to maximise your physical potential for sport and activities of daily living through musculo-skeletal screens.

You may access our physiotherapists directly (i.e. without a referral from your general practitioner) for both private and ACC related injuries.

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Our Physiotherapists

Meet our talented team of Physiotherapists on board at Unisports.

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Graeme White

Manipulative Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • Dip Physio
  • B.App. Sc
  • Grad Dip Manipulative Therapy
  • Advanced Practitioner NZCP (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

Clinical Interests

  • Shoulder Injuries - Overhead Sports
  • Musculoskeletal Screening for Imbalances/Recurrent injuries

Sporting Interests

  • Kayaking
  • Bodysurfing
  • SUP
  • Yoga
  • Walking

Current/Recent Roles

  • Provider High Performance Sport NZ  
  • Physiotherapist Rio Paralympics 2016
  • Clinical Supervisor Post Graduate Diploma AUT
  • Evaluator : Recertification / Return to Practice -  Physiotherapy Board of NZ

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Dan Halliday

Sports Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • BHsc (Physiotherapy), AUT

Clinical Interests

  • Hip + Groin
  • Concussion Rehab
  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Sporting Interests

  • Rugby Union
  • Cricket
  • Football

Current/Recent Roles

  • Counties Manukau Rugby
  • Auckland Cricket

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Paul Wilson

Qualifications

  • Bsc.PT, Canada
  • Dip Phys

Clinical Interests

  • Lumbar + Cervical Spine Injuries
  • Sports Medicine

Sporting Interests

  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Tennis 

Current/Recent Roles

  • Medical director of Emirates TeamNZ
  • Former All Blacks / Auckland Blues / Auckland Rugby NPC A team Physiotherapist 
  • Olympic Team Physiotherapist 2008

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Tom Ralph

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago

Clinical Interests

  • Return to Sport/Work Programmes
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Knee Injuries

Sporting Interests

  • Sailing/Water Sports
  • Snow Sports
  • Cycling
  • Hockey
  • Rugby

Current/Recent Roles

  • Northland Rugby Union Physiotherapist – 2012/13
  • Northland Suns Basketball Physiotherapist – 2011
  • Northland Hockey NHL Physiotherapist - 2011

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Sam Walsh

Qualifications

  • BHsc (Physiotherapy), AUT

Clinical Interests

  • ACL Functional Testing
  • Knee Injuries

Sporting Interests

  • Rugby League
  • Softball
  • Surfing

Current/Recent Roles

  • Softball NZ Physiotherapist - 2015
  • Junior Warriors Physiotherapist - 2013

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Stu Joe

Qualifications

  • Master of Health Practice (Physiotherapy), AUT
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago
  • PGDip Acupuncture
  • McKenzie Certified MDT Clinician

Clinical Interests

  • ACL Injuries
  • Achilles Injuries
  • Cervical + Lumbar Spine Injuries 

Sporting Interests

  • Basketball
  • Touch Rugby
  • Running
  • Cricket

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Isobel Freeman

Qualifications

  • Master of Health Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), AUT
  • PGDip in Health Science (Physiotherapy), AUT
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 1999, Birmingham UK 

Clinical Interests

  • Exercise Rehab + Manual Therapy
  • Hip + Knee Injuries
  • Pilates

Sporting Interests

  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Snow Sports
  • Football
  • Netball

Current/Recent Roles

  • Black Sticks Men Physiotherapist
  • Black Ferns Physiotherapist
  • Adaptive Snow Sports
  • Youth Commonwealth Games

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Jess Meyer

Qualifications

  • Master of Health Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Physical Education (Sport and Exercise Science; Exercise Prescription and Management)
  • Certificate in Dry Needling (Introduction and Advanced Course)

Clinical Interests

  • Ankle and knee injuries
  • Lower limb biomechanics
  • Lumbar spine injuries

Sporting Interests

  • Running
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Polo

Current/Recent Roles

  • Lead Physio NZ Women’s Hockey Team 2014 - Present
  • Medical Co-ordinator NZ Women’s Hockey 2014 - Present
  • Physio for NZ Team at Youth Olympics 2014; World Uni Games 2013 & 2011
  • Lead Physio NZ Women’s Youth Football Team 2013 – 2014
  • Tour Physio NZ Women’s Football 2013

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Simon Insley

Qualifications

  • Msc Sports Physiotherapy, University of Bath
  • Bsc Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham

Clinical Interests

  • Return to Sport Rehab
  • Sporting Workload Management

Sporting Interests

  • Cricket
  • Soccer
  • Rugby League

Current/Recent Roles

  • Auckland Aces Physiotherapist
  • NZXI Development Team Physiotherapist