Sports & Exercise Physicians

Axis Sports Medicine Specialists are experts in the field of Sport and Exercise medicine. Our team specialise in injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment & rehabilitation for a wide range of active people from professional & recreational athletes, through to school aged kids or weekend warriors.

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Our doctors work with many of New Zealand’s leading sports organisations (including Athletics New Zealand, Football New Zealand, Hockey New Zealand, The Northern Mystics), and provide our medical services to a number of major sporting events (The Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the ASB Classic), but most of all we pride ourselves on offering the same level of care to any active kiwi.

If you are injured or suffering challenges with your exercise, we’d love to help.

Your specialist, through careful examination and appropriate investigations, will diagnose your injury, explain the various treatment options available to you, and then, working closely with physios, surgeons and a number of other health professionals, will build a plan that works for you.

In order to see one of our specialists just ask for a referral from your GP, physio or accident and emergency doctor, then call us to make an appointment. Podiatrists, chiropractors, osteopaths, registered nurses, and other specialists can refer to us as well.

We also have a clinic in Glenfield if this would be easier for you to visit; more information is available at axissportsmedicine.co.nz.

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Our Sports & Exercise Physicians

Meet our talented team of Sports & Exercise Physicians on board at Unisports.

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Dr Tony Edwards

MBCHB, FACSEP

Clinical Interests:

  • Ankle
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports injuries

Sporting Interests:

  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Golf

Experience:

  • New Zealand High Performance Sport Medical Provider
  • Medical Director for Hockey New Zealand 
  • Member of the F-MARC research committee, FIFA
  • Member of the FIFA Medical Committee
  • Medical Director for NZ Olympic Team, Atlanta 1996, NZ Commonwealth Games Team 1994;
  • Team Physician for the NZ Olympic Team, Barcelona 1992, NZ Commonwealth Games Team, Auckland 1990
  • Previous Medical Director High Performance Sport NZ

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Dr Graham Paterson

MBCHB, FACSEP

Clinical Interests:

  • Back
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports injuries

Sporting Interests:

  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Squash

Experience:

  • New Zealand High Performance Sports Medicine Provider
  • Medical Adviser, New Zealand Olympic Advisory Committee
  • HPSNZ Medical Director Kayak
  • Advisory role and relieving Team Doctor Counties Manukau Rugby
  • Member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Advisory Board (University of Auckland)
  • All Blacks Doctor 2004-2005
  • Team Physician New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014
  • Medical Director NZ Canoe Racing
  • Medical Director NZ Squash
  • Medical Director NZ Golf

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Dr Chris Hanna

MBCHB, MMedSci, FACSEP

Clinical Interests:

  • Back
  • Hip
  • Groin
  • Sports injuries

Sporting Interests:

  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Squash

Experience:

  • New Zealand High Performance Sport Medical Provider
  • Team Doctor Football Ferns
  • Team Physician ASB Classic Men's Tennis Tournament
  • Honorary Lecturer, The Goodfellow Unit, The University of Auckland, 2010 to current
  • State Training Coordinator for the Australasian College of Sports Physicians
  • Team Physician New Zealand Olympic Team, Athens 2004 and London 2012
  • Medical Director NZ Commonwealth Games team, Melbourne 2006
  • Medical Director Athletics New Zealand 2011-2014
  • Medical Director New Zealand Shooting Federation
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, Sports Medicine Diploma 1998-2010

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Dr James McGarvey

MBCHB, FACSEP

Clinical Interests:

  • Concussion
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports injuries

Sporting Interests:

  • Rugby

Experience:

  • New Zealand High Performance Sports Medicine Provider
  • NZ Rugby Sevens program doctor
  • Chiefs Rugby doctor 2012, 2013
  • NZ Under-20 rugby team doctor 2010, 2011
  • Rugby World Cup City Medical Officer and Coordinator, Auckland, 2011
  • Auckland Rugby Air New Zealand cup doctor 2008-10

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Dr Sarah Beable

MBCHB, Dip Sports Med

Clinical Interests:

  • Female Athlete Health
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports injuries

Sporting Interests:

  • Cycling
  • Triathlon

Experience:

  • New Zealand High Performance Sports Medicine Provider
  • Health Care Team Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Medical Director Cycling NZ
  • Team Physician New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team, Glasgow 2014
  • Touring team doctor Silver Ferns (netball) 2013/2014
  • Rugby World Cup City Medical Officer, Auckland 2011

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Dr Stephen Kara

Sports and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Ph: 09 521 9810

MBChB , FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med, Dip Obs, MPhil (Hons)

Stephen is a Sports Doctor recently commencing work with Axis Sports Medicine Specialists in our dedicated sports concussion clinic. He has a background in general practice and completed his Diploma in Sports Medicine in 1998. For the past 15 years he has worked in rugby medicine with provincial teams, national teams and Super rugby side The Blues. His interest in concussion was generated from his time involved in contact sports, and has led to an education role with NZ rugby for community based rugby and referees.

Stephen is the current team doctor for The Blues Super rugby side, a position he has held since 2008. His previous appointments include Counties-Manukau, Auckland, NZ Under 19 and Maori All Black rugby teams. He has been tournament medical officer for Rugby World Cup 2011 and is an educator for World Rugby in Pitchside Immediate Care.

Outside of medicine Stephen enjoys the feel of hitting the perfect golf shot, rarely achieved but always imagined, and the feel of a fish on the end of a line. He has become a supporter of the performing arts thanks to his three children involved in dance.

Current:

  • Team Doctor Blues Super rugby team

Previous:

  • Team Doctor Auckland ITM Cup Rugby  2004 -  2007 / 2012- 2015
  • Team Doctor Counties-Manukau ITM Cup Rugby  2002 – 2003
  • Team Doctor NZ Maori All Black Rugby 2011 – 2012
  • Team Doctor NZ Under 19 Rugby  2004 – 2007
  • Medical Officer NZ Men’s Hockey 1995 - 1998

 

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Dr Noah Whitehead

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

MBChB, Dip Sports Med

Noah is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar and is in his final year of the ACSEP fellowship training program. 

Since graduating from Otago Medical School in 2010 Noah has primarily worked in Christchurch in both orthopaedics and sports medicine fields.

Noah has been involved with a number of sports teams and events, though his primary interest is rugby where he has worked since 2015 with the Canterbury NPC and the NZ under 20 rugby team.

He is currently working towards a masters of health sciences and is performing research looking at shoulder joint laxity and instability.

Experience

  • NZ under 20 Rugby 2016 – 2017
  • Monteiths coast to coast 2014 – 2016
  • Christchurch City Marathon 2015, 2016
  • Davis cup tennis NZ vs India 2015
  • NZ Blacksticks Mens hockey tour to Malaysia 2015
  • Canterbury NPC rugby 2015-2016

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Dr Simon Kim

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

MBChB, Dip Sports Med

Since graduating from The University of Auckland in 2000, Simon has been based in various parts of NZ's North Island, most recently in Wellington, working in both Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine prior joining the team at Axis this year. 

He has an interest in a variety of sports with an attitude of giving anything a go.  He has been playing football (soccer) competitively at senior men’s level, highlight being involved in championship-winning Taradale AFC Premiership team in Hawkes Bay.  He also has a keen interest in skiing.

Simon is currently working towards sitting his Sport and Exercise Medicine Specialist fellowship exam in 2019.

Current:

  • Blues Development Squad Team Doctor
  • Counties Manukau NPC Team Doctor

Previous:

  • Team Doctor NZ U20 Mens Football team for 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup Tournament
  • Team Doctor Central Pulse Netball team 2016-2017
  • Match Day Doctor Hurricanes & Wellington Lions 2016-2017
  • Match Day Doctor NZ Black Caps 2016-2017
  • Match Day Medical Co-ordinator RLWQ 2017 - Wellington

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Hannah Crosswell

Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

MSc, PGDipSci, BSc, RCEP (ACSM & CEPNZ)

Hannah is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand (CEPNZ).

Since graduating from The University of Auckland in 2016, Hannah has worked for the university, teaching and supervising Postgraduate Diploma and Masters students studying clinical exercise physiology, as well as working in Axis Sports Medicines’ Concussion Clinic.

During her time as a CEP, Hannah has worked with a wide range of clinical populations, including cardiac, neurological, immunological and musculoskeletal, amongst others. As well as clinical experience, Hannah also has research experience. As part of her Masters studies, she conducted a dissertation project which examined the cardiopulmonary response of older adults with ischaemic heart disease to high-intensity interval training protocols of differing lengths.

She has a keen interest in the physiology of various health conditions and is passionate about the role of education and exercise in the management of health outcomes for individuals affected by chronic disease.