Avenues Physio-Fitness staff are undoubtedly it’s best asset. All staff have post graduate qualifications and are dedicated to optimising each client’s physical rehabilitation, mobility, and return to sporting pursuits.
Claire LovelaceDirector / Senior Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
BPhty, BPhEd, PGDip, MHSC (1st Hons), MPNZ Claire is the principal physiotherapist at Avenues Physio-Fitness. She has two decades of experience in Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy both in New Zealand and overseas. As a past elite gymnast and High Performance Sports Physiotherapist, Claire understands the pressures of competitive sports. She is known to be thorough in her assessment and ensures that all of an individual is focused on, not just your specified injury. Claire has a special interest in lower limb bioechanics following from her Masters research focusing on specific return to sport strengthening post lower leg and achilles tendon injury. Claire over-sees our extensive class timetable and has a huge passion for Pilates and Yoga. Claire set up Avenues Physio-Fitness 6 years ago with the aim to create a centre of excellence for physiotherapy and general lifestyle health- this she has achieved along with her amazing team and family.
Amanda MeysDirector/ Senior Paediatric & Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapist
BPhty (Otago), PGDip Child Health (AUT). Amanda has two areas of special interest, Paediatrics and Sports Injuries. Amanda has completed postgraduate paediatric physiotherapy study through Monash University in Melbourne and her post-graduate diploma in Child Health through AUT. Amanda is passionate about delivering thorough patient-and family-centred care. Mandy runs a weekly hydrotherapy clinic for Avenues Physio-Fitness, providing specialised pool therapy to enhance rehabilitation outcomes for our clients. Amanda is currently on maternity leave but will be returning for speciality paediatric clients hopefully in late April. BPhty (Otago), PGDip Child Health (AUT)
Shane graduated as a physiotherapist from Otago University in 2009. He has a keen interest in all sports and has recently completed his post-graduate diploma in sport and exercise science through AUT. Shane is the current Midlands National Hockey League Men's Physiotherapist and has past experience working with Bay of Plenty Rugby and NZ Rugby 7's. Shane also heads our workplace wellness team and is passionate about improving workplace fitness and ergonomics to ensure optimum productivity. BPhty (Otago), PG Dip Sport & Exercise (AUT).
Kate SavorySenior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Kate graduated in 2010 from AUT and has returned home to Tauranga after starting her career on the North Shore. She has a passion for sports at both an elite and participation level, especially hockey, and enjoys working with patients to achieve their goals as they return to activity after injury. Kate completed her Post Graduate study in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2015 and Dry Needling Course in 2016 to become a specialist in the clinical area and facilitate her involvement with New Zealand high performance sport.
Matt WillisSenior Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapist
BSc Hons Physiotherapy, MSc NMSk Healthcare, NZRP. Matt has worked as a physiotherapist since graduating from the University Hospital of Wales in 2000. Matt’s experience has been primarily in musculoskeletal physiotherapy within a variety of settings both in New Zealand and the UK. Matt has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of conditions within sports, musculoskeletal, trauma and orthopaedic medicine. Matt has continued his professional development throughout his career, completing his Post Graduate Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal healthcare in 2013 and has ongoing research interests in this field. Outside of work Matt enjoys regularly cycling both on and off road. Having recently relocated to the Bay of Plenty from the UK, Matt is enjoying the accessibility of the outdoor lifestyle available in the region.
Janice graduated from Otago University in 2008. Since then she has spent her time working in hospitals in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Over the last 10 years she has developed her skills and special interest in treating patients with respiratory conditions. She has extensive experience in rehabilitation, especially following severe ilnesss and post-surgery. Janice is passionate about ensuring that her clients regain the control over their life and reach their goals. BPhty (Otago), NZRP
Suzie is our delightful receptionist who will greet you on arrival here at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Suzie loves all things crafts and enjoys playing pool.
Amy is one of our delightful receptionists. She fits us in as a part-time job while completing her studies in Graphic Design at Toi Ohomai here in Tauranga. Amy has a keen interest in everything dance related and is a national ballroom dancing champion!
Masters of Dietetics, BSc: Major – Human Nutrition, Minor – Food Service Hannah began her work out of the Avenues Physio-Fitness rooms in January 2018. Hannah Keddell is a New Zealand registered Dietitian based in Tauranga. Hannah completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago majoring in Human Nutrition with a minor in food service and then gained her Masters of Dietetics. She is passionate about supporting patients with behavioural change in order to encourage a healthy lifestyle long term and facilitate weight loss where appropriate. Hannah’s current role involves providing extensive nutritional support for patients with long term medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This involves educating, motivating and inspiring patients to live healthier and more energetic lives.
Gaynor WilkieYoga Instructor
Gaynor has been teaching yoga for well over 20 years. She holds a lyengar teacher certificate. Gaynor also has a passion for yin/yang and flow styles of yoga. She has a keen eye for detail and comes complete with a sense of humour and is always understanding. Even if you have never done yoga before, come and join Gaynor for a class- you will love it!