Our Staff

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 Lovelace

Claire Lovelace

Director / 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 Meys

Amanda Meys

Director/ Senior Paediatric & Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapist

BPhty (Otago), PGDip Child Health (AUT). Amanda has two areas of special interest, Paediatrics and Pain Rehabilitation. 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. BPhty (Otago), PGDip Child Health (AUT)

Shane Meys

Shane Meys

Senior Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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 Pahina

Kate Pahina

Senior 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 Willis

Matt Willis

Senior 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.

Denise Lavin Leiva

Denise Lavin Leiva

Massage Therapist, Physiotherapy Assistant & Pilates Instructor

Denise has recently joined our Avenues Physio-Fitness team. Denise is a qualified Chilean Physical Therapist. Denise will be working for Avenues Physio-Fitness as a massage therapist, physiotherapy assistant and Pilates instructor. We are delighted to have Denise join our team. She already brings a vibrant and different approach to our physiotherapy practice and is adding to our New Zealand Physiotherapy teachings, which we are very much enjoying. Denise has additional training in the below types of massage: Therapeutic/ remedial Sports Deep Tissue Pregnancy & Postnatal Relaxation Lymphatic

Suzie Ludwig

Suzie Ludwig

Receptionist

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.

Gaynor Wilkie

Gaynor Wilkie

Yoga 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!

Naomi Cranston

Naomi Cranston

Fitness/Pilates Instructor

We are very excited to have Naomi back working with Avenues Physio-Fitness. Naomi is a qualified personal trainer who is also Pilates trained. She currently is providing cover for our many Pilates and High Intensity Fitness classes.

Charlotte Watson

Receptionist

Charlotte is one of our delightful receptionists who will greet you on arrival here at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Charlotte loves all things sport and especially loves hockey.