Avenues Physio-Fitness staff are undoubtedly it’s best asset. Most staff have post graduate qualifications and are dedicated to optimising each client’s physical rehabilitation, mobility, and return to sporting pursuits. We are passionate about our profession and have chosen healthcare because we love to help others. Our clients are the centre of their own rehabilitation and we are proud to help them through their well-being journey. We aim to educate, facilitate, inspire and most of all, listen to your individual needs.
BPhty, BPhEd, PGDip, MHSC (1st Hons), MPNZ Claire is the Clinical Director and principal physiotherapist at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Claire established the clinic in 2012 with a dream to develop a centre of excellence of physiotherapy. She has a combined Master’s degree in both musculoskeletal physiotherapy and advanced sport science and she utilises the skills gained to optimise health and mobility for all. As a past national level gymnast and High-Performance Sports Physiotherapist, Claire understands the pressures of competitive sports. She has specific technical knowledge of gymnastics and dance sport injuries and the dynamic rehabilitation needed. Hockey injuries and side-line hockey team injury management also keeps Claire busy over the winter months. Claire is known to be thorough in her assessment and ensures that all of an individual is focused on, not just your specified injury. She has a special interest in lower limb biomechanics following from her Masters research focusing on specific return to sport strengthening post lower leg and Achille’s tendon injury. Claire also over-sees our extensive class timetable and has a huge passion for Pilates and Yoga. Claire has established a centre of excellence for physiotherapy and general lifestyle health- this she has achieved along with her amazing team and family.
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. Mandy is currently completing her Masters exploring Pain in Children and their management in primary healthcare. Amanda is passionate about delivering thorough patient-and family-centred care and ensures that all clients are active participants in their rehabilitation journey. Mandy runs a weekly hydrotherapy clinic for Avenues Physio-Fitness, providing pool therapy to enhance rehabilitation outcomes for our clients. She also runs our Pain Management Service Programs and has an interest in chronic pain. Mandy is an active member of the NZ Pain Society.
BPhty (Otago), PG Dip Sport & Exercise (AUT). Shane loves sport and has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science through AUT. Shane has worked as the Midlands National Hockey League Mens Physiotherapist as well as with Bay of Plenty Rugby and NZ Rugby Sevens. Shane also has a curiosity and passion for Occupational Health with Post-Graduate qualifications in this field. Shane leads our Workplace Services including Stay at Work Rehabilitation programs and Workplace Wellness initiatives. Shane has recently been invited onto a occupational physiotherapy working group for physiotherapy New Zealand. Shane enjoys working holistically alongside patients both in their recovery and overall wellness. One of Shane's favourite aspects of Physiotherapy is the opportunity and enjoyment of meeting a wide range of people from differing backgrounds within the local community. Shane feels he learns as much from his patients as they do from him and is always keen to share a story.
Heidi has a wholistic approach to her treatment style and thrives off the knowledge that no two people are the same. She is passionate about community work and getting people back to their desired activity. She particularly likes educating people on body awareness and movement control. Heidi currently runs a few Clinical Pilates and a Yoga/Pilates flow class at Avenues Physio Fitness. She is also passionate about getting into the outdoors. Enjoying hiking, mountain biking, skiing and trying to surf herself. She has a bubbly personality and a contagious laugh to match it. She finds it most rewarding helping people understand their injury, and enabling them to overcome it to achieve their goals.
Elzanne is a South African who graduated from Stellenbosch University before she decided to immigrate to Tauranga in January 2020. She worked in a rural community hospital in South Africa with various different cultures resulting in a strong passion for helping and empowering people by using her wealth of physiotherapy knowledge. Elzanne has a special interest in respiratory physiotherapy, breathing disorders as well as stress and anxiety related breathing difficulties. She completed the NZ respected Bradcliff Breathing Method level 1 and 2 in 2020 to compliment her knowledge in respiratory physiotherapy. Elzanne also enjoys hydrotherapy and loves seeing the results of water therapy for her clients. She currently runs one of our hydrotherapy weekly clinics as well as taking many of the Functional Strength and Conditioning classes in our gym space. Elzanne loves being active and playing netball, running and going for regular hikes. Being South African and growing up in a rural Afrikaans community, Elzanne is fluent in both Afrikaans and English.
Emma graduated from the University of Otago (BPhty). During her time at university she was awarded the inter-professional education scholarship for her special interest in Maori and rural health. Emma has had vast experience with football injuries and physiotherapy and she loves to diagnose and treat all sports injuries. Emma has worked throughout Africa working with adults, and children with severe disabilities as well as infectious diseases. This past year Emma worked through the COVID-19 outbreak in the London Hospitals where she did a mixture of rehabilitation and intensive care physiotherapy. Emma has a huge passion for what she does and loves to teach Pilates and Yoga alongside her clinical work. Emma has a keen interest in sports related injuries, injury prevention, chronic pain and holistic health, shoulder and knee injuries. When Emma is not at work she loves going for a surf, hiking, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Lisa is one of our delightful administration support team who may greet you on arrival here at Avenues Physio-Fitness.
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.
Anabel is one of our delightful receptionists who will greet you on arrival here at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Anabel is incredibly talented at music and singing!
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!
Richard has a Bachelor of Physical Education and post graduate diploma in teaching. He spends his daytime as the Leader of learning of Health & Physical Education at a local secondary school. Richard has also been involved with the management of the clinic since it was opened in 2012. He brings an external viewpoint to the team of Directors. Having been associated with health, fitness and Hauora for numerous years he draws upon this experience to help the decision making and strategic direction of the clinic. His areas of responsibility include general handyman duties, anything involving ICT and rubbish recycling! He has recently completed the level one He Papa Tikanga course through the Te Wananga o Aotearoa.