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 principal physiotherapist at Avenues Physio-Fitness. 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 biomechanics 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 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.
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 currrently completing her Masters exploring Pain in Children and their management in primary healthcare. 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. She also runs our Pain Management Service Programs and has an interest in chronic pain. She is a member of the NZ Pain Society. BPhty (Otago), PGDip Child Health (AUT)
Shane has a keen interest in all sports and has completed his post-graduate diploma in sport and exercise science through AUT. Shane has worked as the Midlands National Hockey League Men's Physiotherapist and 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. Shane has recently completed his post-graduate study currently in Occupational Health. BPhty (Otago), PG Dip Sport & Exercise (AUT).
BSc Hons Physiotherapy, MSc NMSk Healthcare, NZRP. IN 2020 Matt Willis is celebrating his 20th year as a practicing physiotherapist, experience that he draws from whilst helping his clients. In 2013 Matt completed an Masters of Science Physiotherapy qualification allowing him to further explore the anatomy and physiology of injury and pain, in combination with a practical approach to movement control exercise therapy. Matt continued to work in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including as a clinical specialist/advanced practice in the UK in roles. Matt's post graduate thesis also developed his interest in lower limb rehabilitation and anterior knee pain (pain over the front of the knee). This in turn led him to be involved with an international study of hip impingement syndrome and further research regarding vascular disease and neck pain. Mat immigrated to NZ in 2018 with his young family. Outside of work Matt maintains a keen and active interest in both on and off-road cycling and water/snow sports.
Heidi enjoys treating an array of injuries, in particularly educating people on body awareness and movement control. She loves encouraging people to challenge themselves and achieve their goal whether big or small. Heidi loves to exercise, in fact, she doesn't often sit still! She is passionate about getting into the outdoors with activities such as hiking, mountain biking and surfing. She currently runs many of the Clinical Pilates and a Yoga Flow Pilates class at Avenues- Physio Fitness.
Elzanne graduated from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and has immigrated to Tauranga. She has a passion for physiotherapy and also sports, specifically netball and running. Elzanne is excited about beginning her new chapter in New Zealand and brings with her a wealth of physiotherapy knowledge. Elzanne is currently doing advanced training in the NZ respected Bradcliff Breathing Method to compliment her knowledge in respiratory Physiotherapy. Elzanne also runs one of our hydrotherapy weekly clinics and loves seeing the results of water therapy for her clients. Elzanne is fluent in both Afrikaans and English.
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.
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!
Justine is a degree qualified massage therapist. She has always had an interest in health and wellness, expanding her knowledge and sharing information to give clients tools to better help themselves. Justine began her massage therapy career in 1998 by gaining a Certificate in Health Massage and has further added beauty therapy involving working holistically and nutritionally for overall health and wellbeing. She has always had a passion for learning and in 2016 gave up her life in Tauranga to live in Invercargill to further her education graduating with a Bachelor's in Therapeutic and Sports Massage. Justine has a client focused approach to massage, taking into account their outcome goals for the session, whether it be to reduce stress, address soft tissue imbalances. pain or as part of a treatment plan for chronic conditions she can draw from her skills, knowledge and experience to treat each person individually. After four years away studying and travelling Justine is excited to be back home and joining the Avenues Physio-Fitness team as a massage therapist. She also has a long history of teaching group fitness classes and is a certified yoga teacher so you may also meet her in future instructing some of our small group fitness classes.