Our Staff

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.

 

Claire Lovelace

Claire Lovelace

Director / Senior Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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 has established 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 & Pain Physiotherapist

BPhty (Otago), Masters Health Practice in 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 has recently completed 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. She is currently working closely with physiotherapy NZ and primary care organisations regarding improvement initiatives of paediatric clients in our community services. Mandy oversees the management of all child and youth conditions at Avenues Physio-Fitness, she runs our Pain Management Service Programs and has an interest in chronic pain. Mandy is on the paediatric special interest group committee of Physiotherapy NZ, an active member of the NZ Pain Society and the NZ Paediatric Society.

Ed Lovern

Ed Lovern

Senior Physiotherapist

Ed graduated from the University of Brighton in the UK before starting work as a physiotherapist in London, UK. Ed has worked in different settings in the NHS and private setting, primarily working in rehabilitation and post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation. Ed is in the process of finishing his MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, also from the University of Brighton. Ed moved to New Zealand in February 2022 initially working in the rural areas of Taumarunui and Ohakune before moving to Tauranga in August. Ed has a passion for educating his patients’ on how to manage their symptoms independently and enjoys all things movement related. He has experience working in clinical and gym-based environments where he can tailor exercises towards the individual needs of each patient whether it is returning to sport or help with day-to-day life. Outside of work Ed has tried to adapt to the Kiwi way of life with tramping, skiing and trying to learn surfing!

Aine Conway

Aine Conway

Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapist

BPhty, MHSC Sports & Exercise Medicine. Aine completed her physiotherapy degree and her Master's in Sports and Exercise Medicine through the University of Ulster. She has always had a keen interest in sports and athletic performance, and this naturally led into an early career in sport. Aine has extensive experience in high-performance sport; with her years in Ireland spent working predominantly in professional rugby and international football. She enjoys challenging athletes with high level rehabilitation and promoting optimal athletic performance both pre and post injury. Aine is an APPi Pilates instructor and loves to educate and promote healthy movement through her classes and individual rehabilitation sessions. Outside of work, Aine loves the outdoors, and will likely be found either at the beach or up a mountain! She enjoys living an active lifestyle and is passionate about facilitating others to do the same.

Portia Olney-Kemp

Portia Olney-Kemp

Physiotherapist

BSc Physiotherapy (AUT). Portia completed her physiotherapy degree through Auckland University of Technology and joined Avenues Physio-Fitness in early 2022. Born in Northland, Portia has grown up in a very active sporting community. Exercise and movement have always played a major role in her life, and she loves to bring this as a key principal in her physiotherapy management. Portia enjoys challenging athletes of all abilities to promote optimal, healthy movement quality and strength. Portia has a long list of sporting achievements including as a competitive surfer, triathlete and representative hockey player. Other sporting interests include skateboarding, boxing, hiking and running.

Kimberley Pilbrow

Kimberley Pilbrow

Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapist

Kimberley graduated from AUT and has relocated back to her home town of Tauranga. Kimberley joined the Avenues Physio-Fitness team in 2022 to peruse her passion of Musculoskeletal Sports Physio. Kimberley has worked with a range of age-group, club and representative athletes & teams across Rugby, Rowing, Netball and Football. She is passionate about injury prevention and working with athletes to understand their bodies so they can optimise their performance. While Kimberley enjoys high performance sport, she enjoys working with a range of clients supporting them along their rehabilitation journey to ensure they can return to their daily activities and engage in a healthy lifestyle. She is is an APPI Pilates Instructor and enjoys taking regular classes and utilising Pilates principles with her clinic clients to optimise movement. Kimberley is currently completing further study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her whanau and exploring the outdoors- whether it’s being out on the water or hiking in the bush.

Shane Meys

Shane Meys

Senior Sports and Occupational Health Physiotherapist

BPhty (Otago), PG Dip Sport & Exercise (AUT). Shane has a background in team sports and enjoys working collaboratively to achieve optimal and sustainable outcomes. Shane is passionate about Sports and Occupational Health Physiotherapy. Having completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science through AUT, Shane is currently completing Post-Graduate qualifications in Occupational Health. Shane was the Midlands National Hockey League Men’s Physiotherapist and has previously worked with Bay of Plenty Rugby and NZ Rugby Sevens. Currently, Shane works with local athletes of all levels, and a variety of workplaces, utilising his skillset to assist individuals back into their sporting and occupational settings. Shane leads our Workplace Services including Stay at Work Rehabilitation programs and Workplace Wellness initiatives. Shane is on the Physiotherapy New Zealand Occupational Health Executive Committee and is currently part of a working group to progress Occupational Health Physiotherapy in New Zealand. Shane enjoys working holistically alongside clients, 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.

Lisa Camplin

Lisa Camplin

Administration/ Practice Manager

Lisa is also our amazing Administration Manager who keeps this place ticking behind the scenes. Efficiency is her specialty! She is also often seen with a big smile greeting you at reception.

Leslie Savory

Leslie Savory

Receptionist

Leslie is one of our delightful receptionists who will greet you on arrival here at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Leslie loves gardening, tennis and being with her gorgeous grandchild.

Paige Dollimore

Paige Dollimore

Receptionist

Paige is one of our delightful receptionists who will greet you on arrival here at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Paige has recently moved to Tauranga from the Waikato and is currently working towards a degree in Social Work.

Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Director

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.