Sophie is a registered physiotherapist, Pilates instructor and dance teacher, who graduated from AUT in 2012. She is an alumna of the New Zealand School of Dance, and performed professionally with Black Grace Dance Company before retraining as a physio.
As a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist, she approaches treatment of the injuries of the spine and extremities using a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, exercise rehabilitation, manual therapy and myofascial release to relieve pain, restore alignment and improve movement.
She is passionate about working with dancers, and in 2017 she was invited to join the faculty of New Zealand School of Dance as a dance conditioning tutor, incorporating her dance, Pilates and physio background. Additionally, she is a Certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) tutor at Wellington Dance Academy.
She is also interested in helping clients with postural correction and core stability, retraining the deep muscles of the spine, pelvis and hip, and education about optimal breathing patterns to help manage stress and anxiety. Sophie teaches weekly Pilates classes at Te Aro Physiotherapy.
Jason graduated from the University of Otago and has a bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy and Human Anatomy. His current interest is diagnosing and treating acute mechanical lower back and neck pain using the McKenzie method. Jason enjoys helping people reach their maximum potential through patient education, goal setting and quality conservative care. As a former member of the New Zealand Karate team and former Oceania Karate Champion, Jason's main interests lie in sports related injury. More specifically, he is concerned with injury management and prevention.
Since graduating from the University of Otago in 2011, Sam has worked in a variety of areas within both the public and private sectors. His experience includes:
-Working with several sports teams and assisting with sideline management.
-Assessment of work sites and development of return to work plans with employees and employers.
-Assessing and treating patients post orthopedic operations, both in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
-Working within general practice.
-Working within an acute inpatient setting.
-Working within a subacute rehabilitation setting.
Originally from Whangarei, in his spare time, Sam enjoys diving, surfing and exercise.
As a therapist, Sam's interest are around providing accurate diagnosis of muscucloskeletal issues, and applying best evidence treatment to assist you in achieving your goals.
All the way from Ireland, Lauren has a background in Health and Fitness prior to retraining as a Physiotherapist in London. She completed two years rotating in the busy National Health Service before joining us in Wellington. She has worked with sports teams including GAA, Soccer and Rugby and has a keen interest in assisting clients reach their full potential and achieving their goals. Outside work you will find Lauren out and about running the streets of Wellington or hiking the beautiful New Zealand landscape.
As the Practice Manager for Te Aro Physiotherapy, Shilpa thoroughly enjoys her role and being a part of the team. Being a long term employee of more than twelve years, she acknowledges that the mutual respect and open communication between staff makes her job extremely rewarding. The excellent service and care provided to patients is something she is very proud of. Meeting and greeting the patients is always a pleasure. Shilpa's ongoing goal is to achieve a healthier, stronger mind and body.
Maggie joined our team earlier last year as the front office executive. Maggie thoroughly enjoys the contact she has with those who attend the clinic. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and is an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Each month she attends her local book club where the discussion is always lively and varied. In the absence of her Miniature Schnauzer Maggie still enjoys walking with friends and family in and around Wellington, which on a good day, as we all know, is a fantastic place to live and work.
Sam is a current student at Victoria University, studying a conjoint degree of Law and Arts (International Relations/Political Science, Development Studies and Spanish). She has joined our team at the start of this year as the new Marketing Manager, plus is helping out with admin. She loves engaging with our clients and meeting new people. In her spare time she is a keen artist, writer and ice cream eater, plus adores the outdoors, through skiing, tramping and going on adventures.
After a major back injury in 1985 and 5 years of unproductive rehabilitation with numerous therapists, I decided to re-educate to rehabilitate myself.I had previous knowledge in sports programs as I was a competitive sports person.I am qualified in Exercise Science & Therapy for Weight Training for Individual and Groups, both Land and Water based. Massage Therapy for Sports and Rehabilitation. Pilates Mat and Equipment for Restorative Retraining Core Activation.I have managed Fitness Centres implementing and training staff for Rehabilitation Programs for multiple groups including Well Being, Sports, Oncology, Surgical and High Physical Demand Clients as well as growing my own Personal Training Cliental.I have worked with Corporate and Sports Groups with High Physical and Demands.I have a base of other Health Professionals including Rehabilitation Specialists and General Practitioners that refer their clients to work with me to enhance Body Mechanics.With over 20 years experience in the Health & Fitness Industry, I can offer Programs for:-Effective Weight Training-Restorative Core Training-Group Circuit Training-Hydrotherapy for Cardio and Rehabilitation -Postural Analysis-Pilates for Rehabilitation, Power and Core Development-Massage for Rehabilitation and Performance EnhancementI have a passion for passing on education to enable people to improve their Body Mechanics for Mobility Development and Enhancement, Health and Well Being.