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- Diploma in Physiotherapy
- Diploma in Manipulative Therapy
- NZ Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist
- Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy
- Certified Kinesio Practitioner
Matamata is home for me now, but I grew up in Te Aroha on a dairy farm and then went onto study Physiotherapy at Auckland Institute of Technology. Once I qualified, I was off on my big OE and worked in both London and Sydney before returning home. I’ve since worked closer to home – in Hamilton, Rotorua and in the community all around the Te Aroha/Morrinsville and Matamata district.
Being an enthusiastic Aries, I love people and I love my job. I’m passionate about the clients that come to us, and being able to help them get their quality of life back again.
Purchasing the clinic in 1996 has allowed me the flexibility to get out in the community more. An important part of the service we offer is being able to support our local rugby teams. In the past I have been the physio to the New Zealand School’s Team (which is the feeder for the NPC, Super 15 and All Blacks) so I’m now a avid rugby fan and loyal supporter of ‘my boys’!
If I won Lotto I would work less, do more voluntary activities! When I’m not working you’ll usually find me outdoors being active, the beach, walking, or fishing with my husband and son.
- BHSc Physiotherapy
Jaana enjoyed her work experience placement here so much she returned, and joined our permanent team! Growing up nearby in Matangi, Jaana loves the Waikato and has quickly settled in here, making Matamata her new home.
Committed to helping people regain their wellbeing, Jaana says “the best thing about working full time in a clinic, is being part of a patients’ whole rehabilitation journey. Helping them to achieve their goals is really satisfying”.
You’ll be in good hands with this enthusiastic team member who is getting great results for our patients already.
Not afraid of getting out of her comfort zone, Jaana tells us she needs a new bucket list – having already done a three-month school exchange to Canada, skydived, bungee jumped, sky walked, attended the Australia Open, and swum with sharks if you please!
Jaana is another energizer bunny, loving the outdoors and exploring our country. Also a keen hockey player, watch out for Jaana on the hockey field in winter too.
- BHSc Physiotherapy
Alistair was first introduced to Matamata Physiotherapy Clinic whilst undertaking work experience when studying
Physiotherapy through Auckland University of Technology. Subsequent work experience followed at Waikato hospital, and then when fully qualified, Alistair returned to us in Matamata. He is now a popular permanent member of our small team.
Being outdoors people, Alistair and his partner wanted to get out of the city and the lifestyle Matamata offers appealed to them. The fact it has a friendly community and is so central to so many attractions they love in the region.
Growing up in Lower Hutt, Alistair spent much of his time playing soccer, golf, tennis, anything outdoors basically – and consequently got to experience physio treatment first hand. Although these days with a young family, he tends to watch more sport than he plays he tells us. Just ask him which English football team he supports!
A career in physiotherapy was a natural choice for Alistair and he says he really enjoys seeing people reach their goals and assisting them in improving their physical wellbeing.
- Our friendly receptionist and office extraordinaire
When you visit Matamata Physio clinic you’ll meet Mel who keeps our clinic running. Mel’s love of people is what attracted her to working with us, and we’re pretty pleased about that.
Having moved from Huntly to Matamata 16 years ago, Mel says she has never looked back. “Matamata is such a great welcoming community for a growing family”.
In her spare time Mel is an active relaxer – like the rest of the Matamata Physio team! In between gardening, walking, sewing, or redecorating, Mel manages to sneak in as much time as possible with her precious grand children.