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You First Physio @ Avonhead

Welcome to You First Physio @ Avonhead. We are excited that Avonhead has become part of the You First Physio team. You will find the same wonderful physios and admin staff when you enter the premise with a few minor tweaks such as on-line bookings now available.

Feel free to browse our website and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 358-8889 or email us: .

Thank you and see you soon.

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Opening Hours


8:00am – 6:00pm

Tuesday – Thursday

8:00am – 6:30pm


8.00am – 5.30pm

Saturday & Sunday


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Reformer/Equipment Pilates


8:30am – 9:30am


9:00am – 10:00am


9:30am – 10:30am

Matt Pilates


1:45pm – 2:45pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm & 2:00pm – 3:00pm


10:40am – 11:40pm

GLAD Class


10:30am – 11:30am


10:00am – 11:00am

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Meet The Avonhead Team

  • Laura Trip Physiotherapist

    Laura Trip

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago.

    Biography: I started my journey into physiotherapy slightly late by deciding to hand in my job, stop running my Taekwondo club and move to Dunedin to study. It was one of the hardest things that I have done but I would highly recommend to anyone to aim high, give it a go and try their best. Since starting my studies, I now recognise how I have always loved analysing how the body moves, how we could create the movements to be most effective and how can we generate the most power.  

    Clinical Interests: Sports-related injuries, return to sport/ fitness rehab, strength and conditioning .

    Hobbies/ interests: ITF Taekwondo, netball, soccer, Pilates, dancing (ballroom and Latin). I love going out and enjoying what New Zealand has to offer with outdoor activities, food and events. 

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I enjoy physio because of its ability to help people. I love that we have the ability and the time to get to know a person. We can help a person holistically. Physio is my passion.  

  • Alicia Brady Physiotherapist

    Alicia Brady


    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2015 Trinity College Dublin, Polestar Pilates Mat 2018


    I was born and raised in Ireland and have been living and working in New Zealand for the past seven years. Growing up I played a lot of sport.

    I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with several sports teams in Canterbury and West Coast including Heartland rugby, club rugby, club football, club hockey, club rugby league, social netball and bowls. I have also had the chance to work with gymnasts and dancers at various levels. Through this I’ve become very passionate about injury prevention and concussion. One of my other passions is Pilates, I’ve trained in Mat and worked with Clinical Pilates with Equipment. 

    Clinical Interests:

    Musculoskeletal, Sports, Spinal, Concussion, Clinical Pilates, Orthopaedics, Injury prevention.


    I love all sport, so if I’m not at a game I’m probably watching it. Pilates and strengthening sessions in the gym are some of my favourite ways to relax, in between chasing after my very active little one.

    Why you love being a physio/ part of a team?

    I love being able to help people through pain and injury to return to the things they love to do. Being part of a great team with such varied skills and expertise means I never stop learning.

  • Belinda Hopkins Physiotherapist

    Belinda Hopkins

    Graduated Bachelor of Physiotherapy University of Otago 1998. Post Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Curtin University, Perth

    -Worked hospitals & private practice NZ & UK, MET police, law firms & banks, Harley St. -Trained in Pilates APPI London.

    -Professional football team physio Belfast Northern Ireland, local rugby team physio.

    -Worked previously with You First Physio at Riccarton & helped set up University of Canterbury clinic

    -Numerous courses most recently Pelvic Health integrating with Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Interests pre & post op rehabilitation.

    Spare time: Gym, half marathons, skiing. Driving kids to sport

  • Adele Sullivan Physiotherapist

    Adele Sullivan

    Qualifications: Diploma of Physiotherapy, Post Grad cert Health Science

    Biography: I have 30 years of experience as a physiotherapist and the last 25 years have been in Christchurch Private practice.  I have a wide experience of most musculoskeletal conditions. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life to achieve goals of elite sport to activities of daily living. I have had some specialist training in manipulative physiotherapy, pain management and assessing and treating postural dysfunction and muscle imbalance in the body.

    Clinical interests: I have a special interest in treating neck and back injuries, shoulder injuries, pain issues and the postural and muscle imbalance basis of injury.

    Hobbies/interests: I am a relatively recent but currently very enthusiastic participant in yoga and pilates classes. I enjoy walking my two dogs and exploring the outdoors with my husband. We have always enjoyed travel both in New Zealand and further afield and are looking forward to having more time to do this, now that our children are adults and have left home.

    Why do you love Physio / being part of the team: I have always enjoyed helping people to understand more about how their body works and how to achieve their goals whatever they may be. I am constantly amazed and how resilient the body can be if given a chance to recover. Healing is often not about what you do but how you do it and very often, small changes in exercise or posture can give much greater reward for your effort. I really enjoy being part of a great team of physios who support each other and together offer  a huge wealth of knowledge  and resources to assist our patients achieve great outcomes.

  • Marielle Blom Physiotherapist

    Marielle Blom

    Qualifications: BSc in Physiotherapy, 2012, Saxion University, Holland, MSc in Manual Therapy, 2018, SOMT University, Holland.

    Biography: Born and raised in the Netherlands, I recently moved to New Zealand with my family. I have worked for 11+ years in a community private practice providing a wide range of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

    Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal injuries with special interest in shoulder complaints.

    Hobbies/interests: I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking and exploring all the beautiful places in NZ. I also love to draw and paint.

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: What I love most about my work as a physiotherapist is being able to work with people from all walks of life. I love interacting with many different personalities and I have always been fascinated by how the human body works. Now being able to help people achieve their goals whether it be returning to sport, work or daily life, is a satisfying way to spend my day.

  • Bex Ramsay Physiotherapist

    Bex Ramsay

    Biography: Originally from Wellington, I moved to Christchurch to begin working at You First Physio. Growing up I played many sports such as netball, rowing, and water polo. Prior to completing my physiotherapy degree I completed a Bachelor of science majoring in Nutrition. My drive and passion for becoming a physiotherapist comes from wanting to help people combined with my enjoyment of an active lifestyle. 

    Clinical interests: My interests include all sports related injuries and reformer pilates. 

    Hobbies/interests: I spend a lot of my free time being active whether it be running, pilates or strength training at the gym. On the weekends you’ll find me at the farmers markets for our Saturday morning ritual. 

    Why: I love getting to know new people and working with them to achieve their goals together. The You First Physio team are all so friendly and welcoming. 

  • Tracey Reid Administrator

    Tracey Reid

    Biography: I have been working at Avonhead Physiotherapy for 24 years and are very excited to join the Team at You First Physio. I love working with people and all different aspects of my role. My aim is always to give our patients warm and welcoming experience and helping to make people feel confident in coming into our practice.

    Hobbies/interests: Outside of work I enjoy gardening, walking, reading, music and spending time with family and friends, especially my son, daughter in-law and two young grandchildren on their farm with my dog.

  • Maisie Cropley Administrator

    Maisie Cropley

    Biography: I am new to the Physiotherapy industry only working at Avonhead Physiotherapy for 8 months.  I am currently finishing my diploma in Sport and Human Performance to hopefully finish my degree in the coming years. I love the environment and am looking forward to many more opportunities with You First Physio. I love being able to help, and to give the clients the most out of their experience here at You First Physio.

    Hobbies/interests: Outside of work I enjoy playing sports, spending time with friends and family and discovering new places to eat in Christchurch.

Services & Classes at Avonhead

It is our philosophy to deliver cost effective, high quality treatment, advice and education for people who suffer musculoskeletal injuries and problems.

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