Our 3 treatment rooms are in the Allied Health Suite upstairs at the integrated Longhurst Health building at 53 Caulfield Ave, Longhurst.
This modern building has Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacy and Allied Health Practitioners all in the same building.
With us in the Allied Health suite are Hand Therapists, Chiropractor, Podiatrists, Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists. We have the capacity to run our GLAD and Performance Pilates classes out of here.
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Tuesday & Friday
Saturday & Sunday
5:30pm – 6:30pm
4:00pm – 5:00pm
1:45pm – 2:45pm
10:30am – 11:30am & 6pm – 7pm
10:30am – 11:30am & 6pm – 7pm
Qualifications: Diploma of Physiotherapy, Otago, 1990. Currently studying for a Post Grad certificate in rehabilitation
Biography: I am a NZ trained physio who has worked in NZ, Michigan (USA) and for 18 years in a private practice in London (UK). 30 years of full-time physio means I’ve seen nearly everything that would come through a physio’s doors! I returned to NZ with my family in 2014 and we made our home in Christchurch. I stepped off the plane, went to an interview at You First Physio and started working for them the following week.
Clinical interests: Hip, knee and ankle injuries, Osteoarthritis, Health and wellbeing in the over 40s, Running rehabilitation
Hobbies/interests: International food and travel (though I’m now looking forward to getting to know NZ a whole lot better), Keeping fit, music, reading and perpetual learning
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I love the variety and diversity of people I meet and being a part of their journey through injury. I especially get a kick out of seeing people realising they can achieve so much more than they think and helping them exceed their goals. The team we have at You First Physio are a wonderful group of people who support and nurture each other. I feel like I have another family in this environment!Book With Cate
Qualifications: Diploma of Physiotherapy 1988 ATI School of Physiotherapy Post Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy 1995 – University of Otago
Biography/ Experience: I have enjoyed working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for 30 years. I initially worked at Christchurch Hospital then spent 3 years in the UK working in various musculoskeletal settings. On returning to NZ I completed a year of post grad study in Dunedin and worked over a period of 15 years at SportsMed in Christchurch where I gained a lot of sports physio experience and worked with various national and regional teams including: NZ Womens Academy and U18 Girls Hockey; Canterbury Mens and Womens Hockey; Netball World Cup and NZ Womens Cricket. Following that I worked in a London sports physiotherapy clinic which specialised in running. On my return to Christchurch I worked in an occupational health physiotherapy role before joining the fantastic team at You First Physio in 2011. Over this time I have continued my professional development by attending numerous courses and conferences.
Clinical interests: I have experience in, and enjoy, treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. My areas of special interest include: sports injuries, back and neck pain/ injuries, pregnancy and post-natal related back pain, hip pain, and rehabilitation including Pilates. I take our Performance Pilates classes at Longhurst.
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: You First Physio is a fantastic place to work and I love being part of a team of people who are motivated and passionate about doing the best for their clients. We are committed to treating every client as an individual and providing the best evidence-based care. The most rewarding part of being a physio for me is connecting with people and helping them achieve their goals.Book With Sally
Qualifications: Diploma of Physiotherapy, Otago School of Physiotherapy Post Graduate Certificate Manipulation, Post Graduate Certificate Acupuncture
Biography: For the last 16 years I have worked in Private Practice in Lincoln (Lincoln-Sportsmed-Motus) and joined the team at You First Physio at their Longhurst site in February 2020. Being a senior Physiotherapist, I have completed many post graduate courses on muscle and joint injuries. If appropriate, I can manipulate and use acupuncture as part of my treatment.
Clinical interests: I enjoy treating all types of injuries and am experienced in diagnosing and treating with a “Hands On” approach plus exercises.
Hobbies/interests: Outside work, I enjoy biking, netball and keeping busy on our 10-acre block.
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: There is a great team environment at Longhurst. Also being able to work alongside Podiatry and Hand Therapy gives us the benefit of their skills if neededBook With Mary
Qualifications: Physiotherapist, University of Heidelberg 1995
Biography: I grew up in Germany and after graduating worked at the University Nurnberg, in a Rehab hospital in the Black Forest and in private practice. In 1999 I moved to New Zealand and worked at Timaru Hospital and Older Persons Health in Christchurch before joining You First Physio in 2007. In 2019 I completed my Yoga Therapy Teacher training. Over my years working in Germany and NZ I have worked in orthopaedics, neurology, psychiatry, older person’s health, amputee care and an acute care/rehab hospital
Clinical interest: Back and Upper Limb/Shoulder/elbow injuries with focus on hands-on techniques, especially myofascial release and trigger point treatments and exercise prescription
Hobbies/interests: yoga, reading, music, dance, travel, hiking, walking and riding my bike,
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I enjoy being part of a dynamic, dedicated team. I have worked out at the Longhurst site for the past 5 years and love the team approach there. We have a multidisciplinary team that have gelled into great friends as well as work colleagues.Book With Michaela
Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science, Physiotherapy, AUT 2017; Introductory Women’s Health Physio level 1 certificate, APA, 2020; Introduction Certificate to Physiotherapy Management of Female Urinary Incontinence 2020
Biography: I developed a love of movement as a dancer from a young age. I have a National Diploma in Dance Performance that I gained while studying at the New Zealand School of Dance in 2004. Since that time, I have worked as a contemporary dancer, teacher and choreographer before moving into the field of health and fitness. I have worked in NZ and further afield in London and Edinburgh as a personal trainer helping people rehabilitate in the gym before returning to NZ to study as a physiotherapist.
Clinical interests: I have a special interest in women’s health and am completing ongoing study in this field to help women throughout their life span from young female athletes, to pre and postnatal physio and beyond. With my dancing background I have an affinity with them and can understand movement patterns and love to see them return to the floor to perform at their best.
Hobbies/ interests: Being a mum to my 2 young daughters
Why I love being a physio/part of the team: I enjoy being able to incorporate my love for movement into helping people recover from injury. I also enjoy guiding people to reach their movement goals.Book With Kate
Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago 2021
Biography: Whilst growing up I was a keen footballer and very active sportsman consistently competing across a wide variety of sports around Canterbury. From this lifestyle, I was inevitably injured at times which were barricades that damaged my motivation and momentum within my sporting life. But after visiting my local physiotherapists, those barricades were quickly brought down and I was back up on my feet feeling stronger and inspired. This fueled my desire to study physiotherapy and to be able to offer the same experience that I had when I was younger.
Clinical interests: Rehabilitation of athletes and sports-related injuries, neurological disorders, spinal injuries, balance and falls prevention.
Hobbies/ interests: Football, music, visual arts, skateboarding, cooking, travel. Every now and then I love a hike up one of our local mountains with friends and family.
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I cherish the moments that I have with my clients and enjoy having the opportunity to meet such a diverse and wide variety of people of many cultures and backgrounds. Being able to connect with a client, as well as helping them regain and improve their baseline function and regaining independence within the community, is very rewarding and strongly motivates me.
Biography: I am married with two children aged 18 and 16 and have lived in Christchurch all my life. I am involved with netball as a games official and also support my son in his rowing journey with his school. I have been working with You First physio for the last five years and I love the interactions that I have with our clients, and the variation within my role.
Why I love being a physio/part of the team: The team here are amazing to work alongside as they are very passionate about their role in helping clients to achieve their goals. It is a very friendly, fun and positive environment to be working in.
Biography: I have recently joined the team, working on Reception part time at both the Longhurst and Riccarton clinics.Being very much a people person I enjoy welcoming, interacting and assisting clients. I feel privileged to be part of a very friendly, happy environment, working with a passionate team of professionals.
Hobbies/interests: Outside of work I enjoy walking, tennis, dancing and spending time with family and friends.
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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