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UC Rec Centre Physio | You First Physio

We are delighted to now be able to have a treatment space within the Rec Centre on campus at the University of Canterbury. We have full access to the gym equipment and areas making your rehabilitation seamless from hands-on to exercise prescription. This gives us the ability to transition you back to full recovery and work towards that preventative training that will be important for you to exceed your goals. Book online for the Rec Centre.

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  • 22 Kirkwood Avenue, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8041

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday:

9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday:

Closed

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Meet The UC RecCentre Team

  • Joseph Ni Physiotherapist

    Joseph Ni

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago 2018

    Biography: I grew up in Christchurch and have lived here most of my life. I studied in Dunedin and Wellington for several years before moving back to Christchurch to work with You First Physio.

    Clinical interests: Spinal injuries, Hip and Knee injuries, rehabilitation for return to sport/gym

    Hobbies/interests: Running, swimming, music, road trips/travel, gym

    Experience: Older people’s health, acute sport injuries

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I enjoy getting to know different people in different walks of life and understanding their identity and culture. As a physio, I get the opportunity to talk to and empathise with patients and understand how an injury could not only can affect one physically, but in also other areas of their life. I collaborate with my patients and tailor specific treatment plans using manual therapy techniques and specific rehabilitation exercises.

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  • Tanja Rosendorfsky Sports Physiotherapist

    Tanja Rosendorfsky

    Qualifications: BSc in Health Studies Physiotherapy, 2012, FH Campus Vienna, Austria MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, 2016, University Salzburg, Austria

    Biography: I have worked for 5 years in a rehabilitation centre for neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, where I had the opportunity to increase my knowledge and skills in this area. Through a therapeutic climbing course, I also had the chance to combine my hobby and work in helping climbers safely return to sport and prevent injuries. I moved to New Zealand 2 years ago and joined You First Physio in 2019, where I am enhancing my knowledge, particularly in knee and shoulder rehabilitation.

    Clinical interests: Rehabilitation of sports injuries, particularly of the knee and shoulder. Analysis of climbing injuries and rehab specific to their individual needs is one of my strengths and my passion. I enjoy keeping up with the latest evidence to enhance my patient care.

    Hobbies/interests: I am a passionate climber and mountaineer, as well as a skier. I like to spend most of my weekends in the outdoors. I love exploring New Zealand’s hidden gems.

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: Being a physiotherapist allows me to empower people to take control of their physical health and lead a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoy the challenge of guiding people towards their specific goals with an individualised mix of manual treatments, exercise and education. Being a part of You First Physio has been a fun journey where we are continuously learning from each other.

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  • Jack Gifford Physiotherapist

    Jack Gifford

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Otago (2018), Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation – University of Otago (2020).

    Biography: Born and breed in Christchurch before studying at Otago University. On graduating 2 years ago, I joined the team at You First Physio. I have been the Physiotherapist for the New Brighton Rugby Club Premier team and also play for the same team.

    Clinical interests: Knee and shoulder rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, sport-related injuries, ACL rehabilitation

    Hobbies/interests: I keep very physically active outside of work, enjoy family time and getting outdoors!

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: Empowering people to achieve their rehabilitation goals. Meeting new people on a daily basis and ensuring they receive the high quality, person-focused care that they deserve. I am passionate about embracing exercise prescription for long term health and function, but also use a variety of manual therapy techniques within my sessions.

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  • Jeffrey Huang Physiotherapist

    Jeffrey Huang

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago 2017

    Biography: after graduating I worked at the School of Physiotherapy Clinics in Dunedin as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and as a Clinical Educator, supervising physiotherapy students on their clinical placements. In those 3 years working in an acute sports injury clinic I treated a variety of injuries from rugby, basketball, netball and football. I returned back home to Christchurch in 2020 and brought with me a wealth of knowledge. I currently work at the Riccarton and University of Canterbury sites. I have worked for the last 2 years as the physio for the NZ under17 Mens Basketball team

    Clinical interests: Return to sport/fitness rehab, Strength &Conditioning, Knee and ankle injuries. With my experience with National level basketball teams I know how important it is to fully rehabilitate injuries to return to top level performance. I take this attitude with all my patients.

    Hobbies/interests: Basketball, gym, travel, spending time with friends and family

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: Love meeting new people from all walks of life and having the opportunity to help people return to function and reach their goals. Working alongside the university students gives me the opportunity to assist young adults on their journey – from top level sports people to those just wanting to get fit for the first time.

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Services & Classes at UC RecCentre

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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    WELCOME TO YOU FIRST PHYSIO:

    We have recently rebranded our three locations, formerly Riccarton Physio, Longhurst Physio and Campus Health Physio.

    We are still located at the same three locations with our fabulous team, we just decided it was time for a refresh and update.

    Please feel free to browse our brand new site, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us on 03 3485 359 or email us: riccarton@youfirstphysio.co.nz.

    Thank you and see you soon.