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You First Physio @ UC Undercroft

After 15 years within the Health Centre, 2021 sees us moving more centrally on campus to the Undercroft. Students and staff of the University, along with the general public, can be treated right here on campus. The convenience of not having to go off campus saves you time and allows our fabulous team to restore you back to full health and function. We can transition you to the Rec Centre if your further rehabilitation requires more specific gym equipment.

To book an appointment at the Undercroft click here or alternatively call You First Physio @ Riccarton on 03 348 5359 and ask for an UC Undercroft appointment.

* Please note bookings are no longer able to be made through the UC Health Centre admin team.

Contact Us

  • You First Physio @ UC Undercroft,
    James Hight Building,
    University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8041
  • 03 348 5359 * Note this is our Riccarton site so please ask for a UC Undercroft appointment
  • 03 348 7965

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday:

8.30 am to 5.30pm

Saturday & Sunday:


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Meet The UC Undercroft Team

  • James Darragh Physiotherapist

    James Darragh


    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2018, Ulster University; MSc Strength and Conditioning 2014, Cardiff Metropolitan University; BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 2012, Ulster University.


    I am from Ireland and have been living and working in New Zealand for the past three years. I played a lot of sport growing up including hurling and Gaelic football and this inevitably gave me the interest in human performance. I studied sport and exercise science and completed my masters in strength and conditioning and worked as a strength and conditioning coach for elite senior level Gaelic Football teams and international women’s soccer.

    I decided to return to study physiotherapy. I have worked in private practice in Ireland and New Zealand and have experience in the public health system also. I have worked with several sports teams including intercounty level Gaelic football, South Island premier league football and senior rugby.

    Clinical Interests:

    Sports injuries including Hip and groin, knee and shoulder. I also have a special interest in return to sport phase from injury as this allow me to use my experience from my strength and conditioning roles.


    I still enjoy coaching and coach Gaelic Football in Christchurch. I like to play golf in my spare time and like to travel to experience what New Zealand has to offer.

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

    I love being able to help clients achieve their goals of relieving their pain and returning to activity. I love learning and feel that physiotherapy is constantly evolving and this offers an exciting challenge as a physio to ensure that I continue to do the job to the best of my ability.

  • Maggie McInnes Physiotherapist

    Maggie McInnes

    Qualifications: Bachelor of physiotherapy – University of Otago.

    Biography: Born and bred in Otautahi, I grew up playing many different sports including netball, tennis, adventure racing, and running. My combined love for being active and working with people led me to pursue Physiotherapy studies. I started working for You First Physio in 2023.

    Clinical interests: I have a particular interest in running-related injuries, and return to sport rehab.

    Hobbies/interests: I am a passionate runner and enjoy spending my free time jogging up in the Port Hills. I enjoy biking around our beautiful city with friends, and stopping at a cafe for a coffee and sweet treat. I also love to go tramping with my family when possible, in New Zealand’s stunning outdoor scenes.

    Why you love being a physio/part of a team: I love having the opportunity to connect with a wide range of people, and be able to journey with them through injury to return to what they enjoy doing. Everyone in the wonderful friendly You First Physio team is driven to provide the best care possible and help anyone surpass their goals. 

  • Jacob Duffy Physiotherapist

    Jacob Duffy

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago.

    Biography: I grew up and studied in Dunedin before moving to Christchurch and have loved being in the city since. I grew up playing a variety of sports, from football to hockey, to athletics. My involvement in these sports eventually resulted in my discovery of physiotherapy and sparked my interest in injury prevention and rehab.

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

    Hobbies/interests: I enjoy all things fitness and outside of work you’ll likely find me in the gym, running or mountain biking. 

    Why you love being a physio/part of a team: I enjoy meeting new people and find satisfaction in using my knowledge to help them become pain-free and get back to the things they enjoy. 

  • Kate Smith Physiotherapist

    Kate Smith

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Otago.

    Biography:  I grew up in a rural town south of Christchurch and moved to the city to pursue exciting opportunities at You First Physio. From a young age, it was evident I wanted to pursue a career combining sports, science and people. Growing up, I was a sporty kid, obtaining various injuries through the process. Physiotherapists along the way have inspired me to become the physiotherapist I am today. 

    Clinical interests: My interests lie in return to sports rehab and racquet-related sporting injuries.

    Hobbies/interests:  Outside the clinic, I live an active lifestyle, from hitting a tennis ball to gym-based training. A lot of my time is spent outdoors, specifically tramping, where I hope to complete more of New Zealand’s great walks. 

    Why you love being a physio/part of a team:  My love for physiotherapy is driven by the people I encounter every day. I find it rewarding to see individuals reach their full potential as I support their journeys. Being a team player in an environment where we share the same visions is invaluable.

  • Andrew Popham Physiotherapist

    Andrew Popham


    Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Otago)

    Biography: I was born in Te Anau and grew up in Invercargill but have enjoyed being in the city. I have experience in being a sports medic for rugby and hockey. 

    Clinical interest: Sports related injuries, return to sport, strength and conditioning. 

    Hobbies/interests: I enjoy many sports, in particular, I spend most of my time playing disc golf. Otherwise, you can find me at the gym or working on my car. 

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I have spent a lot of time with physio in my younger years and was always amazed at how they were able to get me back to sport. Now I enjoy being on the other side of treatment helping others get back to what they love doing. 

  • 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. 

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