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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

  • Jack Gifford Physiotherapist

    Jack Gifford

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

    Biography: I have worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for 3 years. I joined the team at You First Physio in 2019.

    Clinical interests: Knee and shoulder rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, sport-related injuries, ACL rehabilitation, return-to-work planning

    Hobbies/interests: I play premier rugby in Christchurch and do cross-fit, enjoy spending time with family and exercising my German Shepherd.

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: Empowering people throughout their rehabilitation journey is a challenging yet rewarding part of being a Physio. I am passionate about embracing exercise for long term health and function no matter your age or background!

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  • 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.  

  • Evan Burke Physiotherapist

    Evan Burke

    Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy Ulster University 2018, and MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine Ulster University 2019.

    Biography: I’m originally from Ireland and I previously played rugby, soccer and athletics. My involvement in sport brought about my desire to become a physiotherapist and I continue to have a keen interest in sport and working with athletes. To date I have worked within a number of different sports from soccer, to gaelic football, to basketball and athletics having been the lead physiotherapist for the Athletics Northern Ireland national academy for three years. I have also had the privilege of working with a number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

    Clinical interests: I have a particular interest in the sporting population and injuries of the lower limb.

    Hobbies/interests: I love mountain biking and hope to take advantage of this countries outstanding landscape and cycle as often as possible. I also enjoy a nice coffee and aim to sample what cafès have to offer as I travel on my bike.

    Why you love being a physio/part of the team: I enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life and helping them achieve their goals and return to being pain free. I also enjoy meeting different people on a daily basis and get to know them whilst we work together towards their goals.

Services & Classes at UC Undercroft

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

Get in Touch

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    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.