Shaun came to Physiotherapy from a sporting background, having played rugby, football, and tennis growing up in Mid Canterbury. He gained his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Otago University, after which he relocated to the Gold Coast in Australia, working in a Cross Fit gym and in one of the largest practices in Australia where he treated a wide range of patients from general work injuries to weekend warriors and top Australian athletes.
Shaun has a passion for working with sporting teams and athletes which has seen him work with the Gold Coast Academy of Sport, the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee on the World Rugby 7’s tournaments and at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and more recently with the Mid Canterbury 7’s team and hundreds of local Mid Canterbury athletes.
Shaun is the principal physiotherapist at our Ashburton clinic and has a passion for treating and rehabbing athletes, to not only fix their injuries but improve performance.
Masters in Sports Physiotherapy (2014)
Rykie is a highly experienced physiotherapist with over 14 years of experience treating patients in South Africa and New Zealand. She has worked with leading neuro and orthopedic surgeons in South Africa, gaining experience in the acute hospital setting as well as in private clinic.
She obtained a BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2003 and further her studies in Orthopaedic manipulative therapy in 2009. Her passion for sport led her to do her Masters’ degree in Sports Physiotherapy and research in running-related injuries. She has a special interest in running and triathlon injuries as well as managing training load. She is qualified in Pilates and Dry needling therapy.
Rykie believes in a healthy active lifestyle. She focuses on a holistic approach to all her patients, from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete.
Treating national and regional athletes in South Africa
Consulting at the Southern King Rugby Union (2014)
Worked at Ironman South Africa
Physiotherapist for World Master’s Games Hockey (2017)
Batchelor of Science (BSc) with Honours in Physiotherapy (2014)
Masters of Science (MSc) in Sport and Exercise Medicine (2016)
Jennifer grew up in Ireland with an interest in a lot of different sports, while mainly playing the national sport of Gaelic Football. Having always been a follower and supporter of rugby he recently started playing shortly before moving to New Zealand and has continued to lay now that she is here. Jennifer also enjoys going hiking and going exploring the country at the weekends!
Jennifer has experience working in private physiotherapy clinics and in public hospitals and from this has gained experience in a wide variety of areas including;
– Trauma and orthopaedics, prehab and post-op rehabilitation
– Pediatrics – physiotherapy for children with neurodevelopmental conditions and developmental delays
– Neurology and stroke rehabilitation
– Respiratory physiotherapy
Jennifer has also worked with a range of sporting teams, including rugby, soccer, Gaelic football, and basketball. I enjoy helping clients with rehabilitation, whether it is after an acute injury or surgery, working with them and challenging them to achieve their individual or sporting goals.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Honours in Physiotherapy from the UK
Former semi-professional rugby player
Tom grew up in the UK playing a variety of sports, with his main passions being rugby union/7s, hockey, and cricket. A desire to help improve peoples’ quality of life and plenty of learning experiences being rehabbed following sports injuries led Tom to a love of Physiotherapy.
Tom gained his Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from the University of the West of England in the UK, graduating with Honours. Whilst at university, he spent one and a half years playing semi-professional rugby. This has given him the experience of training with high-level athletes, pitch-side first aid when not able to play and the drive to eventually pursue a career in sports physiotherapy.
After spending six months playing hockey in Australia, Tom moved back to the UK to work as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in a private practice north of London. Here, Tom treated a wide variety of patients and a wide range of conditions.
Tom has only recently relocated to the Ashburton area and is looking forward to immersing fully into the local culture and to begin to benefitting his new community with a positive and friendly physiotherapy experience.
Lisa is your first point of contact in Ashburton, whether it be on the phone or when you first walk in the door, greeted by a big smile. She also keeps the practice ticking over smoothly and is always happy to talk about treatment options with you and start you on the right track to recovery.
Janine is our part-time Receptionist. Janine is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at Physiosteps and looks forward to welcoming you as you arrive for your appointments
Leigh is in year 12 at Ashburton College and enjoys swimming competitively, yet still finds time to work in reception after school.
Emma is one of our after-school reception team. She is studying a certificate in Business administration and Technology at Ara and enjoys sports and going to the gym.