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Our team of highly trained physiotherapists are motivated by getting you back to full fitness. We have a huge variety of professional and sporting interests between us.

Physiotherapy Team

Candace Donovan

Candace

Qualifications:

  • BSc.PT (Distinction)
  • Member Sports Medicine NZ
  • SPNZ (Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand)
  • NZ Academy of Sports Carded Provider
  • MNZSP

Professional interests:

  • Professional Sports Contract Coordinator⁄Contract Manager
  • Team Physiotherapist for TASMAN MAKOS
  • Academy of Sports Provider (High–end athletes)
  • Advanced Physiotherapy consultant & In–service Provider
  • Sport Specific Injury & Rehabilitation for maximum potential ⁄ performance enhancement
  • SIJ (Sacroiliac Joint)

Personal interests:

  • My Family
  • Multi Sport (Running, Cycling road⁄mountain bike, Kayak)
  • Hiking & Outdoor activities
  • Basketball, Rugby, Soccer
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Philip Arthur

Phil

Qualifications:

  • BHSc (Physiotherapy)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine

Professional interests:

  • Sports Physio (Rugby, Cycling, Swimming)
  • Kinesio taping
  • Provider to NZ swimming, Bike NZ + NZAS

Interested in:

  • Sports
  • The great outdoors: Camping, Hunting, Tramping, Fishing, Snowboarding
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Simon Robins

Simon

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago, NZ)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine

Professional interests:

  • Sports Physiotherapy (Rugby, Cricket, Winter Sports)
  • Mulligan techniques

Personal interests:

  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Waterskiing
  • Cooking
  • Golf

Born and bred in Highlanders country; I'm a passionate rugby fan. I graduated from Otago University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and moved to the Hawkes Bay to work in a private sports physio practice and with a number of local and representative rugby union teams. I worked in Sydney both in private practice and for the Rabbitohs under 20's side. I was then privilidged to work with the Samoan team at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, before travelling to the UK to do my OE. After a number of rewarding locum positions and some awesome times travelling around Europe, I returned to New Zealand recently to work in Wanaka where I was treating many world–class snowsport athletes.

I started at Sports Therapy in 2011 and enjoy working with the wide variety of athletes in the Nelson region. I am looking forward to working with Waimea Old Boys and Richmond Rabbits over the coming season. I'm enjoying the Nelson lifestyle, doing a bit of spear fishing and working on my golf handicap!

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Susanne Bennell

Suze

Qualifications:

  • BSc. Physiotherapy (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Msc Module “The foot in Diabetes”
  • AACP Foundation Qualification in Acupuncture

Professional interests:

  • Sports Physio, Pilates & Sports Massage
  • Watersports & Wintersports injuries
  • Acupuncture
  • The 'glutes'

Personal interests:

  • Windsurfing, Sailing & Kitesurfing
  • Mountain Biking, Snowboarding & Multisport

I am originally from North Wales in the UK. I studied a BSc in Physiotherapy in Cardiff University and qualified with honours in 2006. Following this I worked for the UK National Health Service for 5 years in order to gain good experience in a wide range of fields. It was during this period that I found my love for musculoskeletal and sporting injuries.

In February 2011, I decided that it was time to move on to more exciting and stimulating working environments in New Zealand. I initially worked in New Plymouth, then Tauranga, Wanaka and eventually made my way to Nelson. I enjoy the outdoors and have recently started competing in adventure races which combine many of the sports I enjoy doing. Nelson is such a sporty place and is a great community in which to live and work. It appears New Zealand has captured me well and truly and I can't see myself leaving anytime soon!

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Olivia Batchelor

Donna

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Professional interests:

  • I enjoy all aspects of physiotherapy and look forward to discovering my passions as my experience grows.

 

Personal interests:

  • Sports
  • Outdoors
  • Reading

I’m originally from down south in Te Anau. I completed my degree at the University of Otago in Dunedin. The last year of my degree, being entirely placement-based, allowed me to explore the top of the south island. Here I discovered what it was like to be warm in winter! After growing up in a lake town, I’m still adjusting to the concept of tides and occasionally call the sea a lake but I’m looking forward to the new opportunities Nelson life provides (and to purchase my first mountain bike so I can truly fit in).

As a new graduate at Sports Therapy I hope to take advantage of the great team here and learn some new skills to put in my toolbox. In the next few years I hope to complete a post graduate and begin my OE.

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Sara Martell

Donna

Qualifications:

  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Physiotherapy

Professional interests:

  • Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries

 

Personal interests:

  • Tramping
  • Running
  • Mountainbiking
  • Snowboarding

I was originally born in Africa but I am English as we moved back to the UK when I was 3 and was brought up in the south of England. I originally studied Biology at Oxford Brookes where I graduated with honours in 2005. I then spent a year living and working in conservation in Africa, before deciding to return to the UK and study physiotherapy. However, before starting, I managed to squeeze in a year in South Korea working as an English language teacher. I then returned to England where I graduated from Brighton university in 2010 with honours in physiotherapy and spent the next 2 and a half years gaining invaluable experience in a variety of areas. It was throughout my time working for the NHS that I decided musculoskeletal was the area of physiotherapy that I was particularly interested in and enjoyed the most. I wanted MSK to become the focus of my career so in 2013 I made the decision to move to sunny Nelson where I am lucky enough to be able to do this.

As well as travelling I enjoy keeping fit and active through a variety of activities. I enjoy hiking (or tramping), running (long and short distance), mountain biking, snow boarding and diving which is why I was drawn to New Zealand and more specifically Nelson and I have to say it has been very easy settling into this lovely, sunny community.