About our Mount Maunganui Physio practice
Our Grenada Road clinic in Mount Maunganui is centrally located just down from Bayfair and Baywave with onsite parking. We have six Physiotherapy treatment rooms as well as a Clinical Pilates studio. Our multidisciplinary team at Grenada Road are friendly, professional and excellent at what they do. You do not need a Doctors referral to attend our clinic.
La Verne HodsonReceptionist
Claire Waretini-ThomasReformer Pilates and Barre Instructor
Kristy JacobsBOP - Front of House Team Leader
Tyla JamiesonPsychology Team Leader
Nick TaylorHand Therapist
Sarah ShivnanAssociate Hand Therapist
Shelley McGregorPilates Instructor
Fanny PetersPilates Service Manager
Ian CulpanPilates Instructor
BSc in Kinesiology (from University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) and Professional Masters in Physiotherapy (from University College Dublin, Ireland)
Megan is a physiotherapist from Belgium who recently moved to New Zealand. After finishing high school, she moved to the USA to play collegiate tennis while obtaining her BSc in Kinesiology. Afterwards, she completed her Professional Masters in Physiotherapy at the University College Dublin in Ireland. She worked with the university rugby team during her final year and has a keen interest in sports physiotherapy and neurology. She is passionate about using a holistic approach to provide active, evidence-based treatment individualised for each patient.
Outside of work, Megan enjoys exploring the great Kiwi outdoors by tramping/camping and running, playing tennis and healthy cooking.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Heydon is a physiotherapist who recently moved to Tauranga from the UK. He spent 2 years working privately before moving to New Zealand. He has experience in rugby and pitchside physio. His approach combines manual therapy and exercise prescription in order to have a fun an creative rehab journey. Keen interest in treating anything sports related! Avid Crossfitter and likes to dip his toe in a range of sports!
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Kinesiology), FIFA Medical Diploma
Erin completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences in Canada before making the jump to Australia to study physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Throughout her degree Erin enjoyed the exposure of working along side a variety of teams in Australia’s sports capital, including rugby, AFL, and European football codes. Since graduating Erin has kept her focus in private practice, working as a club physio for multiple Australian NPL soccer and AFL teams. Erin has also used her degree to travel and work across Australia and New Zealand, and is currenlty completing her ASCA Strength and Conditioning Level 1 to compliment her sporting interests.
Interests : Gym/weightlifting, hiking, and travel.
La Verne Hodson
Claire returned to her hometown of Mount Maunganui after qualifying as a Registered Nurse and time spent living abroad in Japan. She has danced from a young age and found a love for Pilates after returning to exercise post having her three young children. Claire loves working with people of all ages and all walks of life.
I grew up in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 2019. I am always up for an adventure. I enjoy a balance of people and my own time, but I am for sure known as the bubbly, people person. I am always out with my dogs on a walk, or at the gym. These both play a very important role in my life. I am a wife to my amazing husband and a mum to my beautiful daughter. Living a happy life with my family and 2 huskies are important to me.
Gyming – Being fit and strong. I love being active. Hiking is another favourite. I am always up for trying out new things. I love animals, so anything that’s petting or walking animals. Jetskiing, ( Anything where I am busy, I love).
M.Soc.Sci (Clinical Psychology)
Originally from South Africa, Tyla made the big move to NZ after completing her training as a clinical psychologist. She has been lucky enough to have been exposed to a wide variety of settings in her career thus far which has included psychiatric and forensic hospitals, community clinics and assessment centres as well as the correctional services. She is passionate about supporting people on their health journey’s and works collaboratively to tailor an integrated therapeutic approach based on their unique circumstances, wishes and needs. She believes that each person has an innate ability to make the desired positive change to live a personally more rich and meaningful life.
Originally from Northland I moved down to the Bay of Plenty with my husband in 2010 and love the lifestyle here. Whilst new to the Body In Motion family, I have spent the past 18 years in Customer Service and love talking to and meeting new people.
In my spare time I love to get away camping or am equally happy in the kitchen baking, I have a real passion for travel and am obsessed with anything ‘Disney”
BPhty (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago), APPI certified Pilates Instructor, PINC certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
Originally from Waiuku, Shannon completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago University in 2002.
Shannon has been a member of the Body In Motion team since 2007 after several years working & travelling in the UK. Whilst in the UK, Shannon qualified as a Clinical Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI). Shannon has completed further Pilates equipment training & also Antenatal & Postnatal Pilates through APPI & is also a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. She is passionate about working in this field; there is real lack of support for women once they have completed their medical treatment & PINC rehab helps these women to have quality survivorship & get back to the things that matter most to them.
Outside of work, Shannon is kept busy with her family either doing DIY at home or enjoying the great outdoors. Shannon enjoys mountain biking, waterskiing & snowboarding with her family.
BPhty, APPI CPP, MPNZ, ConnectTherapy™ Series Graduate
Laura completed her Physiotherapy training at Otago University in 2007. She went on to work in Wellington, before deciding to travel the world. Not quite ready to head back to NZ Laura worked for several years in Sydney where she completed her Clinical Pilates certification and found love for both treating running injuries and running herself.
Since arriving in the beautiful Mount Maunganui Laura has returned to Australia several times for professional development. She believes in treating holistically and integrates the full body in her sessions using her “ConnectTherapy” training by L J Lee. Laura loves seeing results with her patients by working hard to understand the driver of the problem and not just treating the pain.
Dip Phty, Dip Phys Ed, MPNZ
Kia Orana. With a background in physical education from Otago and physiotherapy from Auckland, I settled in the Bay of Plenty in 1987. With my wife Isobel and children Cory, Baillie and Jake I have enjoyed the lifestyle the Bay offers including surfing the main beach and walking up Mauao.
On the work front I enjoy acupuncture, sports and manual therapy. I am a hands on therapist and recently enjoyed my time away as a physiotherapist with the Cook Island’s men’s rugby team. Meitaki maata.
BPhty, MPNZ, PINC Certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, McKenzie Credentialled therapist, COMT (Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy)
Leanne has had over 10 years’ experience since graduating with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from Otago University in 2007. Leanne has worked in the hospital and private practice setting within New Zealand. She has also worked overseas in the Public Hospital system in England and Private practice setting in Melbourne Australia.
Originally from Hamilton, Leanne moved to the beautiful Bay in 2015 and has been with Body In Motion since. She is a part time Physiotherapist here at Body in motion and a Pilates instructor. Leanne completed a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through AUT. She is certified in the McKenzie approach to treatment and provides rehabilitation to Woman during and after cancer treatment.
She enjoys using a wide variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy, home exercise prescription and education to ensure her clients a speedy recovery, they achieve their goals and prevent injury recurrence. When not at work Leanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, playing golf and travelling.
Sophie completed her Physiotherapy studies at Auckland University of Technology in 2015. Since graduating Sophie has worked within the hospital, community and private practice setting, in both Australia and New Zealand.
Through the Women’s Health Training Association in Australia Sophie has completed advanced levels of study in Pelvic Health. She has a keen interest in treating pelvic pain, continence conditions of both the bowel and bladder and musculoskeletal conditions pre and post natally. Sophie also has experience working in the aged care setting and is also passionate about helping this demographic.
Outside of work Sophie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They enjoy visiting the grandparents farm, going to the beach and enjoying the beautiful Bay of Plenty lifestyle.
BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGCert HSc (Rehabilitation), NZ Registered Hand Therapist
Sarah is an associate Hand Therapist and a registered Physiotherapist, graduating in 1993. Sarah has been part of BIM since its inception in 2002 working clinically initially and then taking time out to raise her family.
In her time away from the clinical working environment, Sarah has still been involved with BIM as well as filling roles within the school and swimming communities. Sarah is currently working as a Hand Therapist and when not at work, Sarah enjoys keeping active by running and swimming and supporting her children in their sporting endeavors.
Denise has worked at Body In Motion for the last 10 years and loves meeting all the lovely people that come through our doors every day. Having moved from Hamilton to the Mount about 15 years ago, can’t imagine not living close to the beach now, so plans on staying put. Denise has 2 adult sons and a wee dog, Molly, who also enjoys walking on the beach. In her spare time you will find Denise reading, walking or catching up with friends.
Having recently relocated to Mt Maunganui, Shelley brings with her 10 years of Mat Pilates and Yoga teaching experience. Shelley completed her Pilates training with STOTT and her Yoga training with the Ashram Yoga 200hr Teaching Program. Since then she has specialised in pregnancy and post-natal clients and classes, and has more recently added STOTT Barre Training to her qualifications. Shelley’s classes are light and fun with lots of variety as she likes to add in the best of both Pilates and Yoga (and a bit of Barre too!) to keep her clients on their toes. She is passionate about working with her clients to help them achieve their goals, whether it be to help with injuries or limitations, or to increase strength and flexibility
Originally from France, Fanny worked in Western Australia for 7 years as a Research Scientist in Infectious Diseases, before recently relocating to New Zealand with her family.
Fanny started practicing Pilates in 2012 and was amazed how quickly her posture improved. The back pain and headaches she suffered for years disappeared within months and was moving more easily and gracefully. In 2016, Fanny completed her certificate IV in Pilates through Breathe Education in Melbourne. She teaches Evidence-based Pilates which is a science based method that aims to help people improve their movement with a focus on them rather than the exercises.
Passionate about movement and improving health and wellbeing, Fanny loves challenging her clients and introducing new exercises to her classes.
Ian is both a Pilates and Fitness trainer. He completed his Core Foundation and Optimal Mobility Pilates course in 2012 at Studio Pilates in South Africa. His training emcompasses many different methods of Pilates including STOTT, Power, and the New York discipline, where his knowledge and experience in each of these can facilitate his individualised approach when programming for clients. In fitness, Ian is grounded in TRX suspension training & functional fitness and incorporates elements of these disciplines into his classes. He loves the mechanics of our anatomy makeup and feels privileged to help others reach beyond their training goals whether it be post injury returning to wellness or athletic conditioning.