About our Papamoa Physio practice
Located next to Papamoa Plaza foodcourt, we have convenient parking and wheelchair accessibility.
We are a professional and friendly team who pride ourselves on our holistic approach. We are passionate about guiding you through not only Injury recovery but future injury prevention. Our goal is to get you back doing the things you enjoy.
Ellen WallaceHand Therapist
Kristy JacobsBOP - Front of House Team Leader
Chris EdwardsHand Therapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Niamh is from Scotland and graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 2021. She then spent two years working in a private clinic before recently relocating to New Zealand. Niamh also has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation and was a physiotherapist for St Mirren Football Club’s Academy. Which combined with her work in private practice allowed her to gain experience with a broad range of clients and injuries. She is passionate about working with her clients and combining manual therapies and exercise prescription to ensure a beneficial rehabilitation experience. Outside of work Niamh enjoys participating in sport, with a background in golf and lacrosse and has recently taken up paddleboarding. She is also looking forward to exploring New Zealand in her time off.
Interests: Paddleboarding, lacrosse, golf.
BsC Hons Physiotherapy Keele University 2021. Pilates Matwork levels 1 and 2. Bobath level 1
Caitlin has recently moved to sunny Papamoa from the Uk where she graduated in 2021. Since graduating Caitlin has gained varied experience working within a large acute hospital in Leeds, England and for Leeds Womens hockey team. Caitlin is passionate about working alongside clients to understand their goals with physiotherapy and is able to provide them with the tools to successfully manage their rehab. She is a big believer in functional exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle and has recently completed APPI Pilates matwork training to complement her Physiotherapy training. When she is not working you will find Caitlin cycling to the beach, at a dance class or off on an adventure to explore the rest of NZ!
Caitlin enjoys Pilates, surfing, skateboarding and dancing.
BHSc (Occupational Therapy), MHPrac (Rehabilitation), NZ Registered Hand Therapist
Ellen is an experienced hand therapist with an occupational therapy background. She completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2008 and a Master of Health Practice (Rehabilitation) in 2018, both through AUT. Ellen has been a registered hand therapist since 2019. She has experience with a wide range of hand and wrist injuries and treating post-surgical conditions.
Prior to relocating to the Bay of Plenty, Ellen worked in a hand therapy private practice in Auckland. Before specialising in hand therapy, she worked in hospital and community settings in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, predominantly treating people with neurological conditions.
Outside of work Ellen is kept busy looking after her young family. She enjoys Pilates, outdoor activities, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
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).
BPhty, Reg Physio Acup, COMT, Cert NZIMM. Member of PNZ, PAANZ, OASIG, NZMPA.
Paula has had over 20 years’ experience within the physiotherapy profession since graduating with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from Otago University
in 1996. During her working career she has worked in a variety of settings developing an extensive skill base.
She holds a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and has been a Registered Acupuncturist for over 15 years. This allows her to use a broad spectrum of treatment tools to ensure her clients
achieve their goals within an optimum time frame.
Paula is a part -time therapist for Body In Motion and also works with the Older Adults at a local Care Facility.
When not at work she is an active Mother who enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors or travelling.
BOHSc (Physiotherapy), PGCert HSc (Rehabilitation), NZ Registered Hand Therapist
Chris is an experienced hand therapist with a physiotherapy background who graduated from AUT in 2009. As a physiotherapist he ran three clinics and worked with surgeons, specialists and patients of all ages and stages including sportspeople ranging from weekend warriors to world-beaters.
Chris’ work is driven by genuine care for his patient’s wellbeing. He became interested in hand therapy after discovering how much he could improve a person’s quality of life using the extra tools at a hand therapist’s disposal.
From 2017-2022 he worked and mentored staff at an Auckland hand therapy clinic, allowing him to help more than 1200 people with their elbow, wrist and hand concerns. Chris has moved himself, his wife and two young children to Tauranga to be closer to family and is eager to help you with your recovery at Body in Motion.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, anything outdoors and usually with a child or two in tow.
Ryan completed his studies at Otago University in 2018. He spent his final year completing his degree in Wellington, where he had a variety of placements at Lower Hutt hospital including; Older Person’s Rehab, Burns and Plastics, Orthopedics, and in the Outpatient clinic.
He has spent multiple season’s with Rugby team’s in both Otago and Wellington. Ryan has a growing interest in sport and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Ryan, originally from Papamoa, snapped up the opportunity to return home to begin his post-graduate working career with Body In Motion.
Ryan targets treatment by providing the patient with a high level of education, functional-specific exercises and a range of manual therapy techniques to progress the patient accordingly. Most importantly he will listen to the patient and gain a holistic approach of their lifestyle to provide a patient-specific treatment program.
Jo has worked in customer service roles for over 20 years. She enjoys getting to know everyone and always has time for a friendly chat. Along with her husband and two children she moved to the sunny bay 7 years ago after living in the beautiful South Island for 10 years and absolutely loves living here.
A self professed animal lover, Jo also enjoys the beach, hiking, boating, baking, and spending time with her family.