About our Whakatane Physio practice
Body in Motion Whakatane is located at 52 Boon Street, Whakatane. Our experienced Whakatane physiotherapists and hand therapists have specialty interests in manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, exercise strengthening, acupuncture, and pilates.
Teleri MeacheamOccupational Therapist
Ellen WallaceHand Therapist
Chris EdwardsHand Therapist
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Teleri grew up in Wales, and came to NZ 20 years ago. She studied Occupational Therapy in NZ and graduted 2011. Teleri has worked in Rotorua, Wairau (Blenheim) and Greymouth Hospitals.
Interests : Tramping, Running, Cycling, Swimming.
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.
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.
BSc Physiotherapy, Post Gradute Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Originally from South Africa, Berdine returned home after many years of travelling with her family, to complete her studies at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a BSc in Physiotherapy in 2016. Berdine and her husband moved to New Zealand in early 2021 and have recently moved to the Bay of Plenty after spending two years in New Plymouth. She works in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic rehabilitation and community-based physiotherapy. Berdine has obtained a post-graduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and completed courses in Concussion Management, Dry Needling and Kinesio-Taping. Berdine’s treatment philosophy is that no injury is the same and that each injury is unique to the specific individual – using a combination of manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation to achieve recovery. In her spare time, Berdine enjoys adventures in the outdoors, cooking, taking her dog for long walks, and spending time with friends.
Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKIN), Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT)
Jackie graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 2013 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) degree. Upon graduating, she worked in Halifax for a few years in both private practice and community-based care. During her time there, she gained valuable experience working with a wide range of conditions, injuries and functional levels. In 2015, Jackie decided to make the move to New Zealand and is happy to have called Whakatane home for the last three years.
Jackie has completed several post graduate courses including, but not limited to the prevention and treatment of running injuries, concussion treatment and management, orthopaedic manual and manipulative therapy (upper quadrant) and acupuncture. She also has experience working with respiratory conditions and ran the community Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in Whakatane for the last two years. Jackie is a firm believer in continuing education and is dedicated to becoming a more efficient and effective clinician through professional growth and development. Jackie employs a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, modalities and education to assist each client in their return to optimal health and function. Her treatment philosophy is that every injury happens for a reason and so she searches for the cause of the problem, rather than a quick fix.
Aside from work, you are most likely to find Jackie outside. She enjoys running, hiking, playing soccer, camping and getting out on the water (in her Canadian canoe of course).
Wendy has worked at Body In Motion Whakatane since March 2019. She has lived in Whakatane most of her life and worked for a variety of local companies and organisations. Wendy is enjoying rejoining her team members that she worked alongside at Whakatane Hospital and meeting up again with clients from many of the different places she has worked at. Loves hiking, travel, golf and catching up with her son and daughter and their families (just to name a few of her favourite things!)
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.
Gina is originally from South Africa and moved to sunny Whakatane in November 2019 with her husband and two children. On weekends you will find her spending time in her garden or cycling with the family.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, PgCert HealSci (Continence Management) and Lymphoedema Therapist
Rebecca graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 and started her career as a rotational physio at Whanganui hospital. After 18 months here, she decided to pursue musculoskeletal physiotherapy and worked for a small private practice for 4 years. It was during this time she discovered a keen interest for pelvic health and began to further her development in the area. In 2021 she moved up to the Bay of Plenty with her partner and dog Cooper to be closer to friends and family. She looks forward to making a difference in the world of pelvic health.
Rebecca loves to go for walks with her dog, values time spent with friends and family and likes to dabble in a variety of different sports/exercise including netball, yoga, pilates, running, and gym.