ABOUT US

 
All our physiotherapists are members of Physiotherapy New Zealand
Glenn Thomas - Principal Physiotherapist
Qualifications
PGDipHSM, PGCertPhys (Acup.), BHSc (Physio), NZRP 
Professional affiliations
- OHSIG (Occupational Health Special Interest Group)
- NZPA (Pain Association)

Glenn is a generalist with a passion for rural primary health care. His clinical strengths are with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction diagnosis.  He particularly enjoys the challenge of getting to the bottom of complex and long standing issues through taking a broad biopsychosocial approach. 

 

Glenn has extensive experience across private practice and community physiotherapy settings, with particular expertise in occupational health, vocational rehabilitation, elder care, health promotion and injury prevention. He has post graduate qualifications in physiotherapy and health management alongside completed postgraduate papers in Men's Health and Primary Health Care. Glenn has a particular interest in the future of more comprehensive primary health care services and the role physiotherapy will increasingly play within such services. Glenn is presently undertaking his final paper towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy through Otago University.

Glenn is a strong believer in teamwork with a patient's other health providers to achieve the best care in the most efficient and timely way for his patients.

Lara Malcolm - Physiotherapist 
Qualifications
PGDipHSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), BPhty, NZRP 
 
Professional affiliations
SPENZ (Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy)
OHSIG (Occupational Health Special Interest Group)

Lara completed her 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago before beginning her professional career here with us at The Physio Clinic. She has subsequently become a true asset and very well liked clinician here in Motueka. Alongside her work with us she has been concurrently studying at AUT recently completing  Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy - a challenging and very well-earned qualification that we all congratulate her on attaining.

 

With her rehabilitation expertise Lara leads The Physio Clinic's service at Oceania Healthcare's Woodlands Resthome and Hospital. She also has a developing interest in pain management and sports physiotherapy. Her gentle, engaging and empathic manner is a real feature of her practice. 

Liz Thompson - Physiotherapist
Qualifications
DipPhys, NZRP 
Certified Mulligan Practioner and Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner
Professional affiliations
- NZMPA (Manipulative Physiotherapists' Association) 
- SPENZ (Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy)
- MINZ (McKenzie Institute NZ)

Liz hails originally from Scotland but has called Motueka her home since 2006. She is a popular and well known physiotherapist in the area, with a keen interest and extensive experience with regional and local rugby teams, particularly the local Kahurangi team. Liz has a great passion for all areas of physiotherapy, but especially assessment and treatment of sporting injuries using her skills as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner and Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.  Liz is also qualified in advanced dry needling techniques.
 

Outside of work, Liz is Mum to four grown up children and with her husband Robin, she loves running and biking. The London Marathon has been conquered by them and many new challenges await! 

Liz is also a volunteer fire fighter with Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Dr Wendy Benwell - Physiotherapist
Qualifications
DPT, MSc (Kinesiology), NZRP
Professional
California Licenced Physical Therapist, UESCA Certified Running Coach

We're excited to be welcoming Wendy back to Motueka, she'll be returning to work with us from the start of April 2021. Wendy is a diversely skilled musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a particular interest in running injuries, rehabilitation and conditioning.

 

More details to follow.   

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