We have a team of experienced and highly educated physiotherapists,
each of whom have their particular style and approach. We value the
individual patient and value our individuality as physiotherapists, and
encourage you to see the person most suited to you and your needs.
All our physiotherapists are members of Physiotherapy New Zealand
Glenn Thomas - Principal Physiotherapist
PGDipHSM, PGCertPhys (Acup.), BHSc (Physio), NZRP
- 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
PGDipHSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), BPhty, NZRP
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 completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2020.
With her rehabilitation expertise Lara leads The Physio Clinic's service at Oceania Healthcare's Woodlands and Otumarama Resthomes. 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
Certified Mulligan Practioner and Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner
- 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
DPT, MSc (Kinesiology), NZRP
California Licenced Physical Therapist, UESCA Certified Running Coach
Wendy Benwell has clinical experience dating back to 2007 in the profession of Physiotherapy. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in California, in addition to a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine. Wendy’s current practice of physiotherapy is within the field of orthopedics with special interest in sports medicine. Her research includes the pattern of snowboard injuries at California ski resorts and neural dynamics related to adverse mechanical tension.
Professional experience includes being a sports medicine provider for the US Olympic Trials in track and field 2012 and Speaker for the Triathlon Seminar Series Intro to Ironman Triathlon, Queenstown, NZ, 2011.Wendy is a certified yoga instructor for athletes, and a certified UESCA running and ultra-running coach. She has a particular interest in biomechanical running assessment and screening for injury prevention and to enhance performance. Wendy was a certified USA Triathlon Coach for 20 years and has competed in triathlons and ironman distance triathlons. Most recently Wendy has focused on marathon and ultramarathon racing internationally.
Personally, she enjoys trail running, snowboarding, surfing, yoga, stand up paddling, tramping and traveling with her husband.