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Tony Forde (Orewa)

Tony qualified at Leeds university in 1998 with a physiotherapy honours degree. He went on to work for the largest teaching hospital in Europe, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, for 5 years. Here he rotated throughout multiple physiotherapy specialities before specialising in musculoskeletal injuries. After marrying, he travelled around the world for a year before setting up his own practice in the UK, treating many high performance ultra-distance runners and cyclists. He also provided physiotherapy services to the Leeds Rhinos professional rugby league team.

Tony his wife and two children emigrated to New Zealand in 2009 and settled on the Hibiscus Coast. He has a particular specialist interest in shoulder injuries and work based problems.

Tony has been keen squash player for a number of years. He regularly treats local players and has worked on the National Trans Tasman Junior Squash tournament: this involved treating the top juniors players in New Zealand and Australia.

He is a hands on physiotherapist who continually strives for the best outcomes for his patients: he provides best practice care through manual therapy and progressive rehabilitation programs. Tony is very friendly, well known and respected in the wider community.

Nikki Ellis (Orewa)

Nikki is a registered physiotherapist who focuses on back and neck pain treatment and management. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor and has an interest in the biomechanics and injuries of horse riders.

In 1995, Nikki qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University and then went on to complete her MSc (Masters) in Manual Therapy full time at University College London, sitting her membership exams to qualify as a member of the Manipulation Association of Charted Physiotherapists in the UK in 2000. While working in the UK, Nikki was a visiting clinical lecturer and a student supervisor.

In 2002, she set up her own busy private practise, working closely with musculoskeletal doctors. During both her time with the NHS and in private practice, Nikki has worked extensively with musculoskeletal doctors and surgeons. Nikki moved to New Zealand in 2007 and has continued to develop her interest and post graduate training in spinal musculoskeletal pathologies and injuries, and continues to maintain close links with spinal surgeons.

Darrell Flinn (Orewa)

Darrell has extensive experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, gained whilst working in hospitals and private practices in the United States and New Zealand. His special interests are lower back and neck pain: he continues to pursue further study in these areas as well as general musculoskeletal physiotherapy (the McKenzie method in particular) to expand his skills and experience so you can get the best possible treatment. Darrell has been part of the Coast Orewa Physio Team since 2017.

Claire Cassidy (Silverdale)

Claire graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from Auckland University of Technology. She has a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehab and biomechanics and is passionate about helping others recover so they can return to the activities which are important to them. She has been involved in many sports and performing arts over the years, including ballet, gymnastics, netball, and athletics. Currently she is learning circus skills on aerial silks.

Natalie Paynter - Hand Therapist (Silverdale)

Natalie has over 20 years’ experience working in private practice, initially as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist prior to specialising in hand therapy. She has post graduate qualifications in Hand Therapy, Western Acupuncture, and in Pain and Pain Management.

Natalie has a keen interest in hand therapy and acupuncture. She attempts to tailor her treatments to the person, in the hope of minimising the limitations that injuries can cause.

She enjoys mountain biking, swimming, and time with family.

Jackie Piper (Silverdale)

Jacki Piper qualified as a physiotherapist from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1969 and went on to do a post graduate diploma in manipulative physiotherapy in the early 1980’s. Since then, Jacki has attended postgraduate courses on a continuing basis for the benefit of her clients, who receive the most appropriate and up to date treatment. She started her own physiotherapy practice in Titirangi in the early eighties and sold in 2002: during this time, as well as doing “hands on” musculoskeletal and rehabilitation physiotherapy, she was also the physiotherapist for a national league men’s basketball team. For the last ten years as well as doing “hands on” physiotherapy, she has been doing gym based rehabilitation for ACC clients who have either loss of physical function or chronic pain as their main problem.

Jacki is passionate about keeping physically fit and doing the activities she enjoys, and is keen to help other people do the same. Her main recreational activities are kite surfing, trail bike riding, and stand up paddleboarding – more occasionally windsurfing, mountain biking, kayaking, running, tramping, skiing, wakeboarding and fishing.

Peter Melvin - Hand Therapist (Silverdale)

Pete has 30 years of sports and spinal Physiotherapy experience. In the last 10 years he has qualified and provided hand therapy treatment.

He has previously been involved with ski patrol Whakapapa, 1st XV rugby, and Silverdale rugby club. He has a keen interest in outdoor sport, including sailing, cycling, tramping, and skiing.

Pete has a practical and caring approach to problem solving in his treatment, focused on restoring function and getting you active again.

Nathan Trebilco (Silverdale)

Nathan is Coast Physio’s Clinical Director. He has a keen interest in sports physiotherapy, with over 15 years’ experience and postgraduate qualifications at Masters level. He has travelled with Touch NZ on numerous overseas tours and is currently working with Silverdale and North Harbour Rugby. He prides himself in his people skills, diagnostic ability and implementing effective treatment.

Danielle Quigley (Whangaparaoa)

Dani has seven years’ experience working in physio, with a biomechanics background and a special interest in sports and athlete development, including youth in sport. Prior to having a child, Dani has played netball and tennis to a regional level, and beach volleyball and volleyball to an international level, which sparked her interest in injury prevention through optimum biomechanics.

Her prior work includes golf physiotherapy , high school sevens rugby and volleyball sports physio, as well as working in a medical practice with general population injuries and post surgical rehab. She prides herself on evidence-based best practice and implementing patient-centred rehab protocols.

Jessica Bell (Whangaparaoa)

Jessica graduated in 2011 from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy). Since then, she has worked in both public and private settings. She is a pelvic health physiotherapist, certified under Melissa Davidson. As a pelvic health physiotherapist, she is able to help people who have problems with incontinence, pelvic pain, tail bone pain and more. She also has a special interest in helping children who are having problems with day or night-time incontinence.

John Lanigan (Whangaparaoa)

John graduated in 1985 with postgraduate qualifications including manipulative therapy, and has developed a depth of experience and excellent diagnostic skills. Treating the problem and using exercise to prevent recurrence is key to his approach in keeping you fit and active. A keen yachtsman and runner, his areas of expertise are the spine and shoulder, using an exercise / Pilates based approach.

Michelle Pirie-McNair (Whangaparaoa)

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