Why choose us
Our team of experienced Physiotherapists are passionate about getting the best possible outcome for their clients.
Ponsonby Physiotherapy have been in business for over 25 years. Right from the beginning, our passion has been to provide the best possible treatment for our patients. And we believe treating the person, rather than just the condition, is paramount.
That’s why we like to spend extra time with you during your initial consultation. That way we get to fully understand the cause of your injury and your expectations for rehabilitation.
It also allows us to recommend the most appropriate treatment programme for you, as well as putting strategies in place to prevent recurrence.
We also maintain ongoing communication with your Doctor, referrer or alternative health provider to ensure we achieve the best result for you.
All of our physiotherapists are highly experienced, with post graduate qualifications. On top of that, they commit to ongoing education every year so we can offer you the most up-to-date treatment and care for a wide variety of injuries. Each physiotherapist also has an area of particular interest so we can offer you specialised treatment when you need it.
When you come to us for treatment, you not only get the skill and experience of your individual physiotherapist, you get the combined experience of the entire team who work together (or with external practitioners where necessary) in order to achieve a full recovery for you.
Toni Strong ( Physiotherapist - partner )
Having experience as an elite athlete herself, (Toni represented NZ in cycling in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games), Toni has a great empathy for the injured athlete as well as the everyday pains and strains she sees. Since her graduation in 1997 she has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from Otago University, the PAANZ Introductory Acupuncture course as well as completing Level 1, 2 and Pre and post-natal APPI pilates courses, all which help her to provide up to date treatment to ensure your recovery is as quick as possible. She has a keen interest in Sports Biomechanics, particularly in cycling and running, and will combine an understanding of the biomechanics affecting your injury in combination with manual therapy and muscle balance to improve your general well being. She is continually interested in on-going education and learning more so she can offer the best help for any problem that presents at the clinic. Toni also understands effective communication with your GP and/or specialist may be key to analysing and treating your problem.
Fiona Wilson ( physiotherapist )
Fiona graduated from Otago University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports medicine in 2001 and a Certificate in Manual Therapy in 2002. Fiona has also continued to develop her skills in the area of biomechanics, muscle balance and pilates. Over 12 years, Fiona has worked in a diverse range of clinics treating a variety of conditions. She returned to New Zealand in 2011 after four years of working in Harley Street, London at a clinic specialising in sports and spinal injuries and rehabilitation.
Fiona has also worked as a physiotherapist for various sporting codes, ranging from Rugby league, netball, softball to the Xterra triathlon team who competed at the World Championships. She is herself a keen athlete and enjoys competing in triathlons, off road running, mountain biking, skiing, windsurfing and sailing. Fiona has a special interest in endurance athletes and the biomechanics and posture of athletes during sport.
Fiona has also completed her Pilates qualification through the Austrailan Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and enjoys teaching regular pilates classes at the clinic.
Laura Quinn ( Physiotherapist-partner )
Laura has spent the last 10 years honing her skills as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist within private practice in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. During this time she has developed special interests in spinal and pelvic dysfunction, sporting injuries and biomechanical imbalances.
Laura feels taking time for a thorough assessment is important for an accurate diagnosis. She will then use a holistic approach with a variety of treatment interventions including breathing retraining, body awareness/core and postural strengthening through pilates rehabilitation, acupuncture/dry needling and manual techniques.
She particularly enjoys teaching the foundations of pilates one on one and seeing people gain the confidence and strength to move into a class environment.
Recently, Laura has qualified as a PINC cancer rehabilitation therapist, an area she is very passionate about.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) 2007; Post Graduate Papers in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Breathing Mechanics) 2017; APPI Pilates Level 1, 2 & 3 Qualified 2016; and AACP Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling 2013.
Max Jackson ( Physiotherapist )
Max has recently moved from the United Kingdom to work as a physiotherapist here in New Zealand. He graduated in 2008 from Salford University in England with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (Hons) and has since worked in various hospitals and clinics around Manchester, gaining a wealth of experience in all core areas of physiotherapy. He specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has 6 years experience working in this area in both the National Health Service and in the private health sector. During this time Max has treated a diverse range of patients, conditions and injuries affecting all parts of the body. These include sports injuries, fractures, post op orthopaedic surgery, chronic pain, muscle imbalance, occupational injuries and many more.
Max has invested a lot of time developing his physiotherapy skills since graduating and has completed an assortment of courses including; the AACP Foundation Acupuncture Course, APPI level 1 Pilates, Mulligan’s manual therapy to name a few. This wide scope of experience allows Max to utilise a range of treatment techniques to work with his patients to rehabilitate them back to full function and achieve the goals he sets in partnership with them.
Outside of work Max likes to spend his time travelling and keeping fit. He used to be a keen soccer player, but more recently he likes to keep fit by running, mountain biking, playing squash and weightlifting. He uses his passion and understanding of sport, fitness and training to help improve his patient’s general health, fitness and well being.
Martina Phillips ( Physiotherapist )
Martina has recently returned to New Zealand after living in Brisbane for the last 7 years, where she has worked in a range of roles in hospitals, community practices, elite sports clinics and in private practice. She first graduated from AUT in 2007 with a Bacelor of Health Science majoring in Physiotherapy, and is due to complete a postgraduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy later this year.
Martina is a qualified Pilates instructor and has also completed certificates in dry needling and acupuncture. She really enjoys taking time with patients to establish exactly what their condition is and how best to manage it, then using a range of therapies to get them back to doing what they want to do.
Kay Summerhayes ( Receptionist )
Kay is the friendly face on our reception during the week. She has worked in the industry for 3 years, so has plenty of experience maneuvering schedules to fit in optimal appointment times for our patients. Outside of work Kay likes to keep active by walking, biking, doing yoga and getting out on the boat – that’s when she’s not spending time with family.
She will always give you a warm welcome when you arrive.
Sonya Ginty ( Physiotherapist )
Sonya specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with expertise in the treatment of muscle and joint conditions. Originating from the UK, Sonya graduated from Cardiff University in 2008. She has worked within the NHS, at two prestigious private sports injury clinics and for an AFL team the Tamworth Phoenix – league winners in 2017.
Sonya provides excellent clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills plus a variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy, sports massage and exercise prescription. She is also an AACP qualified acupuncturist. With experience across trauma and orthopaedics, neuro rehabilitation, respiratory medicine, rheumatology and hydrotherapy – Sonya brings a holistic approach to any sporting injury, complaint or more complex pathology.
Outside of clinic time, Sonya competes in sprint triathlon, open water swimming and road cycling events and is currently making the most of the New Zealand’s outdoor lifestyle, mountain biking and trying her hand at all water sports on offer.
Mia Zackowski ( Massage Therapist )
Mia has been working as a massage therapist since 2004. She trained in Ithaca, New York at The Finger Lakes School of Massage and has helped people feel better in the USA, England, and New Zealand ever since.
She has a special interest in helping people manage chronic pain, jaw discomfort, diaphragm and breathing troubles, stability issues, and migraines.
Mia blends a number of specialist massage techniques in each treatment to create the ultimate balance between actual results you can feel combined with a wonderful massage experience. She works closely with her clients on an individual basis to figure out what they need and what will work best for them and their lifestyle.