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.
Pam Finn ( Physiotherapist - partner )
Recurrent or chronic problems are a common issue for many people following sports, spinal or occupational injuries. Pam can help you minimise this risk with her expertise in muscle balance, postural awareness retraining and trunk stability exercises. Additionally Pam is one of the few Auckland physiotherapists trained in kinesiotaping, a new and very popular taping technique which can stimulate or inhibit muscle activity, stimulate lymphatic return and moblilise fascia. Pam completed her Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1982 and is a founding partner of Ponsonby Physiotherapy. Her deep understanding of chronic pain and how that affects peoples lives and mobility allows her to help clients that others have given up on. She pioneered the original Better Backs programme at the Tepid Baths, and continues to help people improve their ability to cope with chronic conditions and pain through ACC funded activity based programmes in our rehabilitation gym. Her excellent relationships with local GPs and specialists helps deliver best practice care to her clients. Her passion for sports medicine is satisfied by her support of the touch rugby competition at Cox’s Bay over summer.
Toni Bradshaw ( 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.
Toni is currently on maternity leave.
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 recently returned to New Zealand in 2011 after 4 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.
Laura Quinn ( Physiotherapist )
Laura has spent the last 8 years honing her skills as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist within New Zealand, Australia and the UK. During this time Laura has developed a special interest in spinal and pelvic dysfunction, sporting injuries – particularly in children, as well as assessing and treating biomechanical imbalances.
Laura has also been a team physiotherapist for various sporting events and teams.
Along with her physiotherapy skills, Laura is trained in acupuncture and pilates and uses these skills to help patients regain strength and mobility.
She enjoys teaching the foundations of pilates one on one and seeing people gain the confidence and strength to move into a class environment.
Laura incorporates her acupuncture skills in both western acupuncture and dry needling techniques to provide a holistic approach to treating and managing a variety of injuries and conditions.
Jodi Porter ( Physiotherapist )
Jodi has recently returned to the New Zealand workforce, having spent eight years in London working in private practice and attending a variety of courses to extend her physiotherapy skills. Jodi is a Certified APPI Pilates mat-work instructor, and uses her understanding of human movement to underpin her physiotherapy treatments.
Jodi draws from 13 years experience as a physiotherapist, both in the clinic and on the sports field to treat all kinds of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. She uses hands-on treatments, combined with acupuncture, pilates and exercise rehabilitation, to ensure that the core of the problem is addressed. She also focuses on changing the way the body moves and functions, to prevent faulty movement patterns from contributing to further pain and injury.
Teaching the fundamentals of human movement through pilates is a passion for Jodi, and one that sees great results in patients long term, particularly those recovering from back pain or injury, and Mums recovering from childbirth.
A highlight of her career was a stint in Valencia in 2007 as the Team Physiotherapist for Team USA, BMW Oracle Racing. Jodi has treated rugby players, track and field athletes, runners, sailors and numerous weekend warriors, as well as office workers, so has a great understanding of the challenges sports-people face.
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 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.
Louise has been with our clinic for 8 years, always providing our patients with a happy greeting, whilst keeping the physios on their toes. Louise is a super keen golfer and although she probably wouldn’t let on, she is pretty good at it too. Louise has four grown children, who at various times have passed through the clinic with their various injuries.
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 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.