Meet the team

Daniel Harvey

Principal Physiotherapist / Director
Clinical interest in shoulder pain and post-surgical rehabilitation
Daniel Harvey (or Harvey as he is known to his patients) is the principal physiotherapist and director of Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy. He is a proud Westie, who has lived in West Auckland for over 30 years and attended local schools. Harvey has developed expertise in shoulder conditions and the diagnosis of shoulder pain was the subject for his Master’s thesis. Harvey has strong links with Auckland’s leading Orthopaedic, Medical and Pain Specialists and has developed a reputation for producing excellent post-surgical and chronic pain rehabilitation outcomes. Harvey is the former President of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association.
Qualifications: Master of Health Science via Thesis (Honours), Master of Health Practice (Distinction) in Rehabilitation, Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Western Acupuncture), Advanced Practitioner (Manipulative Therapy), Advanced Practitioner (Sports & Orthopaedic)

Annemieke Nola

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and acupuncture
Annemieke graduated with a Physiotherapy Degree in Holland and originally joined Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy in 2006 for five years. Annemieke has rejoined the Sports & Spinal team after a short sabbatical/maternity leave. Annemieke has worked with many representative rugby teams and has been a Physiotherapist for New Zealand Football Women's U20's and U17's Teams and the lead Physiotherapist for New Zealand Hockey Women's U18's Team. She utilizes a mixture of manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation and Western Acupuncture. Annemieke has now stepped up into a management role as the Physiotherapy Services Manager.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy), Master of Health Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Western Acupuncture), ACE Diploma of Personal Training

Nadia Richards

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain conditions
Nadia graduated with her Physiotherapy degree in 2008 and joined Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy in 2014. Nadia has worked in Acute Medical Centres, Pilates Rehabilitation and Neurological Rehabilitation since graduating. Nadia delivers gym and pool based rehabilitation for clients post orthopedic surgery and on pain programmes. She is also based at the Westgate clinic and is acupuncture qualified. Nadia has a passion for Yoga and Pilates and has developed expertise in core strengthening and stability.
Qualifications: Master of Health Practice (Rehabilitation), Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Western Acupuncture), Stability Plus Pilates Instructor

Simon Insley

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in lower limb pain and sport specific rehabilitation
Simon is an English physiotherapist who arrived in New Zealand in March 2012. Simon graduated from the University of Nottingham and is currently the travelling Physiotherapist to the Auckland Aces Cricket Team. Simon has also worked with the West Indian men's and women's teams during the 2014 tour of NZ. Simon has developed expertise in treating both acute and chronic lower limb conditions. Simon has a passion for sports specific rehabilitation and has great success in returning athletes of all abilities back into their sports following injury.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Hons) Physiotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, Current Master of Sports Physiotherapy student at Bath University, UK

Liana Chapman

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in pain management and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
Liana graduated from The University of Otago in 2010, with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has spent the past five years working across the ditch in Australia, but is thrilled to have recently returned home to New Zealand. Liana has developed specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of persistent pain management and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in extending her expertise through ongoing post-graduate studies in pain management. Liana will predominantly be operating, with a strong biopsychosocial approach, out of our new Constellation Drive clinic on the North Shore of Auckland. She looks forward to meeting her clients and helping them to manage their pain, through individualised education and evidence-based interventions.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Jonathan Geaves

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in sport specific rehabilitation and post-surgical rehabilitation
Jonny is an English Physiotherapist who arrived in New Zealand in April 2015. He studied at St George’s University of London and qualified in 2011. He has spent the last three and a half years living in Singapore working with National Sports teams including Rugby, Football and Cricket. In Singapore, he also worked in a busy hospital where he experienced caring for the elderly and the critically ill. Jonny prides himself on fun, client-centred care and tailor-makes any treatment programme to fit the needs and limitations of his clients. He has a passion for sport and will help anyone get back to where they wish to be.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) Physiotherapy

Nicole Roiall

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in persistent pain management
Nicole graduated from AUT in 2010, with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She spent the first 4.5 years after graduating working in a Rehabilitation Hospital and Pain Management clinic in Australia before moving back to New Zealand last year to work for ADHB as a Community Neurological Physiotherapist. Nicole has developed specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of persistent pain management and neurological rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in extending her expertise through ongoing post-graduate studies in pain management. She grew up in the heart of Taranaki where she developed a strong passion for sports which include hockey, snowboarding and wakeboarding. Nicole will predominantly be operating, with a strong biopsychosocial and holistic approach, out of our new Constellation Drive clinic on the North Shore of Auckland. Nicole is looking forward to meeting her new clients and helping them develop pain management strategies through education and evidence-based interventions which will help improve their quality of life.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Arliah Davis

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in spine and age related musculoskeletal conditions
Arliah graduated from AUT University in 2013 and began her new graduate career at Sports & Spinal in 2014. After two years she departed to complete her OE in the UK for three years where she worked across multiple settings including sports, musculoskeletal, rehabilitative and post-surgical Physio. Arliah also worked in some of the most prestigious hospitals including the Royal Marsden and Imperial College in the UK. In mid-2018 she completed her Masters degree in Rehabilitation from AUT University and returned to NZ to work as a Senior Physiotherapist at Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy. Arliah has a deep interest in the spine and back related injuries, age-related conditions e.g. Osteoarthritis, and working with acute and chronic sporting injuries. Arliah’s passions outside of work include surfing, snowboarding and CrossFit which help her to relate to likeminded patients.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Western Acupuncture), Master of Health Practice (Rehabilitation)

Miriam Sims

Senior Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in management of persistent pain
Miriam graduated from AUT in 2012 and joined Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy in 2017. Miriam has worked in a range of different physiotherapy roles within public hospitals since graduating, including rehabilitation and with breathing disorders. In 2016, she spent one year in Bangladesh setting up an outpatient physiotherapy service for a local hospital and providing physiotherapy for orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Miriam brings with her a keen interest in pain management and breathing disorders. She will be based at the Montel clinic and will be primarily involved in return to work and pain management programmes.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

Tara George

Staff Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in musculoskeletal conditions with particular interest in the upper limb and spinal conditions
Tara has joined the Sports & Spinal team after graduating from AUT in 2015. Tara has a passion for helping people and looks forward to extending her knowledge in acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, particularly shoulder and spinal conditions. She grew up in the Waikato and has been involved in a wide range of sports including; hockey, surf lifesaving, surfing, and triathlons. Tara has undergraduate experience working in a range of acute hospital environments, and is involved with research at AUT. As a clinician, Tara actively works alongside her clients to facilitate their recovery and independence towards their desired goals.
Qualifications: BHSc (Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Western Acupuncture)

Tim Thelning

Staff Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in musculoskeletal conditions with particular interest in sporting injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation
Tim has joined Sports & Spinal in 2018 after graduating in 2015 from the University of Otago and having 2 years of previous experience working in a musculoskeletal private practice. Tim has a passion for helping his patients achieve their goals whether on the sports field or around the home. Tim grew up in North Otago and has experience playing a host of different sports including rugby, rowing, running, cricket and golf. Tim works hard with his patients to get them back to full fitness and finding the root cause of an injury to prevent it from recurring, with a particular focus on correcting movement biomechanics and rectifying any underlying weaknesses that may be present. Tim is keen to further his qualifications in dry needling and his use of Mulligan manual therapy. Tim is looking forward to meeting his new clients and helping them through their rehabilitation journey.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Physiology)

Nicola O’Neale

Staff Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a particular interest in sport related injuries
Nicola has joined the Sports & Spinal team after graduating from AUT in 2016. Nicola grew up in Wellington where she first developed a passion for sports. She continues to spend the majority of her spare time participating a in a wide range of sports at various levels including road cycling, kickboxing, pilates, snowboarding, skiing and triathlons. Throughout her studies at AUT she worked as a therapy assistant for Waitakere District Health Board and is in her third year of assisting Kumeu Rugby Club’s U21 and Reserve teams. Through these experiences Nicola has developed a passion for assisting people from all backgrounds reach their individual goals and is looking forward to extending her knowledge in biomechanics and injury prevention.
Qualifications: BHSc (Physiotherapy), Diploma in Sport (Advanced Exercise Prescription)

Jess Paton

Staff Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in lower limb conditions and age related rehabilitation
Jess has joined the Sports & Spinal team after graduating from AUT in 2016. She has a passion for helping people and with particular interests in sporting injuries. Jess has come from a sporting background having grown up competing in rowing, netball and running. She has also gained undergraduate experience working alongside rugby teams. Jess is really looking forward to meeting her new clients and helping them through their rehabilitation.
Qualifications: BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Miles Crayford

Physiotherapist
Clinical interest in musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in spinal conditions
Miles joined the Sports & Spinal team after graduating from AUT in 2017. He grew up in Wellington but has recently returned from living in South America for three years. Miles is passionate about musculoskeletal injuries and facilitating people in their recovery from injury, no matter how big or small. He enjoys Calisthenics exercise as well as gymnastics and circus training. Miles has gained undergraduate experience while on placement at rehab-plus outpatient ward as well as the musculoskeletal ward at Greenlane hospital. Miles aspires to further his physiotherapy practice by developing his skills in manipulative therapy as well as dry needling. He looks forward to meeting new clients and assisting on their journey of rehabilitation.
Qualifications: BHSc (Physiotherapy), BMus with Honours

Sharon Thomas

Senior Occupational Therapist
Clinical interest in workplace assessments, return to work plans and vocational rehabilitation
Sharon trained for her Occupational Therapy career in Pretoria, South Africa, graduating in 1998, following shortly thereafter with a Post Graduate Diploma of Vocational Rehabilitation in 2000. Sharon has a range of clinical experience from her work in South Africa with the South African Defence Force, and since settling in New Zealand in 2001. Her experience covers neurological rehabilitation, mental health recovery and physical rehabilitation. Sharon uses creative and innovative methods to support her clients in achieving their functional goals. As an Occupational Therapist who specializes in return to work rehabilitation, she advocates for her clients, collaborates with their employers, ACC and the multi-disciplinary team members involved in their rehabilitation.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Postgraduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation

Christine Lindsay

Senior Occupational Therapist
Clinical interest in workplace assessments, return to work plans and vocational rehabilitation
Christine trained at AUT for a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy), graduating in 2007, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation in 2013. Christine has a range of clinical experience from her work in neurological rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and work completed in Sydney for the Department of Veteran Affairs and Work-Cover. Christine is passionate about assisting clients with their rehabilitation journey by going the extra mile to ensure they achieve their functional rehabilitation goals. She implements a collaborative approach with the client, their employer, ACC and the multi-disciplinary team members involved in their rehabilitation, maintaining open communication and enthusiasm.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Rehabilitation

Heather Patton

Senior Occupational Therapist
Clinical interest in workplace assessments, return to work plans and vocational rehabilitation
Heather qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating in 1999, and continued her studies by obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma of Vocational Rehabilitation in 2003. Heather also obtained a Master's degree in business administration in 2010 through one of South Africa’s leading universities. While in South Africa, Heather gained a wide range of clinical exposure in the vocational rehabilitation field and established herself as a preferred service provider in the life insurance industry. Heather is known for her forward thinking and innovative approach to ensuring the highest standards of care for her clients and is passionate about return to work. She has been instrumental in shaping the vocational rehabilitation landscape within South Africa and supporting Occupational Therapists in the field. With a recent move to New Zealand in late 2017, Heather brings with her a lot of transferable skills in successfully delivering vocational rehabilitation services for Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy.
Qualifications: BSc OT (Witwatersrand), PGDip Vocational Rehabilitation (Pretoria), MBA (Witwatersrand)

Rebekah Devcich, Ginny Parris and Donna Stevens

Administration Team
Rebekah (pictured left), Ginny and Donna are here to help schedule your appointments and assist you with all the paper work. They also manage all communication and will forward business enquiries to the Directors.

Ginny

Donna Stevens

Donna