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About Us

Port Hills Physio + Pilates

The heartbeat of this clinic is:
To provide quality, effective, personal and affordable healthcare
while considering the whole person and their whanau (Community).

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Here at Port Hills Physio + Pilates we have a wonderful team of experienced and capable Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructors working well together. We value working together with you, the patient, and your whanau, to best address your health issues and challenges. We seek to understand what is affecting your health, and how to achieve your goals.

We offer generous appointment times in order to assess and understand how your pain/injury is affecting you and your life. We feel that it is important to identify any obstacles that are in the way of your recovery. These obstacles present in different ways for different people. We value the importance of listening to you, of education and exercise, as well as Movement, Manual therapy, Acupuncture, Dry needling and Soft Tissue Mobilisation.

Pilates studio is where we are able to offer one on one assessment and treatment, duos and small classes up to 4  people max.

We also offer:

  • Hydrotherapy  – small classes of 4-5 people.
  • Breathing Disorder Assessments and management

Ellie Campbell – Physiotherapist

Ellie will start working at PHPP on 6th September and we look forward to welcoming her onto our team. Ellie is friendly, mature and passionate about Life and Physiotherapy.

Ellie completed her physiotherapy degree at the University of Otago in 2016.  She has worked in Dunedin and Christchurch in musculoskeletal , chronic pain and neuro rehabilitation settings.

Ellie has a particular interest in pain rehabilitation using a whole person approach. She loves education to help empower patients to understand their condition well so they can have the tools to best recover. She is passionate about helping patients to get back to the activities most important to them. To achieve this she uses a combination of education, exercise based rehabilitation and hands on treatments.

Outside of work Ellie is involved with running a youth group alongside her husband, Ethan, at Grace Vineyard Church. She also enjoys running, ultimate frisbee, winning board games and spending time with friends.


Rachel Jansen – Physiotherapist

Rachel completed her physiotherapy degree at the University of Otago.  She has worked in both hospital and Musculoskeletal private practice in NZ and the UK.

Rachel has a particular interest in mind body healthcare and using a whole person approach in treating any condition.

Her particular focus is in the area of Breathing Pattern disorders, anxiety and lifestyle factors that affect our health and wellbeing.

Rachel is trained in the BradCliff breathing Method which was developed by Auckland Physiotherapists, Dinah Bradley and Tania Clifton-Smith, who are recognized experts in this field and have published many articles and written several books.

Rachel loves helping patients understand what leads to Breathing dysfunction, and seeing them restore their confidence and wellbeing through simple effective breathing techniques.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys mountain biking, kite surfing,  skiing and adventures in the outdoors with her husband and 3 active children.

Maggie Davies – Physiotherapist + Pilates Instructor

Maggie trained in Scotland and worked in the public sector there for 4 years before immigrating to New Zealand.

In physiotherapy Maggie particularly loves helping people get back to the activities they enjoy. Maggie’s passion is in getting to grips with the bio mechanical causes of issues. She often using hands on techniques to help settle pain and rehab exercises to prevent recurrence and to help people achieve their goals.

Maggie is APPI Mat Pilates trained and enjoys integrating her Physio with her Pilates knowledge.

Outside of physiotherapy Maggie enjoys running (lots of running) and loves spending time doing outdoor activities with her husband Mark and their three young children.

She has recently completed her Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT) and started working with us on 16 March 2020 just before lockdown #1.




Melanie Orr – Pilates Instructor

Melanie has been teaching Pilates since 2004. She first qualified in London, UK with Body Control Pilates and went on to run her own Pilates business for 8 years in Chelmsford, Essex. She returned home to Christchurch in late 2012. Since returning to New Zealand, Melanie has completed further training with Polestar and is now a qualified studio instructor.

Melanie enjoys the challenge of helping clients benefit from Pilates and also continuing her own professional development as a teacher. Melanie believe it is a privilege to work with all her clients and wants them to gain as much as they can from Pilates.

Melanie joins the team in October 2020 and we look forward to working alongside her.

Joanne Kennedy – Physiotherapist

Jo Kennedy joined the Port Hills Physio + Pilates team in October 2018. Jo trained in the UK at Manchester Metropolitan University. She went on to receive her Masters in Advanced Neuromuscular Physiotherapy at King’s College London in 2013, with Distinction.

Jo has worked in the Public and Private sector in the UK and is very experienced in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients using a Holistic, person-centred approach incorporating manual therapy, exercises tailored to patient’s goals, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and group exercise classes. Jo is extremely resourceful and dedicated to her profession. She gives 100% all the time. Her bubbly nature puts you at ease the moment that you meet her.

From June 2021, Jo reduced her clinical hours and is doing an Internship, with the goal of becoming a Physiotherapy Specialist. She will continue to work part-time at Port Hills Physio + Pilates.

Jo and Gary have a young family, and her interests outside of work and family, are Road cycling and Mountain biking.

She is an asset to our team and we enjoy working alongside and learning from her.


Lesley Smith – Physiotherapist

Lesley Smith graduated from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and worked in the Public and Private sector for 9 years before she immigrated to NZ. She registered with the NZ Physiotherapy board in 2000. She is a member of the NZMPA and PNZ .

Lesley enjoys working with people, and loves the challenge of problem solving.  She has a hands-on approach, using manual and manipulative therapy along with Soft Tissue and Trigger Point release techniques, Dry Needling and exercise prescription to help people get back to what they enjoy doing in life. She has just begun to explore a Functional Movement Approach and is enjoying the challenge of integrating this approach into her assessment and treatment plans.

She enjoys treating all Musculoskeletal Conditions and  Sports’ Injuries. She has a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and thoroughly enjoys seeing her patients recover from injury.

Lesley is married to Paul and has 3 growing sons. She enjoys playing tennis, running, walking and being outdoors. She is now a dog-lover too.


Amanda Crean – Physiotherapist + Pilates Instructor

Amanda Crean completed her Physiotherapy degree at The University of Otago Physiotherapy School.  She joined the team at the end of July 2016.  Amanda has extensive Physiotherapy experience,  is a thorough clinician and  is also a Member of PNZ .

Amanda has her Polestar Pilates Certification and is passionate about movement which incorporates Pilates and Physiotherapy.  She also has a particular interest in running injuries, Women’s health and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Acupuncture. She offers 1 on 1 Pilates sessions in the clinic, a few classes, and specific running assessments and interventions. She is an asset to our team and we deem it a privilege to have her on staff.

Amanda incorporates her knowledge of Myofascial Trains, Pilates, Physiotherapy and Myofascial release into her assessments and treatment plans. She is sought after for her different approach to Injury Management through education and movement.

Amanda is married to Aiden. Asti is their newest addition. They love cycling, food, baking, and she keeps us environmentally aware.


Reception Team

Kristen Steele is our Practice Manager and Receptionist.

She is ably assisted by Mari Schuster, Justine Rerekura and Jocelyn Scott.

These friendly ladies share the reception role at our clinic. They will be able to help you should you ring in to make an appointment.

T: 3664710

E: office@porthillsphysiopilates.co.nz


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