The Urban Physio is a contemporary rehabilitation and wellness clinic, born from the desire to deliver cutting edge treatment and a local world class physio service.
We specialise in musculoskeletal conditions, including acute and chronic injuries, post-surgical needs, and workplace injuries. We don’t just treat the symptoms - we focus on finding the origin of your discomfort.
With a wealth of experience in the international sporting arena, where being on top of your game is paramount, The Urban Physio is tailored towards a variety of patients, including busy urban professionals, athletes, mothers and anyone interested in maintaining and enhancing their health and wellness.
We know that you know your body best, which is why we don’t require a doctor’s referral and as an ACC registered provider, we’re able to get you sorted as soon as possible. And if you need an X-ray or specialist review, we can refer you also.
Catherine has a holistic approach to her own life that resonates with those she treats. A firm believer in addressing overall health and wellness when managing her clients’ injuries, Catherine is driven by the challenge of getting her patients back to doing what they love, as soon as possible.
Trained in Acupuncture, Dry Needling and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Catherine is qualified with a:
Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy);
Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Western Acupuncture);
Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy); and
Master of Health Practice (Musculoskeletal) with honours.
Catherine brings international sporting experience as a Physio for some of New Zealand’s most successful sporting teams:
Lead Physio for the NZ U20 Women’s Football Ferns Team;
Lead Physio for the 2017 NZ Youth Commonwealth Games Team; and
Touring Physio for the NZ Women’s Football Ferns Team.
With over 12 years’ experience under her belt, Catherine operates on the premise that prevention is better than cure and educating her patients is the crucial key to effective treatment and preventing future injury. She focuses on listening to her patients and understanding their goals to enable them to return to their urban lifestyle and enjoy a life that’s pain free.
With a passion for exploring, travelling and hiking, Valerie knows how important it is to have a healthy body to enjoy these pursuits.
Valerie has a special interest in treating back pain and has an enviable list of qualifications and experience, including a:
Doctor of Physiotherapy;
Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Western Acupuncture);
Bachelor of Health Sciences; and
Bachelor of Arts.
Valerie has extensive expertise in helping both private clients and high performance sports teams, including:
Three seasons as the Team Sports Trainer and Physiotherapist for the Sydney Bears Ice Hockey Team, Australia;
Team Physiotherapist for the 2017 Australian Under 18s Men's and Senior Men's Ice Hockey Team (Gold and Silver winners); and
Team Physiotherapist for the 2018 New Zealand Under 20s Men's Ice Hockey Team in the World Under-20 Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Pain and back issues are complex, which is why Valerie employs a range of techniques with her clients, including Myofascial Therapy, Manipulation, Dry Needling, McKenzie Techniques and prescribing exercise. In addition to treating back issues, Valerie comes well qualified and experienced to deal with all injuries and niggles that a busy urban lifestyle can bring on.
As an avid surfer himself, Leon understands the fundamentals to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle outside the work environment. Leon will motivate you to become as greatly invested in your recovery as he is, plus he will help you to identify and address other factors which may be impacting your recovery, such as sleep, diet and stress.
Leon has a specialist interest in post-surgical rehabilitation, treating sports injuries and persistent pain. He utilises a vast range of techniques including Manual Therapy, Trigger Point Massage, Exercise Prescription and Dry Needling. He is qualified with a:
Bachelor of Health Science: Physiotherapy
Foundation Dry Needling Certificate
Advanced Upper Body Dry Needling Certificate
He also brings with him the fantastic achievement of being awarded the John Morris Memorial Prize 2015, best student clinician and earning top clinical grades.
Leon has previous experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, was the team physiotherapist for the Silverdale under 19 and 21’s Rugby Team in 2016/17, and has previously represented New Zealand in the U23 Underwater Hockey Team. Outside of the clinic, you wouldn’t be surprised to stumble across Leon at the beach, surfing, or enjoying one too many coffees.
Hailing from a medical family, Orla was born to become a Physio. She focuses on rehabilitating her clients so they can return to their favourite leisure activities as soon as possible, and as a keen sportswoman she enjoys incorporating exercise into their daily routine.
Orla embraces several specialities and has a special interest in mobilisation and soft tissue therapy to help ensure that people leave in less pain than they arrived in. Her welcoming and friendly manner helps clients feel at ease from the outset.
Trained in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Dry Needling, Orla is qualified with a:
Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy; and a
Certificate in Dry Needling.
During her training, Orla completed a number of clinical placements which helped her to develop her diverse skill set. A key highlight was undertaking an elective placement at Nurture Africa’s Health Centre in Uganda. This led to her successfully submitting a dissertation titled “Outcomes from Routines-Based Interviews with Ugandan Families” which she presented at the prestigious Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference in 2018.
A desire to experience different cultures and a love of nature brought Orla to New Zealand. Outside work, Orla plays Gaelic football (after competing at club and county level in Ireland) and camogie. And when not on the field, you can find Orla hiking, swimming or training for her next triathlon.
Passionate, energetic and motivated, Diana is a savvy Office Manager with significant experience running busy offices in a range of industries.
With a strong interest in health and wellbeing, Diana keeps The Urban Physio ticking along behind the scenes working across accounts, marketing and administration.
Diana’s superb people skills and ability to gel with a wide range of people make her an integral part of the team. She is also the resident animal lover, having originally trained and worked as a Veterinary Nurse before turning her talents to marketing, media, event management and office management.
Outside work, Diana has a busy urban life juggling a husband, two children and a dog, yet still finds time to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and run marathons.