Meet the Proactive Physio Team

We are proud of our team of experienced, dedicated individuals.  At Proactive Physio Queenstown, each team member is highly qualified and undergoes continual professional development.  The clinic is ACC accredited and the clinic is able to provide SAW (Stay At Work) contracts for our clients to gradually and safely return to work.

Our friendly customer service and caring, motivated approach ensures we can guide you in the right direction, develop and plan your way forward.

Sonya Anderson – Senior Physiotherapist & Managing Director

Over 16 years of experience working as a full time Physiotherapist, 7 years spent working in UK teaching hospitals and over 9 years working in private practice.  Early on in her career Sonya spent time working closely with Orthopaedic Surgeons & Rheumatologists and went on to complete a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine & then a Diploma in Injection Therapy.  After competing for many years in rowing, Sonya developed a passion for analysing the biomechanics of sports injuries.  Sonya presently specialises in rugby and golf injuries & rehabilitation & has been working with Arrowtown Rugby Club for the last 8 years.  Her passion for analysis of movement has also led to the development of our Golf Analysis service which now uses high speed video analysis of the swing & body motor patterns, to improve your game from any standard.

Sonya enjoys analytical assessment of the whole body and progressing clients from hands on treatments to gym rehabilitation & function.

 

Experience in:

  • Rheumatology
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injury Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Muscle Balance, Core Stability & Postural Correction
  • Arthritis & Chronic Disorders Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture
  • Diploma in Injection Therapy
  • Rugby Physiotherapist for 12 years
  • Golf Analysis & Motor Pattern Training
  • Golf Rehabilitation/Training
  • Fitness & Lactate Testing for Optimal HR Zones & Training Zones
  • Kinesio Taping

 

Rebecca Monk – Senior Physiotherapist & Associate Hand Therapist

Rebecca monk cropped photo website July 2015Rebecca graduated from the Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 2002, where she went on to complete her basic grade rotations in orthopaedics both inpatient and outpatient. From there Rebecca specialised in paediatric Physiotherapy, working at the Manchester Children’s Hospital in a wide range of settings including oncology, respiratory, neurology, orthopaedics and burns & plastics. Working in the challenging field of paediatric burns & plastics Rebecca found it highly rewarding, specialising further to become lead Physiotherapist, and completing a post graduate qualification in Burn Care.

Rebecca moved to Queenstown in 2011 from the UK, to follow her passion for outdoor adventure. With this move Rebecca specialised within the musculoskeletal Physiotherapy setting in busy private practices. Whilst in NZ Rebecca has undergone training in Pilates which she has incorporated into her day to day practice. From past experience working in burns and plastics, Rebecca has a special interest in Hand Therapy where she has obtained a post graduate certificate in Hand and Upper Limb Therapy through AUT University, Auckland.

Outside of work Rebecca spends her time running and biking the local trails all through the year, taking advantage of lake Wakatipu through the summer months wake boarding and paddle boarding.

Experience in:

  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Burns and Plastics Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Dry Needling
  • Splinting
  • Kinesio Taping

 

Laura Wallis – Physiotherapist

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Laura graduated from the University of Otago in 2009. She has since worked in a variety of private practices and through this has developed a keen interest for treating sports injuries and working with footballers. Recently she has been working alongside Football South coaches with their Football Talent Centre (FTC) players, as well as being physiotherapist to the Football South National Women’s team. She has also been team physiotherapist to local rugby and hockey teams over the years.
Laura takes a holistic approach to treatment and likes to combine movement and biomechanics analysis with, manual therapy, dry needling and strength and conditioning to help people reach their potential.
When Laura is not working you will likely find her playing football or getting out enjoying the country’s beautiful scenery be that running, mountain biking or paddling.

Experience in:

  • Sports injuries
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping and myofascial release
  • Taping
  • Manual therapy

 

Lorna Pullin – Physiotherapist

Lorna, originally from England, graduated from Cardiff with a Bsc(Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2010. After graduating, Lorna worked in both Wales and on the south coast before moving to work in a major acute London hospital.

A belief that healthcare is made accessible to all led Lorna to volunteering her physio knowledge and skills in India working with people living below poverty line in several different clinics, hospitals, and camps. Charity work also led Lorna to assisting teams of cyclists on London to Paris cycle challenges.

With special interest in yoga and pilates, Lorna has completed her Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates instructor course and multiple yoga teacher trainings. This complimenting her holistic approach to health, Lorna is passionate about the prevention of musculoskeletal problems through body awareness and correction of postural and biomechanical misalignments.

Seeking a more outdoorsy lifestyle, Lorna moved to Queenstown in 2015. When not at work you’re likely to find Lorna if not on her yoga mat, hiking on one of the beautiful trails Otago has to offer.

Experience in:

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Postural correction
  • Taping

 

Marcus Fung – Massage Therapist

Marcus has over 17 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He began as a massage therapist and a personal trainer in Hong Kong, where he had studied the principles of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Strengthening Technique. He has been working alongside numerous physiotherapists in different clinics to provide support, utilising different techniques.

In 2011, Marcus completed the Master Level Programme for AIS from AIS Northwest, LLC., and became a Master Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening Specialist.

After spending 17 years away from New Zealand, he decided to move back and reside in one of the most beautiful city in the world, where he can enjoy running, hiking, cycling, kayaking and snowboarding

 Experience in:

  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Active Isolated Strengthening
  • Remedial Massage
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Deep Tissue Techniques

 

Casey Lucas – Office Manager

Casey for Website (300x259)A familiar face around town, Casey has been with Proactive since 2013 and previously worked for the AA and at Wakatipu High School. Her focus is technology and marketing with a pinch of accounts thrown in, however she moonlights as a play-by-play commentator for the New Zealand Ice Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation.

Casey originally hails from northern California, USA, but lived outside Salt Lake City, Utah for thirteen years. Somehow despite growing up a stone’s throw from Tahoe, Park City, and Aspen and now living in Queenstown, she does not know how to ski. Fortunately she makes up for that by being an avid hiker, runner, swimmer, kayaker, outdoors photographer, curler, and sportswriter.

During the winter ice hockey season, you will find Casey at Queenstown Ice Arena and on your telly as a host and commentator for the NZIHL’s highlight show, Top Shelf.
 

 

Christine Wardle – Office Administrator

Christine is originally from Kaikoura and started her working career in the marine tourism industry.

After leaving Kaikoura for her big OE, she spent 15 years in the UK where she worked in a variety of roles including working for a member of the NZ equestrian team, aviation operations and voluntary police work.

Whilst in the UK Christine developed an interest in bodybuilding and competed in the figure section of NABBA Central Britain as well as a bikini section at Miami Pro.

Due to the huge drawcard of Queenstown’s great outdoors she made the decision to move back to NZ and settle here with her family. She has a passion for mountain biking and is looking forward to taking advantage of having some great trails here on the doorstep.