MEET OUR TEAM 

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DAVID CLOSE


Senior Physiotherapist & Owner

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

David is the founder and owner of Play On Physiotherapy. His approach to treatment involves manual therapy and a hands on approach to all treatment for his patients. He has special interests in post-operative rehabilitation to return to sport of elite athletes and sports sideline physiotherapy. 

 

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NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy) 
PG Dip HSc (Acupuncture)

Dillon is a senior physiotherapist with over 10 years of clinical experience gained working in New Zealand and in London, UK. 

Dillon has a special interest in working with postoperative clients and his approach to physiotherapy includes the use of manual therapy, massage, acupuncture/ dry needling and exercise prescription.

Dillon brings a wide degree of physiotherapy experience having worked in Rugby Union and Rugby League from the high school level right up to an IRB and NRL level.

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GEORGINA GARDNER

Senior Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy), Dip Sport and Rec, PG Dip HSc (MSK Physiotherapy)

Georgina is an exercise and rehabilitation physiotherapist who has vast knowledge and a range of skills and techniques to provide effective treatments for her patients. These include; dry needling, exercise prescription, massage therapy, manual therapy, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, and sideline/sports management.

Georgina completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2020 which included upskilling manual and manipulative techniques. Her main goal as a physiotherapist is to provide effective, holistic treatments for her patients as well as the knowledge and skills to manage their conditions.

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BUN SATO

Senior Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy) 
PG Dip HSc (MSK Physiotherapy)

Būn graduated from AUT in 2015 after immigrating from Japan working as Thai massage therapist for over 10 years. He has special interest in musculoskeletal injuries concerning the lower back pain, postural related overuse issues and focuses on techniques for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

 

Būn also has an interest in snowboarding/skiing type injuries as he was an instructor in Queenstown for a number of years. He has completed his Post-Graduate studies in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to further develop his skillset and knowledge.

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KAYLAH TIERNEY

Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Kaylah graduated from AUT in 2017 with a BHSc in Physiotherapy. She particularly enjoys helping patients with gymsport, acrobatics and netball backgrounds, specialising in lower limb rehabilitation and general musculoskeletal injuries. Kaylah has worked as a massage therapist for a number of years and as a physiotherapist is an advocate for functional exercise rehabilitation that is supported by manual relief techniques.

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DANNI MALZARD

Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Danni has a special interest in post-operative and sideline management. Whether you are a high performance athlete or humble weekend warrior, Danni will utilize thorough assessment and diagnostic techniques with a focus to improve your overall function, mobility and athletic performance.

 

With years of experience as a massage therapist and gym trainer, Danni is able to provide a hands-on approach accompanied by a strong emphasis on exercise prescription, to provide individually tailored rehabilitation plans with further implementation of injury prevention strategies.

ROMAN BLACKMAN

Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Roman graduated from Otago University in 2020 with a BPthy. His approach to treatment incorporates a mix of manual therapy, dry needling and functional exercise rehabilitation. He enjoys working collaboratively with clients to set realistic short and long term goals. Roman’s background in rugby has sparked a keen interest in strength and conditioning and the role nutrition plays in achieving peak performance.

DILLON LAL

Senior Physiotherapist

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ROMAN BLACKMAN

Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Roman graduated from Otago University in 2020 with a BPthy. His approach to treatment incorporates a mix of manual therapy, dry needling and functional exercise rehabilitation. He enjoys working collaboratively with clients to set realistic short and long term goals. Roman’s background in rugby has sparked a keen interest in strength and conditioning and the role nutrition plays in achieving peak performance.

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HUGH PARK

Senior Acupuncturist

NZASA BHSc (Chinese Medicine)

Hugh graduated from New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine with Bachelor's degree in Health Science Major in Chinese Medicine.

The services he provides are soft and less intensive methods of Oriental Medicine which include Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Tuina, general oriental medical dietary and lifestyle advice.