MEET OUR TEAM 

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. 

 

BUN SATO

Senior Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (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 is currently completing his postgraduate studies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy to further develop his skillset and knowledge.

GARETH FRASER

Senior Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Gareth has special interest in sport sideline physiotherapy and is dedicated to getting competitive and recreational athletes back to sports as soon as possible. Gareth utilises many adjuncts to his exercise based rehabilitation and especially uses deep tissue massage and cupping as adjuncts to therapy. 

GEORGINA GARDNER

Senior Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Georgina is an exercise and rehabilitation physiotherapist focusing on dry needling, exercise prescription, post-operative rehabilitation and sideline management. Georgina is currently completing her post-graduate studies at AUT in manual and manipulative physiotherapy.

ISABELLE LEASK

Senior Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Isabelle takes special interest in clients with dance, acrobatic, pilates and gymsport backgrounds. Isabelle has a hands on approach to treatment and implements exercise prescription and rehabilitation to facilitate recovery.

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.

CHRISTOPHER MCINTOSH

Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Christopher graduated from AUT in 2017 and specialises in sports rehabilitation with a particular interest in basketball type injuries as he is a competitive athlete himself. He is an advocate for exercise focused rehabilitation for all types of injuries and has particular interest in knee injury rehabilitation from cutting/pivoting sports. Chris’ treatments are emphasised individualised on goal planning and uses various techniques such as massage, dry needling and manual relief techniques to enhance recovery.

TRENT TAGALOA

Physiotherapist

NZRP BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Trent graduated from AUT in 2017, and uses a holistic approach to his physiotherapy. Trent uses numerous treatment and rehabilitation styles including dry needling, cupping, and massage to guide his patients towards their ideal goals. He focuses on sport-specific rehabilitation and creates treatments to include a balance of clinical modalities and exercise-based rehabilitation to improve muscle activation, strength, mobility and overall function.

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.

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