For over 20 years, we've kept Cantabrians moving. Our professional staff are registered physiotherapists with a commitment to providing current, best practice care.

The Avonhead Physio & Pilates team

Robyn Owen

Physiotherapist / Director

Robyn Owen
  • Owner/Physiotherapist
  • Dip Physiotherapy Otago 1978
  • Dip Manipulative Physiotherapy 1994
  • Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist 2004

Robyn has over 25 years experience in musculoskeletal assessment and management and over 10 years experience in acupuncture, with post graduate qualifications in manipulative therapy and acupuncture. Robyn has completed DMA pilates instructor Level 1 and 2 and has developed specific physiotherapy skills in the mangaement of jaw joint pain and dysfunction (TMD). Since purchasing Avonhead Physiotherapy in 2004, Robyn has achieved and maintained business certification, currently to the Allied Health Sector Standard 8171:2005. Robyn is committed to ongoing professional development and excellence in patient care.

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Rachel Short

Physiotherapist / Director

Rachel Short
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2004
  • Polestar Pilates 2005
  • Dry Needling 2011

Rachel is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with experience working in sports physiotherapy, workplace injuries, clinical pilates and complex and persisting pain.
Rachel is a trained clinical pilates practitioner and has had two exciting years working for Pulse Netball Franchise in the ANZ championship. Rachel has had two years working in a busy practice in Melbourne which specialised in sports injuries, persisting pain and pilates.

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Belinda Hopkins


Belinda Hopkins
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1998
  • APPI Modified Pilates Matwork 2007
  • Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Perth 2009

Belinda graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Otago University in 1998.  Belinda has continued her physiotherapy education with a certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Perth 2009.  While working in the UK she completed an APPI Modified Pilates Matwork and instructors course in 2007.  Belinda adds a wealth of musculoskeletal skills and experience to our team.

Alicia Brady (currently on maternity leave)


Alicia Brady (currently on maternity leave)
  • BSc Physiotherapy Hons Trinity College Dublin 2015
  • Dynamic Taping Course
  • Part A- McKenzie Course Lumbar Spine
  • Polestar Pilates Gateway

Alicia graduated from Trinity College Dublin Ireland in 2015, getting the opportunity to work in various clinical settings and giving her a baseline for Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic, Neurology and Spinal injury knowledge. Alicia volunteered in Ireland at the Dublin Marathon in Oct 2015 and the National Spinal Championships in Sept 2015.

 Alicia moved to Christchurch  in 2016 and has worked in Private Practice since arriving.  Alicia worked with local sports teams and was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with the West Coast Heartland Rugby Team this season, who made it the Lochore Cup Final last season. Outside of work Alicia is a keen sports fan.

Tracey Reid

Office Manager

Tracey Reid

Tracey excels in customer service, running the front desk and behind the scenes for over 16 years. She is our friendly and welcoming receptionist, working between 8.30 and 5pm approx.

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Jacinda Smaill, Maisie Cropley

Part Time Receptionists

Jacinda Smaill – Thursday and Friday

Maisie Cropley – Evenings

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Allied Health Professionals

Emma Hockley

Registered Psychologist

  • PG Dipl. Psychological Practice
  • Massey University: completion 2016
  • MSc Occ. Psych. Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • MNLP practitioner
  • Member NZ Psychological Society
  • British Psychological Society
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My focus is on strengths and resources rather than deficits and pathology (although formal assessment can help to guide treatment). My therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and I bring in other approaches as needed. I work holistically – the wider cultural and environmental context in which we live and work has an impact on, and is a source of, our health and well-being.

Glenys Henshaw


  • Dipl. of Counselling
  • PG Dip Diet
  • BHSc
  • Member NZAC
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I work from a person/client centred approach and bringing ‘tools’ from other approaches, (CBT, solution focus, narrative therapy and others) to the counselling relationship when needed. My role is to provide a safe and non-judgemental place that allows you the client, to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions without prejudice. I work holistically – including diet and activity as part of the strategies in helping to feel better. I’m happy to work with grief and loss, anxiety and depression, trauma including past trauma, relationship difficulties and eating disorders.

Karina Perry

Mind Map Psychology


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (Distinction), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Master of Arts (Distinction), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours (First Class), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist, New Zealand Psychology Board
  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

Karina is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with more than 7 years experience. She has worked with many clients to overcome challenging life experiences and work towards their goals in terms of improving relationships, emotion management, developing conflict resolution skills, building resilience, managing addictions and achieving healthy lifestyle balance. Karina is able to offer assessment and evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health difficulties as well as recovery from traumatic events, support with life transitions, stress management, parenting, relationship problems and communication-related concerns. Karina provides confidential and empathic therapy and seeks to ensure clients feel respected and understood. Her goal is to assist clients to feel empowered to achieve personal growth and improve their quality of life.

Mike Bancroft

Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer

Mike Bancroft
• BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling
• ACC ISSC Treatment Provider
• MNZAC registered with NZAC
Mike works in a holistic way, focusing on clients’ needs in working with the changes, challenges and struggles in their lives. He frequently works with individuals who have a number of interrelated issues, be they abuse, trauma, addiction, depression, loss, stress, relationships, life transitions, or anxiety. A foundation of the work is building a safe, respectful and supportive environment and relationship. Mike works with adults of all ages and backgrounds, in both individual and couple counselling.
Mike also offers Supervision for individuals, managers, and supervisors in a wide range of settings. He can offer bespoke training and workshops, tailored to specific needs.

Erwin Horvath

Avonhead Counselling and Relationship Services