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.

Kar Mui Fung


Kar Mui Fung
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1993
  • Dry Needling 2010
  • Bradcliff certification 2014

Kar has been working as a physiotherapist since 1993. She has experience working in hospitals and private physiotherapy settings, managing wide range of conditions including surgical, respiratory, musculoskeletal and mental health issues. She is particularly interested in managing myofascial pain  and hyperventilation syndrome.  She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Lianne Saunders

Pilates Instructor

  • Polestar Studio Pilates Certification 2015
  • Stott Pre-natal Pilates workshop 2012
  • Stott Advanced Matwork pilates 2010

Lianne has a sports background in gymnastics and running and has been involved in health and fitness her entire life.  Lianne’s fitness career started in personal training and soon took a natural turn to Pilates back in 2011.  Within Pilates training Lianne has studied advanced anatomy and completed certifications for courses including special injuries and populations, pregnancy, stretching, and comprehensive studio equipment.  Lianne’s areas of interest are sports specific training and running in particular.  Lianne loves Pilates as it caters to people of all ages and levels of abilities and is an adaptable discipline that leaves you feeling taller and more in-tune after each session

Rosana Vaz

Pilates Instructor and Massage Therapist

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage (Australia)
  • Teach Pilates Certificate – 500 hours (Australia)
  • Diploma of Rehab Trainer (Australia)
  • Pain Management Certificate (Brazil)
  • Post-Graduation in Respiratory Physiotherapy (Brazil)
  • Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy (Brazil)  – Rosana is not a practicing or registered physiotherapist in New Zealand

Rosana is highly dedicated and qualified Pilates Instructor and Remedial Massage Therapist with hands-on experience in New Zealand, Australia and Brazil. In addition of her experience, she has extensive knowledge about Biomechanics and Pain management combined with 15 years of experience as a Physiotherapist in Brazil.

Passionate about physical exercise, Rosana combines her rehabilitation background and the benefits of Pilates to use it as a rehabilitation tool, reaching fast and positive results. Rosana is very energetic and passionate about what she does. Through her teaching she endeavors to facilitate conscious breathing while giving the client a good workout focusing on thier individuals needs.

Rosana also is able to offer a unique Massage experience, combining Acute/Chronic pain management, rehabilitation and her skills in various Massage techniques.

Rosana is passionate about people and inspiring others and is committed to clients reaching their personal goals.  In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and making the most of the beautiful Aotearoa with her husband and dog.



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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Glenys Sloan,

Part Time Receptionists

Glenys Sloan – Wednesday

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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.


Registered Psychologist

  • 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.

Melissa Davidson

Physiotherapy Specialist in Pelvic Health

Melissa is currently the only Physiotherapy Specialist in Pelvic Health registered under the Specialist Scope of Practice with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. This specialised scope of practice recognises expert physiotherapists who have advanced education, knowledge and skills; demonstrate leadership in consultancy, education and research; work collaboratively with the physiotherapy profession and within the wider health team across a range of health and disability settings; who actively participate and take a leadership role in professional activities, including local and national strategy and policy development; and who work in partnership with individuals, whanau, families and communities to optimise health outcomes.

Melissa has over 26 years of clinical experience and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Auckland (on the effects of pregnancy on the pelvic floor muscles) while seeing patients part-time. She has a Master of Philosophy (a research masters in the pelvic floor) from the University of Melbourne, Post Graduate Certificates in Physiotherapy for both the Pelvic Floor (University of Melbourne) and Acupuncture (University of Otago), and an Advanced Diploma in Manipulation (Canada).

As well as these formal qualifications, Melissa has attended hundreds of short courses in a variety of topics ranging from musculoskeletal to acupuncture to pelvic health and sexuality. She has also tutored at the University of Melbourne (in Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health) and presents both nationally and internationally. She is an active committee member of the Pelvic, Women’s and Men’s Health Special Interest Group of Physiotherapy New Zealand and is current Secretary to the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health.

She is happy to see you directly or on referral from your doctor or specialist and can be contacted either by email [email protected] or mobile +64 (0) 274-142-258.

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