sports med physiotherapy

relief, recovery, rehabilitation


Providing quality treatment. Taking time to listen and accurately diagnose. Facilitating rehabilitation & preventing further injury.  

two clinics in hamilton


For your convenience we have clinics located on Ulster St (Hamilton Central) and on Thomas Rd (Rototuna).

our philosophy


At sports med physiotherapy, our objective is to help you recover from injury and return you to a better level of fitness, health and function. Nationally recognised in the sports medicine field for providing expert physiotherapy, prevention and rehabilitation services to elite and recreational athletes, we focus on individual and team needs, providing innovative and motivational solutions.

We specialise in the treatment of spinal problems, sports injuries, occupational conditions, post surgery rehabilitation and a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Our professional, caring and friendly team takes the time to give high quality, personalised care to all our clients.

Useful Info


For injuries sustained in an accident you do not need to see your doctor first - ACC forms may be filled with us. There is a small surcharge for ACC consultations.

Appointments are available at both clinics from 7:30 am until at least 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. We are closed weekends and Public Holidays.

Charging depends on whether you are covered by ACC or insurance and whether it is an initial appointment or follow-up. We accept all forms of payment EXCEPT credit card.

Services


Onsite Gym, Movement Competency Screening, Exercise Prescription, Exercise Programming, Crutch and Brace Hire-out, Posture Assessment.

Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Rehabilitative Therapy (incl Post-Operative), Muscle Balance, Acupuncture, Kinesio Taping, Joint Mobilisation and Manipulation.

Bike Fitting (incl. Bike Specific Exam), Pre-habilitation for Post Season: Especially for knees with change of direction sports, Return to Play and Sports Rehabilitation.

Staff


Mike Lovell
Physiotherapist / Director

dip. phyty (1992), pgdip hsc, dip. mt. manipulative physio. trinz lead physio. assistant chiefs physio. key physio hpsnz.


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I have been the principal Physio and Director of Sports Med Physiotherapy since 1995. Qualifying a long time ago (last century) from Auckland School of Physiotherapy (1992) I have since completed diplomas in Manipulative Therapy and Health Science (Musculoskeletal) Physiotherapy. ​

Other appontments:
NZ Triathlon - since 2002: including Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the Beijing & London Olympic Games.
NZ Paralympic Road Cycling Team - 2010 including the Paralympic Cycling World Championships.
Chiefs Super Rugby (Rehabilitation Physiotherapist) - since 2007 Waikato Rugby - 2001, 2006, 2007
NZ Secondary Schools rugby team - 2009 and 2010
Taupiri Rugby Football Club - since 1996
Corporate - consultant Physiotherapist for Genesis Energy, PPCS Richmond Meats and Fulton Hogan.
High Performance Sport NZ - Key Physiotherapy Provider.

When getting a break from work I enjoy spending time with my wife, three children, dog, cat and two chickens. Previously, I've run two marathons and completed an Ironman and 5 Half-Ironman triathlons.

Laura Nolan
Physiotherapist

ON MATERNITY LEAVE :-) bsc (hons) physiotherapy (n.ireland - 2006). pg dip hsc musculoskeletal physiotherapy (aut, 2015)


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LAURA IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE :-)
Laura began working at the Ulster Street clinic of Sports Med Physiotherapy in 2008 after completing her Bachelor of Science Honors Degree, in Physiotherapy, in Northern Ireland in 2006 and then travelling the world before settling in New Zealand.

Since then Laura has completed her post-graduate diploma in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, furthering her knowledge and evidence-based practice.

Laura has worked with sporting teams over the years, including club football, school rugby and representative level netball teams.

Her special interest is however in treating the adolescent age group, particularly young athletes, and in injury prevention.

Laura has a passion for water-skiing, holding the Irish ladies slalom record and competing in the New Zealand tournament water-ski nationals each year. She also enjoys running with her dog, has completed a few half marathons and is a bit of a snow bunny in winter; skiing and snowboarding.

Michelle Garrett
Physiotherapist

bhsc (physiotherapy) aut 2010


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Michelle completed her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 at Auckland University of Technology. She has worked in a musculoskeletal clinic since then, gaining experience with a wide range of patients and techniques.

She is currently completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology to further her expertise in musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment.

She also practices dry needling and myofascial release as an adjunct to her physiotherapy treatment.

Michelle enjoys working with a variety of patients and pathologies. She likes to take a holistic approach to assessment and treatment to view the body as a whole.

Particular interests of hers are the lower limb and functional movement patterns. She has a passion for adventure sports such as snowboarding, mountain biking and wakeboarding. She also enjoys road cycling and indoor football.

Fiona Goddard
Physiotherapist

dip. phyty (1984). pgdip ssc (perth). pgdIp hsc. mt. manipulative physio. registered acupunturist. key physio hpsnz.


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Fiona has worked at Sports Med Physio since 2003. She has been in private practice since 1990. She graduated from the Auckland School of Physiotherapy in 1984.

Further studies led to a Post-graduate Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy (Curtin University, Perth) in 1989, and a post-graduate Diploma in Health Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy) at AUT in 1994.

Fiona has been a registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist since 1993.

Fiona is a Carded Physiotherapy Provider for High Performance Sport New Zealand. She has been a Carded Provider for HPSNZ since it's inception. This means Fiona works with many elite athletes who are on the Carded Athlete program with HPSNZ. She has also worked with many provincial and national sports teams over the years, including men’s and women’s football, women’s softball and netball. Fiona was the physiotherapist for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic Netball team for ten years, (1999 & 20005-2013) being involved in their National Bank Cup campaigns and their ANZ Championship campaigns. She was the physiotherapist for the Magic franchise when they won the ANZ Championship in 2012.

Apart from her work Fiona is a mum of three children and enjoys running, swimming and road cycling. Fiona regularly competes in running, cycling and triathlon events. She has completed numerous half ironman events and completed the New Zealand Ironman event five times.

Kevin Bell
Sports Medicine Specialist

mbchb, mmedsc (hons), pgdsm, facsem


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Kevin has been a specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine working in Hamilton since 2014, having completed his fellowship training in Wellington and Sydney. He completed his Masters degree investigating the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy with autologous blood injections and his work was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal.

He diagnoses and treats all kinds of acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems including sport, leisure and work related injuries.

He has a special interest in treating chronic tendon injuries and in the non surgical treatment of osteoarthritis. He has been carrying out ultrasound guided Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Orthokine injections to treat osteoarthritis and tendinopathy for many years.

He also uses extracorporeal shockwave therapy to treat tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.

He has been team doctor for the Chiefs, Wests Tigers, Northland Taniwha, Wellington Lions and attended two FIFA age group soccer world cups in the past.

Kevin has two young children that keep him busy at home and is a keen cricketer and golfer when the weather allows.

To see Kevin you must have a referral from your GP, physiotherapist or other medical provider.

Jo Luckin
Receptionist / Practice Admin


Jill Bell
Physiotherapist

dip physiotherapy, dip maniptherapy, cert acup, pgd rehab


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I have joined the practice again after twenty years working in other areas of the Waikato.

While with SMP earlier I was involved with sports in particular Waikato Netball and since then have worked more with the general population. This has included work in the occupational rehabilitation sector performing worksite assessments and return to work plans.

I have a special interest in back problems but enjoy all aspects of my work.

I make a point of explaining my findings and the rehab plan so that we work together for the best result.

Mark Wallace
Physiotherapist

bsc. biochem (2015), Bsc. physio (uni. of pretoria, rsa, 2001), certified kinesiotaping practitioner (2010).


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After graduating in South Africa (University of Pretoria) in 2001, I began working in a pain management clinic specializing in back and neck pain prior to travelling to the UK in 2004 where I worked in various musculoskeletal physiotherapy roles in both private and the public sector until moving to New Zealand in 2007.

Since that move, I have worked in private musculoskeletal practices in both New Zealand and Australia, also completing a Biochemistry degree from the University of Waikato.

I have done numerous courses with an interest in nerve pain and neurodynamics.

I also hope to gather further experience in the McKenzie method.

I also use dry needling and am strongly exercised focused in terms of rehabilitation.

My interests outside of work include travel, rowing and kayaking.

Megan
Receptionist / Practice Admin