With a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy Rob is highly experienced with 13 years private practice experience and 3 years with a health services provider. Happiest when camping, travelling, eating Sunday roasts and tending to his veggie patch, Rob dreams of backpacking through Asia or South America with his gorgeous wife Juliet, who is an ex professional dancer, now Pilates instructor.
A dedicated dad of twins Rob’s passions include all things family, his work and Tottenham Hotspurs! Some of Rob’s exploits include travelling extensively in Europe USA & Australia where he also built many great friendships whilst playing Rugby Union. On weekends you can find him in the heart of the family home, the kitchen, making homemade sourdough bread ~ YUM!
“Seeing people reach their potential and helping them get there is one of the most satisfying aspects of being a Physiotherapist” says Rob who loves the fact that he gets to meet such a wide variety of people everyday.
Gaining her BSc Physiotherapy in Edinburgh in 1990, Julia’s comprehensive experience in both public and private practice senior roles is formidable. Earlier in her career she was physio to a large UK rugby club. She travelled and worked in physio roles in Australia and New Zealand for 2 years. After which she worked in a private practice clinic in central London for over 10 years. Julia has a whopping private practice experience of over 18 years!
Married to a triathlete who represented New Zealand in the world champs Julia has two gorgeous boys and Coco the chocolate cocker spaniel. Julia loves to cheer her boys on in their sporting activities and keep herself fit with yoga, Pilates and walking Coco. Having traveled extensively she has a keen interest in exploring other cultures and is currently doing some research on her Scottish roots and ancestry.
Besides her insatiable appetite for learning new physio techniques,Julia’s holistic approach to therapy includes acupuncture, reflex therapy and craniosacral therapy which are just some of the techniques she is well-versed in. A passion for women’s well being Julia helps women with stress incontinence through innovative exercise programmes and advice.
With her big heart towards others Julia is currently fundraising for cancer charities. Working as part of the UP team she says “Love the supportive team I work with and I love finding solutions to clients conditions from my range of treatments.”
Janneke graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from AUT in 2012 and went on to practice physiotherapy locally in a private clinic. Over the following three years she worked with a range of clients with sports injuries, injury rehab, post-op and injury prevention. Janneke also worked as the only onsite physiotherapist for Howick Pakuranga Netball Club for two years and the Howick Hornets Under 85kg League. Through this, Janneke was privileged to be able to attend wider sports competitions as the travelling physiotherapist. After 3 years, she took a break from work to explore the world but has since come back to keep doing the job she loves!
When Janneke is not working, she enjoys keeping active, boating, dancing, art and a good book. In the winter, you will find her up the mountain on her snowboard. Janneke’s true passion is dancing and she has been competing at a national level since the age of 9 as well as having represented New Zealand in her teenage years. If she is not busying herself in activities, she is enjoying a relaxing get away in the Coromandel with her family and dogs.
Janneke enjoys all sides to being a physiotherapist but most of all, she enjoys meeting all walks of people and helping them get back into doing whatever it is that makes their life tick.
Mari Finnestad graduated from Axelssons Bodywork Academy, Norway. Mari is a highly skilled practitioner who uses her experience to work with a wide range of clients. Her skills include Sport's Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, Lymphatic massage and muscle testing. She works on sports injuries and is able to help many clients find relief from pain. Mari has years of experience working in the clinical setting as part of a team and as a personal exercise trainer. In her spare time she enjoys exploring New Zealand, playing women's rugby and Shot putt.
Practice Manager at Ultimate Physio, Michele joined the practice in 2008. Having worked for several years at a very busy medical centre in Botany, Michele brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to our client engagement and reception area.
With a grown up family including two awesome grandchildren, Michele loves walking, gardening, pilates, yoga, music, movies and spending time with friends and family.
She says “My favourite part of the job that I do is interacting and helping patients. Aiming to provide professional informative assistance with a large helping of humour. Making people feel comfortable at a time when they are possibly in pain and vulnerable.”
Raised in Christchurch, Annette worked in the optical industry for 9 years prior to travelling to UK and Europe for her big O.E. Married to David, a local secondary school teacher she met through ballroom dancing, they have 2 teenage boys.
Annette has had some interesting jobs including nannying for a French Count and Countess and their 4 children with many summer and winter holidays away in France, skiing in the French Alps and living in a Castle were French royalty once stayed.
As part of the Ultimate Physio’s administration team this is her first experience as a frontline receptionist. She says “We work well as a team providing a welcoming voice on the phone and when clients arrive for their appointments. A sense of humour is an essential part of this busy, happy and friendly practice.”