Rob gained his BSc Honors Degree from Leeds in 1997. After three years in the NHS in the UK, he has worked entirely in musculoskeletal outpatient physio. Through his time playing sports, most notably Rugby, he understands the impact of injury, both on and off the field. He has particular interest in rehabilitation. Not just post surgical or injury, but for those experiencing chronic conditions, where strength and conditioning is so valuable. He uses mat and studio based Pilates and 'muscle balance' principles a great deal in his approach. More recently, he has added Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) to the list of skills.
When not at work Rob recharges his battery in the garden, kitchen and spending time with his family. He and his wife Juliet ( a Pilates and Dance teacher) walk the dog, kayak, tramp and love to see as much of NZ as possible. In the summer, some early hours of the weekend are spent watching the mixed fortunes of Tottenham Hotspur!
Gaining her BSc Physiotherapy in Edinburgh in 1990, Julia’s comprehensive experience in both hospital and private practice senior roles is formidable. Earlier in her career she was physio to a large UK rugby club and worked at sports injury clinics. 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 now been a Director at Ultimate Physio for 12 years.
As well as keeping up to date with the latest physiotherapy hands on techniques, Julia has been using acupuncture and advanced dry needling to compliment her practice for 20 years. In 2019, she gained her postgraduate at AUT in evidence based Western Medical Acupuncture. She uses this holistic approach combined with exercise and advice to gain optimum results for her clients. Julia also uses facial acupuncture for both medical and cosmetic approaches and sinus treatments.
Julia enjoys keeping herself fit by walking her dogs, doing yoga and using the gym. She loves exploring NZ and planning travels to other countries.
Julia is an experienced hands on physiotherapist with a variety skills including her postgraduate in acupuncture, trigger point dry needling combined with manual therapy, advice and exercise.
BHSc (Physiotherapy) (AUT), Dip Fitness Training (AUT)
Leslie made a career change to physiotherapy after working 15 years in the fitness industry. He graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2015 and has gained valuable experience working in the private sector since. His areas of special interest are in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy including Rehabilitation exercise prescription and patient education. As well as working Leslie is currently studying his postgraduate in rehabilitation. He has assisted in a number of sports teams including the Vodafone Warriors, Ardmore Marist Rugby, South Auckland Tag, and Counties Manukau Gymnastics.
In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, CNC technology and getting outdoors – especially fishing, hunting, and freediving.
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.”