The Team

Physiotherapy Team

Susanne Bennell



BSc. Physiotherapy (Cardiff University, UK)
Msc Module “The foot in Diabetes”
AACP Foundation Qualification in Acupuncture

Professional interests:

Sports Physio, Pilates & Sports Massage
Mountain biking and running injuries
Preventative Work and Screening
Myofascial Release
Watersports & Wintersports injuries
The ‘glutes’

Personal interests:

Windsurfing, Sailing & Kitesurfing
Mountain Biking, Snowboarding & Multisport

I am originally from North Wales in the UK. I studied a BSc in Physiotherapy in Cardiff University and qualified with honours in 2006. Following this I worked for the UK National Health Service for 5 years in order to gain good experience in a wide range of fields. It was during this period that I found my love for musculoskeletal and sporting injuries.

In February 2011, I decided that it was time to move on to more exciting and stimulating working environments in New Zealand. I initially worked in New Plymouth, then Tauranga, Wanaka and eventually made my way to Nelson. I enjoy the outdoors and the mountain biking on offer from the doorstep is world class. Nelson is such a sporty place and is a great community in which to live and work. It appears New Zealand has captured me well and truly. My partner runs Nelson Watersports down at Nelson Yacht Club, and we’ve just bought a house… So I can’t see myself leaving anytime soon!

Ingrid Koevoet (Inge)



Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Credit

– University of Otago

Professional Interests:

Sports Physiotherapy

Trigger point dry needling


Personal interests:

Enjoying the great outdoors
Tramping and cycling
Mountain biking and sailing
Soccer, Triathlon and Gymnastics

After University I spent time working at Whakatane Hospital where I gained good all-round physiotherapy experience and the confidence to go abroad. I then moved to Australia and worked in a Sports Injury clinic in Coffs Harbour before once again returning to the public system working at QE11 Jubilee Hospital in Brisbane in the outpatient department. Having worked in both private and public Musculoskeletal settings I have had good experience facing the challenges of both acute and chronic injuries. But, the pull of home and wanting to be closer to my family eventually got the better of me and hence have made the move back to Nelson in December 2016. I am really looking forward to riding the new mountain bike trails around Nelson and enjoying tramping without worrying about spiders and snakes.



Jane Rossiter


BSc Biology (Victoria) 2000

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago)  2004

Postgraduate Certificate in Acupuncture

Professional Interests

Clinical Pilates (strength,flexibility,  movement control and dynamic


Lumbo-pelvic stability

Ante/postnatal prehab

Hamstring and hips

  Personal Interests:

Playing Hockey and running around after 3 children

Irvina Koefoed

  • Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science Physiotherapy

Mulligans Concept – Mobilisation with Movement A and B

Kinesio Taping KT1 and KT2

Professional Interests

Neck and Shoulder injuries

Ultimate frisby injuries

Dry Needling

Eileen Koelble


Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Tim Van Derlaan

University of Utrecht/Netherlands

McKenzie Technique – back pain

Professional Interests

Kinesio Taping

Triggerpoint Therapy

Stabilisation Training

Post-operative rehabilitation

Chronic Pain

Anna Fenton


Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours

Matwork Pilates

Professional Interests

Sports-based rehabilitation with a special interest in running and rugby injuries

Movement and Biomechanics

Pilates-based and stabilisation therapy

Caitlin Reid


B.Physiotherapy  –  University of Melbourne – 2008
Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness – 2010
APPI Clinical Pilates Instructor – 2017


Professional interests:

PILATES REHABILITATION SPECIALIST, Clinical Pilates, Neck and back pain, Dance medicine: Assessments, injury prevention and recovery, Snowsports injury prevention and recovery, Arthritis management and strengthening programs, Pre and postnatal Physiotherapy exercise and treatment

Personal interests:

Caitlin comes to us from Australia after sailing around the world for a year with her partner.  She enjoys Snowsports, Freediving and water sports including kite surfing, Yoga, Horseriding, Sailing, Tramping, Running and even Irish Dancing (yep that’s right!)

While Caitlin loves the outdoors and adventures, she also loves to work with non-sporty people who need help managing pain and injury.

MATT DOONAN – Sports & Rugby Physio

Rugby Physio



Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago, 2013)

Professional interests:

• Sport Specific Rehabilitation
• Dry Needling
• Cervicogenic Headaches
• High Performance Sport

Personal Interests: 

Matt joins us as another experienced Sports Physiotherapist and brings a wealth of knowledge especially around exercise prescription, training techniques, sports specific rehab and RUGBY. His past experience has seen him involved with the Wellington Lions (MITRE 10 Cup) the NZRU and as a support person for the Wellington Hurricanes. We look forward to supporting him with his own training asperations around, running biking and Triathlons/Multisport.

Jo Higgins – Locum Cover




Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago, NZ)

Professional interests:

Musculoskeletal Sports

Personal Interests: 

I am Dunedin trained; qualifying in 1981 with a passion for travel. Physio has served me well enabling me to work in the U.K., South Africa and the Middle East predominately in the musculo-skeletal field.

I returned to New Zealand in 1995 where I ran my own practice for the following 13 years. I have now swapped my passion for skiing with sailing, tramping and very sporadic golf.

I am loving Nelson and all it has to offer. I consider it a privilege to be able to help people on their way to better health, so as to maximise their enjoyment of life in this fantastic environment.


Irene Eilers


 Diploma Remedial massage therapy

Cert. Lymph drainage

Cert. Pregnancy massage

Feet reflexology

Cert. Pincement massage

                                                          Cert. Cupping


Professional  Interests

 Feet Issues

 Scar tissue

 Shoulder and back tension

The Administration Team

Candace Donovan

Practice Manager/ Physiotherapist Mentor and Manager

Candace is responsible for the overall running of the practice and thoroughly enjoys working alongside staff and patients. She has had previous experience in managing other businesses, finance and administration.  She has worked as a Physiotherapist in high end Sports Physiotherapy for 23 years having worked as lead physio for the Tasman Mako (Rugby), Giants (Basketball) and Suburbs (soccer).

Candace loves spending time with her family as well as mountain biking, running and travelling in her spare time.

Laura Reynolds

Higher End Administrator






Vonnie Christian

Higher End Administrator



Cherie Daymen

Front desk – Reception