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
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!

Jo Higgins




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.


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.


  Chris Wahnig




Bachelor of Physiotherapy with credit (Otago University)

Bachelor of Anatomy (Otago University)

Professional Interests:

Sports Physiotherapy

Persistent Lower Back Pain

Dry Needling


Personal Interests:

I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor in Physio from Otago and sought to travel with my degree. I ended up in Adelaide for 4 years working in private practice and taking the opportunity to physio for a couple of local rugby teams as well as the State U18’s,U20’s and Women’s Rugby Teams. I left to travel Europe and Asia for 4 months before moving back to New Zealand. I am currently reliving my love of trail running and taking some down time to fish the Nelson rivers.


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

Christopher Max


Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Physical Education

Post-graduate Dipolma of Physical Education


Professional Interests

Sport-specific exercise Rehab

Winter sports in particular Rugby

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

  Carly Smith



Denver School of Massage Therapy
Professional interests:

Carly is a graduate from the Denver School of Massage Therapy and has been practising massage for the past 6 years. In massage school she studied 13 different massage modalities, with continuing education in sports and injury specific massage.

Personal interests:

Carly has recently moved to Nelson from the USA. She and her husband love to walk on Tahuna beach each day and enjoy the outdoor life that Nelson has to offer. Her favourite food is Proper Crisps.


The Front Desk

Jane Martin

Jane websitePractice Manager

Jane 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.

Jane loves spending time with her family as well as mountain biking, running and surf skiing in her spare time.





Karen Bradley


Karen is a long standing member of our reception team. She specialises in the administration and accounting area of the business.

She is a true Nelsonian having spent most of her life appreciating our wonderful region.

Outside of work Karen enjoys gardening, travel, cycling, walking and spending time with her family.





Laura-Beth Reynolds



Laura has come to Sports Therapy from a hair dressing background. She enjoyed the reception part of the job so much that she decided to specialize in reception work.

Laura enjoys  walking, running and badminton. She also has a love of all animals. But her passion is a love of jumping off platforms and bridges. Yes she is the queen of bungy jumps and is always looking for the next big jump.

We welcome Laura and know that she will be a fabulous fit to our team.




Ingrid Thomas

Ingrid - website


Ingrid is a newest member of our reception staff. After being involved in some recent projects for us we decided we couldn’t live without her.

Ingrid has experience in running businesses, administration and has worked as a chef for 15 years.  We expect wonders from her on Thursday Cake Day.

Ingrid enjoys gardening, renovating and socializing.