The Team

The Team – Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists (3) Orthotist(1)


Our Physiotherapy Team

Jane Rossiter – Senior Classic Physiotherapist


• B. Physiotherapy (Otago 2005)
• Post Grad Cert ACP – Acupuncture (Otago 2009)
• APPI (pilates) Mat, Equipment L 1-3
• L Howell’s Dance Teacher and Practitioner Training L1 and L2 Flexibility Intensive


• Hip and Pelvis, Lumbo-pelvic stability (ribs and thoracic too actually)
• Lower limb – Knee, foot, ankles, hamstrings
• Antenatal prehab and recuperation
• Acupuncture – TCM and western
• Dry needling
• Dance injuries and rehab

Clinical Pilates (strength, flexibility,  movement control and dynamic alignment)


Playing Hockey and running around after 3 children


Eileen Koelble –  Senior Classic Physiotherapist


• Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Utrecht/Netherlands
• McKenzie Technique – back pain
• Myofascial Release techniques
• K Strapping Techniques


• Kinesio Taping
• Triggerpoint Therapy
• Stabilisation Training
• Post-operative rehabilitation
• Myofascial release
• Chronic pain, Postural and Work Injuries


I grew up in in the eastern part of Germany and became a physio after finishing school. I have worked in private clinics, in rehabilitation centres and a chronic pain. My experiences are mainly in the orthopaedic field. After travelling twice to New Zealand, we fell in love with this beautiful country. So my husband and I decided this is where we wanted our kids to grow up.

I love to help patients achieve their goals. My experiences over the last 25 years showed me how important it is to not just see the injured body part but the whole person (all aspects and circumstances of life). I am very convinced that a mixture of hands on and off gives the best results for patients. I especially enjoy Work Injuries, K strapping, backs and wrists.

My Personal interests are gardening, crafts (like sewing), being in the kitchen, sustainability, yoga, tramping


Daragh Reynolds –  Classic Physiotherapist


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours
  • Dry Needling
  • Level 1 British Triathlon Coach


  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Running biomechanics
  • Bone Health


Daragh hails from Ireland, graduating from Belfast with a BSc. Physiotherapy degree. He then worked in the NHS in the UK, where he gained a broad range of clinical experience and progressed to a senior physiotherapist position. Having a keen interest in all things outdoors, Daragh headed to New Zealand in 2018, working in a private practice in Queenstown. In 2022, Daragh made the move to Nelson and is enjoying being part of the friendly and active community here.

Daragh has a major interest in sports, especially endurance pursuits. He is a qualified British Triathlon Coach and has worked with many sports teams and professional athletes over the years. He enjoys incorporating these insights into his everyday practice, helping clients return to their full potential and achieve their goals. When not in the clinic, you’ll likely find Daragh out on the trails running and mountain biking or in the ocean training for his next endurance race.


Anna Beldham – Classic Physiotherapist


• Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago 2007)

• Acupuncture trained with AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists UK)

• APPI Pilates Matwork and Reformer L 1-3


  • Lower limb injuries and rehabilitation
  • Spinal pain
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Women’s Health presentations, ante and postnatal pelvic pain, return to sport, menopause musculoskeletal and tendon pain.


Anna has just returned from London where she has had 13 years of experience working in the NHS, private hospitals and private practice. Anna helps her clients achieve their goals by combining her knowledge of biomechanics, manual therapy, education and exercise rehabilitation. Her goal is to assist people return to their optimal level of function, be it high level sport or playing with the grandchildren. She believes in the importance of educating her clients and empowering them with self-managing tools to prevent further pain and injury.

As a mother of two young boys Anna understands the time constraints of busy lifestyles, but also the importance of keeping up your personal health and wellbeing in order to maintain a happy and balanced lifestyle.

Outside of work Anna enjoys a good strong coffee, keeping active with Pilates, Yoga and running around with her boys.


Will Simpson – Classic Physiotherapist


• Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago – 2013)
• NZMPA Cervical spine Certificate (2014)
• NZMPA Lumbar spine Certificate (2014)
• SSI Divemaster (2017)


• Manual Therapy ( joint mobs, biomech. corrections, Soft Tissue/Myofascial release)
• Sports Injury and functional rehab
• Running biomechanics and optimization
• Cervical spine manual therapy and rehab


I was born in the Wairarapa and was heavily involved in track and field and football leading me towards a career in physiotherapy. Studying at the University of Otago, I finished my physiotherapy degree in 2013.
I have worked in private musculoskeletal physio practices in Wellington, Auckland and the UK before settling in Nelson in 2022.

I have worked with sports teams including Auckland Netball winning national silver medals in 2017 & 2019.
As an athlete I competed at national level for 7 years which has helped me develop a specialization in running biomechanics.

I enjoy working with all types of people to help them achieve their goals and have a focus on patient education and biomechanical optimization.


Jess Castle – Physiotherapist

• Bachelor in Physiotherapy with Honors

•  200 Hour Yoga Teacher


  • Exercise-based rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy (deep tissue and trigger point massage)
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation


I enjoy working with people to help achieve their goals, or regain function after an injury.

I am originally from Rotorua, but finished my schooling in Nelson. I studied BSc physiotherapy at Otago University in Dunedin. During my final year of clinical practice I gained experience in acute medical care, post-surgical, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Prior to studying physiotherapy I spent time in Canada ski instructing and canoe guiding.

I love making the most of the outdoors in Nelson – biking, tramping and skiing in my free time.


Kelly Mabbett – Senior Classic Physiotherapist

  • Bachelor of Health Science Physiotherapy
  • Dry needling foundation course
  • Certified Mulligan Practitioner
  • Bradcliff Breathing Practitioner


  • Spinal and lower limb injuries
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports injuries particularly endurance athletes
  • Injury prevention

I studied BHSc Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology, graduating in 2012. Following this I worked in Christchruch before spending 2 years travelling and working as a physiotherapist in various UK hospitals. This gave me a deep understanding of the musckuloskeletal system and how to effectively treat a wide range of conditions and help patients to return to their optimal health and wellness. On returning to New Zealand, I fell in love with Nelson and the lifestyle and have been here since.

In my spare time you will often find me in the great outdoors running, kayaking and biking and looking after my young daughter.

I recently have had a new baby boy, but am taking bookings on special request to fit around my paternity leave until I return to Sports Therapy (Nov 2024?)


Hazel Davidsen – Classic Physiotherapist


• Bachelor in Physiotherapy
• Bachelor in Science majoring in Human

• Sports-related injuries
• ACL rehabilitation
• Post-surgical
• Acute injury management
• Manual therapy


Born and bred in Nelson, I carried out my study at Otago University where I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition and then a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, graduating in 2018 I returned home to Nelson. I have since worked in private practice around the region and gained experience in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, pre/post surgical and biomechanical assessment. My work with both club and representative rugby teams over the last 4 years sparked my interest in sports-related rehabilitation and acute injury management. I enjoy working with people to achieve their goals and keep them moving!

Living in Nelson I spend my spare time with friends and family enjoying the outdoors with particular interest in anything on the water and in the sunshine!



We are pleased to welcome our new Massage Therapist ANN MARTIN. Ann joins us with a strong Remedial/Therapeutic Massage background and is not only skilled in Deep Tissue/Sports Massage along with Relaxation Massage but has a special interest in Kahuna Massage (Kahuna massage technique is very vigorous and rhythmic. The practitioner uses his or her fingers, palms, wrists and even their forearms as they move rhythmically around the table). Having previously worked in a Physiotherapy Clinic in Coff’s Harbour Autralia, Ann will be a great addition to our dynamic team.

Ann Martin – Masseuse (Tues/Thurs)


• Australian Diploma in remedial and relaxation Massage (Level 6) – focus on deep tissue, therapeutic sport treatments

• Traditional Hawaiian Kahuna massage level 3


  • Repetitive Strain and Posture Issues
  • Kahuna massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger point releases
  • Hot Stone


Ann graduated in 2022 with a Diploma of Remedial Massage therapy. She has always had a big interest in the well-being of her own body as well as that of others around her. She has suffered from chronic pain and has been able to implement change through massages and a holistic lifestyle. It has improved her physical and mental well-being and she thrives on passing on this experience to her clients, who suffer from repetitive strain injury and bad posture.

She combines her long wave-like strokes from the kahuna style into her massage, to fully relax the client, before she gets deeper into the trigger points and releases the tension built up.

She is definitely not shy of going deep, and works with the feedback of the client to achieve the best outcome. 

Also very beneficial are the hot stone treatments she implements into her sessions. She uses the warmth of the stones to get into tense areas quicker and with a lot less pain than a normal treatment would do, as they are used for trigger point releases.

She spends her spare time as an active hiker as well as trail runner and she likes to challenge herself with new projects (working at retreats across the country as well as a tourguide). 

Having moved to sunny Nelson last year in October, she makes most of summer and you’ll find her roaming the hills, looking for new mountains to climb.

Sessions are best booked at 60min+


Jo Van Rensburg – Massage Therapist (Wed/Fri) –

LYMPH and MOBIDERM Specialty Treatments


  • New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)
  • Hands On MLD Course Level 1 and 2
  • BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. University of Wales, Institute Cardiff.
  • Member of Massage Association N.ZAustralian Diploma in remedial and relaxation Massage (Level 6) – focus on deep tissue, therapeutic sport treatments


  • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Specialty Treatments using MOBIDERM for the care and treatment of Chronic inflammation
  • Lymphoedema, Lipedema, Cellulitis, Chronic swelling from injuries/arthritis
  • Deep tissues, Sports Injuries, Muscle Sprains/Strains
  • post-surgery swelling, post mastectomy edema, sinusitis, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, endometriosis, tension headaches and migraines
  • stress reduction


Jo graduated in 2021 with excellence in a Diploma of Remedial Massage therapy. Her passion for massage stems from her love of running, having been a competitive runner for over 35 years, currently competing in both track and cross country events at a national level in the masters grade. Personal experience has reinforced the importance of regular massage for both rehabilitation after injuries and regular maintenance, in order to perform at the highest level.

Jo has also coached athletics for the past 9 years, becoming an accredited coach for athletics N.Z, looking after the children’s and junior section for her old club. Whilst she has a love for working with athlete’s, the benefits of receiving massage to correct muscle imbalances and relieve pain is something all people can benefit from. Along with providing remedial treatments, Jo also specializes in Manual lymphatic Drainage, providing relief from many everyday ailments.

Outside of the clinic Jo loves escaping to the countryside for camping weekends with her hubby, as well as her regular runs. Both are looking forward to exploring the delights of Nelson after relocating here this year.



Robyn Mead – Booking at Sports Therapy as needed


• Orthotist MNZOPA

• Cell: 027 322 8464
• email:
• website: 

Motion orthotics are passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life by providing the brace or support that works best for you & your lifestyle. This includes neck and back supports, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle supports, compression garments, right down to custom insoles & footwear modification and manufacture.

Motion Orthotics has the backing of well established suppliers & manufacturing centres in New Zealand and overseas.


The Administration Team

Candace Donovan

Owner Operator/Practice Manager/ Physiotherapist Mentor and Manager

Candace is responsible for the overall running of the practice and thoroughly enjoys working alongside her wonderful team of Physiotherapists, staff and patients.  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).

Originally from Canada, Candace stays busy with her family when not in the clinic by working on their Beef farm or at their upmarket B&B.

Candace loves spending time with her family, working with her dogs on the farm, as well as mountain biking, running and travelling in her spare time.


Natalie Telford – Practice Manager

Cyclist in a local mountainbike duathlon







Rechel Gillan

Higher End Administrator/Accounts


Rechel enjoys reading and  music as well as spending time with her family.


Kate Smithers

Front Desk/Higher End Administrator

Kate enjoys hiking and spending time in the outdoors.



Deb Mahan

Front desk – Reception

Hi there!

New to the Team late December 2021 and relatively new to Nelson, I’m Deb.

As a Kiwi most of life has been in NZ working a variety of careers, however a passion for the sea lead me to a 10 year stint as chef/first mate on smaller luxury charter yachts in the Mediterranean but predominantly the Caribbean. From the Caribbean I moved to land – choosing Nelson.

My passion is still sailing or cruising but I also enjoy movies and books; cooking and wine; family; involvement with people of different cultures.

Qualifications are diverse but include life skills and experiences.

I’ll be at the front desk to greet you.


Zach Donovan

Front desk – Admin Support and holiday Cover

Zach provides relief during holiday cover and sickness. His attention to detail and willingness to try his hand at everything makes him a great cover and a lovely addition to our admin team.  

When not helping cover the front desk Zach’s full time role is a Farmer.  Watch this space as the Young Farmer Competition has caught his attention in this last year.