Meet the team


We are a team of dedicated physiotherapists who pride ourselves on getting the right diagnosis every time. This enables our treatment techniques to be focused and specific to help get you ‘better faster’. We believe it is important to consider the biomechanics of the whole body to help gain complete recovery from injuries. We are all sports people ourselves and so understand the need to get back in action as quickly as possible.

What makes us different:

  • We listen to what you say and what your body tells us
  • We get to the origin of your problem, not just treating symptoms
  • We understand you are busy and need to recover quickly
  • We don’t want your injury to come back again either
  • We work with you not for you, to achieve efficient recovery
  • Small lifestyle changes can make a large effect on recovery

 

Leanna Veal – BPhty, PGDipSpMed, MNZSP
Physiotherapist

After qualifying I based myself in the UK for 8 years so I could travel far and wide. Here I worked in private practices, mostly with gyms attached to them. During this time I was exposed to a number of high profile athletes who required both efficient manual therapy treatments and tailored, sports specific rehabilitation programs right from initial injury to full return to competition. Here grew my interest in low back and pelvis injuries and the impact of different injuries on lower limb biomechanics and muscle function. I am still dedicated to ongoing professional development in these areas. I pride myself on taking the time to thoroughly assess each patient and work out a treatment plan ensuring the most efficient use of time in each session. My vision is to have a clinic with passionate physios who love what they do and strive to provide the best treatment for each and every person who comes through the door. I have played representative netball, have completed a marathon and did an iron man triathlon in Austria before returning home. Now my interests include running, biking, swimming, playing tennis, functional strength training and spending as much time as I can having fun with my husband and 4 little ratbags!!

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Sarah Walker – BPhty, PGCertAcu, MNZSP
Physiotherapist

Since graduating from Otago University in 2005 I initially worked in a central city gym in Wellington as a physiotherapist, personal trainer and massage therapist as well as working with a wide range of local, national and international athletes in a large variety of sports. I really enjoyed the challenge of learning the biomechanics of new sports and how injuries can affect results and started to progress my learning. I completed a post-graduate certificate in acupuncture and have since completed a post-graduate certificate in sports medicine. From there I moved to Ireland and traveled extensively through Europe, until I started working with Team Abu Dhabi in the Volvo Ocean Race for 2 years. This was a great opportunity to work with elite athletes and travel at the same time. I returned home in 2012 to join Leanna as a co-owner of Back In Action Physiotherapy and love implementing a type of physiotherapy that really gets to the cause of injuries and can ultimately make our patients better and faster plus better faster. I have a special interest in prehabilitation and preventing injuries via biomechanical screening. In my spare time I enjoy keeping active either on a sports field, mountain bike, running or with my growing family and friends.

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Emily Kendrick – BSc Sport & Exercise Science, MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Emily. I am originally from Wales where I gained my sports science degree before going on to study physiotherapy in London. Since qualifying, I have worked in a variety of setting including hospital based work and now becoming more specialised in musculosketal private practice. I have a special interest in sports physio working with rugby union/league, volleyball, runners and triathletes in both the UK and NZ. I am qualified in dry needling and am a trained pilates instructor and like to use these in my management. My passion is addressing bioemcahnical issues with my patients. I like looking at not only the specific injury but all the other things in the body that could be contributing to the ongoing pain/injury. This helps my patients not only get better but enable them to be better than they were before. I am a competitive triathlete myself and hence have a good understanding of all the other elements involved in being a competitive athlete. I feel I can understand more completely a lot of what my patients need and are in fact going through.

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Lindsay Workman – BSc Hons Physiotherapy, MCSP

Physiotherapist

Hi, I’m Lindsay, I’m from Northern Ireland but moved to Tauranga in 2015 with my Kiwi partner. Since graduating from the University of Ulster I have worked in both public and private healthcare settings and have experience in Paediatrics, Women’s Health, MSK and spinal injury, Pre and Post-Operative Rehabilitation. Back in NI I have worked with professional Rugby Union and Netball athletes: the Northern Ireland U21 Netball team to the World Youth Championships in 2013 and with Ulster Rugby developing skills in prehabilitation and strength & conditioning techniques. My special interest is with Sports Injury and Rehabilitation, especially Rugby and I thoroughly enjoy my time with both Greerton Marist and Rangataua Sports Clubs here in Tauranga. I am APPI Pilates trained and have a keen interest in complete body strength and core control and also use the Sarah Key Method along with myofascial release techniques to enhance your recovery to the best of my ability. Within my treatment sessions, I enjoy taking a full body approach and treating not only the painful area but ensuring a full recovery through injury prevention and prehabilitation techniques. Outside of work I have a passion for travel and love exploring the beautiful country I now live in but spend most of my free time ‘hanging out’ at antigravity yoga and trying to be a baking Queen! I look forward to meeting you!

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Maddison Taylor – BSc Physiotherapy

Hi my name is Maddison, I moved from the UK in 2012 with my family. I completed my final year of schooling here in NZ and my Physiotherapy degree at AUT, graduating in 2017. Upon moving to New Zealand I discovered my love for rugby and was lucky enough to work with Marist North Harbour rugby club working with their U85s, Premier reserves and Premier sides. I also have had multiple opportunities to work North Harbour rep level teams including North Harbour Women’s FPC and Roller Mills North Harbour U13s. I have a passion for sports physiotherapy, injury prevention and rehabilitation. I thrive working with athletes in getting them back to game condition. I also have a passion for postoperative rehabilitation and this area in particular holds a special place in my heart due to my own experiences. I love to help my patients on their journey back to wellness and to achieving their goals. Off the rugby pitch and outside of work, you can find me with my head buried in a good book, adventuring and exploring the outdoors, in the gym or out in the paddocks with the horses.

 

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Gemma Tukaki – BPhty

Physiotherapist

I am a physiotherapist who specialises in neurological rehabilitation and older persons health.  I have worked in hospital and community settings both in NZ and overseas.  I have also been part of the implementation of specialised stroke services when I was living in Canterbury.  I have a special interest in working to rehabilitate patients after having a stroke or brain injury and more recently I have specialised further by working with concussion patients and patients who complain of dizziness. After graduating I traveled and worked overseas.  I came back to work for a number of years in Christchurch and more recently have moved with my whanau to Mount Maunganui. I grew up in the Bay of Plenty and am enjoying being back and getting to enjoy all the things that the area has to offer. I like to relax by doing some off road running and riding, being active with our 2 boys and getting to the beach as much as possible.

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Kelly Waite

Hi my name is Kelly and I am the Receptionist and Administrator for Back in Action Physiotherapy. An experienced Office Manager with qualifications in medical administration, I am always on hand to help you find an appointment or answer any questions you may have.
In my down time I am an avid reader, enjoy the cinema, amateur photography and I love to travel. I lived in Ireland for six years and thoroughly enjoyed it, I explored a little bit of Europe while I was there but not nearly enough. When I was 16 I had a small accident that resulted in a shoulder stabilisation surgery at 17 and shoulder reconstruction surgery at 19. Following both procedures was lots of physiotherapy to regain my range of motion and strength, so I have had a bit of physiotherapy myself in my time! I look forward to meeting you and aiding your recovery in any way I can to help you get Better – Faster.