Our Physiotherapists help restore movement and function to anybody affected by an injury, disability or health condition. We provide relief from pain and injury, and resolve problems for the long-term so you can enjoy a strong, healthy and active life.
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Treatment description

Physiotherapists are specifically trained in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions that lead to pain and discomfort.

The physiotherapy team at Sports Clinic have a specific focus on active rehabilitation from injury and we have a large onsite gym to ensure our clients achieve optimal outcomes

 What can this service help you with?

  • Pre and Post-Op Rehabilitation

  • Gym Info

  • Pilates

  • Manual Therapy

  • Acute Injury Management

  • Back Care Program

  • ACC Rehabilitation Contracts

  • Work Site Assessments

  • Manual Handling Education

  • Strapping / Kinesio Taping

  • Running Technique

  • Electrotherapy

  • Brace fittings

Sports clinic's Physiotherapists

Our team is handpicked for their excellent technical knowledge, their kind and empathetic nature, and their ability to work with you in planning and supporting you to realise your activity goals. We have regular interdisciplinary clinical meetings and professional development pathways to ensure they maintain and develop their competence and professional skills in line with continually evolving best practice guidelines.

Our Senior Physiotherapists have at least five years of experience in a variety of clinical settings, further enhancing their skills, knowledge, and expertise. They also may have a post-graduate qualification, recognising areas of specific interest to provide support and guidance in facilitating recovery from injuries.

Our Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) have at least ten years of experience, earned a Master’s degree, and demonstrate advanced clinical assessment, diagnostic, and recovery management planning skills. They all contribute to the profession through mentoring and developing leadership skills.

James Walker

Senior Physiotherapist/ Clinical Director

James is one of PHYSIOSOUTH's clinical directors. He leads the Moorhouse Medical and City Fitness clinics. James has over 15 years of experience, specializing in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. James has a keen interest in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain (McKenzie credentialed therapist), tendon injuries (tendinopathies), complex shoulder and hip/groin injuries, and running-related injuries. He is respected as a specialist in these areas.
James began his career at PHYSIOSOUTH in 2002. From there he moved to Auckland to work at the Auckland University physiotherapy clinic where he specialized in acute sports injuries. Alongside this, he studied orthopedic manual therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2008 James moved to London. Here he co-founded a successful multi-disciplinary clinic with the key purpose of leading-edge musculoskeletal health for communities. For James, the ultimate goal is to support people in overcoming their boundaries and getting back to their best after an injury.

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Ethan Horne

Senior Physiotherapist

Ethan graduated from the University of Otago in 2014 and worked in Christchurch for 4 years before spending 2 years living and working in London. After making the move home to Christchurch he is now working out of Sports Clinic where he is the Lead Clinician and a Senior Physiotherapist. Ethan has a special interest in the lower limb and sporting injuries. His passion is using exercise and movement along with hands on techniques including cupping and dry needling to empower you to recover from injury and return to performance. A keen gym user himself, he enjoys using gym based rehabilitation and strength and conditioning techniques to help build strength and capacity following an injury. Ethan has over 10 years of experience working with sports teams and is currently the Canterbury B’s and St Bedes 1st XV Physio.

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Caden Shields

Senior Physiotherapist

Caden is a physiotherapist and elite marathon runner. Caden has a wealth of experience in treating all musculoskeletal conditions, however has a special interest in the management of endurance sports injuries. 

Caden has had an extensive sporting career in addition to his physiotherapy career. He is a 2x NZ 10,000m champion, he was a student-athlete at Purdue University in Indiana, the USA from 2008-2011 and the pinnacle of his career so far has been placing 30th for New Zealand in the men's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Caden is currently studying towards his Masters in Physiotherapy investigating factors related to knee injuries in runners. 

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Mary Gray

Senior Physiotherapist

Mary grew up in Dunedin and graduated from the University of Otago in 2017. Since then she has worked in both hospital and private practice settings, with a strong interest in Sports Physiotherapy. Mary has worked with football and rugby teams in Christchurch and completed dry needling and Pilates courses.

Mary's passion lies in working with adolescents, gymnasts, cyclists, runners and multisporters. She like to work out why an injury has occurred, and use a mix of hands on and exercise rehab. 

Outside of work Mary loves to bike and run in the hills and spend time with friends and family. Mary previously represented NZ as a junior for mountain biking and road cycling, and more recently completed the Coast to Coast.

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Conall Maskey

Senior Physiotherapist

Conall, originally from Belfast (Ireland), graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2010. He has worked as a physiotherapist in both public health service and private practice in the UK and NZ and has developed a special interest in sports-related and complex injuries. Conall possesses extensive experience and expertise in assessing and treating work-related and sports injuries, including those related to running, biking, rugby, CrossFit, and combat sports. His primary goal is to help his clients return to the activities they enjoy, be it returning to work, playing with their children or grandchildren, or returning to sports. Conall has completed further training in Acupuncture, Headache Management, Chronic Pain Conditions and Running Rehabilitation. Beyond his work as a physiotherapist, Conall is an avid trail runner, mountain biker, and hurler. He has personally sustained numerous injuries while engaging in these activities, which have given him first-hand knowledge of the importance of returning to them for his clients.

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Fiona Dowling

Senior Physiotherapist

Fiona is a Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher. Fiona is from Ireland and this is where she studied Physiotherapy, graduating in 2009. Fiona has experience in hospital, musculoskeletal private practice and paediatric settings. 

Fiona has a strong interest in Pilates and is our in-house Pilates Teacher here at Sports Clinic with a range of group classes on offer. Fiona can offer specialist Pilates rehabilitation as part of your Physiotherapy treatment. 

Outside of work, Fiona loves being active in the outdoors and regularly trains for and competes in multisport - cycling, running and kayaking. She has competed in Coast to Coast Longest Day multiple times, finishing on the podium on over 5 occasions. With this Fiona brings great understanding of the demands of sport along with professional and personal experience for returning to sport following injury. 

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Tom Williams

Senior Physiotherapist

Tom has worked in Christchurch since 2019. He’s very passionate about his running and triathlon, currently a member of Whippets Running Project and training towards Ironman New Zealand.

He grew up in Christchurch before heading down to Otago University to study towards his Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He takes an analytical and detailed approach to his assessment and management to get his clients to achieve their goals and back to their best. He believes in setting patients up with the skills to minimise the risk of future injury. His key clinical interest lies in running/endurance-based clientele, knee injury and adolescence. Tom understands the impacts injury can have on your life so is committed to getting you back to full function.

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Julia Hochstein

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

All the way from Canada, Julia brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our clinic.

Julia’s background includes working with the Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball team and serving as a Canadian Women's Basketball trainer during their China tour. She has also been involved with the Gryphons Women’s Rugby team, Guelph Gryphons Minor Midget AAA hockey, and Regals Midget Lacrosse. With her diverse experiences as a student therapist for McGill Martlets Women’s Hockey and a sport first responder. She will be a great addition to Sports Clinic.

Outside of work, Julia has a passion for an active lifestyle. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, strength, and conditioning workouts. She is also an absolute ace on the volleyball court and keen to take up NZ surfing.

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Yuki Fukushima

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Yukino (Yuki) graduated from McMaster University in Canada in 2018 with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. She further pursued higher education at the University of Western Ontario to obtain her Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Healthcare Practice in Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She's also been specializing in pelvic health physiotherapy for the last 6 years - a clientele that's too often underserved but does great with physiotherapy! Yuki uses research, hands on manual therapy, personalized exercise programming, and education to help you understand what's going on with your body and empower you to reach your individual goals and get you back to living your best life!


Yuki loves exercise, good food, rugby, and all things outdoors! She can't wait to meet you and work with you and explore and fall in love with New Zealand.

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Briar Petrie


Briar graduated in 2023 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Growing up in coastal Mount Maunganui of the North Island, she is accustomed to making the most of New Zealand's landscapes. Through her passion for wellbeing, she has witnessed the far-reaching benefits of optimizing physical health and has long been an enthusiastic runner. Since relocating south for University, she has expanded her interests by exploring the mountains through skiing and hiking on weekends. She prioritizes a comprehensive approach to physical health, regularly practicing yoga and pilates. Briar possesses a genuine enthusiasm for musculoskeletal health and enjoys working with a diverse range of people. She emphasizes the importance of holistic treatment, aiming to understand the broader context of an injury beyond just biomechanics. She values creating meaningful experiences for her patients, with the ultimate goal of helping them return to their passions.

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Our difference

Why choose sports clinic

The PHYSIOSOUTH team within Sports Clinic are clinical leaders in injuries and biomechanical issues associated with being active. Whether you are an elite level athlete or a weekend warrior, our physio team has specific knowledge of your chosen sport and pride ourselves in providing contemporary treatment, biomechanical analysis, and rehabilitation options.

What to expect at your appointment

  • Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history and find out how your injury is affecting you.

  • A thorough assessment of a range of motion, strength and biomechanical issues.

  • Your physiotherapist will provide a working diagnosis, using our multidisciplinary approach if required.

  • We will explain this to you in a user-friendly way and answer any questions you might have.

  • Set both long and short-term goals for your personal recovery plan.

  • Create an appropriate plan of treatment to meet these goals and re-evaluate /update this regularly.

  • If your recovery is not progressing as we would expect we will refer you on to an appropriate specialist or seek a second opinion for you.

  • Ensure appropriate follow up, especially in the area of injury prevention at all times your privacy will be respected, including full confidentiality of any information you provide to us.

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