Our Team of Qualified Physiotherapists and Acupuncturists
Teresa Te Tamaki – Director / Physiotherapist
MHPrac (musculo), PGDip Maori Health, BHSc (Phys)
Born and bred in Rotorua, I moved up to Auckland to study. After completing my undergraduate degree at AUT in 2004, I remained in Auckland practising as a physiotherapist for 2 years before making the move to Hamilton – the city of the future in 2007. I have been working at Lifestyle Physio since and took over the clinic in September 2015.
For the past 10 plus years I have spent the majority of my weekends and most of my time outside of work either training or running around a rugby field. I have represented New Zealand in both 15s and 7s, and feel this has given me an edge in understanding athletes and injuries, from a players’ perspective. Playing rugby has allowed me to travel the world. I am excited to be able to get to work on building the clinic and providing our patients with the best treatment and lead the way in physiotherapy in the Waikato.
Tracey Mark- Physiotherapist
Originally from Turangi, I graduated from AUT in 2008 and started working for Lifestyle Physio in 2012. Prior to this I worked in a number of clinics in Auckland, Turangi, Taupo, Ohakune and Mt Ruapehu. Sports is an area that I am passionate about. I have worked with a number of sports teams including the Samoan Netball team where I was the physio for the Netball World Cup. I am also heavily involved in Waka Ama which has allowed me to see the world. I have completed Dry Needling courses at AUT and Pilates training through APPI and will continue to develop in these areas.
Janina Aricheta – Physiotherapist
Mabuhay! I am originally from the Philippines and moved to New Zealand in 2007. I have since been living the kiwi life in New Zealand. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and I have been working as a physiotherapist since. I am currently undergoing my Post-Graduate studies and are set to graduate at the end of next year. I am interested in Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation. I have worked with various sports teams such as netball, athletics, football and rugby at different levels. I have am currently working with Waikato Rugby Union’s International Player Development Athletes and Hamilton Wanderers Football Club.
Outside of work and study – I am perfecting the art of cooking Filipino foods, running and discovering the rest of New Zealand.
Catherine Tsai – Physiotherapist
My name is Catherine and I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. I moved to New Zealand with my family when I was 7 years old and lived mostly in Dunedin. Being from a different country has allowed me to grow up in a bicultural environment and be fluent in both Mandarin and English.
I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013. Following that I remained and worked in a private practice in Dunedin for a year and half before moving up to Hamilton in May 2015 to join the Lifestyle Physiotherapy crew.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling around, going on different walking tracks and discovering the scenic spots around Hamilton. I also enjoy playing a casual game of table tennis, tennis or just sitting back to relax and experience the joy of reading.
Ripeka Noe – Physiotherapist
Hi I’m Pep (Ripeka) and I’m very excited to be back at work after 18 months maternity leave. I am married with three young children 6, 4 and 1. I have worked at Lifestyle Physiotherapy since its inception 7 years ago. I have enjoyed the many different experiences and interactions with people from all different walks of life.
I take a functional approach to rehabilitation and enjoy solving somewhat difficult and complex injuries. I like to take a whole view of the person and associated mechanics to piece together any underlying issues that may need to be addressed to improve their performance.
I have a special interest in sports physiotherapy, in particular, Crossfit. I am travelling at the end of May to the Crossfit Games Pacific Regional Competition as Physiotherapist for some of the New Zealand Individual Athletes.
Jing Zhang – Acupuncturist
Bachelors Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine
您好！My name is Jing Zhang. I was born and raised in Shanxi Province, China. I studied for 5 years to complete a Bachelors degree in Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tui-Na of Chinese Medicine graduating in 2014. I moved to New Zealand shortly after and started working at Lifestyle Physiotherapy in November that year.
I am a registered NZRA member and ACC Provider specialising in Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Scrapping and Tui-Na. Whether you are trying to improve your health, manage pain, improve women health problems, or looking to strengthen immunity – I can help you meet your goals with the use of Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese techniques.
In my spare time, I like to read and do Acrylic Painting. I also love Geography! I really want to make the most of this beautiful country by travelling and seeing more of what New Zealand has to offer.
Anataia Brown – Receptionist
Kiaora, my name is Anataia. I am the Receptionist of our St Andrews clinic and I have been a part of the Lifestyle Physiotherapy team since March 2017.
A little bit about me.. I grew up and lived in Tauranga and will always call “The Mount” my home. I lived and worked in Australia since moving with my family after Year 13 end of 2011. Making the move back to New Zealand to Hamilton end of 2013 has been a journey in itself – making new friends and networks through university, work and sport. I have a real passion for sport, I studied for 2 years doing a joint degree (Bachelor of Sport & Leisure and Psychology) however in the end I felt it wasn’t for me. I have played Hockey, Volleyball and Softball competitively and representatively all throughout school and now currently playing club and representative level Hockey in Hamilton. I would also have say that I enjoy watching and following rugby being that my partner represents NZ in the All Black Sevens team – bit of a given haha.
The best thing I love about my job is the fact that I am constantly surrounded by educated people, learning and appreciating what they do for our community. Also meeting and getting to know our awesome patients that come in for treatment. Look forward to meeting you all!
Gail Wharekura – Receptionist
My name is Gail Wharakura, I am the receptionist at our Ngaruawahia Clinic and have worked there since 2014. My work experience has included being the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages in Hamilton and then onto the Executive Officer at Ngaruawahia High School for 19 years.
I was born and bred in the Far North and have lived in Ngaruawahia for over 40 years now, therefore considered one of the locals. I have three sons who have all made exciting lives for themselves overseas along with my six (and counting) grandchildren.
I enjoy working at Lifestyle Physiotherapy, getting re-acquainted with the local folk and meeting more new faces every day. The team at Lifestyle Physio are very friendly, professional and I enjoy working with them helping create a welcoming environment.