Physios

Fiona O’Connor

Fiona O’Connor

I graduated from Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1988 and completed a Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1993. My first job was at Whakatane Hospital where I worked before going overseas for a time. I returned to Whakatane for a few years before my husband, John, and I moved to Palmerston North in 1994. I purchased a clinic in 1998, relocating to the current site in 2001 and rebranding as Churchyard Physiotherapy.
I am an accredited provider for High Performance Sport NZ which means I treat elite athletes that are part of our High Performance system. I have been really fortunate to also be one of the Black Sticks Women Team Physiotherapists since 2005 and travelled with the team all over the world – the highlights being the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 World Cup in Holland.
My treatments are a combination of ‘hands on’ manual therapy techniques combined with exercise prescription to optimise function and help clients achieve their goals as soon as possible.

When not at work I try and keep the garden in check, get out and walk some of the great tracks the Manawatu has to offer, and hit the gym for Ride and the occasional Power class. 



 

Katie Belcher

Katie Belcher

Hi I'm Katie. I graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor in Health Science, Physiotherapy. I joined the team at Churchyard in March 2017, having previously worked in Auckland and Wellington. I have always been interested in the human body and recovery, with a special interest in Sports Physiotherapy. Over the past year since I started at Churchyard I have worked with the Manawatu Womens Rugby Team - The Cyclones, and the National Champion Manawatu Women’s 7s team. I am really passionate about Women’s rugby and am looking forward to gaining more experience in this area and who knows what the future may hold! In my personal time I enjoy latin dancing and group fitness classes such as Swingtrain and ZUU.
Phoebe Roche

Phoebe Roche

I graduated from the University of Otago in 2011 before heading overseas to work in private practice in Australia and then the UK. Palmy born an bred, I have recently returned home and look forward to working back in the Manawatu. 

I've done further study in Dry Needling, Pilates (mat and reformer), occupational workplace assessments and PINC cancer rehabilitation.

I have been been involved as a Physiotherapist with various sports including Rugby, Australian Rules Football at club level and more recently with Central Hockey U 18s and the Mavericks NHL Team.

To stay active I like to go for walks with the dog, do reformer Pilates classes and train at the gym. I also enjoy snow skiing and tennis. 

Kathryn Mitchell

Kathryn Mitchell

I graduated from Otago in 1992, first working in New Plymouth then moved back to Palmerston North. I then spent a few years running my own Physiotherapy practice in Bulls, before starting at Churchyard in 2008. I gained a Diploma of Manipulative Therapy in 1999.

At work I particularly enjoy the challenges of dealing with shoulder injuries and post-surgery shoulder rehab. The shoulder is a challenging joint but with doing additional courses in this area and making it a focus for myself I feel confident I can help you get the best outcome possible.

Netball is my main sporting interest having been involved earlier in my career with various teams including Western Flyers from 1998 – 2004, Netball Manawatu and NZ Development teams in 1995 and in 2014 I returned to the netball courtside as Physiotherapist for the Central U23 Netball team. More recently I have been in various roles in my 3 boy’s sporting endeavours.

My other interests include the outdoors being involved in running the farm with my husband, Duncan, and enjoying tramping.


 

Jacqui Kerins

Jacqui Kerins

I graduated from Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1991 and since then have obtained post-graduate diplomas in Manipulative Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine. As well as those I have further qualifications in Breathing Rehabilitation and Performance, and Acupuncture. I have enjoyed working sports teams over the years and in particular Parasports. I was the Medical Coordinator and Team Physiotherapist for Paralympics NZ at the Beijing and London Paralympic Games. As well as this I have enjoyed working with all athletes and have a special interest in swimming. In the past I have been a provider for High Performance Sport NZ I live in Levin with my husband and 3 active teenage daughters. I am a director of our family pesto business - Genoese Foods (the best pesto there is by the way!). I like to be active within my community and have been involved in Education and other social sector Governance over the last 10 years.


Admin

 Avril Wilson

 Avril Wilson

I am the Clinic Manager and started at Churchyard in 2016. I make sure that our Admin team and Physios all have the information and resources that they need to provide the best possible results for our clients. If you have any questions about your ACC or insurance paper work just let me or one of my friendly team know and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. I am originally from Wellington, and married to Andrew. We have raised our four children here in the Manawatu. We run a local building business and this keeps me busy when I’m not working at Churchyard.


 

Sandy Mansfield

Sandy Mansfield

I joined the team at Churchyard in April 2018 and have been on a steep learning curve! Prior to this job I have worked in customer service roles in finance and pharmacy I emigrated with my family from south east England 15 years ago. We initially lived in Palmerston North before moving to sunny Nelson for 5 years but the lure of Palmy was too strong and we moved back in 2012 to live in the beautiful Pohangina Valley. I have 4 adult children who are either working or studying here and in Auckland. I love to renovate and upcycle furniture (very handy when we move so often!) and films, comedy and English History. I have a great talent for retaining the most trivial things, so if you need someone on your Trivial Pursuit team …...
Karen Hill

Karen Hill

I am part of the lovely admin support team who meet and greet you and provide the friendly and helpful service before and after your treatment. I have worked in all aspects of admin and worked for businesses involved in finance, education, car dealership and now have been part of the Churchyard Physio team since 2012. I am married with two children. I have had an interest in sport, health and fitness most of my life and participated in sport, including bodybuilding. Now I go to the gym most days doing a mix of group fitness and weights. My other interests are cooking (and the wine that goes with that!), reading, walks, family and friends.
Wendy Rickard

Wendy Rickard

I returned to Palmerston North in 1989 after living in Mt Isa (Queensland) for 12 years – needless to say I prefer summer to winter! I have worked in various roles over the years in banking, at K-Mart, a bakery, TAB, Fonterra, and Rent-a-Dent before starting at Churchyard in 2013. I also work in my husband’s panelbeating business.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors, working out at the gym and knitting and sewing for the Grandies. Terry and I both support Middle Districts Lions Club with fundraising and social events.


 

We are centrally located just off Church Street, Palmerston North.
Offering off street parking and
disability access.

Address: 16 Ashley Street, Palmerstn North
Phone : 06 354 8008

 

 

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