Our desire for every person who comes through our door is that they enjoy everyday life without the restriction of pain. To achieve this, we incorporate a variety of techniques into our hands on physiotherapy sessions. As a client, in order for you to fully function again, we guide you in the use of specialised rehabilitation equipment to work on the goals set up by your therapist.

Our staff are here to help. We are all trained, qualified and experienced in our specific areas.

John Appel, BS, MPT

Director/Physiotherapist (CBD)

Originally from the USA, John graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy in Dayton, Ohio. Before this, he studied and gained a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training degree.

As a Myofascial Release therapist John has worked with a wide range of clients from professional athletes to chronic fibromyalgia clients. John will assess your whole body for fascial restrictions by observing your posture and alignment. John F. Barnes Myofascial Release treats the whole person and looks beyond diagnosis. Fascia is a very important system in our body that is not well understood by our traditional healthcare system. John has over 10 years working on the fascial system and returns to the States on a regular basis to keep his skills at the highest level.

Stephen Pollock

BPhty Physiotherapist

Stephen trained in Otago, but being a Hamilton boy, came north again to find work. He has special interest in treating back injuries and bio-mechanics – the way the body moves. His highlight in physiotherapy is seeing a client walk out functioning better than when they came in. He enjoys the fact that at Advance he can take the time to treat each client uniquely and then educate them on how to maintain the improvement they have made after their treatment is finished. Outside of work, Stephen likes running, spear fishing and free diving.

Heidi van Loon

Physiotherapist (CBD)

Heidi is Waikato born and raised. She spent her childhood growing up on a farm, playing numerous sports, from rugby to running and cycling. It was this strong passion for sports and being active that led her to studying at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and ultimately taking up Physiotherapy as a career. Heidi believes that it is not only the rehabilitation of the injury that is important but injury (or re-injury, as the case may be) prevention is key too. This belief is central to her methods of practice. Heidi enjoys hands on methods and working alongside her clients to help them achieve their goals. In her free time Heidi enjoys being outdoors. This includes playing sport, going to the lake and spending time with friends and family.

Rachael Street

Physiotherapist (CBD)

BHSC Physiotherapy

Rachael has spent many years working in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
During this time she has been able to experience working with rugby teams and many post-orthopaedic surgeries. She particularly enjoys treating back and neck injuries. This is done by using a combination of manual techniques, exercises and, most importantly, education to ensure injuries are resolved and further injuries prevented.

Rachael is a positive and friendly health and fitness fanatic. She loves nothing more than to see her clients achieve their full potential. Rachael enjoys travelling and has visited the UK and many places throughout Europe.

Therese Hogan

Physiotherapist (CBD)

Therese has been a registered Physiotherapist for over 15 years as, having graduated from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
Therese has a special interest in hands-on therapy, yoga-inspired therapeutic exercises and has a big emphasis in stress reduction. Therese uses a holistic approach to address the core of the condition.

She has had a varied career including yoga teaching, meditation instruction, massage therapy and registered nursing in addition to her work as a physiotherapist. She’s worked in urban, rural and remote areas, from hospitals and clinics in Australia to retreat centres around the world. Therese is a global traveller and is looking forward to delving into the beauty and richness of New Zealand’s land and culture.

BSc Physiotherapy

Kate Caetano

NZRP Podiatrist and Run Coach (CBD)

Kate is enthusiastic about seeing people get back to doing what they love and reaching their goals.

Kate has been through her own acute and chronic injuries and as a podiatrist she knows how important all-inclusive holistic healthcare is to anyone’s quality of life. She focuses on treating the whole body, so you get better and stay better with gait analysis and retraining, biomechanical assessment, pressure distribution therapy and muscle drill conditioning.

Kate is also a Running Coach and takes regular running workshops to help those who are just starting out through to those that want to improve their technique and learn how to reduce risk of injury while running.

In her spare time Kate enjoys sport, baking and playing Frisbee with her husband and border collie, Taffy.

Christian Baldia

Personal Trainer (CBD Clinic)

Christian was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to New Zealand in 2011. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the PT industry, which originally started out as being an interest, however developed. Christian has a passion in helping people achieve their goals and bringing awareness that physical training has a greater purpose. Trained in New Zealand, Christian completed his Personal Training course at the Institute of Health and Fitness. He believes in continuously expanding his knowledge by consulting with mentors from various disciplines, while also working alongside physiotherapists. His Specialties include movement and restoration training using original strength training systems; kettlebell, bodyweight, OOV and barbell training. Outside work hours Christian is a real family man. He also spends much of his down time expanding his knowledge through reading and networking with people from all over the Globe.

Megan Spooner

Myofascial Release Therapist (CBD)

Megan has been a health professional for many years, first as a nurse, then midwife and now as a Massage Therapist.

A few years ago Megan’s life was turned upside down by illness, She discovered a technique to try called Myofascial Release. It was the huge benefits which she witnessed on her own health from this which ultimately led her to make the decision to change from midwifery to becoming a Massage Therapist.

Megan Studied in Arizona, USA, and she has now returned to New Zealand bringing exciting possibilities for the restoration of one’s health and mobility. Megan’s hobbies include basketball, first as a player, then coach and now as bench enthusiast. She also enjoys reading, gardening, knitting and the recently re-discovered joy of colouring in.

CMT, MFR 1, UNWINDING, MFR2

Judy Xu

Acupuncturist

Judy graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2006 with a Bachelor Degree of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Massage. Originally from China, she moved to NZ in 2016  with her husband and two children.  She has more than 10 years clinical experience and practiced in South Africa for nine years.
Judy has joined Advance Wellness as an Acupuncturist, and her areas of special interest include:
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Skin Conditions
  • Gynaecological
  • Obstetric Disorders
  • Psychological Conditions

Do you want to join our growing team?