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.

Linley Leuthard

Registered OAT Frozen Shoulder Practitioner

Trigenist® , Physiotherapist,  Physio Acupuncturist, Kinesio® Tape Practitioner, Lymphoedema Therapist

Dip Phty. M.P.N.Z.,  C.K.T.I., C.I.T.I, N.F.E.I, C.L .T, Reg Physio Acup and Instructor

Linley is a registered OAT Frozen Shoulder practitioner, and is one of only two practitioners in the world who can carry out the  OAT-MCD procedure. As a result, Linley treats people from around the world who are suffering from Frozen Shoulder.

Linley is also an International Instructor in the following disciplines: Kinesio Taping® , Trigenics®,  Natural Facial Enhancement ®She has been in private practice for over 30 years and teaching for over 20 years.

Since 2010, Linley has spent extensive time studying the frozen shoulder/ impingements condition in Australia, Europe and Canada.

In particular she studied a ground-breaking technique for frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis called Trigenics® which is a multimodal neurological treatment system which resets the way the brain communicates with the body to increase strength, increase range of mo​​vement and decrease pain measurably and immediately.

Outside of work, Linley likes to spend time with family, staying active and travelling.

Stephen Pollock

Senior 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 leave the clinic 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.

Rachael Street

Senior Physiotherapist (CBD)

BHSC Physiotherapy

Rachael is one of our fantastic Senior Therapists at Advance, and has worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy ever since she graduated from AUT in 2011.

She has worked with rugby teams, in post-operative orthopaedic and cardio-respiratory settings and in private clinics both in NZ and the UK.

Rachael is passionate about what she does, and loves nothing more than to see her clients achieve to their full potential and beyond. She enjoys the challenge of figuring out why someone has injured themselves and correcting these imbalances to ensure the injury does not reoccur. She uses a combination of hands-on techniques, education, exercise prescription and also utilises her skill in dry needling, to achieve the best results.

Rachael is a health and fitness fanatic herself, spending any spare time at the gym or running the Hakarimatas. She also also enjoys travelling.

Melissa Gillespie


BPhty (Hons)

Melissa comes from a strong, competitive sporting background and after experiencing first-hand the role that Physio played in her recovery from injuries, she decided to pursue a career in this field.

During Melissa’s final year at the University of Otago, her thesis on ‘Patients’ Understanding and Experiences of Rotator Cuff-Related Pain’ was published in the ‘Musculoskeletal Science and Practice’ journal. She then spoke at the NZMPA Physiotherapy Conference where she was awarded ‘Best Speaker’.

After graduating as top Honours student and receiving the “Best All-Round Undergraduate student” Award, Melissa began her Physiotherapy career in private practice and joined Advance after relocating to Hamilton.

She has also completed a number of relevant courses including Kinesio Taping, Mulligan’s Concept Courses (becoming a ‘Certified Mulligan Practitioner’) and Dry Needling.

Melissa enjoys interacting with her clients and working alongside them to achieve their goals. She believes that it is important that clients have a good understanding of their injury and are given the tools necessary to assist themselves in their recovery.

Melissa loves the outdoors and in her spare time enjoys running, mountain biking, tramping, water sports and triathlon training, having completed her first Half Ironman in December 2018.

Tony ter Ellen

Physiotherapist/Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer/Yoga Instructor

Originally from the Bay of Plenty, Tony has spent 10 years studying and working in Hamilton.

A background of playing and coaching various sports (including soccer, basketball & tennis) has led Tony on a diverse healthcare journey, with over 20 year’s experience in sports Massage and Yoga teaching and now Physiotherapy.

Tony combines exercise prescription and manual therapy to address his clients’ needs. He believes learning keeps us stimulated and alive and brings this approach into improving physical function.

While his sporting days are largely over, He is still a keen follower of NZ sportspeople and teams. He enjoys staying active at the gym, yoga studio and great outdoors and is a slightly addicted record collector.

Oliver Chang

Physiotherapist (Melville)

BHSC Physiotherapy

Oliver was born in Taiwan and moved to New Zealand in 1996.

He has more than 12 year’s experience working as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the Hamilton area.

Oliver gained his Post-Graduate Western Acupuncture Certificate in 2010 and provides Western Acupuncture and dry needling as well as Physio, to help improve his patients’ muscular symptoms.

He is highly experienced in Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation which involves helping people with dizziness and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) to get back on their feet and return to their daily lives.

He is committed to educating clients about their particular conditions and working with them on functional rehabilitation plans to get them back feeling their best.

Outside of work Oliver can be found with his young family at the zoo, movies, cricket, and shopping. He is also a big Comic Book Movies fan, in particular DC.

Halie Standish

Physiotherapist (Melville)

BHSC Physiotherapy – MPNZ

Having recently moved from Auckland, Halie is enjoying becoming part of the Waikato community and is looking forward to helping make a difference to people’s lives through Physio treatment.

Since graduating in 2017, Halie has been honing her skills as a Physiotherapist in an Auckland private practice and was also the lead Physiotherapist for the Papakura Premiers Rugby team last season.

As well as assessing and treating all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries, Halie is adept at designing individually tailored gym-based strengthening programmes for clients.

Halie’s special interest areas include both acute and chronic concussion injuries, headaches and neck conditions. She has completed post graduate studies in concussion rehabilitation and dry needling.

In her spare time Halie enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda Barr


Amanda Barr joins the team at Advance as a full-time Podiatrist after gaining valuable clinical experience in all aspects of podiatry over the past three years following her graduation from Auckland University of Technology in 2016.

Amanda enjoys helping people become pain-free and getting them back to activities they enjoyed doing prior to having podiatry issues. She is passionate about providing care for people across all walks of life by helping to create a better quality of life for them.

Having family members who have diabetes, Amanda has developed a special passion for diabetic foot care and has a good understanding of the best preventive measures and treatment options to ensure it’s properly managed. She knows first-hand how diabetes affects the person with the condition and also the entire family.

Amanda also enjoys the challenges of bio mechanical conditions, and formulating treatment plans with other health professionals to create the best possible health outcomes for her clients.

Born and bred on her family farm in Orini, Waikato, Amanda enjoys the outdoors on the farm and participating in many sporting activities. She is a motorsports enthusiast and races competitive Motocross, and particularly enjoys getting out on the weekends for competitions. She also understands what it is like to have injuries and the importance of guided and personalized rehabilitation plans.

Christian Baldia

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Trainer (CBD Clinic)

Christian was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to New Zealand in 2011.

He has more than 10 year’s experience in the PT industry, which originally started out as being an interest, however quickly developed into a career.

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.

Phyllis Teo


Phyllis moved from Singapore to New Zealand in 2015 where she acquired her acupuncture membership with The New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) and also began study of Midwifery.

Prior to that, Phyllis was a registered Chinese Physician with the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board under the purview of the Ministry of Health, Singapore.

Phyllis has been providing acupuncture treatments in the following areas:

  • Musculoskeletal Discomfort
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Sports Injury
  • Skin Irritations
  • Pregnancy & Fertility related-issues

Born in Singapore, which is a melting pot of many races and cultures, Phyllis speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English/Singlish. She loves to read anything that promotes good health and well-being.

Sally Yen

Massage Therapist

Our new Massage Therapist at our Melville clinic, Sally Yen, brings experience and qualifications in both Chinese and Western Massage therapy. Sally can offer Remedial and Relaxation Massage to assist clients recover from a range of issues including:
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Stress and muscular related headaches
  • Recovery from sports-related injuries and muscle-aches
To assist with our clients whose preferred language is not English, Sally speaks fluent Mandarin
as well as English.
While Sally is Taiwanese born, she comes to us via Australia, but is now happy to call Hamilton
her home!

Do you want to join our growing team?