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 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

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 traveling and has visited the UK and many places throughout Europe.

Melissa Gillespie


BPhty (Hons)

Melissa has come from a strong, competitive sporting background.

After receiving many sporting injuries and witnessing the role that Physiotherapy played in her recovery, Melissa decided to pursue a career in this field.

Melissa completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours and has recently relocated to Hamilton to start her career.

She is living out her dream of being able to help people achieve their goals through Physiotherapy, and return to their everyday activities.

Melissa loves the outdoors and in her spare time enjoys running, mountain biking, tramping and water sports.

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.

She is the only rehabilitation podiatrist in New Zealand.

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.

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

BHSC Physiotherapy

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

He has more than 12 years’ experience working as a MusculoskeletalPhysiotherapist 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 experiencedin 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 operating at 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.

Christian Baldia

Personal Trainer & 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 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.

Carrie Aspin

Exercise Physiologist

Our latest recruit, Carrie, is an Exercise Physiologist, who for the past couple of years has been a key part of NZ’s quickly evolving movement of using exercise to manage chronic diseases. Carrie has been actively establishing pathways for care inside the “Exercise is Medicine” Waikato committee where she is a member.

Prior to specialised exercise prescription, Carrie worked as a personal trainer for more than 10 years. Carrie has a PGDip in Sport & Exercise Science majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Advanced Rehabilitation Methods.

She is a highly motivated, dynamic practitioner who is passionate about transforming people’s lives through the benefits of using exercise for different situations.

In her youth Carrie competed as a national level gymnast and has coached competitive boy’s gymnastics in Hamilton, training alongside International representatives. She also competes as a Masters athlete for CrossFit Waikato.

Carrie’s areas of interest are rehabilitation and recovery from neurological conditions as well as sport performance, which is supported by Continual Professional Development courses in the area of Kinetics.

She assists Advance clients in achieving their fitness goals and prescribes exercise for those recovering from illness or injury. Carries also works with people to improve their general health following medical conditions that are deemed ‘high risk’. She also takes a number of the popular Advance fitness classes. Outside of work Carrie tries to fit into the mind of her 5 year old son and keep up with his imagination. Together they do life.

Melody Dickinson

Melody Dickinson is a highly experienced and qualified Massage Therapist with a degree in Therapeutic and Sports Massage, and training in Dry Needling and Kineso taping.

She has over 10 years’ extensive experience in the field, including stints working internationally in Australia, the UK and Canada, in addition to NZ.

Melody’s unique, strong skill-set means she can draw on specific massage techniques to better meet a client’s individual needs.

These could include, but are not limited to:

  • Back, neck and shoulder release
  • Stress and muscular related headaches
  • Sports recovery massage
  • Pre and post-natal Pregnancy massage

She prides herself on delivering the most effective, client-centred individual treatment possible from a Massage Therapist.

This means utilising all her skills to find the root of a problem rather than mere symptom relief and to ensure lasting results.

Melody is passionate about helping her clients return to the most important things in their life that pain has taken away.

When she is not helping to improve lives, Melody enjoys travelling the world, hiking, skiing and more recently on her travels has discovered the beauty of being under the ocean after learning to scuba dive.

Judy Xu


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?