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Zee Sharif – Senior Physiotherapist 

  • Physiotherapist
  • Post Grad Diploma in Acupuncture
  • Expert in Pelvic Floor health for men & women
  • Pinc & Steel Cancer rehab certified physio
  • APPI Pilates instructor/Also training APPI Pilates instructors
  • Aromatherapist
  • Certified Total Gravity Trainer

Zee is owner and principal physio at Return to Form. She has a hands on holistic approach combining her acupuncture, pilates and general physio skills for her clients needs.

Her expertise is pelvic floor health, men & women and cancer rehabilitation. Zee works closely with Urologists/Oncologists for men undergoing Prostate surgery. Zee has completed various post graduate courses including acupuncture for women’s health problems acupuncture in pregnancy & childbirth, Cancer rehab and is a Pinc & Steel cancer rehab certified physio.

Zee is certified on the Total Gym Gravity and uses this in her rehab of clients with ACC injuries, cancer rehabilitation, general health & fitness as well as equipment Pilates classes.

Zee often returns to the UK for courses to keep up to date with the latest techniques and skills, that may not be available in NZ.

Susan Mae Hinds -Senior Physiotherapist & Acupuncturist

  • Physiotherapist
  • Acupuncturist

Sue is a highly skilled professional with over 35 years practical experience in hospitals and private practice physiotherapy.

Established in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture for 25 years. She has an holistic approach to patient support including assessment, education regarding diet and lifestyle issues, conversation and treatment with a variety of modalities that compliment the physiotherapy role.

Jo Cruz – Senior Physiotherapist

Jo is a physiotherapist with over 30 years experience. She practices in Wellington at her own musculoskeletal clinic and here in Ponsonby.

She trained in acupuncture at Otago University in 2005, graduating with certification in acupuncture. She furthered her studies training in Manaka, a style of Japanese acupuncture. She completed the Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification at North Western University in Minneapolis in 2012 and 2013 under  renowned author Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. She is a certified teacher for foundations in facial acupuncture and teaches here in NZ and Australia. Jo is a PAANZ tutor. She completed  all modules in sound therapy using a meridian therapy approach.

Jo completed Toyahari training in 2018, a style of acupuncture taught and administered by blind therapists in Japan. It is an extremely effective but gentle treatment approach going hand in hand with her previous training.

Jo is a fully qualified Trigenics Practitioner with an emphasis on biomechanics. It assists in restoring normal patterns and range of movement. It is extremely effective for frozen shoulders.

Imogen Campbell

Senior Physiotherapist

Kara Dennison


Kara completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy from AUT . Working part time as a receptionist at Return to Form throughout the degree, Kara joined the team as a  physiotherapist after completing her training.

She has a keen interest in osteoarthritis and self-management for long term conditions. Previous to her studies at AUT, Kara completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Anthropology from Auckland University.

In her spare time, Kara enjoys keeping active with outdoor adventure, social touch games and beach swims.

Roni Neeley

Acupuncturist/Traditional Medicine

Roni has a Bachelor of Health Science in traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture

She provides an intuitive, supportive and a unique treatment atmosphere. She uses traditional Chinese medicine including gentle acupuncture, cupping therapy and moxa (warming), combined with lifestyle advice to support and inspire people to well being.

Roni is experienced in treating a wide range of health issues and has particular interest in treating musculoskeletal (general muscles/tendons/ligaments) complaints, women’s health (including fertility, pregnancy, and hormonal imbalances), digestive disorders, stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists and an ACC provider, she is dedicated to continuing to develop her skills and her learning to improve people’s well being.

Roni works closely with other practitioners to ensure full holistic management and treats ACC and private clients.

Sharon Shan Qu

Acupuncturist/Traditional Medicine

Sharon joins our team with seven years’ experience in Chinese Medicine. Coming from China, Sharon started her life in New Zealand in 2013.

Healing her clients through natural methods provides her with a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Sharon treats ACC and internal conditions using a wide range of treatment modalities such as cupping, moxa, electro-therapy and massage. 

Nellie Pigot

Nutritionist, Naturopath, BHS (Massage & NMT)

Nutritional Diploma – Dip. ION (Merit),

London College of Naturopathic

Medicine and Health Science UK. Naturopath

Nellie Pigot is a UK trained nutritionist and naturopath and has been practising since 1999. She has worked as the nutritionist for a major London investment bank and as a naturopath in an integrated practice working alongside medical GP’s. Consequently Nellie is very experienced in interpreting diagnostic medical tests.

Her areas of expertise are treating digestive disorders, food allergies and intolerance, women’s health, optimising thyroid function. She works on increasing energy levels through manageable dietary and lifestyle changes with the help of short term vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements.

Sharhrzad Babapour

Yoga Instructor 

Shaz believes in a holistic approach to wellbeing where the individual is considered in terms of their mind, body and spirit. She also believes that factors such as lifestyle, home environment, connections and community impact our health.

The practice of yoga allows us to work inwards, creating space in our busy minds as we feel our bodies and connect with our breath. Yoga brings balance and calm to our lives by shifting the nervous system to a relaxed mode, allowing damaged cells to be repaired and replenished. 

Banu Green

Massage Therapist – Reflexology 

Banu is certified in Relaxation Massage from Wellpark College of Natural Therapies and holds certifications in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Holistic Pulsing and currently working towards her diploma at the Auckland School of Reflexology. Banu is a member of Reflexology New Zealand.

Banu believes in the natural healing ability of the body and the importance of self empowerment. Through her gentle and caring approach she helps her clients to break down the pattern of stress, and tap into the source of their own wellbeing. She integrates her Reflexology and Holistic Pulsing skills into the full body massage for profound relaxation. She also offers Reflexology sessions for hands and ears.

Tori Dean


Tori is studying to be a Physiotherapist at AUT

Tori is based at our Ponsonby and Wynyard quarter clinics. With great customer service skills and some understanding of you problems, she can book you in with the right therapist at the right time! 

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