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Here at Return to Form, our friendly staff are here to help you with whatever you need.

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.

Imogen Campbell – Senior Physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapist
  • Pelvic Floor Health for men & women

Imogen is an experienced physiotherapist who has been working in private practices for over 5 years. 

She has also completed a Post Graduate certificate in Western acupuncture. Imogen enjoys all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and since graduating has developed a keen interest in working with pelvic health patients. Imogen is rapidly increasing her knowledge, skills, and education in this area.

Outside of work Imogen enjoys skiing and spending time with family and friends.

 

Bonny Anderson – Physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapist
  • Cancer Rehabilition
 
Bonny enjoys helping her patients to understand their injuries and imbalances and being able to progress and achieve their goals. She also enjoys helping patients with complex and chronic conditions find the balance they need to be able to live the life they want.

Bonny has a keen interest in sports physio having previously worked with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ellerslie Football Club. 

Bonny has been accepted to participate in the PINC cancer rehabilitation certification for physiotherapists. Through the course Bonny aims to be able to empower women cancer survivors by providing them with a solid understanding of their journey and facilitate the rehabilitation process.

Bonny graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Science, Physiotherapy in 2014. Since then she has gained experience working in private practice within New Zealand and spent 2 years working with the NHS in the UK. To increase her knowledge and tools to help her patients, Bonny has enrolled in a Master’s of Health Practice, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for 2020.

She has also been a competitor and coach for Artistic Roller Skating for 20 years. 

Kara Dennison – Physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapist

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.

Jo Cruz – Senior Physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapist
  • Trigenics Practitioner
  • Facial Acupuncturist – to help treat signs of ageing
  • Uses Sound therapy and Meridian therapy
 

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.

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.

She gained her New Zealand registration in Acupuncture in 2009 and Physiotherapy in 1982.  She also possesses a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science from AUT in 2003.  

Sue takes a holistic approach with her assessment, education regarding diet and lifestyle issues, conversation and treatment with a variety of treatment practices that compliment the relationship she develops with her patient to support them on their journey.

Roni Neeley – Acupuncturist/Traditional Medicine

  • Acupuncturist to help treat:
    • Musculoskeletal complaints
    • Women’s health & fertility 
    • Digestive disorders
    • Stress/Anxiety

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

  • Acupuncturist 

Sharon has over 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. 

Banu Green – Massage Therapist & Reflexologist

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.

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. 

Nellie Pigot – Nutritionist & Naturopath

  • 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.

Tori Dean – Receptionist

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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