Meet the team:
Noel B Smith, Physiotherapist (B.Ph.Ed Dip.Phys. NZSP)
I have completed seven years of university study. Firstly, graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physical education, majoring in Nutrition and Exercise Science, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy...............quite surprising for a guy who was never a ‘ university type’.
The past 23 years have provided me with valuable international clinical experience in spinal manipulation, rehabilitation, acupuncture and nutritional medicine......
On a more personal note, I have four wonderful children and live over at the Mount. I’ve always been heavily involved in my two other passions of sport and music. I have played representative level rugby, swimming and running, whilst always enjoying the natural buzz of surfing and snow skiing. Music has always been present and I am still involved in a rock band called ‘The Greenroom” and more recently singer/ songwriting.
Finally, if you are wondering how I got involved in physio, my initial intention was actually to be a Phys- Ed teacher. That fire was quickly extinguished on a tutorial, spent trying to get a bunch of year 13 boys to enjoy the virtue of dance! In addition, after badly injuring my knee whilst skiing, I underwent some intensive Physio which ignited my interest in fixing wounded bodies and the joy I still gain to this day, in healing people.
Meshell Hardman, Massage Therapist (Dip Therapeutic Massage)
Specialising in acupressure, reflexology, deep tissue, relaxation and pregnancy massage.
My massage experience spans over a 12yr period. In this time I have explored other modalities within the health/healing industry such as meditation, body cleansing and nutrition. My career began in Rotorua practising the Aix Water Massage, then training under a Chinese Practitioner learning the arts of acupressure and meridian therapy's.
I then moved to the Bay of Plenty working at Mount Hotpools for 5 years in which I gained a large client base and professional reputation. Ichy feet took me to Auckland to finish necessary studies and I wanted to explore the spa industry. I worked at two five star spas in Auckland where pampering and the Arts of Massage were applied. Regular celebrities indulged an interesting experience! Extensive travel since 17 years of age opened me to culture, language and the love of adventure! Living in France for 4 years working on the super yachts in the mediterranean and more travel brought me home to the Bay. I would describe my work as a process in which I facilitate wellness on all levels of our being and guiding my clients to that place where our 'presence' of peace is found. 21st century living, our fast pace in life challenges us to allow time out for ourselves and doing less.
So book now and feel the difference that "The Art of Massage" can accomplish.
Liz Hosking, Podiatrist (Dip.Pod NZ, B.Sc. Hons UK)
In Year 13 at Waitaki Girls College in Oamaru where I grew up it was the first year we had a Career Guidance Counsellor and she recommended Podiatry, to which I continue to be grateful for this guidance as it has been a perfect "fit" for me!
I moved to Heretaunga just out of Wellington to study the three year diploma in Podiatry at the Central Institute of Technology. I had a very social 'gap' year in Wellington before moving to Tauranga to establish a practice in 1984.
To refresh I completed a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry extra-murally through the University of Brighton in England in 1997.
I alternated part-time and full-time work with the help of locums as I had my two children, Imogen now 18 and Levi 11. Myself, children and partner Grant love the outdoors, camping and plenty of beach time.
Because I have been in podiatry in Tauranga for over 30 years, I have enjoyed treating families at all ages and stages. I like the variety of all aspects of podiatry care and especially get a lot of pleasure from either increasing or maintaining mobility and exercise for my patients.
From starting a practice as a sole therapist to being part of a team, I relish the difference a multi-disciplinary approach has been for patient service and care.