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.
Roslyn Gilmour, Physiotherapist (MHSc Hons PGDip Physiotherapy)
Roslyn stayed on in England after 5 years of OE, and in 1989 attended the University of East London to study Physiotherapy graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in 1993. She worked the following 5 years in two teaching hospitals in Essex. Her experience with the ‘rotational’ placements system there was extensive, including but not limited to Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Intensive Care and Amputees.
In 1998 she returned to University part-time while working and gained her Post Graduate Diploma at the University of East London in 2001. Her Diploma was posted to New Zealand, as she returned home in time for her first child to be born a New Zealander. Returning to work in 2003, she tried a new field working in Paediatrics at the Wilson Home in Auckland’s North Shore, while again studying part-time at Auckland University of Technology.
She completed the advanced Post Graduate Musculoskeletal papers and a Dissertation to complete her Master in Health Science with Honours in 2005. She supervised Physiotherapy Students at AUT on a casual as needs basis in all areas while studying, and once completed she worked in a private Musculoskeletal Clinic until her second child arrived in 2009.
She returned to work in 2014, briefly to Waihi Beach, then joined us at Body Mechanix in May 2015. She enjoys new challenges, and her special interest area is treating necks, and working holistically with chronic pain. Lifestyle revision and mindfulness compliments physiotherapy modalities.
She works part-time, and has two children that keep her busy with various sports and activities. She has recently tried rowing, but prefers non-competitive exercise, mainly walking, tramping and swimming. Travelling is her passion, and she is currently trying to write a book.
Bronwyn Russell, Physiotherapist (BHSc. Phys)
Hi! My name is Bronnie. I graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2011, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physitherapy.
Since then, I have been lucky enough to combine physiotherapy with one of my favourite things – travel. On graduating, I moved to Australia, working in three (very) small rural towns in Victoria. I was there for over a year, before travelling further afield. I have worked as a physiotherapist in Scotland, England and on the Isle of Man, as well as volunteering as a physiotherapist in an orphanage in India. I came back to New Zealand at the end of 2015, after four years abroad. I worked in Wellington for about 18 months, before coming back to Tauranga, where all my family are located. It’s good to be back!
Because of the nature of my travels and work, I have had a broad range of work experience in physiotherapy. I have done women’s health, breast cancer physiotherapy, aged care, elite sports physiotherapy, worked with amputees and burns patients, and of course, musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I also do acupuncture, vestibular physiotherapy and core stability retraining. My passion in physiotherapy is patient education; helping people understand how their bodies work, and how to prevent further injury in the future, as well as treating the current injury.
On a more personal note, I am a keen swimmer and hiker, and I love being outdoors and going camping. I read a lot, and am currently working towards earning a postgraduate diploma in social anthropology. I still love to travel, but am keen to explore a bit closer to home.
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 19 and Levi 14. 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.