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.
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.