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BIOS

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PETER FORCH

MPhty  &  BPhEd

Director and Principal Physiotherapist

Helping patients achieve their potential is what gives me complete satisfaction within my profession. Through consistent personal reflection and appraisal of my own performance, and the evidence.

Over the past decade I have had the pleasure of working with some of Australia and NZ’s top healthcare and medical professionals. My work with elite athletes in Snowsports, Rugby, Hockey, AFL and swimming alongside my clinical practice and management skills in the private sector.

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MITCH VAN SCHAIK

BPhty  &  PGdipSEM

Senior Physiotherapist

Mitch has had a passion for sports and exercise from a young age, driving him to complete a degree in Physiotherapy at Otago Uni and his post graduate diploma specialising in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Throughout his years of sport, Mitch represented Southland and Otago in age group cricket, rugby and athletics and is a member of the Otago Country Hawke cup team. Mitch has provided physiotherapy services with Auckland A and Aces, Hobart Hurricanes, and premier rugby teams aswell as being involved in New Zealand Age group development football camps. If hes not staying late in the clinic, you’ll find Mitch looking for his golf ball at Kelvin Heights and playing cricket.

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STEPH SURTEES

BPhty  &  BPhEd

Physiotherapist

Steph joined the Remarkable Physios team in early 2020 and has been enjoying being back in her hometown of Queenstown after being away for sometime. In 2010, Steph graduated from Otago University with a Physical Education Degree, majoring in Sport and Exercise Science. A sucker for studying, she returned to Otago to further her knowledge and skills to complete a Physiotherapy degree. 

 

Steph enjoys the diversity that Queenstown brings and loves getting people back to what they enjoy most. Steph has completed numerous courses, having a fond interest in Dry Needling.

When Steph isn't at the clinic you will find her in the hills, getting involved in any sport or new activity she comes across and forever trying desperately to keep her indoor plants alive.

 

In the Winter Season, Steph physios for the WHS rugby XV and thoroughly enjoys the challenges this brings. Having represented Otago in field hockey in U18 and U15's she understands the importance of teamwork and takes pride in the team's success. 

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JOE O'BRIEN

BPhty  (Hons)

Senior Physiotherapist

Joe completed his Physiotherapy degree at Glasgow caledonian university in 2017. Since graduating Joe has completed multiple courses in Scotland, New Zealand & Australia to enhance his skill set, he is highly passionate about sports medicine, strength & conditioning and educating people on ways to better their lives through exercise. 

 

Joe is no stranger to elite level sports having started his initial career as a professional footballer for Celtic FC & representing the Republic of Ireland for 17 appearances underage. Joe has worked alongside Rangers FC, Auckland City FC & has travelled with the All Whites on their recent tour to Ireland & Lithuania. 

 

Enjoying the Queenstown lifestyle, he now finds himself out hiking & biking most weekends.

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SIMON BISH

BPhty 

Physiotherapist

Simon graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2014, where he first worked in Tauranga Hospital. He then gained experience as a sports physiotherapist in Auckland, working across a range of different sporting outfits including Auckland Rugby, Auckland Football Federation, Cook Island National Football, NRL 9's, Auckland Premier club rugby and 1st XV rugby. Simon then restudied, gaining a degree in Paramedicine, and moved overseas to work in London as a front line paramedic for 2 x years.

He has since relocated to Queenstown, and has been part of the Remarkable Physios since 2021. 

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HEATHER JACKSON

VTCT L3 Sports Massage Therapy

Massage Therapist

Heather completed her sports VCTC Sports Massage Qualification in the UK whilst working as a triathlon coach, because she was "tired of getting terrible sports massages". No stranger to high level sports she is a former national swimmer and GBR elite triathlete at Loughborough High Performance Centre, having competed and trained with some of the best athletes in the world.

After hanging up her race suit she worked in Mallorca on triathlon training camps for six years, as a coach and massage therapist, before moving to Queenstown where she can now be found collecting bum bruises whilst attempting to snowboard and running across the mountains.

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