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

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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STEPH YOUNG

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

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LUCY BRITTON

BSc ( Hons ) Sports Therapy

Practice Manager 

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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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DR SARAH BEABLE

MBCHB  &  FACSEP

Sports Physician

Sarah is a Sport and Exercise Physician and is the lead specialist at Axis in Queenstown. 

Sarah has worked with athletes from a wide range of sports and attended the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Gold Coast 2018 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of the NZOC Health Team.

Sarah worked as Medical Director for Cycling New Zealand for 4 years (2013 - 2017), where she was instrumental in setting up their centralised health service. Her past team experience also includes working with a variety of teams including the Silver Ferns, Capital Pulse Netball, Wellington Phoenix Football, Counties Manukau Rugby, as well as a wide range of endurance sports and events. She also provided care at ITM cup, Super 14, International Sevens, and Rugby World Cup matches.  Outside of her regular clinic in Queenstown, Sarah now works with the HPSNZ Snow Sports team based in Wanaka. 

Originally from Wellington, Sarah graduated from the University of Auckland in 2005 and did her initial hospital years in Tauranga Hospital. She then moved back to the capital to work in Emergency Medicine, General Practice and then Military Medicine in Waiouru before completing her Post Graduate Sports Medicine Diploma and beginning her specialist training.

Sarah is experienced in the optimal management of an extensive range of sporting injuries and musculoskeletal issues and, like the other specialists at Axis Sports Medicine, is well trained in injury prevention and illness risk management in active individuals. She has an interest in snow sports injury and prevention, and building load tolerance for many endurance based outdoor pursuits and occupations. Sarah has a special interest in low energy availability (RED-S) and the range of issues that encompasses, affecting both males and females and runs regular specialist clinics in this area which is now accessible via telehealth.  She is a member of the WHISPA (Women's Health in Sport; A Performance Advantage) panel, an initiative by High Performance Sport, working with a range of specialties to tackle the increasing prevalence of this issue.  Sarah has published research in Depression and Associated Life Stress in Elite Athletes and speaks regularly at conferences on this topic.

Sarah is passionate about exercise, lifestyle promotion and being involved in the community. She is loving living in Queenstown and is often found out exploring the outdoors. She continues to keep fit and likes competing in endurance events in her spare time (including completing the Hawaii Ironman in her competitive days) she enjoys running, mountain biking and circuit training. 

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DR ADAM CASTRICUM

BPhty  &  PGdipSEM

Sports Physician

Adam Castricum is passionate about sport and exercise and takes great satisfaction out of helping all members of the community across all stages of life achieve their goals in a safe, enjoyable and healthy fashion whether they are elite athletes or simply inactive patients wishing to get active and lead a healthier, more rewarding life. In March 2021, Adam and his young family took the plunge across the ditch for a skichange to join the Sarah Beable and the Axis team in Queenstown after twenty years training and setting up specialist practise in his hometown Melbourne at the world renowned tertiary Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, where he was Head of the Medical Department for the last 10 years.
 

Adam became a Fellow with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) in 2008 after successfully completing 6 years of training in Melbourne and Sydney. Soon after, he was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Athletics Australia and headed up the medical team for the successful Australian Track and Field team at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

 

From 2014-2017 he worked with the excellent medical and conditioning team at Hawthorn Football Club, with the highlight being the 2014 and 2015 Premierships. In 2015, Adam started his 6 year term on the ACSEP Board as Vice President sitting on the Continuing Professional Development and Practice Accreditation Committees. In 2016, Adam was elected President of ACSEP and held this
post for three years until early 2019. As President, Adam also sat on the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) and strongly advocated for equality and diversity, improving indigenous, regional and remote health outcomes, as well as doctors mental health and making specialist Sport and Exercise Medical care accessible to all members of the community. Adam continues much of this work as one the Health Champions of Change Coalition members and also mentors indigenous doctors on the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) mentorship program. He continues to be actively involved in teaching of ACSEP Registrars and Chairs the ACSEP Exercise is Medicine and Mental Health Working Groups.

 

Adam’s professional areas of interest include athletics, all codes of football, triathlon, alpine skiing, exercise prescription and management of lower limb injuries, including osteoarthritis and stress fractures, , adolescent injuries, fatigue in athletes and exercise induced asthma, on which he completed his Masters Research in 2008. Adam also performs ultrasound-guided interventions, which will be a new service for Axis Sports Medicine Specialists in Queenstown.
 

Adam enjoys trail running, mountain biking, tennis, skiing and hiking and is looking forward to exploring everything Aotearoa has to offer with his young family.

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GEORGINA READ

BSc Podiatry
Post Dip Sports Medicine

Podiatrist

After completing a bachelor of Podiatry in 2008, I quickly moved back to Dunedin to work alongside Richard Van Plateringen and complete a Post Graduated Diploma in Sports medicine at Otago University.

 

Then after spending 5 years working in London, deciding to move back Queenstown has been a place to peruse my passion for activity and sport. 

I am now fortunate to be able to offer a high standard of Podiatry care working along side expert health professionals. Providing a complete and progressive approach to injuries and performance. 

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BEN GRIFFEN

Bachelor of  Sport & Exercise
Post Grad Cert Sport & Exercise

Strength and Conditioning 

Ben's successful alpine ski racing career included representing New Zealand at the 2010 Winter Olympics and multiple World Championship events. As a student-athlete, Ben studied through Massey University and AUT, graduating in 2014.

Ben's passions still lie deeply in skiing but now on the other side as coach and conditioning trainer, finding reward in helping others to realise their athletic potential, gain competitive advantage or return from injury to function and sport.

In addition to return-to-sport (RTS) programming, APQ Strength & Conditioning programs also promote the physical literacy and long-term athletic progression of youth development athletes, whilst annual periodised programs enhance the performance of some of New Zealand's elite athletes.​

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Aside from skiing, he's also active in mountain running, ski touring, rock climbing, mountain biking and basketball, pursuing performance in each activity through understanding the combination of physical and mental challenges that each demand.