JOEL MOWAT - Senior Physiotherapist and Director
Joel graduated from AUT in 2008 with a BHSc (Physio) degree. Since then, he has completed a number of courses to refine his skills and interests. These include: Dry Needling, Bike Setup,
Level 1 Crossfit Coaches Accreditation, and Neurolink training.
Joel has a passion for musculoskeletal physio and helping individuals reach their goals. Whether your aim is to walk the dog without pain, or to make a new PB lift, he is eager to make this goal your reality. Joel has spent time working in vocational rehabilitation and alongside various sports teams and athletes including: runners, triathletes, cyclists, Cross-Fitters, rugby players and rowers.
Joel prides himself on helping his clients more thoroughly understand their bodies. With this understanding, improvement is more tangible and therefore drastically increased. He takes a holistic approach, focusing not only on your physical presentation, but any external factors that may be contributing to the problem. With numerous treatment modalities available to him, Joel is able to pick and choose what will work best for you and involve you in the plan.
Outside of a busy work and family life, Joel loves to run and get out for a surf whenever there’s a wave.
MARINA SHANNON - Physiotherapist
Marina graduated from AUT with a BHSc (Physio) at the end of 2018. Throughout her time there, she learned the valuable skill of how to consider a patient holistically and ensure that their goals are kept at the forefront of treatment.
Marina’s main area of interest is musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Skills in manual therapy, injury prevention, dry needling, and exercise prescription are just a few foundational principals that Marina uses. She has also spent time working in a hospital setting, working in stroke rehabilitation, intensive care, and paediatrics.
Outside of work, Marina enjoys doing anything outdoors. She loves a good team game, stand-up paddle boarding, and exploring beaches along New Zealand’s coastline. Marina also enjoys taking photos and appreciates specialty coffee.
ERICA BENSON - Physiotherapist
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, Erica received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she focused her studies on Communication and Women’s Studies. With a passion for improving others’ quality of life, she continued her education, this time focusing on helping patient’s improve mobility and function. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2018.
Erica then moved to the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean where she worked to help restore patient’s function and improve quality of life. Erica strives to put each patient first in her clinical practice and enjoys helping patients achieve their goals and return to the activities they love.
When not working, Erica enjoys travelling, trying new food, running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Her newest adventure is exploring the wonder of New Zealand with her partner Matt.
ESTHER COENRADI – Physiotherapist
Esther graduated from AUT with a BHSc (Physiotherapy) at the end of 2021. Over the course, Esther gained skills working and interacting with a range of different students, people, and patients from differing backgrounds and learned to treat in a holistic, caring,manner that considers the patient as a whole and not just an injury.
Esther has experience working in medical and rehabilitation wards in the hospital setting and thrives working with the differing challenges of private practice. She is passionate about helping people recover and achieve their goals and strives to provide professional care that will optimise her patient’s function. Esther enjoys musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including manual therapy, injury prevention, and exercise prescription, in combination or as needed, to achieve this. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skills in dry needling.
Outside of work, Esther enjoys trail running, cycling, surfing, rock climbing, and anything else that involves some adrenaline and adventure in the outdoors.
PIERRE GJALTEMA - PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Pierre graduated from AUT in 2021 to earn his Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy. His is committed to all aspects of patient care and uses manual therapy, exercise prescription and goal orientated treatments to achieve patient outcomes. Paired with excellent communication skills and a positive, friendly attitude Pierre puts his patients first.
He has experienced various placements in the community, hospitals as well as private practice settings. Pierre constantly strives to put the needs of patients first alongside the experienced Movewell team.
Having grown up on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, Pierre loves all outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming as well as playing lacrosse, woodworking and his labradoodle pup named Digger.