Please meet our clinical team at BodyFit Physiotherapy Howick and Pakuranga!

About Shawn Lawyer – Physiotherapist

Shawn Lawyer physio howick photoShawn is a local. He spent most of his schooling  years in the surrounding Pakuranga and Highland park area. At age 17  he knew he wanted to be a physio as he could see the positive impact  this profession had on his community and his own family.

Shawn went to AUT  where he studied the intricacy of his future career for four years.

Shawn also has a passion for sport. Particularly Karate which he is also very passionate about. Over the last few years he rose through the ranks to become a black belt at  his local dojo, where he now teaches kids this ancient martial art.

In his  spare time, Shawn enjoys reading, socializing and gardening.

Throughout his time studying and working, Shawn became more interested  in geriatric care, back and neck pain treatment including joint manipulation and mobilization. Shawn always  strives to provide the best treatment for his patients, so you know  you are in good hands.

About Joe O’Brien – Physiotherapist

Joe O'Brien Physiotherapist photoJoe’s personal statement: “Hi my name is Joe O’Brien. I am from Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. From a young age I’ve been heavily involved in various sports which have massively impacted my life. At the age of 16 I was playing international football and signed professional for Celtic FC. Moving away from home at such a young age thought me vital life skills including communication, team work and leadership.
Due to unfortunate injuries during my time at the club I spent a vast amount of my time in the treatment room. This is when I discovered my interest in physiotherapy. At this stage I decided to transfer my on the pitch determination to the books. I returned to Ireland and completed my schooling which enabled me to study my dream course Physiotherapy in Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian University. 
Keen to constantly learn, Outside of university I completed a diploma in Sports Nutrition, Sports massage and Sports first aid. Throughout my 4 years of studying in Scotland I continued to play semi-professional football. Due to my back round I have a special interest in sport injuries and musculoskeletal practice. Having been on the other side of the treatment table I can easily relate to patients that come through the door with frustrations and different pressures. I utilize my communication and teamwork skills with all patients to help them acheive their personal goals.
Coming to New Zealand was a new personal challenge and great opportunity for me. I’m a very open minded individual who likes new challenges both mentally and physically. 
I constantly strive to ensure the client receives the best care possible. In my spare time I enjoy all outdoor activities and meeting new people. Im am a friendly and extremely approachable individual, so if you do have any concern while receiving treatment I am very open to taking time out and keep you informed every step of the way.”

About Nick Storey – AcupuncturistNick Storey - Acupuncturist Howick

Nick is a talented Traditional Chinese Acupuncture practitioner. He has a holistic approach which means he focuses on the very source of your health problem, rather than on the symptoms that follow.

Nick has a passion for holistic healing. For him this is much more than a career. He lives what he preaches.

Here is his personal statement:

“I have a keen interest in promoting blood flow to all parts of the body. As I see it “Where the blood flows, good health follows”. Acupuncture has been used for over two thousand years by the Ancient Chinese as a method of stimulating the capillaries of the body to transport life giving blood to where it is needed; muscles, organs, bones, nerves and other soft tissues. I also use heat (traditional oils & mineral heat lamps) and Chinese ‘Tuina’ (a special massage designed to stretch and loosen muscles) to further stimulate blood flow, which can reduce pain and assist the rehabilitation process. I like to encourage our clients to breathe and relax during these sessions, as this enhances the therapeutic effects of each acupuncture session.
Other interests include: reading about the mind/body/spirit connection; music (both making it and listening to it), Tai Chi and meditation.”

About Alex – Physiotherapist

Alex has extensive experience working with top level sports teams being involved in sports rehab, musculoskeletal assessment and injury management. He holds a Physiotherapy degree and a postgraduate diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Otago.

Alex graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2004 (Bachelor of Health Science – Physiotherapy). He has since worked in private practice with emphasis on sports and spinal injuries. Over the years he has treated a wide range of conditions from occupational injuries to post-operative rehabilitation and more.

Alex has a very goal-focused approach that allows a more effective physiotherapy management of various health problems and where patients are actively involved in their own rehabilitation process.

In 2009 Alex obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Otago. This has helped him to further enhance his competence in the physiotherapy field and be able to address the the challenges related more efficiently.

Over the last 10 years he has worked with top level rugby and soccer teams including Waitakere United FC, Otahuhu RFC and Auckland Football Federation and travelled as a team physiotherapist as part of the Oceania Football Confederation football competition. This has greatly enhanced his knowledge in the field of sports rehab and acute as well as chronic injury management.

Alex has a great passion for physiotherapy and hopes for an opportunity to utilise his skills to aid your recovery.

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