The Body Workshop - Physiotherapy & Acupuncture

Skilled. Kind. Effective.
Pick three.

We aim to inspire, motivate and encourage all of our patients on their individual pathways to getting where they want to go and achieving their goals - from injury recovery to running a marathon, and everything in between!

Come on in and experience the difference... Your body and mind will both thank you for it!

The Body Workshop - Great People

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Brendon Hooker

Founder
Managing Director
Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Brendon was the first person in New Zealand to hold both a Western Natural Medicine double diploma and an Eastern Oriental Medicine degree. He integrates the best of both these worlds, blending the Eastern tradition with Western Natural Medicine know-how.

Brendon has been involved in women’s health for years, including clinical trials for period pain and the use of acupuncture with IVF. Together with Mike, he heads up the TBW women’s health team.

Brendon’s underlying treatment principle is ‘finding balance’ and aims to not just help people feel better, but help them understand the reasons why they have arrived at their current health issue.

Brendon makes up one half of The Body Workshop Italian Motorcycle Club & Italian Coffee Machine Appreciation Society and has a love for music: from deep house to Japanese Taiko drumming.

The Body Workshop - Julian Cloete

Julian Cloete

Director
Physiotherapist / Martial Arts Instructor

Julian practices with holistic techniques to treat all aspects of the body. His multi-modal physiotherapy practice is used to alleviate pain, correct dysfunctions and enhance physical performance while integrating mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in the healing process. 

Julian’s treatment principle combines manual and manipulative therapy, movement rehabilitation and functional exercise training, kinesiology and muscle activation, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation, Qi gong & kinesio-taping among more traditional modalities of physiotherapy.

Julian graduated with Honours in Physiotherapy in 2001 and migrated to NZ with his family in 2009 where he joined the TBW family. He has a strong interest in Tai Chi and Kung Fu and co-ordinates the NZ branch of Yang’s Martial Arts Association. 

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Mike Armour

Director
Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Mike is currently on sabbatical at the University of Western Sydney, doing some Post PhD work and due to return 2018!
Mike has a passion for integrative medicine with a background in Western Medical Science as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has completed a PhD on the treatment of period pain with acupuncture, and is also involved with a number of clinical trials & research programs related to acupuncture and women’s health. Together, Mike & Brendon head up the TBW women’s health team, covering all aspects of reproductive health.
Mike has a passion for espresso coffee, hi-tech gadgets, collecting vinyl, and is a 7th dan black belt master at providing solutions for anything IT related!

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Kaori Satake

Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Kaori is currently on hiatus in Indonesia diving and exploring, and will be back 'home' to New Zealand next year!
Kaori has a wide-ranging background from Buddhism to teaching Scuba diving, extensive travel throughout Asia & Europe, to sitting still meditating!
Raised in modern Japan, she always questioned the meaning of life; her explorations led her to gaining a Bachelor of Art, and now a Bachelor of Traditional Acupuncture. Kaori’s interest is through holistic approach, healing both body & mind and finding the way to enjoy a harmonious life.

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Letitia Middleton

Physiotherapist

Letitia, a.k.a. Tish, loves sports, especially Netball, and also loves to keep active.
She's always helpful & caring and able to make patients smile, getting on easily with all different kinds of people and making everyone feel looked-after and welcome.
Tish is a dedicated physiotherapist and has a knack for picking things up quickly.

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Jasmine Jung

Acupuncturist

Jasmine is keen to provide not only treatments for what ails you, but also prevention of illness before it comes into play! She is fascinated by the body's ability to heal itself and passionate about enabling this process through the use of acupuncture. Jasmine's an always curious and always questioning person, interested in a wide range of ideas & concepts, and uses this to advantage when getting to the core of any health issues she treats.

Jas also believes in maintaining a healthy balance by appreciating long periods of restfulness (aka 'sleeping in on Saturday morning') after a hard week's work!

The Body Workshop - Matias Ureta

Alan Watt

Physiotherapist

Alan is a great physio, with a caring and genuine nature towards patients. He makes people feel at ease quickly, often with a laugh, and goes out of his way trying to help others. He works hard, and trains harder, including years of martial arts and loves Muay Thai Kick-boxing! He's also very skilled at building and plastering and applies this dexterity to his physiotherapy techniques!

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Michelle Ward

Physiotherapist

Michelle is a passionate physiotherapist who relishes the opportunity of helping people with whatever difficulties they are facing,whether it be injury, postural issues or a chronic condition. She approaches treatment holistically, acknowledging everyone's uniqueness and finding a solution to match. Michelle has a longstanding love of yoga and finding balance in life – realising long ago that life really is better with cake! She also believes in learning for life – last year it was skiing!

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The Body Workshop - Letitia Middleton

Mel Smith

Physiotherapist

Mel is awesome! She's started out helping TBW in a locum position, to cover while someone was away. We liked her so much we asked her to stay!

Mel has great advice and great experience treating a wide range of injuries, and manages to get to the cause of the problem quickly.

Mel loves not only prescribing exercises, but also doing them, practising what she preaches - from Yoga to Deadlifts, and everything inbetween!

The Body Workshop - Yusuke Miyamoto

Yusuke Miyamoto

Acupuncturist

Hailing from the outskirts of Tokyo, Yusuke is humble, hard–working and always has a smile to share. He first trained as an Athletic Trainer in the US and treated a myriad of athletes from track & field, diving, soccer and even a major league baseball team. Upon his return to Japan, Yusuke was inspired to study acupuncture and begin the lifelong journey of understanding Oreintal Medicine.
Yusuke was working for a Japanese rugby team and made good friends with some Kiwis which led him to New Zealand and to become part of the TBW family! Yusuke offers a unique treatment approach, incorporating many styles and ideas!

Koki-Takemoto

Koki Takemoto

Acupuncturist

Koki studied in Traditional Japanese Acupuncture and has practiced overseas in Malaysia before coming to New Zealand. These Japanese techniques utilise a little more subtle needling style and there is often a 3-part process to the treatment; balancing your body by treating both symptoms and your underlying condition.

Koki loves New Zealand and enjoys visiting new places and exploring the country! Currently on a Work Visa, we hope he stays for many years to come!

The Body Workshop - Osaka Silenzio

Clara Jang

Acupuncturist

Clara is interested in women's health and other internal physiological problems, and treats these based on an holistic view. When treating patients, she approaches them with a lot of compassion and believes this helps her to form a good rapport and is part of the reason she gets such good results.

Clara hails from Korea, but has been captured by the nature in New Zealand and the outdoor sports, especially on water or in the mountains. She has a passion for playing golf, trekking and surfing!

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Jake Griffiths

Physiotherapist

Jake has been heavily involved in sports from a young age, excelling at both Rugby and Lacrosse, where he even represented New Zealand!
After a significant back injury, he decided to play it safe and instead became involved with helping and treating sports people; from the seasoned athlete to the weekend warrior, Jake can help you recover from injury or improve your game and fitness!
His excellent assessment techniques and ability to get a quick overview of where you are at, help to speed your treatment progress and recovery!
Jake is also recently a very proud father of his beautiful son, Manawanui!

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Yumi Yoon

Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Yumi has a passion for exercise; from boxing to weightlifting, and yoga to crossfit!
She knows what it's like to train through injuries, and has a particular interest in treating anything musculo-skeletal related.
Yumi has a thirst for knowledge, constantly upskilling and involving herself in her patients' conditions. With a background in Nursing from when she was living in Korea, Yumi has an excellent understanding of the body and is able to see from both an Eastern and Western perspective when treating people. As comfortable in taking someone's blood pressure as she is in performing Acupuncture or mixing up some Herbal Medicine!

The Body Workshop - Cindy Wilton

Cindy Wilton

Massage Therapist

Cindy is currently away until September in Canada exploring, and being a proud Aunty!
Cindy has a passion for sports, specialising in pre & post event preparation & recovery, re-programming of postural muscles, and soft tissue injuries. She has treated all kinds of atheletes from professionals to weekend warriors and of course desk jockeys!
Cindy is always ready with a smile and a quip to help you relax while she works her magic (no whale music allowed from her treatment room though!)
Piha and the West Coast are Cindy’s favourite backyard. She paddles Waka Ama, loves sailing, piano, acoustic guitar, good wine, good food and good music!

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Jonathon Wilton

Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Jonathon has a diverse background from being involved with stocks & finance to teaching Yoga, and also a whole lot in-between!
Calm, thoughtful and very passionate about health, he is always looking to get to the root of patients' aches & pains, drawing from his skill in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tuina and also Qi Gong.
Jonathon originally hails from Dunedin and has enjoyed South Island skiing on many an occasion!Always helpful and knowledgeable, you might be able to draw out some tips on slaloms through soft powder as well as health & lifestyle advice!

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The Body Workshop - Chris Fougere

Chris Fougere

Orthopaedic Specialist

Chris loves the West Coast, surfing & helping people out. If you need surgical attention to your Hip, Knee, Ankle or Foot, Chris can help!
He is also a big believer in patients being actively involved in understanding & doing something about their condition, exactly why he fits in so well at TBW!

The Body Workshop - Warren Leigh

Warren Leigh

Orthopaedic Specialist

Warren grew up in Tauranga before moving to study medicine in Auckland. He has a wealth of experience and skill in the areas of Knee, Hip, Shoulder & Spine surgery and gives straight up advice on when, or when not to opt for surgery. We are very happy to have Warren onboard the TBW Team.

The Body Workshop - Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham

Sonographer

From pregnancy scans to injuries like tendon ruptures, Andrew provides fast access to quality Ultrasound Services for our patients.
Andrew is an experienced Sonographer & the 'dark horse' in our quarter marathon race team!

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Jessi

Jessi

Receptionist / Admin Assistant

Jessi has made a wonderful difference to TBW since she joined us - very cool & calm under pressure, she is one of those gems that just doesn’t stop shining!
Also an avid connoisseur of good wine & food, painting & crafts, and the sound of a V8 Muscle Car!

Lexie

Lexie

Receptionist / Admin Assistant

Lexie is a fantastic organiser, helping keep the TBW team well ahead of the play!
With an angelic voice, a contagious smile and being only too happy to help, Lexie makes you feel welcome as soon as you come through the door into the ‘TBW experience’...
 

Jessi

Abbie

Receptionist / Admin Assistant

Hailing from California, and more recently Nevada, Abbie has great experience working in the medical field and although only in the country for a few more months, is happy to help us out on reception!
And she has been a fantastic help!
Picking things up so easily and always positive & smiling, we don't want her to go home!
Abbie is also a Yoga teacher, and has a degree in nutrition too, so she has fitted in perfectly to the TBW Team!
Thank you for being a star Abbie!

Mags

Mags

Receptionist / Practice Administrator

A special mention for Mags who helped keep everything running smoothly for more than 5 years!
She’s now off on various overseas adventures and enjoying making the most of life!
But... if you're lucky, you'll still be able to catch her in clinic helping out from time to time!