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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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 Oriental 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!

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Mel Smith

Physiotherapist

Mel is awesome! She 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!

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Alan Watt

Physiotherapist

Alan is a passionate physiotherapist, with a caring and genuine nature to helping patients.

He makes people feel at ease quickly, often with a laugh, and goes out of his way trying to help others.

Alan has a thoughtful approach to treatment, and likes to get to the core of what's really going on. 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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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!

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! He's an excellent photographer and drone pilot, beautifully documenting many of his trips around NZ.
Currently on an extended Work Visa, we hope he stays for many years to come!

Yumi

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. She is as comfortable in taking someone's blood pressure as she is in performing Acupuncture or mixing up some Herbal Medicine!

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Koki-Takemoto

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!

Jonathon-Wilton

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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Christie Whitehead

Physiotherapist

Christie has always had a passion for sports and competes at the international level for the New Zealand Women's Underwater Hockey Team - currently, TBW's first World Champion!!

She has also coached New Zealand teams and has the ability to understand people and get them performing at their best - an excellent quality in a physio.

More important than her Underwater Hockey career though, is her current position as reigning TBW Croquet champion!

Originally from Nelson, Christie has that special South Island vibe and deep appreciation of nature!

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Cindy Wilton

Massage Therapist

Cindy has been working in the health industry for many years, building connections based on professionalism, trust and measurable results.
In the past she has worked with elite teams including Team New Zealand and the Auckland Blues Rugby team.

Cindy believes that Massage Therapy is a fundamental tool in helping the muscular, fascial, skeletal and central nervous systems function to their fullest potential - aligning these systems through treatment sessions tailored specifically for you!

Massage Therapy can assist with recovery and function alongside other treatments.

Cindy is an avid music lover, passionate about movement and exercise, enjoys the arts, loves to travel, plays the bass guitar and always strives to have an attitude of gratitude.

Hannah-Irvine

Hannah Irvine

Physiotherapist

Hannah loves almost anything fitness related, including running, swimming, cycling & yoga!

She has a fantastic Irish accent, mixed with a Liverpool twang and a few other influences (!), having worked for the NHS in the UK for a time, and then making the trip over to NZ in 2017.

Hannah enjoys being part of the patient journey and helping people rehab back to any level of fitness, even through to high performance.

She also kindly gives back to people in need, helping out as a volunteer Physio at the British Transplant Games in both 2016 and 2018.

Hannah loves the Nature and outdoor lifestyle in New Zealand, and has already completed the Tongariro crossing, the Auckland Half Marathon, and has even been skydiving!

Mina-Yamamoto

Mina Yamamoto

Acupuncturist

Mina was living and working in Kyoto, Japan, before she came to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa.

Since arriving in NZ she has been captured by the New Zealand nature and the 'Great Outdoors' in her Waitakere backyard!

Mina's gentle approach to treatment is based on a deep level of compassion which helps her to form a good rapport and understand what's going on for you - part of the reason she gets such good results!

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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.

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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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Jasmeen

Jasmeen

Receptionist / Admin Assistant

Jasmeen has been a fantastic help to the clinic! Always positive & smiling and able to pick things up so easily. She has fitted in with the Team perfectly, helping keep everyone at TBW well ahead of the play!
With a natural affinity for organising and a genuine caring nature, Jas will welcome you into the ‘TBW experience’...!

Chris

Chris

Receptionist / Admin Assistant

Chris has a wonderful approach to her work. No job is too big or too small, and she applies the same amount of enthusiasm to both.
Very cool & calm under pressure, she is always helpful and able to source the answer to any query.
Chris loves to stay fit & healthy, is an avid connoisseur of cheese & crackers and a beauty therapist part-time!

Mibella

Mibella

Receptionist / Admin Assistant

Hailing from California, and more recently West Auckland, Mibella has always had an interest in health and wellbeing, using Natural Healthcare options from a young age, and now uses them for her two young children.
She also teaches Yoga, has a degree in Psychology and has previously worked as a Receptionist in a large Yoga Studio and at her Father's Holistic Dental Clinic in California.
With that background and her friendly and helpful nature, Mibella has been a super positive addition to the TBW Team!

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!

The Body Workshop - Mike Armour

Mike Armour

Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Mike left clinical practice at TBW mid-2016, and is currently on extended sabbatical at the University of Western Sydney, employing his passion for Integrative Medicine.
He has completed a PhD on the treatment of period pain with Acupuncture, and is currently utilising his many talents in the field of research, particularly relating to Complimentary Healthcare and Women's Health!

The Body Workshop - Kaori Satake

Kaori Satake

Acupuncturist / Herbalist

Kaori is currently on hiatus back in Japan, and will hopefully be back 'home' to New Zealand in the next year or two!
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.