Our Team

See our Team

an experienced team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Pilates instructors.

Rachael Boyce – Director/Clinical Manager

Rachael has been qualified since 1994 and has a well rounded background in physiotherapy having worked in New Zealand and overseas, having worked with the British Army and various sports teams; and in the last decade specialising in Occupational Health and Vocational work. Rachael has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, a Certificate in Spinal Manipulation and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health. She is also a Pilates Instructor, is trained in acupuncture and dry needling and enjoys working with complex conditions.

Lucy Finch – Team Leader/Senior Physiotherapist

Lucy is an English trained physio with double degrees in Physiotherapy and Zoology. Lucy has been working at the Active Health since 2009 and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine. She is also trained in  McKenzie spinal treatment, Advanced Pilates and Dry Needling.  Lucy is our team Leader with proven abilities to work with patients over a wide range of issues. She is also a valuable member of our mentoring team for our staff physios.

Melissa Edwards – Senior Physiotherapist

Melissa is a New Zealand trained physiotherapist, graduating in 2010. She has experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries including sports injuries, spinal, work injuries and doing post-operative rehabilitation. Melissa has an excellent patient rapport and is able to communicate well with patients and third parties to work to achieve best results for the patient.  Melissa has skills in dry needling and is our “Pain Champion” having completed regular professional development in this area.

Rebecca Crawford – Senior Physiotherapist

Rebecca is one of our senior physiotherapists who has been working at Active Health since she graduated in 2013. She is an avid sports person and has worked with several rugby teams. She is currently studing for her Post-graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine and is skilled in treatment and exercise rehabilitation from sports and other musculoskeletal injuries.

Lowell Quadros  – Staff Physiotherapist

Lowell joined us after moving from Dunedin in 2020. Lowell’s skills include orthopedic and sports physiotherapy, multidisciplinary healthcare, community based rehabilitation and utilizing a holistic approach to patient management. Lowell holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy.

Heather De Gouw – Staff Physiotherapist

Heather completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2019 at Otago University and joined the Active Health team in early 2021. Heather has moved to Timaru with husband Brodie who works as a doctor at Timaru Hospital.  Heather comes from a large family in Auckland and enjoys cooking and also plays the harp!

Karis da Silva – Staff Physiotherapist

After a career as a medic in the military, Karis graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy with Honours. Her honours project focused on aiding recovery in stroke survivors, reflecting her interest in working with the elderly to achieve a better quality of life. Karis loves to work with older people, kids, athletes, and anyone in between. Outside of work, Karis loves weightlifting and spending time working on her much-loved garden.

Casey Belworthy – Operations Manager

Casey is our Operations Manager who you will find on the front desk at our Timaru Clinic. Casey comes from a background in hospitality so loves meeting and greeting our customers. Outside of work Casey is passionate about American Jazz Dancing and has had lessons from a young age.

Bronwyn Gridgeman– Office Manager

Bronwyn has recently joined our team and is now our Office Manager and has been working in administration for 20 years in a variety of Office roles, mostly in the health sector.  Outside of work, Bronwyn loves spending time with her family & friends and likes going for walks.