The Team

Oliver Low

Principal Physiotherapist

BSc, BPhty, PG cert. Western acupuncture, MH Prac Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, MPNZ

Oliver is one of the principal Physiotherapists at Beachlands Physio, he is also a principal at Marina Physio having worked there since its opening. Oliver has a strong interest in manual therapy, acupuncture and sports Physiotherapy and has completed his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and acupuncture

Oliver has several years experience working with sports teams. He currently works and travels with New Zealand and Auckland hockey as well as Athletics New Zealand attending various international sporting events.

Oliver enjoys spending time with his family, playing and following several sports, and has a keen interest in food and music.

Derek Timmins

Principal Physiotherapist

BHSc. (Physiotherapy), Reg. Phys. Acup., MPNZ

Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist

Derek graduated from his physiotherapy degree at AUT University in 2000. Following his interests in acupuncture he completed a further two years of study to become a Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist and now serves as the President of the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand. Derek is also a guest lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate in Western Acupuncture at AUT University.

Derek has worked in Private practices in Hamilton, Sydney and since 2005 in East Auckland, where he is also a Principal Physiotherapist at Pakuranga Physiotherapy and Marina Physio. Derek uses his skills in mobilisation, manipulation, acupuncture and exercise prescription to help clients return to pre-injury health and improve function.

Derek is also certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor to help golfers reduce injury risk and improve their swing.

Outside of work, Derek enjoys watersports, spending time with his family and playing guitar and mandolin.

Joanna Cook

Principal Physiotherapist

Diploma of Physiotherapy, MPNZ

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Jo graduated from Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1989. She has worked in private practices both within and outside NZ as well as owning her own private practice in Northland.

Jo began working for Pakuranga Physiotherapy in 2000 and is now one of the Principal Physiotherapists there. She is also one of the Principal Physiotherapists at our newly opened Beachlands Physio clinic.

With 20 + years of experience, Jo treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions with special interests in acupuncture, chronic pain and dance injuries. She is also a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist specialising in the treatment of incontinence and pelvic pain. She is a member of NZ Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Group, Women’s Health Training Associates (Australia) and Continence NZ.

Outside work hours Jo enjoys spending time with her family, travel, cooking and jogging.

Anelize Becker


BSc (Physiotherapy), MPNZ

Anelize is a New Zealand registered and South African qualified physiotherapist with more than 10 years experienced in orthopedic, musculoskeletal and respiratory physiotherapy. She loves being hands on with her patients and treating the cause rather than the symptoms.

In her free time she love to be active with her husband and 3 little boys.

Kirsty Stretton

(currently on maternity leave)


BHSc (Physiotherapy), NZRP, MHPrac (Msk), PGCert Acupuncture, MPNZ

Kirsty has over 15 years experience working in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. She is a qualified acupuncturist and completed her Masters Degree with Honours in 2008.

Kirsty has a special interest in manual therapy and self management techniques, tailoring each treatment to the individual.
Outside of work Kirsty is a busy Mum to three young boys who keep her on her toes

Chloe Venter


BHSc (physiotherapy), MPNZ

Chloe is new to our team having graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2018. She has a keen interest in both playing sports and treating sports injuries. She has worked with Rugby teams at College and club premier team levels as well as having helped with the Warriors preseason trainings and the New Zealand Touchblacks. In her free time Chloe likes to play Volleyball and can be found relaxing on the beach.

Rachel Williams



Rachel graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2006. She has over 10+ years experience working in private practice in Wellington and Auckland, and has completed a number of courses in manual therapy, dry needling, and Pilates. In 2016 she became a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP).

Through playing multiple sports at a national and regional level herself, Rachel is all too familiar with injury. She believes the combination of hands-on physiotherapy and exercise prescription to be the most effective for complete rehabilitation and prevention of further injuries. She has a passion for returning people to their pre-injury level of function, and firmly believes that patient education and body awareness plays a big role in this.

Outside of work Rachel likes running, playing netball and spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and daughter.

Sharon Greacen


As a local resident of the Pohutukawa Coast community, Sharon has had over 20 years’ experience in the medical reception/administration and private ACC field, with the past 12 of those years in Physiotherapy.

She brings with her strong communication and organisational skills along with a friendly smile and a passion for helping others. Sharon has a very approachable personality and looks forward to meeting you.

Outside of work Sharon is busy with family life, enjoys boating, travelling and gardening and is a supporter of Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand.

Pania Wirihana


Pania has been an active & vibrant Beachlands community member for the last 15 years & arrives with over 10 years Administrative experience working within various global companies.

She loves customer interactions & is committed to delivering great customer service with her warm hospitality & welcoming smile.

Pania enjoys music, travelling, walking her dog along the local beaches & spending time with family & friends.

Dana Anderson


Dana has recently moved to Maraetai having previously lived in Bombay for the last 13 years. She has joined us as a Receptionist for both our Beachlands and Pakuranga Branches. She has over 22 years’ experience in various administration, customer service and sales roles. She has a bubbly personality and enjoys customer interaction. She is committed to delivering a warm, welcoming service to our clients.

Outside of work Dana enjoys spending time with her two children. She loves watching them play sport and cheering on from the side-lines. She also loves music and enjoys going to various concerts and festivals with friends.

Carolyn Steele


Carolyn lives locally in Northpark, having previously lived in Bucklands Beach. She has been a patient of the Pakuranga clinic over many years and now enjoys being on the other side of the desk, providing efficient and friendly service to our patients.

Outside of work Carolyn enjoys all sport, playing tennis and supporting family in their sporting endeavours.