Our Team2021-06-14T07:38:56+00:00

Our Team

Find out more about the Performance Plus Physio team members

Jaimee Knight
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Jaimee is an Otago trained Physiotherapist who has been working in the health and sport industry for over twelve years. As a qualified sports medic she has worked intensely with various rugby teams and has also developed a passion for youth aged sports teams, having worked as a volunteer with Basketball NZ for a number of years.

Jaimee has worked in America as a Physiotherapist and as a Fitness Manager running personal training sessions and classes in a multi complex gym.
Having developed a passion for natural movement and exercise in daily living and rehabilitation she has recently become SFMA (functional movement assessment) certified. This is a movement assessment which holistically looks at the bodies movement patterns as a whole and systematically identifies and treats the impairments.

In her spare time Jaimee enjoys baking, reading, watching movies and spending time with her family. Her future goals include continuing to develop functional movement skills (and integrating this into her physiotherapy practice) and to build a dirt rally car and compete in NZ.

Jodi Curtis
Christchurch Clinic

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Jodi graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with distinction) from Otago University in 2014.  Her passion for continual learning has resulted in her attaining the NZMPA accredited certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, a Postgraduate certificate in acupuncture, a Postgraduate diploma in Health Science and a Masters of Health Practice, all with distinction.   

Jodi has proudly worked with rugby and football teams for the past 9 years, her love for sport extending from her own achievements with the NZ under 17 Football Ferns and a college football scholarship resulting in two years playing abroad in New York.  Although the boots have since been hung up, she still enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through social sport and CrossFit. 

An avid Hurricanes supporter, Jodi is slowly converting to Canterbury after recently moving to Christchurch with her husband to run the South Island branch of Performance Plus Physio. 

Diana Chen
Christchurch Clinic

Physiotherapist

Diana graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Her drive to help others attain and maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle through identification and correction of faulty movement patterns prompted her to become one of only a handful of New Zealand physiotherapists to be selective functional movement assessment certified. Diana is proactive in staying up to date in the ever-changing medical world, advancing on her dry needling qualifications by completing a Postgraduate certificate in acupuncture. She is also currently completing the certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

Diana is passionate about working with athletes from all different sporting codes and has enjoyed being the lead sports physiotherapist for a variety of teams including the Red Devils’ ice hockey team, Suburbs netball club, and the SVC Silverbacks volleyball team. In addition, Diana speaks fluent Mandarin, removing any communication barriers for Chinese patients requiring physiotherapy consultations.

Diana is recently married and enjoys playing volleyball, singing Karaoke and spending time with her dog Bailey. She is a proud Cantabrian and avid Crusader’s supporter.

Cherie Koh
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Cherie joined our team at the beginning of 2021 and comes to us from Singapore. After high school, an opportunity for Cherie to work at a physiotherapy clinic presented itself and this inspired her to pursue continued education to become a physiotherapist. She completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2020, during which time she gained a wide range of experiences in private practice, paediatric neurological rehabilitation at the Wilson Centre and older adult rehabilitation in the hospital setting. From her time at the Wilson Centre, she has developed a clinical interest in paediatric rehabilitation. She hopes to pursue further studies in paediatric (children's) rehabilitation in the future and has a keen interest in working with youth.

Cherie is dedicated to providing efficient and effective physiotherapy to assist patients in achieving their goals, and improving their quality of life. She aims to enable patients via a combination of hands-on physiotherapy and exercise-based rehabilitation. As such, she is currently working to attain her Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy to improve her skills.

Outside of work, Cherie enjoys yoga, going for walks, spending time with family and friends, or just cozying up in bed for TV time.

Leigh Martel
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Leigh moved from Hawaii to New Zealand to study and completed her Bachelor of Physical Education ’12 and Bachelor of Physiotherapy ’17 at the University of Otago.  She has completed further development in the areas of sports physiotherapy and movement assessment.  Her main passion is returning people to their individual goals and she enjoys working collaboratively with clients to create a tailored rehabilitation approach not limited to the clinic setting, but including gym and hydrotherapy based programmes.  She understands the impact of injury and importance of an evidence-based approach to physiotherapy having overcome injuries to participate in women’s artistic gymnastics for 9 years and have a 7 year career in weightlifting including competing in 6 national championships.

Outside of the office, Leigh enjoys exploring local trails and taking in the warmer weather Hamilton has to offer over Dunedin.  (...Although she still remains a fan of the Highlanders.)

Calie Gilbert
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Coming soon.

David Clark
Christchurch Clinic

Physiotherapist

David graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2020. Through his studies he gained a wide variety of experience in the management of paediatric, geriatric, neurological, and cardiovascular conditions. However, he found his passion in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction and injuries, driving his decision to work in private practice. David is motivated to provide current best practice treatments through a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription and is currently completing his certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

David has an expansive athletic background having played football, cricket, surfing, golf, and rugby. His love for sport, and his own personal experience with injuries, has enabled him to proudly take over as the Oxford rugby team physiotherapist.

In his spare time, David can be found in Gisborne with his family, socialising with friends, surfing, or navigating his way around the Christchurch golf courses.

Karaitiana Smith
Christchurch Clinic

Physiotherapist

Karaitiana graduated from the University of Otago in 2018. Through his time working as a sports medic for rugby teams in Dunedin, he established a keen interest in assessing and treating sports related injuries. His subsequent experience in private practice treating a variety of conditions and injuries expanded his passion for working with clientele of all backgrounds.

Karaitiana’s enjoyment for physiotherapy comes from his desire to help people rehabilitate to better than their baseline function, improving the performance and quality of life of his clients. His drive to achieve the best possible outcomes has seen him complete a dry needling qualification and begin working towards a certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Karaitiana is excited to take this passion to the Suburbs netball club where he proudly takes the reins as the head physiotherapist.

When he is not working, you will find him playing beach handball, surfing, and hitting the slopes in the Winter.

Matthew Firman
Christchurch Clinic

Office Manager

Coming soon.