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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.

Madeleine Haskell
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Madeleine has 14 years of experience as a physiotherapist in NZ, the UK and Australia. Madeleine did her training at Otago University and has since trained in Dry Needling/Acupuncture, Clinical Pilates and Yoga Therapy as well as completing a post graduate paper on Breathing Performance.

Madeleine has 2 preschoolers at home and works part-time at the clinic treating a wide spectrum of patients from children to elderly, from sports and work injuries to long term issues. She has spent some time supervising new graduate physios and in service programs.

Madeleine also has a background in snow sports and was for many years a volunteer coach for Special Olympics New Zealand in skiing and snowboarding.

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. 

Sara George
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Rajiv Gandhi University and a Masters in Physiotherapy (endorsed in paediatrics) from Vinayaka University, India. In addition, she holds a diploma in Health and Rehabilitation from Toi-Ohomai, New Zealand. Sara moved to New Zealand in 2016 and went on to complete her New Zealand physiotherapy board licensing requirements in 2018.

Sara is a highly skilled physiotherapist with 15 years of post-qualification experience. In India, she has worked in private practice, hospitals and special schools. Sara also worked with internationally acclaimed fitness group Gold’s Gym (India) as a physiotherapist for musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. In New Zealand, she has been working in private practice, rest homes and for Waikeria prison.

Sara has a keen interest in pain management and musculoskeletal conditions including sports-related conditions, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, older adults rehabilitation and chronic conditions. Sara is skilled in functional movement patterning and has a passion for health and wellness. She is zealous about getting to the cause of an injury and working with her clients to get them moving and performing better than ever.

Outside of work, Sara loves cooking, travelling and spending time with her family.

Diana Chen
Christchurch Clinic

Physiotherapist

Diana graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.  Her Passion for helping others attain and maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle through identification and correction of faulty movement patterns prompted her to become one of only 12 New Zealand physiotherapists to be selective functional movement assessment certified.  Diana is proactive in staying up to date in the ever-changing medical world and is currently expanding on her dry needling skills through post graduated certificate in acupuncture.

Diana has enjoyed working as a sports medic for local ice hockey and rugby teams and this year proudly takes the reins as the head physiotherapist for Suburbs netball.  In, Diana speak fluent Mandarin, removing any communication barriers for Chinese patients requiring physiotherapy consultations.

Despite her main sport being basketball, Diana and her puppy Bailey are both proud Cantabrians and passionate crusaders supporters.

Laura Thomson
Hamilton Clinic

Physiotherapist

Laura graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy and is currently completing postgraduate studies towards her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. She has worked along side premier men’s football teams, sevens rugby, the Oceania Footsal tournament 2019 and New Zealand hockey and football tournaments.

Laura has played in a large variety of sports over the years and has most recently placed in multiple NZIFBB bodybuilding competitions. She has a strong interest in gym based exercises, strength and conditioning and gym based rehabilitation. Laura has a large focus on biomechanics, sport and activity related techniques and uses the addition of Dry Needling in her treatments.

Laura is passionate about helping people return to the sports and activities that are most important to them.

Matthew Firman
Christchurch Clinic

Office Manager

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