Move well for life

Pilates, Physiotherapy and Pelvic Health in Wellington, New Zealand

Get through life with greater ease with Tiaki

Meet Our Physiotherapists

Rachael Burke

Rachael attained her Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from AUT in 1994.

She worked in private practises while gaining a postgraduate qualification in manipulative therapy.

Rachael always had a keen interest in Sports Medicine and has completed many sports medicine papers through Otago University.

Her passion is injury prevention and rehabilitation. Incorporating Yoga and Pilates in to her career as a Physiotherapist is something Rachael has been working towards for years as she believes the combination of the two serves to rehabilitate from injury, prevent further injury and help increase performance in the sporting arena and in everyday life.


Opening the Tiaki studio in April 2012 she is now able to combine her passion for rehabilitation as well as injury prevention under one roof, and extend her knowledge to the general public.

Rachael actively trains the teachers at Tiaki to provide quality classes especially designed to improve and strengthen healthy and able bodies.

With her physiotherapy room attached to the studio Rachael is able to keep a close eye on client’s rehabilitation and progress.

Jeff Dixon

Jeff began his physiotherapy career after graduating from the University of Otago with Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science degrees in 2002.

After completing courses in manipulative therapy, he headed to Melbourne where he built on his passion for integrating physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation, whilst doing qualifications in Clinical Pilates and working with a top-level rugby club.


Jeff returned to New Zealand with his young family at the end of 2012. He has continued to learn new ways of treating patients having done courses in kinesiology taping. Jeff is also a keen sportsperson, especially basketball.

Jeff’s other passion is working with people with Neurological Conditions, and has gone on to study the benefits of Pilates when working with this group of people. You can read more about this here.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie is an extremely experienced physiotherapist.

As an active sports woman herself, Stephanie has a keen interest in return to sport and the prevention of ongoing injuries. Her thirst for knowledge sees her continually up-skilling and keeping up to date with the latest research and treatment methods.

As a qualified Pilates and Yoga teacher, Steph incorporates her knowledge of movement into her rehabilitation approach.

Stephanie’s areas of expertise include:

  • Acute and chronic low back pain
  • Running injuries
  • Muscle and Tendon Injuries
  • Women’s Pelvic Health

Sarah Boyle

Sarah is a highly experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapist, who is committed to providing high quality care to her patients. She worked in Australia for 7 years, where she attended many ongoing professional workshops, including pelvic floor training.

After returning to New Zealand, she was employed as a member of the Women’s Health team at Wellington Hospital for many years. In June 2017 she joined Liz at Tiaki. Sarah’s areas of special interest include pregnancy and post-natal work; bladder, bowel and prolapse issues, as well as pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.

Liz Childs

Liz’s professionalism and empathy will help make you feel at ease.

Liz has a postgraduate certificate in pelvic floor physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, and a post graduate diploma in manipulative physiotherapy. She has spoken at various national conferences, gives regular presentations to health professionals, and teaches at the University of Otago Medical School.

Liz is on the Physiotherapy New Zealand Pelvic, Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy committee, and is on the National Executive of Continence New Zealand.

Tiaki Instructors

Nellie Merval

Nellie offers movement coaching and Pilates and has been offering this since 2014.

She loves to help people with corrective movement training to create a strong foundation for being the very best version of yourself! Whether you are an elite athlete trying to find that extra little tweak to help you perform or just starting your fitness journey and not quite sure where to start, Nellie can help you!


She is especially passionate about helping people find ways to be healthier and fitter without going to extreme measures. Her belief is that if you don’t like movement or exercise then you just haven’t yet found the right type of movement or exercise for you yet!  With Nellie you won’t be constantly focused on what the scales say or body fat measurements – instead focus on feeling stronger, more capable, more functional and more confident in your own body.

Nellie’s approach is less on the aesthetic and more on improving your capabilities, skills and developing a better relationship with your body.

Lisa Allen

Bio coming…

Rochelle Hooper

Bio coming…

Laura Deave

Laura is an enthusiastic and dedicated Pilates Instructor from the UK. She came to Pilates after many years of Pilates classes taught by her mother who is also a physiotherapist. She trained in matwork and reformer in the UK with Body Control Pilates and the APPI, then worked at various studios across England before moving to Wellington in 2018.

Laura is committed to restoring normal natural movement patterns, enabling clients to live a more balanced and active life. Her aim is to make exercise and movement fun while allowing people to take control of their bodies and explore what it is to move consciously and conscientiously.


Laura is a keen cyclist and runner, regularly taking to the wellington trails on two feet or two wheels. Being a cyclist and runner Laura is particularly interested in how Pilates can make us perform better in these disciplines as well as everyday life.

Daiana Zeolla

Daiana is an experienced and passionate Pilates, Yoga Instructor and Massage therapist. She has been involved in the wellness industry for more than twelve years.

She has a full advanced training in Pilates equipment management, Pilates Mat, Hatha Yoga, amongst other body techniques. She is also an advanced student of Iyengar Yoga and his teachings.

She has a Bachelor Degree in Movement-Therapies Coordination (Body Therapist).


This degree gave her tools and elements such as anatomy, biomechanics and psychology to help her understand how the body works.It also taught her how to use different techniques like massage, Feldenkrais, bioenergetic, meditation and Ayurveda amongst others. As a Body Therapist she has a holistic point of view about the body.

Muni Cari

Muni is excited to share his knowledge and yoga skill with others and give them the opportunity to reach new levels within their own practice or commence a practice if they are new to yoga.

He likes to incorporate some humour into his classes, he believes if you have fun while exercising you are more likely to take it up regularly (both having fun and exercising).

He interweaves Astanga, cardio and strength into yoga flow.

Catherine Bland

Cat’s interest in physical wellbeing began at a young age through her love of dance. After completing a Diploma in Commercial Dance at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre, she spent several years travelling the world, performing and teaching dance to others.

In 2013, Cat’s passion for teaching led her to train as a barre instructor through Barre Body in Melbourne.


Encouraged by the incorporation of dance, pilates, and yoga within her barre teaching.Cat went on to complete a yoga teacher certification through Byron Yoga Centre and a Body Balance teacher certification through Les Mills.After returning to Wellington in 2016 to pursue a career in primary education, Cat continued her work in barre and yoga, whilst also undertaking training to become a reformer pilates instructor at Tiaki.

Cat strongly believes that exercise should be fun as well as functional, so aims to create joyful, dynamic classes. Cat’s classes are full of variations, designed to provide opportunities for all individuals to challenge themselves.

Amy Hodgkinson

Amy started at Tiaki as a client in 2013, with two aims in mind – gaining flexibility to be able to touch her toes, and finding a form of movement that she could do whether she had loads energy or just needed to turn up,lie down and have someone tell her what to do for 45 minutes. Both of these she achieved through regularly coming to Tiaki, and the welcoming environment, great teachers and friendly people she found there.

In 2018 Amy gained her teaching certification in Reformer Pilates and has been teaching at Tiaki since, bringing a smattering of laughter, chats, Te Reo Maori, and great music into her classes.

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