Mission Bay Physiotherapy

Mission Bay Physiotherapy has been owned and managed by Natalie and Niccola since July 2010.  They collectively bring to the business over 35 years of experience as both Manual "hands-on" and Rehabilitation Therapists.  

 Physiotherapy may assist with:

    •    Arthritis
    •    Back and neck pain
    •    Exercise prescription
    •    Headaches
    •    Joint injuries and fractures
    •    Muscle strains and tears
    •    Sports injury prevention, treatment/advice
    •    Work injuries/Occupational Health
    •    Postural Dysfunction
    •    Nerve pain.

Meet The Mission Bay Physiotherapy Team

 Niccola Phillips Physiotherapist/Director, B.PHTY Dip.MT MNZSP MNZMPA MCPTBC

Niccola graduated from Otago University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.  She has worked in numerous hospitals and private practices and has treated recreational, elite and professional athletes across NZ and Canada. Whilst in Canada, Niccola worked in Whistler, one of the world's top ski resorts, where she treated a vast array of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries as well as completing her British Columbia Physiotherapy Registration and 2 post-graduate Diplomas in Advanced Manual Therapy and Manipulative techniques. We look forward to providing the Bays with high quality, specialised rehabilitation to enhance and improve ALL aspects of YOUR daily life!!



 Natalie Hankey Physiotherapist/Director, BHSc MNZSP NZRP

Natalie graduated from AUT in Physiotherapy in 1997.  Since that time she has gained experience working in a number of hospitals, private practices and with sports clubs both in NZ and the UK.  She has an interest in acupuncture, pilates, treating musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. More recently Natalie has specialised further in Occupational Health.  She has done extensive work in the field of ergonomics and treating work/overuse related injuries, providing personalised workstation assessments and completing worksite visits.  She is currently on the committee of the OHSIG and the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group.

 Penny Oliver Physiotherapist, Dip Phys, PD Dip Manipulative Physiotherapy, MNZSP

Penny graduated in 1989 from AUT.  After graduating Penny travelled to England where she worked for 4 years gaining experience as a Physiotherapist in a variety of hospitals and private practices.
In 1994 Penny retured to NZ to complete her Post-graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy.  The following year Penny gained her PAANZ Acupuncture Registration.
Penny has a special interest in Neck and Back Pain, Racquet sport injuries, Chronic Pain and Sport injuries in children.

Tracey Nichols Practice Manager

We are pleased to welcome Tracey Nichols to the Mission Bay Physiotherapy team. She joins us after working in the travel industry and being a busy mother to 3 very active boys. She loves reading, pilates and travel (when time allows).
She will help ensure the smooth running of our practice!
Tracey is available to help you Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays.


 Fiona Leuschke Pilates Instructor, BCom, CA, Body Conditioning and Mind Body Awareness

Fiona Leuschke is our Pilates Instructor and uses the BodyLight method. She has been participating in Pilates since 2009 and Yoga since 2006. She trained in the Bodylight Method, a fusion of Pilates, Yoga and QiGong with Edna Levy and has since been excited about sharing this knowledge with her students.

Fiona has a young family and understands the difficulties in balancing a healthy body with family and career. Through her training Fiona has identified several relaxation techniques which combined with her practice assist in achieving a higher level of co-ordination, balance, flexibility and strength. Through her teaching, Fiona hopes you too will enjoy these benefits.

Annette Johnson
Massage Therapist, Dip. Therapeutic Massage, Dip. Sports Massage.

Annette is our massage therapist, she graduated from The NZ College of Massage in 2013.  Annette has trained in a variety of massage therapy techniques such as relaxation including Swedish  massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue massage, trigger points, pin and stretching, muscle energy techniques.  Annette uses a blend of different techniques in her treatments depending on each client requirements - a tailored session to what a client need at the time.  Annette believes in good communication with regards to level of pressure required to effect release as she does not believe in going beyond the client's comfort zone.  Annette encourages your body to rebalance itself whilst providing education so that you manage your own health in order to experience long lasting beneficial changes.

Bevan Lawgun

Bevan graduated from the Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy in 1995.  He also has a Post Graduate Diploma of Health Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy and a Master of Health Practice in Western Acupuncture (Hons).

Having worked in specialist clinics both in New Zealand and in London he has treated people from all walks of life, including top athletes, and a wide variety of injuries and movement impairments.

Using manual soft tissue therapy and western acupuncture technique, he has extensive experience in the treatment of neck pain, middle and lower back pain, knee and ankle sprains and soft tissue muscle and tendon strains.

He also has experience in post-surgical rehabilitation. In London, he worked at the internationally renowned Wellington Hospital specialising in post-operative care of patients with spinal surgery and ACL knee reconstruction.

 Mission Bay Physiotherapy Services



We are a highly experienced team of physiotherapists. We are continually striving to keep up with the latest evidence based techniques and treatment, ensuring excellence in your rehabilitation. Promoting and maintaining individual’s good health and vitality make up a major part of what we do. Whether an occasional sports player, an elite athlete, a road builder, an office worker, a house keeper or an elderly person we are here to help you!

What to expect from treatment?

We feel there are three key components to excellent physiotherapy treatment-

Assessment- The 30 minute assessment and treatment sessions will result in you being well informed of your diagnosis, treatment plan and expected prognosis (number of treatment and anticipated recovery time).

Manual Therapy- The “art” of a skilled physiotherapist is our hands-on techniques, which are an integral part of the therapeutic skills we use in treating injuries. Manual therapy includes joint mobilisation, manipulation, soft or deep tissue massage, release of trigger points and stretching. We may also use adjuncts to our treatment such as taping, ultrasound, or acupuncture.

Rehabilitation- Specific exercise rehabilitation combining ‘formal’ exercises with sporting, recreational and occupational progressions. A progression of strengthening exercises and restoring balance and co-ordination enables long term stability to be achieved.) Take advantage of 1:1 rehabilitation with a physiotherapist in our on-site gym facility.


Exercise prescription is critical to maintain and progress mobility, strength, and also control pain. Increasingly, the evidence of research is identifying not only the benefits of exercise but the need for specific type of exercise. For example:

• Specific transverse abdominus strengthening is the key to lumbar stability for lower back pain, sciatica, and post-operative management of discectomies, laminectomies and spinal fusions.
• Strengthening of the deep neck flexors is the key to controlling neck pain, headaches and associated symptoms.
• Eccentric exercises for achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, patella tendonopathy, etc.
• Falls prevention regime for the elderly.

In addition, the rehabilitation exercise regime should always be focused on the postural and ergonomic requirements of the patient, so that you are fit in your job, leisure activities and life in general.

Physiotherapy can help you!


Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used for over 3,000 years in China. Research has shown that 70% of people gain relief from pain with acupuncture. The effects are cumulative, with a build-up of benefits as treatment progresses.

The most commonly asked question is will it hurt? You should not feel pain with acupuncture. The sensation of the needle piercing the skin is like a scratch, but this should only be a temporary mild discomfort. When acupuncture is working you will feel a diffuse ache thought to indicate the movement of energy at the acupuncture point.

Acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and offer pain relief.


Massage is a formidable healing tool that has a direct effect on skin, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic system and your emotional wellbeing. There can be an instant positive effect on the body due to the stimulation and relaxation that massage provides.


Benefits of Massage -

Tension release and relaxation
Greater range of motion for joints
Breaking down scar tissue
Improved sleep
Stress and tension release
Increased recovery from sport or injury
Removes waste from the body
Increased rate of healing.


Pilates develops the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When these core muscles are strong and efficient (as they are trained to be in Pilates) they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine through movement.

Pilates exercises improve flexibility and strength and are done either on a mat or on specially designed machines that use pulleys, springs and weights.

Mission Bay Physiotherapy is excited to now offer matwork Pilates classes! We will be limiting the class numbers, so be in quick to ensure your place. You will need to wear comfortable exercise clothing during the session and bring a yoga mat and water bottle.


Mondays 6.30-7.30pm and 7.30-8.30pm
Function Room, AMI Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns
Concession: $150 for 10 matwork classes
Bookings essential.

Matwork (all levels)
Antenatal and Postnatal
1:1 tuition available.


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ACC co-payments
Due to changes in ACC funding from November 2009, Mission Bay Physiotherapy will be charging a co-payment per physiotherapy session.  ACC still fund part of the physiotherapy treatment costs, but there is a small co-payment for patients to pay.

Mission Bay Physiotherapy is registered as a health provider and therefore no doctor’s referral is required to claim through ACC.

Initial assessment:  $30.00
Follow up consultation:  $20.00

Private charges
Patients do not require a referral for treatment.

Initial assessment:   $65.00

Follow up consultation:  $55.00

Eftpos facilities available.
American Express not accepted.

Mission Bay Physiotherapy
Mission Bay Physiotherapy
5/17 Patteson Ave
Mission Bay
Auckland 1071

Phone: 09 528 6547

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