Our Team

At Bureta Physiotherapy it is our mission to provide the highest quality, individualised physiotherapy treatment including hands on and active rehabilitation.  With a highly qualified professional physiotherapist, rehab exercises and access to a variety of core and functional rehab classes, you can resolve not only the injury at hand but also the underlying causative factor. In 2017 we were the winners on the Westpac Business awards in the Customer Service category. If you haven't tried us come see what everybody is talking about. 

We also provide a range of fitness services from fitness and core classes  to pilates classes. A personal physiotherapist ensures effective results.

Expect an indepth initial assessment and treatment plan:
  • A holistic approach to treatment
  • Hands on treatment, assessment and correction of underlying causative factors
  • Education regarding your injury, postural and biomechanical corrections and advice relating to activities of daily living
  • A graduated return to sport/exercise as appropriate as well as advice on maintaining fitness while injure

Our Vision
To provide a World Class physiotherapy service to the people in the Bay of Plenty with a strong focus on improving overall health and fitness.


Our Mission

Our leading edge clinicians will utilise the latest in research and technology to provide solutions to your injury or issue with a holistic approach to injury prevention, fitness, health and wellbeing

Our staff are highly trained, NZ registered physiotherapists who are passionate about getting you better, your overall wellness and their profession.

Jacinta Horan

MHPrac (musculo) Honours, PG Cert Ap, BPhty
Director/ Senior Physiotherapist

I have been one of the Principle therapists and Directors of Bureta Physiotherapy for the past 15 years. During this time I have worked both in the clinic and Nationally and Internationally with a number of sports teams including 9 years with NZ Rugby with the Blackferns and Blackferns Sevens, HPSNZ at the Youth Olympics, World University Games, NZ Athletics, NZ Waterpolo, and NZ Surf. I continue to work on an International basis in Sports Physiotherapy with International Campaigns as well as international consulting work. I was ready to head to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July which is now in 2021 as one of the physios for the greater NZ Team which has will be my second Olympic Games.  In 2019 I became the first NZ Physiotherapist to get registered as a Physiotherapy Specialist in Sports. The result of this is I hold an alternative contract with ACC allowing me to provide more in-depth, fully funded ACC assessments and treatments for appropriate patients and injuries. These must come from external providers with the majority of referrals coming from other physiotherapists for second opinions and medical specialists such as Sports Doctors and Orthopaedic Surgeons. The areas I am most focused on are Athletic hip and groin pain, Chronic tendon pain, the Sporting shoulder, and the Female Athlete. For more information click here https://www.optimisephysio.nz/
Outside of work I have a husband and three awesome kids that keep life busy. I love to keep fit and active with running and gymming and whenever I get the chance of snow and water skiing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 
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Blair Jarratt

PG Cert Rehab, Cred MDT, BPhty
Director/ Senior Physiotherapist

I have been a Director of Bureta Physiotherapy since 2014. My brothers and I grew up in Matua and we all attended Otumoetai College before I studied Physiotherapy at Otago graduating in 2000. I returned to the Bay of Plenty in 2013 with my wife - Sheree and two children – Ashton and Pippa. After spending 5 years OE in London working as a physio we initially came back to Christchurch where I held National and International sporting positions in Cricket and Rugby. Since then my clinical expertise has grown to be a lead provider on pain programs helping clients with persistent pain and also helping people return to work. I have been a credentialed therapist of the McKenzie Institute (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain since 2002 and enjoying seeing complex spinal pain complaints.  I sit on the executive as President for Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy New Zealand 

As a family, we enjoy an active lifestyle, you are just as likely to find me out and about in our community with our kids involved in sport, as you would out on early morning Mountain bike ride, at the beach or lake or maybe with a snowboard tucked under my arm on the mountain.   

Marcel Gyde

Bhs (Phys)
Senior Physiotherapist

Having joined the Bureta Physiotherapy Team shortly after Jacinta took over the reins, I have enjoyed 15 years providing physiotherapy to my home town of Tauranga. Previously spending several years in Auckland, and a similar amount of time in Australia and London, it was refreshing to return back to the outdoor lifestyle of the Bay Of Plenty. Myself, and my life partner Becks, are often seen at the mountain bike parks, surfing the Mount, out in the boat pulling in fish or just walking the shops with our bulldog Guvner, sniffing out the sights of our fast-growing city. With Tauranga being so central in the North Island, we are blessed with the snow mountain of Ruapehu being only a few hours away, so much of winter we are carving up the slopes and venturing into the backcountry. The year 2020 may be known for the COVID 19 virus lockdown, but I am excited to re-visit the great sport of Softball this summer, as my new team sport, which will replace the many years I devoted to basketball in the Bay. The many sporting activities I've been involved in have driven my physiotherapy focus, as well as covering my age groups in Tauranga with the growing demographics. My style of physiotherapy is a very hands-on based approach, incorporating Manual therapy, myofascial massage, acupuncture, muscle balance, and exercise prescription, all delivered with a healthy, professional and slightly cheeky exuberance, as I love my job and workplace. The years at Bureta Physiotherapy have entrenched me in the tapestry of many people's lives in The Bay, indeed across some generations too, and I look forward to meeting and creating more lasting relationships with my clients, the people of Tauranga Moana. 
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Donna Withers

Bhs (Phys)
Senior Physiotherapist - Vestibular

In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from AUT. Since graduating I have spent the first few years working in private practice clinics around Auckland. I started working at Bureta Physio after my husband and I relocated to Tauranga in 2012.  We love the outdoor lifestyle the Bay of Plenty has to offer.  I am passionate about sports and enjoy playing competitive soccer and netball.   I am particularly interested in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy including acute and chronic injury management. I enjoy the challenge of determining the underlying causes of injuries and looking at injury prevention.   My spare time is mostly spent with my husband Ben and our 2 young sons. I enjoy spending time at the beach, playing sports, reading, and travel.


Matt Clark

Dip Phys, COMT
Senior Physiotherapist

After graduating from Physio School from what is now known as AUT in 1992 I headed off on an extended OE working in both the United States and the United Kingdom. During this time I worked in a number of private and public hospitals and sports clinics gaining experience in a wide variety of conditions and patient groups treating kids through to older adults. Returning to New Zealand in 1996 I settled in Hamilton and undertook my Acupuncture training through the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand becoming a Registered Physio Acupuncturist. I ventured overseas again in 2004 this time to the sunny mid north coast of NSW working mainly with the assessment and treatment of local industries in the area. After a 4 year stint in Oz I returned to Hamilton where I have been based at a Sports Med Clinic treating weekend warriors through to elite athletes. The call of better weather has me now relocating to Tauranga. Professionally I bring over 20 years of experience focusing on providing a level of care that enables and empowers clients to be the best caretakers of their physical wellbeing, through both hands on treatment, acupuncture and exercise prescription.

When I am not at work I probably spend far too much time on my mountain bike even getting out to do the odd race now and again - the longer the race the better, there is nothing quite like pedalling a bike round and round in circles for 12 or 24 hours.  With the coast so close I am looking forward to dusting of the longboard and growing chillis.

Olivia Meehan 

BPhty, PGCert Ap
Senior Physiotherapist

Having grown up in the Tauranga/Mount Maunganui area I am super excited to move home and spend some time at the beach and with family and friends. After finishing high school at Tauranga Girls’ I went up to AUT to complete my physiotherapy degree and graduated in 2009. After a short stint working in a physiotherapy practice in Aussie, myself and my partner Matt went to Japan for a year of snowboarding and teaching English.  Since moving back to the motherland in 2011, I have been working in a private practice in Hamilton, treating a wide range of clients and working with Waikato University rugby and Hilary Scholar athletes. Over the past year I have been completing my post-graduate certificate in Western Acupuncture and I aim to continue studying to achieve a clinical masters in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I love running, surfing, snowboarding and triathlon, and am really looking forward to working with the team at Bureta!

Mel Smith 

BHSc Physiotherapy
Senior Physiotherapist
After completing her Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy at AUT in 2012, I have been working in the field of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy developing skills and learning from each patient and colleagues I have met.
I am passionate about connecting with people, working with them to not just reduce their pain but to improve many aspects of their health and their overall function. Teaching people to build body awareness through connecting with themselves and encouraging them to pursue a lifestyle that nourishes their body is one of her favourite aspects of being a Physio. I have a strong belief that the body often has the ability to heal itself when given the right tools and approached in a holistic way.
I love being a part of the exceptional team at Bureta Physio where I am able to work with a large variety of people with an amazing group of therapists.
When not at work you will find me enjoying the beachside lifestyle, planning trips with friends, listening to good music or working out at her kickboxing/HITT style gym. I love an active lifestyle whether it’s yoga, wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking or any type of road trip
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Dee Mouneimme 

Senior Physiotherapist

Hi there! My ‘real’ name is Dunia, but everyone calls me Dee! I am originally from Cape-Town South, Africa with Lebanese heritage. I relocated to Tauranga in 2019 to join this amazing team of physios at Bureta to further advance my career and passion for Sports Physiotherapy! I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2013 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and later went on to complete a post-grad course in Sports Physiotherapy 1 (SPT1) in 2015. I was extensively involved in providing physiotherapy services during my student years to a variety of sports teams, but my passion was with rugby. I worked with a Professional, Currie Cup Rugby Team ‘Boland Cavaliers’, full-time for 2 years. I decided to join the private practice sector and finally moved to this wonderful place in the BOP. I absolutely love what I do, helping people with pain and assisting them to achieve their functional and sporting goals! They know me as the tough physio at Bureta as I like to push my patients to be the best they can be! I am extremely passionate about any Sports-related injuries. I really enjoy treating the shoulder and knee! During my spare time, I enjoy gyming, socialising, watching sport and doing Muay Thai when I am not recovering from injuries!

​Kimberley Pilbrow 


Born and bred in Tauranga, after graduating from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2015, I jumped at the opportunity to escape the traffic and move back to sunny Tauranga to provide physiotherapy to my local community.
I am particularly interested in the treatment of Sports injuries, Gym rehabilitation, Acute concussion, and Pilates. I have a range of sporting interests including Rugby, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, and Netball and am particularly interested in and passionate about the prevention and early management of injuries in young athletes so as they can reach their full potential. Currently, I am the Physio for Te Puna Rugby Club-crowned Baywide Rugby Champions in 2019. I am passionate about educating clients about how their bodies work so they can understand the cause of their injury, to assist in faster recovery and prevent future injuries. Over the past 3years, I have completed extra studies in Pilates and use this training alongside functional and sport-specific exercises in my rehabilitation plans.
When not at work you’ll find me spending time with friends and family or around the water- whether its swimming, sailing or paddle-boarding. I look forward to meeting you soon to educate you about your injury and provide you with the tools to work alongside you on your recovery journey!

Kimberley Pilbrow
Annaliese Horne

Annaliese Horne 


After graduating from Otago University in 2016 I then returned home to the Bay of Plenty. I spent the first two years of my career at Bureta Physiotherapy then I took off and went traveling around the world. Luckily I got to return to my position at Bureta Physio. I feel very privileged to continue working in the Bay at such a supportive and variable clinic. I love being outside, so naturally, I enjoy treating sports and recreational injuries. I believe no one should be held back from doing what they love. I have a passion for injury prevention, running assessments and seeing people reach their goals.

Lucila Gatti


Hola, Kia Ora and Hello. Originally from Argentina, I arrived in New Zealand in 2002. After finishing all my schooling in Tauranga I travelled to the cold south to complete my Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduating in 2017. 
I have been a part of the team here at Bureta Physiotherapy for 2 years now. Throughout the two years, I have had the pleasure of working with the Mount Maunganui Marlins Rugby team, Otago women's sevens and the Bay of Plenty U16 representative team. Fortunately, I spend 2 days per week working at our satellite clinic at Physical Impact Gym where I get to share my passion and skills with some incredibility talented local athletes in cross-fit, powerlifting and MMA.  
This year I have found a love of triathlons entering in two local events. 
I also involve myself in music projects playing locally such as the Tauranga Jazz festival

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Janelle McGirr 


After graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science - Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to the Bay of Plenty and be part of the Bureta physio team. 
I enjoy keeping active, being outdoors, and spending time with family. 
I have played a variety of sports, in particular football, throughout my school years and have had my own fair share of injuries. This developed my interest in anatomy and revealed the importance of physio within rehab and injury prevention. 

I am excited to further develop my skills alongside such a supportive and experienced team.

I look forward to meeting and working alongside people and making a difference by enabling them to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Brianna (Beanie) Joyes


Kia Ora, I have recently moved to the Bay of Plenty and after originally calling Nelson home, I am excited to explore the sunny north! After graduating from Otago in 2017 I was based in Wellington working in private practice. On top of this, I contracted to the Wellington Rugby Union leading the physiotherapy aspect of the male and female High-Performance Academies. I traveled with the Wellington Pride Farah Palmer Cup side for the past two seasons, and at the beginning of the year was blessed to travel with the Tonga Men's 7s team to South America for the Worlds 7s Challenger series. Outside of work I love to do my own training, recently completing a Half IronMan which was an awesome challenge, and I am excited to do hiking and surfing around the Bay of Plenty region. I am really glad to be joining the team here at Bureta. 

Elly Hunt 

Massage Therapist/ Business Development 
Hello, I am fortunate enough to be one of the Massage Therapists and Business Development Manager at Bureta Physio. I am originally from Aussie, my mother is Argentian and Father a Kiwi. I have lived in Tauranga for the majority of my life. I enjoy swimming and spending time at the beach, CrossFit, yoga, meditation, spending time with family and friends and I love trying new restaurants and cafes.
I attended Uni both in Tauranga and in Wellington studying for 7 years in various aspects of the Health and Fitness Industry, achieving different Degrees and Certificates. I strive to be involved in the community from ground level to Governance, currently being on the board of Parafed BOP. My goal for my clients and the community is to create inclusiveness for all and empower people to have control over their own physical, emotional and mental health, perform at their best and lead their best life. I lead my life with compassion and aim to share positivity and care. 
- Rehab Massage
- Injury prevention and treatment
- Deep tissue/Sports massage
- Mobility focused
- Sports/Exercise-based
- Working through calming nervous systems
- Trigger point therapy
- Cupping 
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Talia Mackay

Massage Therapist

Kia ora. I am a local girl, born and raised here in Tauranga. I am of Cook Island, Maori and European descent. I have been married for 3 years and have 2 beautiful children. I have been a qualified massage therapist for 8 years, studying Therapeutic Massage in 2012, before moving on to work with the BOP Steamers massage team (Upskilling in Sports Massage) as well as provincial Netball teams. I am also a qualified Beauty Therapist and Business/Office Administrator. I love sports! I have been an NZ and Cook Island Representative in Indoor Volleyball and a Bay of Plenty Representative for Netball as well as having a passion in Track and Field. I also love the game of Rugby. My goal is to help all people from all walks of life, feel better about themselves as well as improving their Health and Wellbeing. I am very humbled to be working alongside such a world-class team

Elaine Campbell

Massage Therapist 

Hi, I am originally from Scotland having moved here 7yrs ago with my husband and 4 kids. My background is working in the Health Care sector for 21yrs, however, moving to New Zealand was a chance to study and learn a new skill. I studied here in Tauranga at Toi Ohomai in Sports and Health Massage.  Since qualifying, I have attended many workshops from trigger point work to Myofascial release and gained new skills and techniques while doing so.  I have also had some great opportunities working regularly with the New Zealand Sevens men’s and women’s teams and the Steamers and this year was fortunate to be part of the massage team for the World Rugby Sevens Series.  I thoroughly enjoy what I do and love seeing results. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to join the Bureta physio team as a Massage Therapist and look forward to meeting new clients and learning new skills working alongside the amazing Physio team.


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Anna Veale 

Corporate Wellness

Originally from England, I immigrated to New Zealand with my husband Greg and 2 children Jack and Sienna in 2012.
I have worked in the fitness industry since 1998 and moved from part time Class Instructor to running my own business as a Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist in 2003.
My clients have included: Saracens Premiership Rugby Club, Western Force Super 15 Rugby Club, Professional Footballers, GBR Junior Rowers, Performing Arts Academies, Olympic Kayaker, Under 18 black sticks, 2017 Golden Gloves Champion
For the first 5 years of living in the Manawatu I built up a successful Massage and Pilates business. With a recent move to the BOP I am excited to be working with the team at Bureta Physiotherapy. My ongoing study enables me to keep fresh and up to date.
I am passionate about people and is proud to be in a profession where work doesn’t feel like work. I feel so lucky to have a career that supports my caring nature and love of the human body.
In my spare time I like to hang out with my family and friends at the beach and I like to keep fit by boxing, and keeping a sense of humour by learning to surf at 40!

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Kelly Reid 

Administration Manager

After working in a CA environment for near on 20 years it was time for a change and Bureta Physio provided the opportunity to work within a fun, friendly and very busy environment which I very much enjoy.

I have three active children so when not working or away on the lake or camping, you’ll find my partner and I supporting them at a variety of sports and in our downtime out on the water.

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Jess Manwell


I have joined Bureta Physio in April 2017 as a part-time receptionist and I also manage all the marketing accounts. 
I love working with such a great team and it makes work fun when you get along with everyone.
My husband and I lived in Australia for 6 years and We decided the heat was too much and that we were ready to start setting down some roots in this beautiful place we call home so we moved back in March 2017.
I enjoy getting outdoors, going on fun adventures, reading and I love spending quality time with my friends and family. 

Rachel Brett-Kelly


Hi. I have recently joined Bureta Physiotherapy as a part-time receptionist and am very much enjoying working with such a friendly and professional team, as well as getting to meet the lovely patients who walk through the door. 

My husband and I, along with our three children have lived in Tauranga for 13 years, after spending 5 years living in Fox Glacier on the West Coast of the South Island. I love living in Tauranga and enjoy being busy with family and friends. I also like to keep fit by regularly walking up, or running around the mount, as well as playing squash.
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