Our Team

At Bureta Physiotherapy it is our mission to provide the highest quality, individualised hands on physiotherapy treatment.  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.

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/ Physiotherapist

After graduating from Otago University in 2000 I left NZ shores for Portugal to work as a physiotherapist and travel the world.  After four years overseas working in private practice and for the Portuguese 7’s team and Irish Athletics Team and plenty of travelling along the way I returned home to NZ late in 2004 to get married to Sean and to take over at Bureta Physiotherapy.  We have continued to expand the practice concentrating on quality, individualised hands on physiotherapy treatment.   We have been lucky to have such a great group of staff to work with and a large variety of patients that makes work enjoyable and challenging every day.

Since being home I have completed my Clinical Masters at AUT in acupuncture and manipulation, worked and travelled overseas as the physiotherapist for the NZ Athletics and Blackferns and we have 3 great kids - Zach, Hugo and Lucia. I am currently the physiotherapist for NZ Womens Sevens on the World Series. When I get spare time I am actively involved in sports such as running, water and snow skiing.
Jacinta Horan
Blair Jarratt

Blair Jarratt

PG Cert Rehab, Cred MDT, BPhty
Director/ Physiotherapist

My brothers and I grew up in Matua and all attended Otumoetai College before I left to study Physiotherapy in Otago graduating in 2000 – where Jacinta and I studied together. After close to 20 years away from the Bay of Plenty bringing my wife- Sheree and two young children – Ashton and Pippa to live in the bay. I returned 2013 and am now a Director at Bureta. After spending 5 years OE in London working as a physio Sheree and I initially came back to Christchurch where I was the head clinician in a busy private practice as well as the Physiotherapist for the Canterbury Wizards Cricket and Canterbury B rugby. Leaving Canterbury meant passing up these positions, however I was appointed as the Physiotherapist for the NZ U19 Cricket team which attended the world cup in February 2014 in Dubai, which was an amazing experience. I have a special interest in low back, knee, shoulder, and the younger athlete.

Ashton and Pippa keep me pretty busy but if I do get a chance, I like to get out on the Mountain bike doing the epic rides of NZ - (team Bureta just competed the mountain bike Rotorua moonride race 2015/ 2016 and we will be in the 2017 race) and have completed a number of races and endurance events. I will be looking forward to some North Island MTB challenges, and maybe even getting the snowboard back out again.

Marcel Gyde

Bhs (Phys)

Having joined the Bureta Team shortly after Jacinta took over the reins, I have enjoyed 8 years providing physiotherapy to my home town Tauranga.  Myself and my partner Becky, arrived back from London.  She’s from Auckland, so it wasn’t hard choosing Tauranga and its lifestyle as our place to put roots down.  This rich lifestyle has meant that my workload is always varied and challenging, across a broad age spectrum.  I am actively involved in several sports, so much of my physiotherapy passion is sports oriented.  My style of physiotherapy is very hands-on manual approach, incorporating acupuncture, massage, muscle balance and exercise prescription as the major emphasis of my treatments.  As winter fast approaches, my mind turns to the basketball competition and injuries, riding cold roads and preparing for the snow season, see ya on the slope!
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Kate Niederer

MHPrac (Musculoskeletal),PGCert Ap, BPhty

After finishing my studies at Otago University in 2008, I developed my clinical skills and discovered my passion for sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, working in a gym and rehabilitation clinic in central Wellington. Sunshine, surf and family drew me back to the Bay in 2011 and I have been with Bureta Physiotherapy ever since. I love working with our local community and the huge variety of clients I get to see on a daily basis.

I am Masters qualified (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Western Acupuncture) and a High Performance Sport NZ provider, lead provider for the Baywide Premier rugby club champions, Mount Maunganui, and team physiotherapist for NZ U17 girls sevens rugby. The last few years have been exciting working and travelling with the NZ Black Ferns Sevens team, as well as Samoa football, NZR referees and local club rugby and surf lifesaving teams. When I’m not in the clinic, or on the side of a rugby field, you can find me in the ocean, training at Physical Impact, travelling or catching up with friends wherever the sun is shining or the music is live!

I believe in an holistic approach to treatment, addressing all components of lifestyle for the ultimate results. Working together to identify goals, encouraging movement and positive lifestyle choices and creating strategies for prevention, ensures people leave better than before and able to live life to its fullest!

Matt Clark

Dip Phys

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.
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Donna Withers

Bhs (Phys)

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.


Kara Fowke


 I have a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and have worked with both club and representative teams from both Otago and Canterbury. I am a strong believer in listening to what a client really wants to achieve from their treatment and working together with them to achieve their goals. I strive to look at the bigger picture ensuring clients walk out better than they were before. 
 In my free time I love to be in the water, whether it be scuba diving, skiing or swimming. When I can manage a bit more free time - I love to travel.
 I am extremely excited about this new challenge and really looking forward to working with my clients and the team at Bureta Physio.

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Olivia Meehan 

BPhty, PGCert Ap

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!
Rosie Bell

Rosie Bell 


I am from England and new to the Bureta team this year. I studied at the University of Birmingham and since graduating in 2014 I have worked in several different physiotherapy settings. I moved to New Zealand at the start of 2016 year to experience living on the other side of the world (by the beach and in the sun!) and working in a different healthcare setting. I have worked in private practice since moving here but have also had the opportunity to explore this beautiful country. I am interested in sports physiotherapy as I feel strongly about an active physiotherapy approach and love working with patients to help them improve their lifestyle as well as recovering from their injury. At my previous private practice work in Tauranga I was the physiotherapist for Rangataua Rugby Club last season in their road to become Bay of Plenty premier rugby champions and am I looking forward to building on the skills which helped on keeping their players able to win games. In my free time I like to do anything outdoors- surfing, hiking, windsurfing, skiing, rock climbing to name a few! 

Sarah Astwood

Sarah Astwood   


I am delighted to join the team at Bureta Physio after recently getting married and holidaying around Southern Africa. My husband and I have just moved to Tauranga from Auckland and are looking forward to enjoying the outdoor lifestyle here. I particularly enjoy mountain biking and off road running. 
After graduating from Otago University in 2003 I spent a year working in private practice on the east coast of Australia and then did a short stint in Ireland while travelling Europe. I settled back into a community based clinic in the Auckland bays where I have spent the last 12 years working with a variety of ages and conditions. During that time I took a two year break to work in London in a sports based orthopaedic ward to gain hospital experience . While there I developed an interest in the chronic pain specialty field and decided to embark on further study . Last year I completed the post-graduate diploma programme through AUT majoring in acupuncture and pain management. This continues to be my special interest, and while I enjoy using needles and manual therapy in treatment,   I also find it very satisfying to watch patients get stronger and more functional through exercise-based programs. 


​Kimberley Pilbrow 


Originally from Tauranga, I am excited to be back in my hometown after graduating from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2015. Having worked a short stint in Auckland I am now enjoying being a member of the Bureta Physio Team, where there is a strong team spirit with an emphasis on; providing professional expert advice, always going the extra mile for our patients and being actively involved in our local community. 
I have a special interest in the treatment of sports injuries and in managing chronic pain conditions. I have a range of sports interests having previous involvement participating and coaching sailing, rowing and netball and over recent years I have worked as a Physio in rugby and football. I am passionate about the prevention and early management of injuries in young athletes so as they can reach their full potential. I enjoy Acute Sideline Management and look forward to working with local sports teams, I am currently working with the Te Puna Rugby’s Premier Development team. This year I am completing further study in the use of Pilates exercises to assist my patients. 
When not at work you will find me spending time with family or around the water- whether its sailing, kayaking or swimming. I am looking forward to educating patients about how their bodies work so they can learn to manage symptoms better so as to assist in their recovery and prevent injuries in the future

Kimberley Pilbrow
Annaliese Horne

Annaliese Horne 


After finishing my schooling years in Tauranga I headed down to the cold South to complete the four year bachelor of physiotherapy in Dunedin. Over these years I developed a passion towards the human body and how it works. I really enjoy encouraging and working alongside people in order to help them achieve their health aspirations and providing education to better themselves. 
In my spare time I love going tramping, playing netball any kind of skiing.
I am super excited to be back,  living in the bay and to be part of a top quality practice to challenge and further my physiotherapy experience.

​Steph Parker

Massage Therapist 

Having just landed on the beautiful shores of New Zealand - in search of some much needed sun! - I’m new to the Bureta team this year. I’m from the UK and qualified as a massage therapist in 2006, since qualifying I have worked in various establishments in England and around the world. My career has been varied as a massage therapist. After originally starting off in a spa environment where I found my passion for bodywork, in 2009 I decided to specialize as a sports massage therapist because of my love of exercise and sport – I’m an avid rugby fan and running, hiking, yoga and a good spin class are some of my favourite things to do in my down time. To date, I have been a freelance therapist for many years in my hometown of Derby, working with patients from all walks of life from everyday people to semi professional athletes; working in an independent gym in the heart of London, helping stressed out businessmen who are desperate to beat their half marathon PBs; to working for families onboard super yachts keeping them healthy and supple whilst they’re away from home. As well as sports massage, I offer deep tissue, lymphatic drainage and relaxation massage at the clinic. I look forward to working with you at Bureta!

Steph Parker
Rachel Brettkelly

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.



Kelly Reid 

Administration Manager

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