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/ 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 by Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (and Acupuncture) and focused on Sports physiotherapy. I have worked and travelled the world with NZ Athletics, the Blackferns and the NZ Womens Sevens Team until after the Olympics in Rio. I am currently working on some exciting new High Performance sports projects and look forward to what these hold in the future. The rest of my time I am with my husband Sean and three amazing kids who are growing far too quickly and we love making the most of the stunning BOP and all that’s on our “backdoor step!”.
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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. I returned in 2013 with my wife - Sheree and two young children – Ashton and Pippa 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 knee, shoulder injuries and the younger athlete. 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 for sports and exercise physiotherapy New Zealand 

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  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!

​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.

Emlyn Lynch


Kia Ora, I'm delighted to be part of the Bureta team after just arriving in New Zealand shortly after Christmas. I've traded my quaint and picturesque hometown of Greystones, Ireland for another beautiful place some 20000 Km's away here in Tauranga!
My role here in Bureta as a Sports Physiotherapist compliments my previous experience back home in Ireland and in the UK. Having graduated from Teesside University in the UK with a degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in 2012, I subsequently worked with Gloucester Rugby Club in the Aviva Premiership providing injury prevention and rehabilitation to both Academy and Senior Players. Following this role I returned to Teesside University and achieved my MSc in Physiotherapy in 2015. 
Upon gaining chartered Physiotherapy status in both the UK and Ireland, the taste of Guinness and smell of Hops of St James's Gate lured me back to Dublin where I began working in the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin and also became Senior Physiotherapist for the Monaghan Senior Football Team for 2 seasons. 
This year in Bureta I'm really looking forwards to heading up the Te Puna Senior Rugby team and working alongside great clinicians in Jacs and Blair, and in my spare time I hope to explore a vast amount of this beautiful country, catch some good rugby, drink some good coffee and beer and enjoy the year ahead.


Niamh O'Connor


I arrived in New Zealand in 2013 and began working in Hamilton in a private clinic, also covering Waibop football, Waikato U85Kg Rugby and some club rugby. I stayed there for 2 and a half years however the lure of the sea and sunshine in Tauranga couldn’t be resisted and I started with the Bureta team in January. I began my studies in Ireland doing my Undergraduate degree in Athletic Therapy and training during this time I got to spend a number of months working with a West Virginia University (NCAA Dvision 1) football, wrestling, gymnastics and soccer teams. I also worked with a number of sporting teams in Ireland including Bohemians Football club. I then decided to further my studies and completed my Masters in Physiotherapy in 2012. I graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and the went on to work in private practice in the UK before moving here. I have a qualification in dry needling and osteopathic spinal manipulations and use these along with manual therapy and exercise prescription when dealing with clients. I will be working a lot with pain management and vocational rehabilitation in this role which will be challenging but exciting. 


​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

Christy Munroe 

Massage Therapist 

I am excited to join the Bureta Physiotherapy team and be building my life here in Tauranga. My partner, Simon, and I moved here from Canada a short 3 months ago and have soaking up all the sunshine and beauty that this incredible country has to offer. I graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy Program in New Westminister, British Columbia, Canada in 2009. My ‘fullbody’ approach to treatment means that while I believe it is important to target areas of dis-ease and dis-comfort, I am also interested in helping patients locate the area(s) which may be the root cause. The creation of treatment plans to address those areas ensures that each treatment is focused and goal oriented. Respecting my patients’ goals for health and balance allows me to target their needs while creating a safe and nurturing environment to facilitate healing. I cater each treatment to the individual patient and their goals (both short and long term); this allows me to use an array of treatment techniques, including: Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, passive and active stretching, trigger point release and a combination of breathing/grounding exercises. In addition to being a Massage Therapist, I have completed a 200hr Yoga Teaching Training and am a Certified Doula. When not at the clinic, I can often be found enjoying the outdoors - either hiking, camping, snowboarding or relaxing on one of the many beautiful North Island beaches. I look forward to working with you to achieve your health goals!

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.
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Jess Manwell


I have joined Bureta Physio as a part - time receptionist in April 2017. I love working with such a great team and it makes work fun when getting along with everyone, having a few laughs. March this year we moved back to my home town in Tauranga after spending 5 years over in Brisbane with my partner. We decided the heat was to much and that we were ready to start setting down some roots in this beautiful place we call home. 

I enjoy getting outdoors, going on fun adventures, reading and I love spending quality time with my mum & 4 siblings.

Kelly Reid 

Administration Manager

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