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, NZ Registered Sports Physiotherapy Specialist
Director/ Senior Physiotherapist

I have been one of the Principle therapists and Directors of Bureta Physiotherapy for the since 2004. 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 Olympics, 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.  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

BHSx (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 Johnstone

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 a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy at AUT in 2012, Mel has since been working in the field of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy developing her skills and learning from each patient and colleague she has met. 
Mel is passionate about connecting with people, working with them to not only reduce their pain but to improve many aspects of their overall wellbeing and 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. Mel has a strong belief that the body often has the ability to heal itself when given the right tools and approached in a holistic way.
Mel has been exploring further studies in the area of pelvic health which she is very passionate about. She also has a special interest in breathing and is Bradcliff breathing trained. 
Mel loves being a part of the exceptional team at Bureta Physio where she is able to work with a large variety of people with an amazing group of therapists. When not at work you will find Mel enjoying her beachside lifestyle, planning trips with friends, listening to music or working out, hiking or doing yoga.
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Dee Mouneimme 

Bsc Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy (SPT 1)
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!
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Annaliese Horne 

Senior Physiotherapist

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 have completed Part A and B of the McKenzie Method, NOI pain course. 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.

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. 
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Janelle McGirr 

BHSc Physiotherapy 

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.

Heli Graham

BSc Physiotherapy

Heli is a sports physio by heart, she is particularly interested in complex knee injuries specifically patella instability and post-operative rehabilitation.
Heli has a wide variety of experience, starting in the UK as a rotational physio, working in out-patients as well as intensive care and working with amputees. Since then, she has been working in private practice in Christchurch since 2019.
Heli has great interest in sports physiotherapy and developing competitive athletes and has recently completed an internship with High Performance Sport NZ.
Heli’s skills also include concussion and balance, multi-ligament injuries, repeat ACL injuries, and recurrent patella instability.
When not in the clinic you can find Heli running, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, playing netball, or playing touch… in fact, anything sport-related!

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Talia Mackay

Massage Therapist

Kia Ora, I was brought up here in the beautiful Tauranga Moana. I am married and have 2 beautiful children. Since graduating in 2012 and becoming a massage therapist, I have worked alongside many talented and amazing people. I am passionate about sport and helping athletes through massage to reach their full potential and perform at their best. I also have worked as a sideline medic and assisted physios where needed on the rugby field. A few highlights of mine have been working with BOP Steamers Rugby, Cook Island u18s Rugby at the World School Sevens in 2020 (as a sideline medic) and also the West Indies Cricket team that toured New Zealand in 2020. Since working for Bureta Physio + Wellness, I have been exposed to a lot of new and exciting opportunities and I know with this experience and knowledge I am able to help those who walk into our clinic to reach their goals. 

Grace Beeby

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources and Management
Practice Manager

Grace joined the Bureta Physio team at the beginning of 2021.
Hailing from Christchurch, the one-eyed Cantabrian couldn’t resist the move north in search of warmer weather and a beachy lifestyle. Living in Papamoa with her partner Campbell and their fur-baby Maisey, you will often find them walking down the beach, up the mount or down at The Island with a craft beer in hand.
Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury in 2012. Her background in the busy Christchurch construction industry and accounting has well prepared her for the role of Practice Manager.
Grace is very excited to take on the challenge of learning a new industry while exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty and meeting some wonderful people along the way.

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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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