About Us

About US

The clinic was established in 1983. It was taken over in 1993 by Neki Patel
and it has been established at its current location since 2001.

The clinic is very patient-orientated with the emphasis being on your best
possible care.

The integration of Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Massage, Medicine, and
a huge base of specialized referral sources is always used to aid
our patients in the best way possible, and not only for treatment but for
advice and QUICK referral.

The health team of the future will be one where all members of it take the trouble to understand, appreciate and, above all, respect each other’s special area of expertise. Each member will understand and appreciate his/her own limitations. There is no room for professional jealousy or arrogance, although we would hope that there would be room for professional pride in the overall standards of the team. Each member will be prepared to pool his/her expertise with that of the others for the benefit of the patient who is, after all, the main reason for the health team’s existence.

Dr. Neki Patel

Trained at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. Neki is one of only five chiropractors in New Zealand with ICCSP internationally certified chiropractic sports practitioner. Neki has worked with building a well rounded family orientated clinic. Neki uses chiropractic techniques not only to fix backs, but also to help improve patient’s range of movement and their levels of comfort with all joint and soft tissue injuries. He has worked on various high profile rugby players, worked with the Australasian PGA since 1998. He was the chiropractor for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to Manchester. He has treated various international ski teams and ice hockey teams. His main aim is the integration of treatment for the patient’s best possible benefit.

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Dr Haresh Patel – Chiropractor

Haresh discovered chiropractic in his first year of university after he attended a health talk. Since then, he has been fascinated by how dynamic the human body is, and passionate about the role chiropractic care plays in enhancing the performance of every aspect in our lives, particularly in helping athletes.

Born and brought up in Wellington, Haresh received his chiropractic degree from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. His love for sports has his sights set high on pursuing postgraduate studies and becoming an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP). Haresh looks forward to helping teams, individual athletes and general practice patients to look after their musculoskeletal issues. Going to the origin of the pain – not just the site of the pain.

While growing up, Haresh has been involved in a wide range of sports including cricket, swimming, hockey, badminton, tennis, table tennis to name a few. He is looking forward to living in Queenstown and looks forward to getting involved with the community.

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Dr Srujana Rao – Chiropractor

Srujana hails from Auckland, and has enjoyed the many benefits of chiropractic care after discovering it as a teen.

Since graduating from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC), her passion for helping everyone express their optimum health and wellbeing, by enhancing the brain body connection through chiropractic care continues to grow.

She has a tailor-made approach for everyone and is focused on recognising and adapting her care for everyone’s unique life experience. She has a strong focus on the latest research, which guides her practice.

Her personal mission is to contribute to her community by helping everyone THRIVE and express the best version of themselves so they can navigate the wonderful peaks and valleys of life with ease.

Her mission is driven by a love of seeing adults and children thrive under chiropractic care, because it’s a family affair!

During her free time, you will find Srujana doing yoga, playing netball, biking, kayaking or playing violin.

Srujana was drawn to Queenstown for it’s remarkable mountains and is looking forward to being a local so she can enjoy all it has to offer during all four seasons!

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Natalie Murphy – Physiotherapist

Natalie came to New Zealand from the UK in January 2012. From her sporting background and interest in injuries, physiotherapy seemed a natural progression as a career.

She graduated at Brunel University, West London with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Natalie is currently working towards completing a postgraduate degree in Hand & Upper Limb Therapy. Upon graduating her physiotherapy career evolved in private practice and sports injury clinics, treating a varied caseload. This experience lead her to an interest in musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries, post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, acute triage management, womens’ health, PRP and latest developments of Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine.

Natalie uses a variety of hands on manual techniques including, McKenzie, Mulligan, neuro dynamic techniques, dry needling, trigger point myofascial tissue techniques, sports massage, spinal mobilisation and concussion management and Pilates.

Natalie was lead Physiotherapist and medical co-ordinator for the New Zealand Ice Blacks (New Zealand International Ice Hockey Men’s team), ensuring the athletes were at optimal performance level for their World Championships from 2014-2017. The locations she travelled with the team included Spain, South Africa, Mexico, Perth, Canada and Auckland – where the Ice Blacks earned a Silver Medal for NZ!

Alongside New Zealand’s international team, she was physiotherapist for the Southern Stampede Ice Hockey team, based in Queenstown 2012-2018.

Natalie has unique experience of working within various sporting capacities from league to international rugby, football & ice hockey teams in New Zealand, Melbourne and the UK. Experiences include working with elite teams, including the All Blacks (during their test matches in Dunedin), Hightlander, Irish Rugby Squad, Wallabies, Broncos and AFL teams.

After travelling New Zealand she fell in love with the outdoors lifestyle of New Zealand and is interested in all sports, including her passion for running.
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Meesha Novotny – Physiotherapist

Meesha studied at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, with degrees in both physiotherapy – BPT(Hons), and psychology – BPsych. Since finishing her studies she has been chasing the snow and outdoors dreams, working in both physio clinics in Hakuba, Japan and here in Queenstown. Meesha is experienced in a broad range of sports physiotherapy roles as the physiotherapist for the Queenstown Stampede New Zealand Ice Hockey League team, a premier league rugby team and has also with the golf pro’s at the PGA. She has worked with professional sports people such as triathletes, boxers, skiers and snowboarders and has done sports massage for the NZ All Blacks, The Highlanders super rugby team and the Melbourne United NBA teams. As well as her passion for sports Meesha has a soft spot for the aged population, having worked in aged care facilities in Australia for four years, finding the difference she made in people’s lives here some of the most rewarding work she has done.

This winter she will be following her passion for snowsports volunteering her time going up the mountains as physio for the NZ Winter Games, the Freeride World Tour quaifiers, and for the Volkl ski team riders.

In winter any free time she gets is spent up the mountains and in summer she will be hiking or wakeboarding, anything to get outside into nature. If you see her out and about say hello!

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Freya Tobin-Schnittger – Physiotherapist

Freya graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc. (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2017. Since then she has worked as team physiotherapist with a number of rugby clubs and schools in the areas of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She worked as an assistant physiotherapist for the Fiji National Rugby team when they played Ireland in November. Her particular interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions comes from having lots of physiotherapy input for sports injuries herself as an adolescent. Freya is a keen sportswoman and is impatiently waiting for the snow so that she can hit the slopes. She has played competitive basketball for 10 years and has recently become interested in yoga & sprint triathlons. Freya is qualified in dry needling and deploys this technique as well as deep-tissue massage, sports taping and exercise prescription to provide person-centred care to each of her patients. She is excited by all that Queenstown has to offer and is looking forward to becoming part of the community here while helping people return to full health after injury.

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Daragh Reynolds – Physiotherapist

Daragh graduated from Ulster University, Northern Ireland in 2015 with a BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy degree, achieving a first class honours. Since then he has completed his core rotations within the National Health Service in the United Kingdom in areas such as musculoskeletal physiotherapy, orthopaedics and acute medical rehabilitation.

Daragh has a major interest in all things sport, especially in endurance pursuits. He is a qualified British Triathlon Coach with experience carrying out swim, bike and run technique assessments for amateur and national athletes. Additionally, he has worked as an assistant physiotherapist for a leading amateur football club in Northern Ireland, helping players return to play after injury through hands on techniques, sports taping and individualised strength and conditioning programmes. He enjoys incorporating these insights into his everyday practice, helping patients with acute injuries return to their full potential and achieve their individual goals.

When not in the clinic, you’ll likely find Daragh out on the trails training for his next endurance race or up hitting the slopes. He enjoys being part of the diverse community that is Queenstown and is excited to continue his physiotherapy practice here.
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Akinori Hattori – Acupuncturist

Akinori, originally from Japan, graduated from a Japanese vocational school of acupuncturist and moxibutionist in 2014. He worked for a clinic as assistant acupuncturist and massage therapist when he studied at the school from 2011. After 3 years training and study at the school, he worked for some clinics as an acupuncturist, moxibutionist and massage therapist, and worked for some rugby teams as a medical staff including the amateur and club team and high school and junior high school rugby team until 2018. Also he worked as part time therapist at the Japanese pro rugby team. Because he worked for some rugby team, he is interested in New Zealand. Therefore he decided to work in New Zealand.

He uses gentle touch and gentle needling, and his treatment is based on Oriental medicine, which is a method of balancing the body using meridian lines and acu-point of whole body, and Western medicine. He combines with the both medicine to best fit the patient’s conditions and needs. As his experience of sports team, he is especially good at treatment for musculoskeletal injuries.

He loves to watch the games of sports, especially rugby, and loves movies also, his favorite movie is of course The Lord of the Rings. He is excited the beautiful nature around Queenstown.

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Antonia Mathers – Acupuncturist

Antonia comes  from a very close farming family in Northland with a special heritage to the Hokianga coast. Having a close relationship to the natural world is something that has always been important to her and after finishing school a pathway in natural medicine flowed pretty congruently. Antonia studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM in Auckland and the Qigong and Taoist based Oriental College in the Netherlands. Mainly known for Acupuncture TCM is also the practice of Tuina (medical massage), Qigong and Herbal therapy. After graduating in Antonia practiced in Auckland and volunteered overseas and she has developed special interests in musculoskeletal therapy, mental-emotional care and nutrition, philosophy and Yoga as avenues of self-care. Antonia is passionate about both holistic healthcare and a positive synthesis of Western and Eastern thought and medicine.

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Nika Zhang – Acupuncturist

Nika is from south of China and can speak Mandarin and Cantonese. She graduated from Hunan Traditional Chinese Medical College in 2016, majoring in acupuncture and TuiNa. She attended Chenzhou City Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital as an assistant acupuncturist during her final course to practice in the Acupuncture and TuiNa department.
After graduating from China, she came to New Zealand to continue her acupuncture studies and graduated at New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine with a Bachelor of Science in Acupuncture and became an ACC treatment provider. Nika also worked as massage therapist part time.
The learning and clinic experience from both China and New Zealand gives her a deeper understanding of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture is not only effective for treating pain-related diseases but can also help most internal health issues such as insomnia, digestive and gynecological problems. Nika’s treatment follows the theory of TCM, using needling, moxibustion, Tuina, cupping, and Guasha to seek the balance of the whole body and she will do her best for patients’ internal and external body health.
In her spare time, Nika likes swimming and hiking. She is looking forward to living in Queenstown with her friends and to enjoy the lifestyle here.

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Emily Mills – Massage Therapist

Emily graduated from St. Mary’s university in Twickenham, UK with a Bsc. (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation. Going to university in Twickenham, the home of English rugby, enabled lots of opportunities during her study to work with semi professional and professional rugby teams including London Welsh & London Irish and The Fiji Rugby League Team.

Emily’s background in sport rehabilitation enables her to be more in depth as a massage therapist and she is able to carry out exercise prescription and sports taping. Her love for anatomy also allows very detailed and clinical massage.

Emily has been living in Queenstown for 3 and 1/2 years. She loves to hike up mountains in the summer and attempts to ski in winter however you might just find her at the bar instead!
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Mary-Frances Bewley – Office Manager

Deleted: Mary-Frances is an experienced office manager with an extensive background in the clerical health sector over a period of 24 years. Before she joined the Queenstown Chiropractic Clinic her previous positions included medical information officer at a hospital, medical secretary / PA to two consultants and prior to moving to Queenstown she was the office manager at a medical laboratory. She prides herself in being a people oriented person and enjoys working in an integrated clinic and being a member of such a professional and enthusiastic team.

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Jo O’Connor – Receptionist

Originally from Leicester, England, I worked within the Travel Industry in Reservations and Customer Care. I also spent 3 years working as a Tour Leader on board Cruise Ships – enjoying every minute of it, meeting people from all walks of life and all ages. I made the move to New Zealand after being swept off my feet by a Kiwi man and have now lived in Queenstown for 18 fantastic years. I have worked locally in the Hotel and the Tourism Trade as well as Childcare, while bringing up a family. I am now very pleased to be a part of the team at Queenstown Health, as I have a keen interest in health and wellbeing and I love to deliver great customer service. I am here to help you in any way possible.

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Alannah England – Receptionist

Alannah made the move from Australia to Queenstown and New Zealand in 2018 to get closer to all the amazing outdoor activities on offer. You will find her rock climbing, canyoning, hiking and skiing on her days off, or making delicious cakes and pastries.

Originally trained as a pastry chef, she has recently worked in administration and reception roles in the health services and loves making people smile and offering professional service. As part of the great team at Queenstown Health, she is thrilled to be working with such an amazing, talented team.

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