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 Michael Stocco – Chiropractor

Since graduating from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 2015 I commenced private practice and have worked in Auckland. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, during my younger years I was active in swimming, surf lifesaving, water polo and anything else that involved the water. I represented South Australia numerous times in Surf Lifesaving and was fortunate to be under chiropractic care which assisted me with recovery, injury and general maintenance of the spine which helped my performance. I’m very passionate about chiropractic care and the opportunity to help people to do what they love and achieve amazing results. It’s this experience and passion which lead me to move to New Zealand to pursue studies and become a chiropractor. I’m looking forward to exploring the beautiful Queenstown scenery and getting to know and help the community and having swapped the coast for the mountains – get some snowboarding done on the side.

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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 masters postgraduate degree in Manipulative Therapy. Upon graduating her physiotherapy career evolved in private practice and sports injury clinics, treating a varied caseload. This experience allowed her to specialise 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 specialises in 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. Natalie has also completed matwork Pilates with the Australian physiotherapy and Pilates institute (APPI), incorporating this into her musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Natalie is lead Physiotherapist and medical co-ordinator for the New Zealand Ice Blacks (New Zealand International Ice Hockey League- NZIHL), ensuring the athletes were at optimal performance for the world championships in Jaca Spain 2014. She will be continuing this in preparation for the 2015 World championships in South Africa. Alongside New Zealand’s international team, she is also the physiotherapist for the Southern Stampede Ice-hockey team based in Queenstown.

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 All blacks 2012-14 during their test matches in Dunedin, Irish Rugby Squad, Wallabies and Bronco’s rugby teams. Natalie also lead the team for the rugby 7’s tournament in Queenstown 2011.

After travelling both Australia & New Zealand she fell in love with the outdoors lifestyle of New Zealand and is interested in all sports including adrenaline sports and her passion for running and surfing.
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Michael Ward – Physiotherapist

Michael graduated from the University of Otago in 2011 with a degree in physiotherapy. He was originally from a small town in Southland and he wanted to become a physio through his love of sports and the sciences.

After graduating he spent his first year in the USA working in a Summer camp for kids. After returning back to Southland he took up a job in a sports injury clinic in Invercargill with a focus on massage, dry needling, strapping and rehabilitation exercise. This involved working with many representative teams including The Southland Stags rugby team, Southland Woman’s Sevens and Southland touch teams to name a few.

Michael has spent the last 2 years working in a physio clinic in London while also following his passion for travel and hiking.

His love for any competitive sport, whether rugby or tiddlywinks drives him to want to get the best out of himself and his clients through any means available and he is looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead.

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Morgan Sloggett – Physiotherapist

Morgan graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2016. Since then, Morgan has worked in the areas of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Paediatric Disability. Having worked with a number of Rugby and Gaelic Football teams in Ireland, Morgan takes a particular interest in Sports Physiotherapy and the adrenaline that comes with acute injury management. Morgan has also completed Matwork Pilates qualifications with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and he enjoys using Pilates-based exercises as part of his rehabilitation programmes.

Morgan has a passion for exercise and sport, having competed at a high level playing football all of his life, he looks forward to tasting the variety of outdoor activities that New Zealand has to offer.

Meesha Novotny – Physiotherapist

Meesha studied at Monash University in Melbourne, 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 clinics in Hakuba, Japan and now in Queenstown. Meesha’s involvement with her local AFL club, as well as with Volleyball Victoria back in Melbourne has given her broad experience in sports injury management, although if asked her sport of choice will always be basketball and she finds herself lucky enough to have spent time providing the Melbourne United NBA team with massages.

In summer you will find her behind a boat on the lake or hiking up a mountain, and in winter she will be skiing down one, 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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Aoife Whelan – Physiotherapist

Aoife is a physiotherapy graduate from University College Dublin. Her work with a variety of different sports teams such as rugby and Gaelic football, as well as hospital-based work has fostered her keen interest in sports physiotherapy and paediatric disability. Aoife grew up playing multiple sports, primarily Gaelic football and basketball at community and national level. Her interactions with the physiotherapists that assisted her along the way is what inspired her to pursue it as a career. During her treatment sessions she focuses on combining different techniques including dry-needling, massage, sports taping and exercise therapy to get the best outcomes possible for her patients.

Aoife was drawn to Queenstown because of the rich outdoor lifestyle. She looks forward to hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. She is looking forward to a new challenge and experiencing all the variety this town has to offer.

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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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Rosana Jadue – Massage Therapist


Rosana Jadue, originally from Chile, is the director of Sport and Therapeutic Massage Queenstown and practices at Queenstown Health.
Rosana and her team specialize in sport, deep-tissue, relaxation and pregnancy massage, in addition to dry needling, kinesiology taping and trigger point therapy.
On top of 8 years general practice as a massage therapist, Rosana also has experience working with top international sports people including the All Blacks, Argentina, Georgia, England and Ireland World Cup Rugby teams, Brisbane Broncos and Australian PGA Tour golfers. Rosana also treats local athletes and fitness enthusiasts, as well as rugby, soccer, netball, field hockey and ice hockey teams.

Rosana and her team care about your wellbeing and ensure your best interests are met by taking a whole body approach. They are thorough in all their treatments and you know that you are in good hands!

Follow Rosana and her team on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SportTherapeuticMassage

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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

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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