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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Natalie Blake – Chiropractor

Nat is proudly Canadian and has a passion for helping others do better and feel better. Growing up with an active lifestyle, she was involved in competitive sports from a young age. Nat was introduced to the restorative benefits of chiropractics in her early teens which played a paramount role in her recovery after a sports injury. The haste of her recovery and level of care she received sparked an interest in both exercise and healthcare as a vocation.

Nat graduated from Western University in London, ON, Canada in 2016 with a BA (Hons) Kinesiology – Specialization in Fitness & Exercise Prescription. A qualified personal trainer, Nat has experience motivating a diverse range of clients across fitness studios including 1-1 sessions and group training.

Nat moved to New Zealand in 2017 to study Chiropractics, and with completion of her degree she knew Queenstown was the right place for her.

Out of the clinic, Nat can be found outdoors, or involved in anything active from hiking to weightlifting. Nat looks forward to sharing her love of functional wellness and movement with her clients in Queenstown!

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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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Amy Mcdonald – Physiotherapist

Amy is from Northern Ireland and holds a MSc (merit) in physiotherapy from Teesside University alongside a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow. Since becoming a Physiotherapist, Amy has completed NHS rotations in Stroke Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Care of the Elderly and Surgical Rehabilitation. She then worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in a private practice in Leeds, England before making the move to Queenstown.

She is a certified APPI Pilates instructor and enjoys using Pilates with patients to ease pain, decrease injury risk and improve sporting performance. Amy combines this with hands on techniques, strength work and patient education to assist patients in achieving their goals. Her love of sports has brought her to Queenstown. Amy is a qualified ski instructor and taught in Whistler for two seasons. She regularly competes in trail running and mountain biking events, alongside playing Gaelic football and hockey with local teams. She is excited to treat the Queenstown community and help them get back to enjoying their favourite activity.

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Kieran Moynihan- Physiotherapist

Kieran graduated from University College Cork, Ireland with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology before being awarded his MSc in Physiotherapy at Teesside University in the UK. Since graduating he has worked across both the public and private healthcare sectors in England, completing his core rotations in trauma & elective orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, stroke and respiratory care in the NHS before transitioning to work as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice.

Kieran is qualified as an APPI certified Pilates instructor and regularly runs both 1-1 and class sessions with his patients. He combines this with a variety of hands on manual techniques, including soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations, neural mobilisations, cupping and taping as well as exercise prescription to provide person-centered care to each of his patients.

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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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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

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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