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At Mend Physio, we want you to feel good.

Our team of highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists are passionate about helping you achieve your goals and getting you back to doing the things you love.

After working in private practices and hospitals throughout New Zealand and Australia, Alison, Gabrielle, Elvira, Natalie and Nicola have over 50 years of experience between them. They are constantly honing their skills with professional courses in order to give you the best possible treatment and care.

Treating all kinds of pain and injuries, the team at Mend Physio also offer acupuncture, pelvic health services, a thorough bike set-up for cyclists and specialist care for Vertigo & TMJ (jaw) issues.

Come and meet the team at Mend Physio and see how we can help you today.

Alison Howe

BPhysEd, BHSci(Physiotherapy)

Born and bred in Southland, Alison studied in Auckland and Dunedin graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Health Science specialising in Physiotherapy.
Alison has a special interest in acupuncture, TMJ and Vestibular issues, and is a member of PAANZ. 

Outside of work Alison enjoys snowboarding and exploring the outdoors, with a particular fondness for Fiordland.

Gabrielle Vermunt


Born and raised in Invercargill, Gabrielle studied her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Dunedin at Otago University. In between practicing physio, Gabrielle has also managed to fit in her professional cycling commitments racing in Europe and also cycling for the NZ paracycling team.

More recently she has jumped off the bike to help the team as a physiotherapist while they were training overseas for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Natalie Clark


Being a Southlander at heart and studying at Otago for a Bachelor in Physiotherapy, Natalie has returned to Invercargill after spending time up north and abroad, working as a physio and using her skills in volunteer medical work.

With a passion for working alongside people and helping them reach their goals, Nat invites you to come and see her for all your musculoskeletal requirements.

Elvira Masters


Elvira has extensive experience in treating patients with respiratory (breathing disorders), having worked in several hospitals where she has treated both inpatients and outpatients with various lung conditions such as asthma, COPD and breathing pattern disorders. She has completed several advanced courses addressing disordered breathing, and has recently graduated as a Level 1 BradCliff practitioner.

Elvira completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Endorsed in Continence Management) through the Otago University School of Medicine and loves helping women, men and children with continence issues, such as leakage and bedwetting, regain control of their lives. Elvira is also a Clinical Pilates Instructor and uses Pilates as her approach to rehabilitation and teaches small classes in our gym. 

Zoe Mortemore

BSc, BPhty

Zoe Graduated from the University of Coventry (UK) with a first class degree in Physiotherapy.

After working within a private sports injury clinic for many years in London she moved to Invercargill in 2018 and now calls it home. Zoe is a qualified Yoga and Pilates instructor with a special interest in Running analysis and Women’s Health. She is passionate about supporting women during their pregnancy journey and return to activity after birth.

When she’s not working you will find Zoe out Running, at Crossfit or spending time with her family out in the beautiful Southland Bush. 

Nicola Johnson

BSc, BPhty

Nicola was born and raised in Invercargill and moved on to Dunedin to study a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago.

Following this Nicola worked in private practice in New Zealand before moving on to the UK. After working in hospitals in and around London, Nicola has recently returned to Invercargill.
Nicola enjoys using physiotherapy to help people, and with a background in teaching, she also has a strong interest in pediatrics.

Outside of work Nicola enjoys rediscovering the beautiful walks around Southland and spending time with family.