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Neil Barback
Practice owner and lead physiotherapist


BSc (Physio) Hons MNZSP/Dip Orthopaedic Medicine/ UK PT Acup

Neil is an English born and trained physiotherapist who has now been in New Zealand for 10 years with his Kiwi wife and two children.
He has an interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and has a wide range of experience including working within the NHS in the UK, for the Oxford University Rugby Club and for a private practice. Neil is trained in acupuncture and spinal manipulation and has a particular interest in the treatment of the sporting lower limb.

He enjoys treating the local Te Puke population - from orchardists to sports players, from dairy farmers to the elderly and everyone in between.

When not treating in the clinic he enjoys cycling, running and golf.

Rob Reed


BSc(Physio)/ MNZSP/ MNZMPA/ Dip McKenzie Method


Rob completed his physiotherapy training in the USA and has worked in New Zealand for many years, primarily in the Wellington area before more recently relocating to the Bay of Plenty. He has huge expertise in treating musculoskeletal conditions with a special interest in treating spinal pain. He has worked with Robin McKenzie, a world-renowned Kiwi physio. Rob enjoys running, tennis, fishing and, when he gets time, a good round of golf!

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Sophie Hodge


BSc (Physio), MNZSP, Acupuncture

Sophie graduated as a physiotherapist in 2011 and since then she has travelled the world

applying her skills in London, Canada and Auckland!

Sophie has a passion for hands-on effective treatment of injuries and is qualified to use

acupuncture as part of her treatment. She has experience working with sports teams. Sophie is a keen horse rider, and plays tennis and football.

Sophie is also a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist. 

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Emily Cotter 
B Physiotherapy, MPNZ, PG Dip Sports Medicine

Emily studied physiotherapy at Otago University, graduating in 1998, before going on to complete a PG diploma in sports medicine . She worked in private practice and with sports teams, as well as working here at Te Puke Physio. After 14 years living and working overseas in Scotland and France, she has now returned to Te Puke with her husband and 3 children. 

Emily has a keen interest in sports injuries as well as helping people in the rural sector manage their injuries alongside their demanding workload. 

When not in the clinic Emily enjoys yoga, gardening, conservation work and helping her husband on their sheep & beef farm.