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Lauren McDonald

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I was born and bred in the big smoke Auckland. Growing up with two very competitive and active brothers, sports became a strong passion of mine from an early age. My love and passion for all sports resulted in a fair share of my own injuries and physiotherapy sessions. It was from here that I decided to focus my career on helping others get back to full function.

I graduated from Otago University in 2013. After graduating, I spent a few months indulging my other passion of travelling around North America and then made the big move down to the beautiful bay of plenty. Following this I returned back to university to complete my post graduate studies in Acupuncture in 2016. I have been privileged enough to work with some amazing sports squads over the last few years; Otago university football association, Porirua North premier and senior rugby squads, Mt Eden under 21s rugby squad, Under 16 Wellington Hurricane rugby squads, Bay of plenty womens U18 sevens, and Tauranga sports mens sevens.

I have a love for sports rehabilitation and really enjoy the challenge of post-operative rehabilitation. I love helping patients regain their full function and achieve and maintain their personal goals, whether it be in sports or normal day to day activities. I have a very hands on approach using a combination of massage, manual therapy, mobilisation, acupuncture, exercise and also have a strong focus on prevention and education. Currently I am lead physiotherapist at Inside Running Rugby Academy based at Athlete factory and Tauranga Sports Rugby Club.

When I'm not working, I enjoy playing basketball, tennis and getting out and about in the sunshine with friends and family. I love living in the sunny BOP and working closely with an amazing group of people at Foundation.

Other fantastic team members
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Craig Newland
Physiotherapist & Clinic Director

I have been working as a physiotherapist in the musculoskeletal and sports industry since graduating from Otago University in 2005.
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Hamish Lockwood
Physiotherapist

Originally from Hamilton, I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelors of Physiotherapy in 2003, and spent two years working in the Waikato before travelling to the UK
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Megan Munro
Physiotherapist

Megan qualified as a physio in Scotland in 2007 and completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2013
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Adina Holder
Physiotherapist

Raised in the mighty Manawatu by a fanatical sports family, I decided to base my career around my passion for physical activity.
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Rachel Lambert
Physiotherapist

I am a BOP girl who was born and bred just down the road on a farm near Whakatane. A career in physiotherapy was decided at a young age.
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Andrew Annear
Physiotherapist

Originally from across the Kaimais in Hamilton, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2013.
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Hamish Fox
Physiotherapist

Originally from beautiful Bay of Plenty, I grew up amongst a competitive and sports mad family.
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Michael Wilson
Physiotherapist

Born and raised in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, I’ve always had a passion for sport from a very young age, participating in almost any sport I could.
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Harry Giles
Physiotherapist

Growing up in sunny south west England I was always interested in sport and science. I moved to Bristol graduating in Physiotherapy in 2015.
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Emma McMichael
Dietician

Kia Ora! My name is Emma McMichael, I am a Registered Dietitian & Sports Dietitian.
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Dani Carlyon
Administrator

Born and raised in Hamilton, I am excited to say I am now living in the stunning Bay Of Plenty working for the fun and exciting company Foundation Clinic.
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Sophie Spiers
Sports Med Receptionist

I was born and raised on the Kapiti Coast before moving to the sunny bay of plenty 3 years ago.
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Vanessa Rogers
Receptionist

After spending the past 8 years as a stay at home mum I am thrilled to be back in the work-force working at such a cool and vibrant sports clinic.
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Who we work with
  • Golf Omanu
  • Foot mechanics
  • Aquaferns
  • Surf life saving
  • NZ Wasps
  • Otumoetai Eels Rugby League Club
  • MDK
  • Impact gymsport academy
  • Smiths sportshoes
  • Inside running academy
  • Aspire Health and Sports
  • Ben Williams - Cricket Coaching
  • Active mums
  • Mount Joggers & Walkers
  • THE ATHLETE FACTORY