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 Sam have over 60 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 has extensive experience in both Womens and Mens Pelvic Health and is also a Clinical Pilates Instructor, using Pilates as part of her approach to rehabilitation and teaches small classes in our gym. 

Samuel Xia


Born and raised in China, Samuel then studied abroad in Thailand for his high school years before completing a Bachelor in Physiotherapy at Otago University.

Samuel is loving being a physio, especially treating musculoskeletal concerns, and is dedicated to improving lives through movement and rehabilitation.

Outside of work Sam is deeply passionate about cooking Asian cuisine, infusing flavours from diverse cultures. He is also keen on exploring the outdoors, relishing hiking and cycling with friends, savoring New Zealand's stunning nature.