Central Lakes Physio Wanaka Team

Left to Right: Anna Munro, Leesa Gainsford, Bree Woodward-Gray, Catherine Anderson, Vicky Hill, Gill Lucas, Lauren Shepherd, Allison Aspinall, Wendy Allen.  The team at Central Lakes Physio


Vicky Hill (Director)

Vicky worked at Central Lakes Physio for over 6 years before buying it in 2015. Originally from Scotland, Vicky trained at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. On graduating she worked in The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, gaining valuable experience in all major areas of physiotherapy. She came to New Zealand whilst traveling for what was meant to be 6 months.  Fell in love with Wanaka, and never left!

Vicky has a Masters qualification in Physiotherapy endorsed in acupuncture and a postgraduate certificate in vocational rehabilitation. She has completed training in Mulligan physiotherapy.  She is a Clinical Pilates instructor running regular studio and mat classes at the clinic, and conducts ACC return to work programmes.

Vicky is the only provider of Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation in Wanaka.  Providing the community with the physical rehabilitation vital to enhancing cancer treatments and recovery.  To complement this she has also trained in complete decongestive therapy for the treatment of Lymphoedema.

Vicky also has a special interest is in the area of persistent pain.  She loves educating her patients about the intricacies of pain.

Vicky’s other major passions in life are travel, music, cooking and knitting.  She is a member of the Wanaka Ukulele’s and is also enjoys climbing, tennis, mountain biking, tramping, wake-boarding and snowboarding.


Allison Aspinall


Allison, her husband Randall and 2 young sons live and farm at Mount Aspiring Station. She joined the Central Lakes team in June 2010.

Allison qualified as a physiotherapist from Otago University in 1999.  She has nineteen years experience working as a physiotherapist.  Eight in private practice in Invercargill and two in the UK.  She has worked in musculoskeletal, sports and orthopaedic settings.

Allison has extended her knowledge completing her acupuncture training and a post graduate qualification in Occupational Health.  Her special interest is in treating breathing disorders and has completed advanced training in this area.

She is also a credentialed Mechanical Diagnosis Therapist with advanced training in the Mckenzie method of treatment for back and neck complaints. This approach aims at patient education and teaching people to treat their own complaints.


Anna Munro (née Jaine)


Anna joined us from Canterbury in 2016 in order to be closer to the mountains and the great outdoors.  She grew up on a farm in Mt Somers, and loves being based in Wanaka, with all the adventures the area has to offer.

Anna graduated from Otago University in 2010 and has had experience working in both private practice and hospital settings throughout Canterbury and Gisborne.  She enjoys treating spinal and neurological injuries, having spent time working at the Burwood Spinal Unit.  Anna is a keen singer, and is trained as a vocal physiotherapist.  One of only 3 in the country! This is a specialised therapy used to treat the structures of the body we use to produce sound.  She also teaches Pilates mat and studio classes, and uses dry needling and myofascial release as part of her treatments.

Outside the clinic, Anna loves playing the piano, singing and working on Ardgour Station, a sheep and beef farm in Tarras.  You can see her in regular performances by the Alexandra Musical Society.

Lauren Shepherd Central Lakes Physio

Lauren Shepherd


Lauren joined the Central Lakes Physio team in July 2017 after traveling for 5 months en-route to this side of the world from Sunny Scotland.  She is loving exploring this beautiful area and all that it has to offer.

She graduated in Physiotherapy in 2014 from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Initially she gained valuable clinical experience rotating through different physiotherapy areas within the NHS in Glasgow.  Before finding her niche in musculo-skeletal and sports injuries.  She has always had involvement with sports teams  and now enjoys working with the Upper Clutha Rams Rugby team here in Wanaka. Lauren practices trigger point needling and is a trained vestibular (dizziness) physio.  She is also a qualified APPI matwork Pilates instructor, teaching mat classes at Central Lakes.

Lauren loves the outdoors and is a keen runner, hill walker and anything on the water.

Central Lakes Physiotherapist Paula Shortall


Paula Shortall


Graduating from Otago University in 1995, Paula has been based in Wanaka since 2000. She started working with the Central Lakes Team in 2018.  She enjoys treating children and the elderly and is a Western Medical trained acupuncturist.

Paula is kept busy with her 4 children and horticultural business and is a keen runner.  If you need any eggs or honey, Paula’s your girl!

Photo of rachel, physio at Central Lakes Physio


Rachel Bridgewater


Rachel is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist graduating in 2005.  She has experience in both private practice and inpatient & outpatient orthopaedics.   Originally from the Coromandel, she has been in Wanaka since 2019.   As well as working in NZ she has also worked overseas, in Oxford in the UK and Hong Kong.  Her main professional interest is in acute sports injuries.  This developed as Rachel is a keen mountain and ultra-runner herself.  She has even been know to enter  the odd 100 mile race!  In addition, she represented NZ in the sport of rowing.

Bree Woodward-Gray


A snow boarding injury 13 years ago introduced Bree to Pilates.  After appreciating the benefits in her own body, she completed a teaching certificate in contemporary Pilates in 2010. Since then she has attended numerous teacher training courses on Pilates, Fascial Anatomy and different movement modalities.  Including specific courses for Pilates for pathologies and pregnancy. She has taught in some of the most beautiful studios in Australia and Bali, returning home to Wanaka in 2016. 

Her passions outside of Pilates are surfing, snowboarding, being outside walking around the hills of Wanaka and hanging with her family.
Her classes are informative and safe, but challenging and fun.

portrait of Caro Jende pilates instructor at Central Lakes Physio, Wanaka

Caro Jende


Caro joined the team as a Pilates instructor in 2019. Originally she is from Germany but has lived in Australia for most of last 15 years with her Australian husband and two young sons. She did her Pilates training in New York and is looking forward to bringing her skills to the Wanaka Community. She teaches both mat and studio classes.

Marta Humphries Pilates instructor

Marta Humphries


Marta joined the team in 2020 after moving to Wanaka from Australia. She has lived and worked all over Australia, while in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a banking and financial planning professional, and as a Pilates teacher.

Marta completed her first Pilates certification in 2015, and has continued to develop her knowledge and skills – leading to an achievement of certified Pilates teacher with both Polestar Pilates and STOTT Pilates. Her clients have ranged from professional athletes, SAS soldiers, corporate executives, and hard working parents.

Expect Marta’s classes to be challenging, caring and humorous. Outside of teaching Marta enjoys skiing and exploring, and runs her own B’n’B.

Wanaka Physiotherapist Gill

Gill Lucas


Our vivacious practice manager has brought with her a wealth of knowledge having worked in the physio industry for years.

Gill is one multi talented lady and works at 110% at whatever she does.  As well as keeping a busy family buzzing along she has all the skills necessary to keep us all in line. Gill has always enjoyed physio, having three very sporty children. Consequently, she understands the importance of being fit and healthy.

Gill is a people person who loves being front of house meeting people and thrives with the buzz of the busy practice. You can’t miss her welcoming smile and friendly face when you arrive.  Gill is the glue in the clinic that keeps us knitted together and we are lucky to have her welcoming our clients.

Wendy Allen Central Lakes Physio receptionist

Wendy Allen


Wendy is one of our part-time receptionists.  She has had a variety of jobs to fit in with family life in the past.  However, she is now loving being in the clinic environment, interacting with the public.  She has been in Wanaka for 30 years – which almost makes her a local!

Our Wendy is married with one grown-up child.  When she is not at work, she keeps active by playing tennis and swimming in the lake.

Karen Guglietta


Karen joined our amazing reception team in 2020.  She also runs her own jewellery import business and has 2 grown up children.