Central Lakes Physio Wanaka Team

The Team at Central Lakes Physio Left to Right: Anna Munro, Wendy Allen, Vicky Hill, Kerry Williamson, Alison Caughey, Karen Guglietta, Sara Lister, Allison Aspinall, Marta Humphries, Gill Lucas, Rachel Bridgewater, Paula Shortall.  The team at Central Lakes Physio

Rachael Burke

Rachael purchased Central Lakes Physio and Pilates in May 2022.  Originally from Queenstown, Rachael is loving having “one foot back in the south island”

Rachael trained at Auckland University of Technology, graduating in 1994.  She headed to Wellington to work at Hutt Hospital and then on to private practice and continues to reside in Wellington where she has been operating her own Physio and pilates business for the past 10 years.

Rachael has a post-graduate qualification in Manipulative Physiotherapy and has completed some post graduate papers in Sports Medicine through Otago University.  She is a  Pelvic Health Physiotherapist certified under Dr Melissa Davidson – Specialist Physiotherapist. She has completed training in both Mulligan and McKenzie physiotherapy.

She is a Clinical Pilates instructor and master trainer running regular teacher training courses both in Wellington and at Central Lakes.

Rachael loves the outdoors and is looking forward to hitting the slopes in winter and the walking tracks in summer.  Rachael has a lot of family in Otago region and is looking forward to re-connecting with both family and friends.


Vicky Hill

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.

Image showing Denise Lloyd, Central Lakes Physio, Wanaka

Denise Lloyd

Denise came from Ireland to join the Central Lakes Team in 2021. She graduated from The Robert Gordon University, Scotland in 2008. After graduating she worked in Scotland for 1 year in the NHS and decided to travel, stopping in Wellington. A one year trip quickly turned into 3 years! From there she went to work in Australia, London, Ireland and has now landed in beautiful Wanaka with her kiwi husband and 3 children.

She has completed additional training in manual therapy, Pilates and Dry Needling and runs some of the Pilates classes at Central Lakes Physio. She enjoys treating spinal and sports related injuries.

She loves getting out in the outdoors, swimming in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.


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.

Sara Lister


Sara is an NZ trained Physiotherapist through Otago University and was living and working in Timaru prior to her move to Wanaka.  Sara owned and worked in a private practice in Timaru and set up a Hand Therapy service working in close contact with numerous Hand Surgeons in Christchurch for 20 years.
She is a very experienced Hand Therapist, is currently sitting on the HTNZ Executive and has also mentored and trained many Associate Hand Therapists.  Sara is also trained in acupuncture and also has qualifications and experience in Sports Medicine and Occupational health.


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!


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.


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.


Alison Caughey


Alison hails from the Highlands, another Scot to join the CLP team.  She relocated from Derbyshire, UK where she worked for 10 years in 2 private practices; one a sports injuries clinic and the other a clinic run alongside a GP practice. Alison has previously worked in Christchurch on two separate occasions, the first being at Christchurch Public Hospital and the second in private practice.

She is an experienced musculoskeletal therapist trained in Myofascial Fascial Release, Mackenzie techniques, dry needling and is currently continuing her training as a JEMS movement practitioner. She has a special interest in shoulder injuries, complex musculoskeletal injuries and the older patient. She is not only hands-on using her manual therapy techniques, but is passionate about giving great exercises to suit the individual she is treating.

Alison was a National Talent and level 2 Archery Great Britain coach when she lived in the UK and worked with athletes from grassroots to elite and international level.

Having traveled and lived in various countries bringing up her 2 boys, Alison is now settled in Wanaka with her Kiwi husband, Andy and enjoys walking, biking, golf, skiing and cooking and is now involved in Pet Therapy with her Flat Coat Retriever, Tana.

Steph Lowen, Central Lakes Physio, Wanaka

Steph Lowen

Our smiley Office Manager Steph moved to Wanaka in 2018 from the small coastal town of Oamaru. Central Lakes Physio welcomed her to the practise late 2021.

In her spare time you’ll find her defending on the Netball court or enjoying the outdoor and social experiences Wanaka has to offer.

Leesa Gainsford

Leesa joined the Reception Team in 2017 to 2020, After a short stint in Timaru, she has returned to Wanaka and Central Lakes Physio. Leesa has two grown up children and enjoys Mountain Biking, Yoga and Pilates in her spare time.

Karen Guglietta


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