Meet the Proactive Physio Team

We are proud of our team of experienced, dedicated individuals.  At Proactive Physio Queenstown, each team member is highly qualified and undergoes continual professional development.  The clinic is ACC accredited and the clinic is able to provide SAW (Stay At Work) contracts for our clients to gradually and safely return to work.

Our friendly customer service and caring, motivated approach ensures we can guide you in the right direction, develop and plan your way forward.

Sonya Anderson – Senior Physiotherapist & Managing Director

Over 16 years of experience working as a full time Physiotherapist, 7 years spent working in UK teaching hospitals and over 9 years working in private practice.  Early on in her career Sonya spent time working closely with Orthopaedic Surgeons & Rheumatologists and went on to complete a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine & then a Diploma in Injection Therapy.  After competing for many years in rowing, Sonya developed a passion for analysing the biomechanics of sports injuries.  Sonya presently specialises in rugby and golf injuries & rehabilitation & has been working with Arrowtown Rugby Club for the last 8 years.  Her passion for analysis of movement has also led to the development of our Golf Analysis service which now uses high speed video analysis of the swing & body motor patterns, to improve your game from any standard.

Sonya enjoys analytical assessment of the whole body and progressing clients from hands on treatments to gym rehabilitation & function.
Experience in:

  • Rheumatology
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injury Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Muscle Balance, Core Stability & Postural Correction
  • Arthritis & Chronic Disorders Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture
  • Diploma in Injection Therapy
  • Rugby Physiotherapist for 12 years
  • Golf Analysis & Motor Pattern Training
  • Golf Rehabilitation/Training
  • Fitness & Lactate Testing for Optimal HR Zones & Training Zones
  • Kinesio Taping


Laura Wallis – Senior Physiotherapist

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Laura graduated from the University of Otago in 2009. She has since worked in a variety of private practices and through this has developed a keen interest for treating sports injuries and working with footballers. Recently she has been working alongside Football South coaches with their Football Talent Centre (FTC) players, as well as being physiotherapist to the Football South National Women’s team. She has also been team physiotherapist to local rugby and hockey teams over the years.
Laura takes a holistic approach to treatment and likes to combine movement and biomechanics analysis with, manual therapy, dry needling and strength and conditioning to help people reach their potential.
When Laura is not working you will likely find her playing football or getting out enjoying the country’s beautiful scenery be that running, mountain biking or paddling.

Experience in:

  • Sports injuries
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping and myofascial release
  • Taping
  • Manual therapy


Laura Brookes – Physiotherapist

After completing a degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences, Laura graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. in 2013. She went on to obtain experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy both in private practice in the French Alps and a private hospital setting in the Midlands (U.K.) where she also worked as part of the orthopaedic inpatient team. Through this work Laura developed a keen interest in helping skiers, boarders and other athletes to optimise their sporting potential, whilst also assisting other patients to maximise their quality of life through physiotherapy. Laura has also worked with several rugby teams during her career so far.

Laura approaches her treatments holistically and has trained in Clinical Pilates with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute. She is enthusiastic about incorporating these exercises into home exercise programmes for a range of clients and also instructing Clinical Pilates classes.

Laura moved to Queenstown in 2017 to take advantage of the great outdoors. When she’s not at work you’ll find her enjoying the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand; swimming, hiking, biking, running or skiing depending on the season.

Experience in:

  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injury Management
  • Rugby Physiotherapy
  • Strapping & Taping
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Manual Therapy
  • Massage


Catherine Jensen

Cathy graduated from the University of Ottawa (Canada) in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Not long after graduation Cathy followed her love for the mountains and moved to Vancouver, Canada where she pursued her career in an outpatient orthopaedic practice gaining her experience working with sports injuries – running, skiing, biking and rock climbing; work related injuries especially repetitive strain and postural dysfunction; as well as with motor vehicle accidents.

Cathy’s continuing education has centered around orthopaedic manual therapy training including an Integrated System Model approach, as well as muscle imbalances and movement impairment.

Following her relocation to Queenstown New Zealand, Cathy has been involved working with the Queenstown Ice Skating Club training figure skaters on and off the ice. Off season training involves working on strength conditioning, balance, flexibility and general body awareness with a dedicated group of figure skaters.

When not at work, Cathy is usually in the outdoors hiking and camping with her partner, 5 year old daughter and 1 year old son and is often at the start line to many of the local trail running events. She is also fluent in French. Well, Quebecquois, really.

Experience in:

  • Orthopaedics – manual therapy and post-op rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries prevention, assessment and treatment
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Muscle imbalances and movement impairment
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Taping


Marcus Fung – Massage Therapist

Marcus has over 17 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He began as a massage therapist and a personal trainer in Hong Kong, where he had studied the principles of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Strengthening Technique. He has been working alongside numerous physiotherapists in different clinics to provide support, utilising different techniques.

In 2011, Marcus completed the Master Level Programme for AIS from AIS Northwest, LLC., and became a Master Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening Specialist.

After spending 17 years away from New Zealand, he decided to move back and reside in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, where he can enjoy running, hiking, cycling, kayaking and snowboarding

 Experience in:

  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Active Isolated Strengthening
  • Remedial Massage
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Deep Tissue Techniques


Casey Lucas – Office Manager – Part Time

Casey for Website (300x259)A familiar face around town, Casey has been with Proactive since 2013 and previously worked for the AA and at Wakatipu High School. Her focus is technology and marketing with a pinch of accounts thrown in, however she moonlights as a play-by-play commentator for the New Zealand Ice Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation.

Casey originally hails from northern California, USA, but lived outside Salt Lake City, Utah for thirteen years. Somehow despite growing up a stone’s throw from Tahoe, Park City, and Aspen and now living in Queenstown, she does not know how to ski. Fortunately she makes up for that by being an avid hiker, runner, swimmer, kayaker, outdoors photographer, curler, and sportswriter.

During the winter ice hockey season, you will find Casey at Queenstown Ice Arena and on your telly as a host and commentator for the NZIHL’s highlight show, Top Shelf.


Christine Wardle – Office Manager – Full Time

Christine is originally from Kaikoura and started her working career in the marine tourism industry.

After leaving Kaikoura for her big OE, she spent 15 years in the UK where she worked in a variety of roles including working for a member of the NZ equestrian team, aviation operations and voluntary police work.

Whilst in the UK Christine developed an interest in bodybuilding and competed in the figure section of NABBA Central Britain as well as a bikini section at Miami Pro.

Due to the huge drawcard of Queenstown’s great outdoors she made the decision to move back to NZ and settle here with her family. She has a passion for mountain biking and is looking forward to taking advantage of having some great trails here on the doorstep.