1 Kinzett Tce

Phone: 03 5482639
Fax: 03 548 2739


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" Active Body Centre, Active for Life!"

Meet the Team

  1. Executive Director
    Dawn Chalmers
    Dawn has Bphty, Bachelor of Physiotherapy and also a Post Grad Dip. Health Sciences. Dawn has represented New Zealand in boxing.
  2. Executive Director
    David Donga
    David has a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy),Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, both at the Auckland University of Technology in 1994. David joined the team at ABC in May 2013. Prior to this David worked in private practices in Whangarei and Palmerston North. From 2006 to 2011 David worked as a physiotherapist for the NHS in England and Scotland. David also enjoys the opportunity to work with sports teams and was the team physiotherapist for the Manawatu provincial rugby team in 2012. David has studied western acupuncture at post graduate level. Home for David is the Solomon Islands, which he left to study Physiotherapy in Auckland. David was a football player then turned to rugby in NZ. He has retired from competitive sports and now spends his time helping his wife raise their two beautiful and energetic preschoolers.
  3. Executive Director
    Dorothy Litchwark
    Dorothy graduated with a Diploma of Physiotherapy from Otago Polytechnic, for the last thirty years she has worked in private practices in Canterbury and Nelson, running her own business for fourteen years. During this time she has gained wide experience and enjoys treating patients of all ages. Her special interests include acupuncture and of the temporo-mandibular joint ( jaw). Dorothy lives with her partner in Stoke, and between the they have four adult children living in New Zealand and overseas. She has a love of the outdoors and enjoys tramping, cycling and trail running.
  4. Executive Director
    Ash Lindup
    Ash has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from studying at the University of Otago. Ash, over the last couple of years has worked with multiple sports teams including Wanderers Senior ‘A’ Rugby and Tasman United Men’s football. Ash was born and raised in Nelson, has a high interest in anything sporting related particularly rugby, league, touch, basketball and cricket.
  5. Executive Director
    Kate Davies
    With a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and also Post Grad Diploma in Sports Medicine, both studied at the University of Otago. Kate started her career in Hospital practice for two years before changing to the private sector, she has also practiced Physiotherapy in Australia and England. Kate enjoys treating anyone, optimising their health. She specialises in lower limb and adolescents with emphasis on movement patterns and strengthening to return to sport with increased success. Married, with three spirited sporty children who love to call Nelson their home. Kate also umpires netball to a national level, enjoys most water sports, goes tramping around New Zealand with the family, will watch any sports event, with good food, coffee and enjoys a good red wine.
  6. Born in Kansas
    Stephani Mitchell
    In 2011, Steph received her Doctor of Chiropractic at the Western States University, Portland, OR, USA. Moving to Nelson shortly after, she started working at ABC beginning of 2013. This has led to her treating the USA touch team, 2015 Touch World Cup team, Nelsons own Olympic weightlifting team in 2015 at national competition. In her free time Steph is focused on Rugby, playing for Waimea Old Boy's Club and Tasman Woman's ( 15s & 7s). Also passionate about animals, Steph returned to the States in 2014 to be internationally certified in animal chiropractic.
  7. Executive Director
    Yvette Grant
    Deep Tissue Massage Therapist
    Yvette works 1-2 days a week doing deep tissue massage for regular and new clients. Yvette also teaches in Applied Fitness with NMIT students.
  8. Executive Director
    Michelle Welsh
    Practice Manager
    Michelle has been running ABC since July 2011. Michelle is a competitive powerlifter. She has represented New Zealand, with some podium results,
Here at Active Body Centre we do:

ACC Assistance
Surgery Referrals
Emergency Strapping
Tournament Physio
Deep Tissue Massage
Exercise Based Rehab
Sports Massage