The Team

Tim Dalman

Tim participated in competitive sports from a young age and through his personal experiences of physiotherapy, he was inspired to learn the profession. Tim graduated from Otago University in 2006 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine in 2009. He also has further qualifications in Clinical Pilates and Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Tim is determined to keep up with medical best practice through ongoing education in attending various courses and doing his own personal research.

Tim began his career in Dunedin where he was fortunate enough to work alongside some of New Zealand’s leading physiotherapists . He was also given great opportunities to work with top sports teams and vocational work.

The learning continued as Tim moved to Wellington where he worked closely with exercise physiologists and biomechanists before being asked to set up a satellite clinic. This was too good an opportunity for Tim to turn down, and the two successful years spent building that clinic encouraged Tim to set up his own, thus Dalman Physiotherapy was born.

Throughout his career, Tim has been asked to be the Physiotherapist for several elite regional and national sports teams in cricket, basketball and especially football (Otago United, NZ Secondary Schools Football). Tim played premier football for 10 years as well as representing Canterbury and Otago United.

Nowadays with a busy family life and two young children, Tim has retired from competitive sports but manages to maintain a tidy golf handicap and do home based gym work.  

Having experienced several injuries himself through years of competitive football Tim understands a patient’s frustrations and need for good rehabilitation following an injury. Tim puts an emphasis on listening to each individual issue and refuses to put any one injury into a box or treat with set protocols. He is driven to make the best diagnosis with his skills and gratified by great results!


Raphael Villareal

After completing his first year of Health Sciences, a passion for health and fitness drove Raphael to pursue a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in the University of Otago. Raphael graduated in 2017. During his time in Dunedin, Raphael worked as a Fitness Trainer at Unipol Gym. This role allowed him to work with a range of clients in developing personalised exercise programmes.


With a keen interest in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Raphael has worked several premier teams from rugby clubs in Dunedin and Christchurch. Now, he is the physiotherapist for Karori Football Club.

Raphael enjoys Crossfit, an exercise regime that continually challenges his fitness whilst driving his competitive spirit. He enjoys the challenge of learning and developing his Olympic weightlifting and gymnastic skills.

Raphael enjoys the process of guiding a patient through their rehab journey. Whether it be an athlete with a mid-season injury, or a patient requiring pre-/post-surgery rehabilitation. Raphael strives to get his patients not just back to their activity, but better and stronger.


Raphael has participated in several courses over the years to continue developing his skills. He uses a combination of manual therapy (trigger point release dry needling, manual mobilisations etc) and an individualised exercise programme to craft his rehab plan



Gina Di Rienzo


Gina has been into sport from a young age, playing ice hockey from primary, and almost every sport in her school through secondary. She played competitive hockey and football until she came to NZ in 2009.  


Gina followed her interest in sport into her post-secondary education, graduating in 2007 from Queen’s University in Canada with her Bachelor of Life Science, Bachelor of Physical Education, and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy.  She began her career in a multidisciplinary clinic in Canada, and continued here in NZ, loving working in a team environment. Gina has taken a number of treatment based courses here in NZ, gained qualifications in dry needling and is a credentialed therapist with the McKenzie institute. 


Struggling to find any ice in Wellington until quite recently, Gina found CrossFit, and has been coaching at CrossFit Central Wellington since 2012. She’s gained her Level 2 Certificate, her mobility certificate, and attended the “Aerobic Capacity” course. This has allowed her to develop a unique knowledge of the requirements of these athletes as well as the skills to assist in movement assessment, technique correction, scaling options, and return to activity programs. 


Gina continues to coach and participate in CrossFit, coach and play ice hockey, and take care of her 1 year old (a sport in and of itself!).  She has a clear passion for teaching and works hard with patients to fix the cause of their pain, not just treat the pain itself.