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!
Health, fitness and wellbeing has been a big part of John’s life for as long as he can remember. Growing up in rural Ireland John was exposed to Gaelic football and athletics as staple forms of exercise. The team environment and intense training led John to pursue a career helping people achieve their full potential and live happier healthier lives.
This led to a very natural progression to study the human body and John graduated from University of Ulster in Belfast in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physiotherapy.
John began working in 2013 in the United Kingdom initially gaining experience in some of the UK’s biggest hospitals. After rotating through different areas of speciality, John found his feet and settled in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Throughout his five years there John worked with trauma cases, post operative patients, helped athletes return to sport and worked on an achilles tendon research trial.
The big city life drew to a close and John moved to Wellington in 2018. He has worked in Physiotherapy clinics both in New Zealand as well as Australia in this time. This wide breadth of experience across three countries and multiple teams has helped shape him to the clinician that he is today. John has a passion for injury prevention, exercise as a preventative for long term health problems and overuse injuries.
John is also a qualified CrossFit coach having worked in gyms in both London and Wellington. John continues to train CrossFit regularly as well as surf when he can.
Lucy graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019 with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. She began working right away in the National Health Service (NHS) in England. She worked for 2 years as an inpatient physiotherapist, rotating through medical, surgical, orthopaedic, respiratory and neurological wards. Lucy also worked on Covid wards throughout the pandemic and was proud to support patients during this very traumatic time. However, knowing that her true passion was in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Lucy worked part-time in a private clinic during these 2 years. After completing all her rotations, Lucy moved to Belfast in Northern Ireland where she gained 8 months experience in outpatients in the NHS. Here she worked with a wide range of people and conditions, for example chronic back pain, womans health and sport-related injuries. Lucy prides herself on her ability to listen, empathise and communicate effectively with every client she meets. Also, knowing how progressive physiotherapy is, Lucy keeps up to date on current literature and is always looking for opportunities to learn new skills and treatment techniques.
Lucy has played Gaelic football at a competitive level since she was a young child. Starting at the age of 4 back home in Ireland, she went on to captain her University team and win an All-Britain Final. She also played basketball all the way through school and University and is happy she has the opportunity to continue both of these sports in Wellington. Having spent the last year in Australia, Lucy is now also a dedicated sea swimmer and surfer. Finally, having had many sport-related injuries throughout the years, Lucy knows how important the gym and strengthening training are . Therefore, she incorporates this into her life no matter where she travels and encourages her clients to do the same
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.