Our Team

We all bring something special to Family Physio. It is our approach to see the whole picture and view physiotherapy as an important piece in the health puzzle. We are all keen sportspeople, are family focused and enthusiastic about helping restore people to optimum health.

Darko
Physiotherapist

Nicole
Physiotherapist

Kate
Veteran Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist

Anna Ellingham
Physiotherapist

Sandy Waugh
Customer Services

Darko

Physiotherapist


Darko is and keen Physiotherapist who loves sports and being active. He has a passion for getting the injured back to the activities they love most by prescribing exercises and activities that helps them bounce back to the activities that they love most, be it sports or just enjoying Spring gardening.

He loves basketball, snowboarding, rock climbing and exercising regularly. Darko has and certificate in physical training, advanced diploma in exercise science, and human movement coupled with and Bachelors in Physiotherapy.

After working in Sydney at some of the best clinics there and learning great new skills he is stoked to be back in New Zealand, Papamoa. For Darko the Husband and father, family is everything. Together they share a love for Physiotherapy and making people physically better. Of note, Darko can nail an awesome handstand, ask him – he’ll show you!

Nicole

Physiotherapist


Nicole Bejakovich Storm is a mom with an enduring passion to help patients with complex and chronic pain live a better and more functional and fulfilling life. Nicole specializes in chronic pain, lower back, scoliosis and spinal injuries and loves to help moms pre and postnatal through the physical challenges they typically experience. Nicole is also and keen sports enthusiast, personal trainer, rock climber, kayak tour guide, rehab coach, Clinical Polstar Pilates instructor and loves helping runners.

Nicole has a bachelors in Physiotherapy, certificates in dry-needling, acupuncture and specializes in headache and migraine conditions.

Working for some of New Zealand best Physiotherapists and sharping her skills in Sydney, Nicole is ready to engage complex physiotherapy challenges and believes that everybody can be help no matter what the problem.

Nicole is a brilliant enthusiastic Physio who loves Pilates, building strength in those with back pain and treating headache sufferers. Nicole loves challenging her patients to achieve more and is a driving force who gets great results.

Kate

Veteran Physiotherapist


Kate is a veteran Physiotherapist with and enduring passion for her clients and is passionate about helping people maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. Her diagnosis of complex problems is spot on.

Kate has completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at AUT.
Practicing for over 10 years in NZ, Kate brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our clinic, treating injuries and providing a variety of treatment options including manual/manipulative therapy, dry needling, taping and tailored exercises.

Kate is also our local Vertigo expert and will assist patients back to their old self quickly.

Kate believes in a hand on treatment approach but also believes that education is a key to succeed in rehabilitation and to improve your well-being.

Anna

Physiotherapist


Anna is a joyful, enthusiastic, and fresh physiotherapist who has a passion for enhancing the mind-body connection through exercise.

She is a passionate high-intensity fitness instructor with a bachelor’s in Physiotherapy and a certificate in group fitness instructing. Anna loves the physical and mental challenge of high intensity exercise as well as long hikes in nature. Being a Papamoa girl now it will most likely be on the beach.

She has a passion for enhancing each of her patient’s body awareness and ensuring every person leaves the clinic with a new perspective on their physical challenge and having learned something new.

She takes a very open-minded approach to each person she meets and upholds a holistic attitude to ensure her patients can return to life as best and soon as possible after an injury.

Sandy Waugh

Customer Services


Sandy joined our team after 30 years working for Plunket keeping children safe on the child restraint team. She is the friendly face you’ll see behind the desk and will do everything she can for you to make your appointment run smoothly. Of note, Sandy is a grandmother to 15!

We’re a Family treating Families

Family Physio started off as Physiofamily in 2012. It began as a boutique physio clinic on Papamoa Beach Rd with just James working. It has grown rapidly in the last 4 years based largely on word of mouth, GP and Specialist referrals. The family has grown to 9 and with the community constantly calling us Family Physio we decided to change the name and continue the family value based physio service to help our wonderful community be the best it can be and to live their dream.

We Are Family

We Strive To Wow

We Always Do It Right

We Find Fun In Everything