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Lauren McDonald

About Lauren...
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I was born and bred in the big smoke Auckland. Growing up with two very competitive and active brothers, sports became a strong passion of mine from an early age. My love and passion for all sports resulted in a fair share of my own injuries and physio sessions. It was from here that I decided to focus my career on helping others get back to full function.

I graduated from Otago University in 2013. After graduating, I spent a few months indulging my other passion of travelling around North America and then made the big move down to the beautiful bay of plenty. Following this I returned back to university to complete my post graduate studies in Acupuncture in 2016. I have been privileged enough to work with some amazing sports squads over the last few years; Otago university football association, Porirua North premier and senior rugby squads, Mt Eden under 21s rugby squad, Under 16 Wellington Hurricane rugby squads, Bay of plenty womens U18 sevens, and Tauranga sports mens sevens.

I have a love for sports rehabilitation and really enjoy the challenge of post-operative rehabilitation. I love helping patients regain their full function and achieve and maintain their personal goals, whether it be in sports or normal day to day activities. I have a very hands on approach using a combination of massage, manual therapy, mobilisation, acupuncture, exercise and also have a strong focus on prevention and education. Currently I am lead physiotherapist at Inside Running Rugby Academy based at Athlete factory and Tauranga Sports Rugby Club.

When I'm not working, I enjoy playing basketball, tennis and getting out and about in the sunshine with friends and family. I love living in the sunny BOP and working closely with an amazing group of people at Foundation.

Other fantastic team members
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Craig Newland
Physiotherapist & Clinic Director

I have been working as a physiotherapist in the musculoskeletal and sports industry since graduating from Otago University in 2005.
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Rachel Lambert
Physiotherapist

Originally from the bay of plenty I graduated in 2007 from AUT
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Catherine WIllis
Physiotherapist

I qualified in 2002 with a BSc Hons Physiotherapy
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Adina Holder
Physiotherapist

Raised in the mighty Manawatu by a fanatical sports family, I decided to base my career around my passion for physical activity.
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Hamish Fox
Physiotherapist

Originally from beautiful Bay of Plenty, I grew up amongst a competitive and sports mad family.
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Corrine Melrose
Physiotherapist

Originally from Wainuiomata in Lower Hutt, I graduated from the University of Otago in 2013.
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Leigh-Ann Bennett
Physiotherapist

I grew up here in the sunny Bay of Plenty. My sport growing up was dancing and after fourteen years doing exams and performances of various types of dance including ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance, and working through my fair share of injuries, I grew a passion for how the body works and moves.
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Ash Davidson
Massage Therapist

Originally from the Wairarapa but studies Massage Therapy in Wellington
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Rachel Scrivin
Dietician

Hi, I am a New Zealand Registered Dietitian (NZRD) and Advanced Sports Dietitian, accredited with Sports Dietitians Australia
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Dani Carlyon
Administrator

Born and raised in Hamilton, I am excited to say I am now living in the stunning Bay Of Plenty working for the fun and exciting company Foundation Clinic.
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Grace Kennedy
Sports Med Receptionist

Originally from Brisbane, Australia I recently made the move to New Zealand with my soon to be husband and our two dogs.
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Vanessa Rogers
Receptionist

After spending the past 8 years as a stay at home mum I am thrilled to be back in the work-force working at such a cool and vibrant sports clinic.
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Kim Gunn
Receptionist

Originally from Hamilton I am excited to be making the move over the Kaimais to live in the lovely Bay of Plenty
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Who we work with
  • Golf Omanu
  • Foot mechanics
  • Aquaferns
  • NZ Wasps
  • Smiths sportshoes
  • Aspire Health and Sports
  • New Zealand Post
  • Mount Joggers & Walkers
  • Future Gymnastics
  • F45 Training The Mount NZ
  • Tauranga Boys College Rugby
  • Arataki Sports Club
  • Rangiuru Sports Club
  • Te Puke Sports & Recreation Club
  • Tauranga Rugby & Sports Club
  • Inside running academy
  • Foundation Run
  • THE ATHLETE FACTORY