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Lauren McDonald

About Lauren...
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I was born and bred in the big smoke Auckland but have lived in the Bay for the past five years and now happily call this place home. 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 health and physical function.

I graduated from Otago University in 2013. Following this I returned back to university to complete my postgraduate studies in Acupuncture in 2016. I have been lucky enough to work with Foundation Sports and Rehab Clinic for almost 5 years now, watching the company grow and develop into a leading provider here in the bay. I have been privileged enough to work with some amazing sports squads over the last few years; Under 16 Wellington Hurricane rugby squads, Bay of plenty Pacifica squads, Tauranga Sports Premier Rugby, Tauranga Sports sevens and Chief Development camp teams. Currently I am the lead physiotherapist at Inside Running Rugby Academy based at the Athlete Factory and Tauranga Sports Rugby Club.

I have a love for all rehabilitation in particular sport 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 strong focus on prevention and using exercise as a key rehabilitation tool with the combination of hands on therapy such as massage, manual therapy, mobilisation and acupuncture. 

When I'm not working, I love to travel and explore the worlds cultures. When I am home I enjoy playing basketball, tennis and getting out and about in the sunshine with friends and family in the beautiful bay.

Other fantastic team members
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Craig Newland
Physiotherapist & Clinic Director

My main areas of interest are complex sports injuries, in particular running injuries and working with our young talented athletes to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. 
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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

With a keen interest in shoulder & upper limb rehabilitation, as well as post surgical & orthopaedic rehabilitation I offer
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Adina Holder
Physiotherapist

I love being a physio. I strive to deliver a comfortable friendly experience, whilst helping clients achieve their own personal goals.
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Corrine Melrose
Physiotherapist

I understand the importance of effective rehabilitation not only in sports, but for all clients and I am passionate about achieving this.
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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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Mrs Jacqueline Van Eis
Physiotherapist

A little while after finishing my Bachelors of Physiotherapy at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, I moved to South Africa to live with my husband.
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Zara Fowell
Physiotherapist

Born and raised in an active Bay of Plenty community, my love for sport and the outdoors developed later in my teenage years.
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Nicola Shaw
Physiotherapist

Originally from Wellington, I have spent the last 4 years studying at AUT, graduating in 2019.
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Ash Davidson
Massage Therapist

Originally from the Wairarapa but studies Massage Therapy in Wellington
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Laura Hardy
Massage Therapist

Laura was born in the UK and grew up in Cyprus and so loves the beach and summer weather here in the sunny Bay of Plenty!
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Monica Mayry
Clinic Manager

Hey there! I was born and raised in Minnesota over in the states but New Zealand has been my home for the past 5 years.
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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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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
  • Foot mechanics
  • Aquaferns
  • 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