Meet the Team



We are a team of dedicated physiotherapists who pride ourselves on getting the right diagnosis every time. This enables our treatment techniques to be focused and specific to help get you ‘better faster’. We believe it is important to consider the biomechanics of the whole body to help gain complete recovery from injuries. We are all sports people ourselves and so understand the need to get back in action as quickly as possible.

What makes us different:

  • We listen to what you say and what your body tells us
  • We get to the origin of your problem, not just treating symptoms
  • We understand you are busy and need to recover quickly
  • We don’t want your injury to come back again either
  • We work with you not for you, to achieve efficient recovery
  • Small lifestyle changes can make a large effect on recovery


Leanna Veal – BPhty, PGDipSpMed, MNZSP


After qualifying I based myself in the UK for 8 years where I spent lot of time travelling.  I also used that opportunity to attend a variety of different courses to further develop my physiotherapy skills.  Recently my professional journey has me working my way through a series of Connect Therapy courses both in NZ and Australia.  This is a fantastic integrated whole body system approach incorporating both assessment and treatment.

I genuinely love being a physio and am passionate about hearing each patient’s story and getting the opportunity to help them reach their goals.  I especially love working with athletes where small changes can make huge differences in performance.  I also love the challenge where patients feel like there is no solution left to help them.

My vision, as a clinic owner, it’s to have a clinic with passionate physios who love what they do and strive to provide the best treatment for each and every person who comes through the door.

When I am not working I am either running or spending as much time as I can having fun with my husband and 4 children.



Michelle Dykes – Physiotherapist


After graduating from Otago University, I have moved back up to the sunny Bay of Plenty having grown up here in Papamoa. I enjoy the profession of physiotherapy knowing that I will forever continue learning and exploring new skills.

I have played a variety of sports throughout my life, so I understand the need to get back into action as soon as possible. I believe it is important to treat people with a holistic approach by focusing on both the physical injury and understanding the cause of the injury.

I have been involved with surf lifesaving most of my life. So, you will likely find me anywhere near the ocean, whether that is in it, on it or alongside it. I am looking forward to meeting you so we can work together to get you back on the field or track and help you to achieve your goals.


Anna Mair – Physiotherapist

Kia ora, I’m Anna, and I graduated from Wintec, Te Pūkenga with a bachelor of physiotherapy (hons).

I had a wonderful childhood growing up in Matamata with my two sisters. After high school I moved to America as an Au Pair for two years. In 2019, I moved home and studied Physiotherapy as I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare like many of my family members.

I wanted to contribute back to Aotearoa by helping people regain their quality of life. This was the key factor to choosing physiotherapy as my career, as it’s one of the lucky healthcare professions that gets see a patient through the entirety of their journey.

In my spare time, you’ll find me with my family including my two gorgeous nephews, spending time in the gym, or exploring my new home in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.

As a new graduate, I am excited to help people return to their passions, as well as to continue my learning and grow as a Physiotherapist.

I love meeting new people, and am excited to embark on this journey, helping you get back to what you love.


Rob Smithson – Physiotherapist



Lucila Gatti-Physiotherapist

Hello, Hola and Kia Ora!

I am originally from Argentina but have lived 22 years of my life in New Zealand.  I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese.
After graduating from the University of Otago in 2017 I moved back to the Bay of Plenty. My experience has included working with athletes from varying sports from rugby to cross fit.  I have also lend my services to the Parafed organization helping our local and national disabled athletes.

My approach to your injury is holistic. I utilize advanced strength testing equipment to gain more understanding of the underlying cause of your injury.  Furthermore I have experience with running analysis and power lifting technique assessment.

When I am not at work I am enjoying the beautiful nature of Aotearoa hiking or mountain biking.  I also enjoy involving myself in music projects so you may see me playing music in local bars or festivals.


Kelly Waite

Finance Administrator

Hi my name is Kelly, an experienced Office Manager with qualifications in medical administration and I am the Finance Administrator for Back in Action Physiotherapy.

In my down time I am an avid reader, enjoy the cinema, amateur photography and I love to travel. I lived in Ireland for six years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I explored a little bit of Europe while I was there but not nearly enough.

When I was 16 I had a small accident that resulted in a shoulder stabilisation surgery at 17 and shoulder reconstruction surgery at 19. Following both procedures was lots of physiotherapy to regain my range of motion and strength, so I have had a bit of physiotherapy myself in my time! Read more about shoulder injuries here. I look forward to meeting you and aiding your recovery in any way I can to help you get Better – Faster.