Alexandra Health was established in 1983 and has developed into an integrated sports and health clinic. The health team of Chiropractor, TCM Acupuncturist, Physiotherapist, and Massage Therapist strive to work together to ensure each client is directed to the therapy which will suit and help that client/condition the most.
The team of practitioners are carefully selected and trained as they need to be open-minded with each therapy’s limitations/qualities and consciously practise patient-orientated health. This isn’t limited to within the walls of Alexandra Health, we connect and refer to many other health professionals and engage with local doctors if required.
Our clinic operates by the client first making an appointment with the therapy that connects the most with them. On this webpage, under each therapy name when clicking the services tab you’ll find information about when to choose that therapy.
It is important for people to begin to understand how different therapy’s work and self-direct themselves initially. This is unfortunately because there are very limited health professionals that truly understand the depths of each therapy to be able to refer and direct accurately. This results in people having to think for themselves and try out different therapy’s until something works, usually by this time the condition can be quite chronic.
Our focus is to educate ourselves as practitioners on the intricate details of each therapy option and take more responsibility for ensuring the client’s healthcare path is most optimum.
Clinic Owner + Manager
Lisa has been a physio for 15 years and has a huge passion for her career, helping people with injury and rehabilitation.
She specialises in musculoskeletal treatment and has a post-graduate in Western acupuncture which is invaluable to supporting clinical skills and patient outcomes. Lisa also combines her Physio skills into her massage treatments, getting lasting results from combining trigger point and fascia release work.
Her passion lies with young athletes and has strengths in sports and rehabilitation in all ages and stages. She is motivated to be apart of Alexandra’s community and work in with organisations and events to offer off-site Physio and Massage.
Outside of work Lisa compete’s in Obedience with her three dogs and enjoys mountain and road bikes.
Lisa really looks forward to meeting new people in the gorgeous Central Otago area, and helping using her vast skill set.
Owner + TCM Acupuncturist
Kate Perriam purchased Alexandra Health in April 2017. She is passionate about integrated health and strengthening the medical system in area’s that it lacks, including; integrating natural and alternative health into the healthcare system, and improving systems for correct healthcare guidance.
Kate also continues to have a successful TCM Acupuncture clinic in Wanaka, NZ for the last 4 years, called The Acupuncture Room. Rana Boerman (Alexandra Health Acupuncturist) also works with her in this clinic. Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can help with, and attracts, a large range of conditions so she treats many different patterns of ill-health. Because the clinic is ACC registered, she works a lot in sports and physical health. Many also come in for Womens health, fertility, and pregnancy due to her specialised training and experience in this field.
She has a 4yr Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture and is currently working towards her Masters in Chinese Medicine in Women’s health. Also has many sideline natural health qualifications with future enrolment in NIS (Neuro-Intergrative System) in 2018.
Ashleigh has been working in the health profession for 6 years now as a Chiropractor. She works closely with families to make sure they are healthy as they can be, which can be different for everyone, including treating mum through pregnancy, babies when they are born and dads after playing around with the kids in the back yard.
Our structure and function are closely related to each other. When we experience dysfunction in our joints from either chemical, physical or emotional stress we notice our bodily functions become compromised.
Whether this presents as headaches/migraines, hormone troubles, sleeping issues, back pain or digestive issues, these are all signs that there is dysfunction within our structure. Ashleigh love’s so much about her job, particularly that she is able to help the client find areas of dysfunction and correct them, allowing the body to regenerate and repair itself, likes it’s so incredibly designed to do.
When she’s not in the clinic, you’ll find her out on the water paddle boarding, doing yoga or taking her two beautiful Labrador dogs out for walks.
I started working at Alexandra Health on a part time basis in June 2015 and I enjoy working with a great team of clinicians and meeting a variety of people who come to the clinic for treatment.
My background is as a Business Administrator predominately in the hydro generation sector in Clyde and in Taupo where I worked for GNS Science in the earthquake and volcanic science area.
I have lived in Central Otago for 28 years and after a move to Taupo for 7 years, returned home to beautiful Central. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, travelling and catching up with my three grown up children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Tetsuro Takumi
Doctor of Chinese Medicine + Acupuncture
Dr. Tetsuro Takumi is a NZ Registered Acupuncturist + a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor). He has trained 8 years in Chinese Medicine + Acupuncture majoring in pain management, especially with chronic cases.. He is originally from Japan but has spent the last 10 years in California, USA training + working, and speaks excellent fluent English.
He is a calm, polite + lovely energy, ready to connect + help anyone in need of his care.
Dr. Tetsuro is also an Osteopath/bonesetter therapist (“A practitioner of joint manipulation. Before the advent of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists, bonesetters were the main providers of this type of treatment. Bonesetters would also reduce joint dislocations and “re-set” bone fractures”) with Japanese national license. The type of Dr. Tetsuro’s treatment maneuver is based on a hybrid of both Eastern and Western medical knowledge.
My name is Anna Pilgrim 39 years of age and from Dunedin, but moved here 5 years ago for my partners job as an engineer. I have 2 children 12yrs and 10yrs.
I’ve always put others first no matter the situation, always have put 100% into my work, no matter the profession.
I worked in the hospitality industry for many years and now have finally put that to the side and moved on to something new and exciting.