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 Manager + Physiotherapist + Massage Therapist + Training Programme Provider
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. 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 Trained Alexandra Health’s practising Acupuncturists further in the Women’s Health Field.
TCM Acupuncturist from April 2020
Always having a interest in the public health, I first completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Bio-Science’s in 2007 from Sheffield University and spend a period of 15 years working within the biomedical laboratory field.
Although delivering a patient orientated service was fulfilling, I desired a career with a greater patient interaction.
I became aware of the concepts used with traditional Chinese Medicine through the practice of Yang Mian kung fu along with Qi Gong meditation, which for me created a natural levitation towards Acupuncture when I was looking at progressing my working career.
I completed a 4 year degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in NZ and in addition to this a diploma of Tuina (Chinese medical massage). The Tuina allow’s me to be more hands-on to combine Acupuncture with soft-tissue work.
When I’m not working in the clinic treating people, I like to spend time with my beautiful partner, child and dog enjoying our beautiful surroundings or training brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Living in Queenstown for 10 years prior to 2016, leaving for Wellington to study, Queenstown and Central Otago has always felt like home and I am extremely excited to be returning to the area to treat the local population. With the desire of delivering an effective and efficient service to my clients, I’m looking forward to treating you in the near future. Luke James
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.
Dr. Tetsuro 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.
Sue started working at Alexandra health on a part time basis in October 2019.
She previously worked full time in a similar practice and at a nursing Home.
Sue’s background is in banking, therefore excel’s in taking great care with client’s payments and booking needs. Having a particular eye for detail she care’s for our clinic so attentively and is a warm welcome into our healing space.
She has lived in Dunedin for 29 years and most recently sunny Central Otago for 15 years. Sue’s interest are gardening, reading, craft and watching most sports, in another life she enjoyed playing netball, athletics and harriers.