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.
Dr. Christine ( Kikki ) Iveland – Chiropractor
Dr. Christine Iveland is chiropractic graduate at Murdoch university in Perth, Western Australia. Over the past 3 years Dr. Iveland has worked in many different sporting environments, including AFL, Rugby, touch Rugby and dance. Having this variety has enabled Dr. Iveland to experience many different types of injuries common to each sport. Having this interest in sport has led Dr. Iveland to study to become a personal trainer. She believes this will give her the power to not only aid you through your injury, but also through rehabilitation and beyond.
Dr. Iveland will use a combination of chiropractic techniques, soft tissue treatment, dry needling and exercise/rehab to help you become pain free and optimise performance. Whilst at the clinic Dr. Iveland will complete her ICCSP to become a internationally certified chiropractic sports practitioner.
Scott Wills – Physiotherapist
Scott graduated in 2008 from AUT with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduating Scott has worked at musculoskeletal clinics in both Auckland and Dargaville, specialising in manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation, and has been involved with a number of Auckland and Northland provincial rugby and league teams. At the start of 2013 Scott went to Sierra Leone in West Africa for 6 months to work in an elite football academy where he also became physiotherapist for the men’s national football team for the World Cup qualifiers.
Scott has a keen interest in sports, particularly in rugby and cricket, and would like to continue his involvement with these sports to the highest level.
Rana Boermans – TCM Acupuncturist
Rana has had over 8 years of training in health care, including; Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Rongoa, Mirimiri, Mahi Wheua, Biomedicine, Reiki, and Philosophy. Rana has been actively working in health care for 5 years in many roles such as private Caregiver, Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, and Herbalist.
Rana’s passionate about individualised treatment, in which aligns perfectly to TCM Acupuncture principles. She consciously works alongside other practitioners to maximise her clients healthcare. She deeply understands the beneficial aspects to a large range of therapy’s, gained from her own training in several areas.
Rana believe’s in not only treating illness but also preventing illness. That there is no need to become ill in order to become well, if we become well now and maintain our good health we need not suffer ill heath in the future.
She has worked in private clinics, the prison system with people recovering from drug addiction, in Hutt Hospital with pregnancy issues, fertility, and postnatal depression. She is ACC registered and very experienced in physical injury prevention and recovery.
Tomoko Amano – Massage Therapist
Tomo is a skilled Japanese Massage Therapist that trained Dip. Sports and Therapeutic Massage in 2013 from Southern Institute Technology in Invercargil.
Her massage style is to blend various massage styles which will tailor to the needs of the individuals. She specializes in post injury rehabilitation, chronic pain, disability, children and elderly. Her approach is very medical based and is interested in more than just muscular health, with a big interest in arthritis and the elderly.
Tomo has a vast amount of skills including sports, therapeutic, pregnancy, relaxation and hot stone massage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques, lymphatic Drainage, PNF, Shiatsu Japanese pressure point therapy, reflexology, orthopaedic assessments.
Catherine Ultee – Admin
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.
Wendy Sellwood – Admin
I started working at Alexandra Health on a part time basis in March 2017. I have a varied work history from the Post Office in my early working life, to owning a business and being a relief driver for Driving Miss Daisy when we first moved to Alexandra. My husband and I own a campervan and we love to “get away” for weekends, we just go where the weather is fabulous. We have five children between us and four grandsons.
Kate Perriam – 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.