Chair of the Roopu Kaitiaki
Clinical Exercise Physiologist / Clinic Manager
Research Project Coordinator
Integrative Massage Therapist
Integrative Health Consultant
Integrative Wellness Coach
Personal Trainer | Wellbeing Coach and Mentor
Clinical Exercise Physiologist Intern
Integrative Health Coach
Women’s Health Consultant
Brand Communications Manager
Dr Anna Rolleston
Dr Anna Rolleston’s vision is of a healthcare system that works for you and with you. Where you are fully informed of your choices and where you get to choose your own pathway to better health and wellbeing.
Anna is a leading voice in health and a highly accomplished academic, obtaining her Masters in Exercise Physiology followed by a PhD in Medicine (Nutrition Metabolism) from Auckland University. She is a recognised health researcher, and has managed research projects across a range of interest areas including heart disease, Maori health, ageing and lifestyle management of health. Anna holds senior research fellowship roles at both Auckland and Waikato Universities and sits on a range of advisory committees and governance boards. Anna initially established the Cardiac Clinic to help people manage their health conditions through lifestyle improvements, including exercise, nutrition and stress management. She also established Performance First to work with athletes both at development level and elite. These two businesses are now integrated into The Centre for Health. Anna combines a robust scientific and academic background with an understanding that change comes from within, but that we often need a good deal of support to facilitate that change. Anna and the team are passionate about supporting people to improve their health, vitality and wellbeing.
Nan McKenzie BPEd, Dip Couns, Dip Tch
Chair of Roopu Kaitiaki
When Anna decided to establish the Cardiac Clinic in 2010, Nan McKenzie was right there beside her. With a background in PE and fitness, experience running the cardiac rehab exercise programme at Tauranga hospital, and a passion for education, Nan was instrumental in helping set up and run the clinic, especially in those early days. She now specialises in teaching stretching and breathing, which she started talking about long before yoga was fashionable.
Nan has never been bound by convention. As a PE teacher, Nan was far more interested in promoting exercise as a way to help improve confidence and coordination for all students than she was running drills, coaching teams and organising sports events. As a guidance counsellor, she taught social and career education programmes so students learned practical transition skills they could use outside of the classroom. As a manager at the national Careers Service (now Careers NZ) she was instrumental in bringing to life innovative career education programmes and resources. When she came for a visit to Tauranga to find a place to live “later on,” she instead ended up buying and running a gym here.
Nan is driven by a desire to help people live healthier, happier lives, no matter what age. “Now that I’m older,” she says, “I’m really interested in ageing healthily and helping people keep moving.” Nan walks the talk, she can often be found riding her bike, exercising at the clinic, or, when her knee permits, jogging around Mauao.
Hannah Lowe MSc RCEPNZ
Clinical Exercise Physiologist | Clinic Manager
Hannah grew up in Tauranga before heading off to the University of Auckland. While there she obtained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Sport & Exercise Science and Nutrition, and followed that with a Post Graduate Diploma in the same disciplines. She then went on to complete the inaugural Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Hannah is a registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (a new allied health profession) with Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand and manages the exercise clinic within the centre, supervising exercise sessions and conducting a range of health assessments. Hannah’s experience ranges from working with those with debilitating chronic health conditions and injuries, to assessing and helping top level athletes perform nationally and internationally.
Hannah competes in gruelling multi-day, multi-sport events, so in her spare time she can often be found running, cycling or kayaking (for hours at a time!). Hannah is a friendly, welcoming, expert presence in the clinic, supporting and inspiring clients to achieve their health, fitness and wellbeing goals.
Dr Marama McDonald Phd
Dr Marama McDonald is of Ngati Kauwhata and Rangitane descent and works as a researcher in the area of Maori health and wellbeing. She is passionate about Maori health development that focuses on the ‘whanau’ as the source for positive change and growth. She contributes to Maori health and wellbeing at both a research/policy level but also at the community/grassroots level through her involvement in local kura kaupapa and wharekura.
Marama’s faith in an integrative, holistic approach to healthcare is grounded partly in her academic research but also largely from her experience within the health system. Marama and her whanau accessed holistic integrative health services alongside conventional medicine during her son’s battle with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and is a fierce proponent of this approach to treating and preventing illness for individuals and whanau.
Marama’s current research interests are in Kaupapa Maori research, ageing, mental health and holistic models of health. Her next research project is looking at the development of a kaupapa Maori mindfulness intervention for tamariki/rangatahi (children/teenagers).
Ko Maungakaka te maunga
Ko Orutua te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
Ko Te Whānau a Hunaara te hapu
Ko Matahi o te Tau te marae
Ko Erina Korohina ahau
Erina has been working as a public health practitioner since graduating from a BSc in Human Nutrition in 2006. Nine of those years were spent living and working in Tai Tokerau supporting the workforce development of the Maori nutrition and physical activity kaimahi and working on grassroots community development programmes. More recently she has been working as a kaiārahi nutrition with the national Māori nutrition and physical activity organisation – Toi Tangata.
In 2018 she was awarded the Heart Foundation MāoriCardiovascular Fellowship and is embarking on a research and study journey with a kaupapa Māori focus looking at barriers, enablers and solutions to maintaing a healthy nutrition lifestyle.
Erina and her family enjoy heading down the coast to connect with whānau and whenua. She is passionate about learning more about sustainable living practices and systems such as maramataka so she can work with her whānau to redevelop their papakainga.
Research Project Co-Ordinator
Kelly is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ruanui descent and has just recently relocated back to Tauranga after spending the last 20 years in Auckland.
She comes from a corporate background in insurance, and brings with her vast leadership experience managing and coaching a large operational team. She has provided business support in other areas such as product development, underwriting and system transition and implementation. One of Kelly’s career highlights was winning the NZ Overall Best Workplace Award whilst on the leadership team. This recognised the leadership teams collective efforts and focus on consistent and open communication, maintaining high levels of engagement, and pursuing excellence, contributing to a great company culture.
After an 18 year tenure with her previous organisation, Kelly was ready for a change, leading her to the Centre for Health. Kelly’s excited to be back in Tauranga, with her large extended whānau, and to be working on a project with the primary focus of supporting our Māori community to enable each individual to flourish.
Integrative Massage Therapist
After spending the early part of her career guiding whale watching tours in Kaikoura, Erina returned home to the Bay and is an integrative health massage therapist based in the Centre for Health.
Massage has always been a part of life for Erina and her whånau and it is something she showed a natural gift for. She graduated from the massage programme at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, and is also trained in Ortho-Bionomy, Myofascial Release and Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy.
Erina works with a range of clients, from children through to mature adults, athletes, people with serious health conditions such as cancer, heart, liver and kidney illnesses and those simply seeking to relax, unwind and still their busy mind.
In addition to relaxation effects, massage can also be beneficial for medical or therapeutic purposes, alleviating and reducing pain, supporting immunity, and providing comfort.
During each session, Erina takes the time to listen to each individual, understanding their unique needs and intentions and working to support them through their journey to better health.
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngati Ranginui te iwi
Ko Pirirakau te hapu
Ko Poututerangi te marae
Growing up on the marae, raised by her wider whanau and hapu, Mere was surrounded by a network of healers, health practitioners and devotees to Maori health. Traditional healing practices, including rongoa Maori and mirimiri were normal within her family so mirimiri came naturally as a chosen field.
Mere decided to grow her knowledge in healing, putting theory to intuition, and graduated as a Body Therapist in 2016 from Face & Beauty College in Tauranga where she gained skills and knowledge in Reflexology, Reiki, Swedish massage, Hot Stone Massage and Spa.
Mirimiri is a form of integrative health therapy, that encompasses healing methods of holistic nurturing to restore balance between tinana (physical), wairua (spiritual), hinengaro (mental), ngakau (emotional) and whanau (collective family) well-being.
Mere is a firm believer of self-care and creating balance in lifestyle. “When you take care of yourself first, everything will flow.”
Kim has always had an interest in massage therapy and was often found offering massages to her family at a young age. She showed a natural gift and love for the healing power of touch.
She followed these early instincts and trained at the College of Massage in Auckland before traveling to London where she worked at the Hurlingham Club for a number of years.
Kim finally followed her feet and brought her family home to Tauranga. A perfect fit here at the Centre complimenting the massage and Mirimiri already available. Kim works with a range of clients from adults to children, athletes to those needing to relax and unwind.
In her spare time, Kim also teaches TaeKwon-Do and has her 2nd Degree BlackBelt!
Wiremu Matthews BPharm
Integrative Health Consultant
Wiremu Matthews, Ngåti Ranginui, is a kiwi dad and husband, blessed to have 5 great children and an awesome wife, Kristen. He brings an integrative and transdisciplinary approach to all that he does. He uses knowledge and skills from western medicine and natural health to empower people to manage their own health sustainably.
Originally qualified and experienced as a pharmacist, Wiremu became disenchanted with a medicine-dominant approach to symptom management and undertook additional training in nutrition and personal training. He established and ran a successful personal training gym offering a more proactive and preventative approach, using exercise and food to improve health and wellness. While acknowledging the enormous contribution nutrition and exercise make to health outcomes, Wiremu identified that this wasn’t a magic pill for everyone. More research and study led him to psychoneuroimmunology (the study of how our thoughts and feelings affect our physical health and wellbeing). Indigenous peoples have long known how inextricably linked the spirit and the body are and the role they have in health and disease and Wiremu draws on that wisdom in his work.
Using specific processes, Wiremu facilitates change in people by addressing underlying unresolved negative emotions, which can keep us trapped in the limited beliefs and behaviours that often lead to poor health behaviours. This approach enables people to change beliefs, behaviours and therefore circumstances and physical symptoms that don’t support their wellness, approaching the ‘authentic self’ who is inherently full of health and vitality and is self healing.
Wiremu has also run several businesses and currently has a human development and performance company that runs advanced reading courses and advancing leaders programs. He is in the process of developing other coaching programs for public and private companies who want their people to be healthier and perform at higher levels.
Integrative Wellness Coach
Dorotka has an insatiable appetite for all things related to health and wellness. This has lead her on a life-long journey developing skills, practice and knowledge across a broad spectrum of healing practices that still continues to grow!
While in Brazil, Dorotka qualified as a Reiki Practitioner and an Aromatherapist. Since returning back to New Zealand, Dorotka has qualified in Therapeutic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (Master Practitioner), Quantum-Touch, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Therapies, and Wellness and Personal Development Coaching (just to name a few!).
Wellbeing coaching allows Dorotka to work one to one and pull on her vast experience of therapies to help develop plans and tools to facilitate growth and positive change in an individual’s life. Whether it be recovering from pain, aiding in the management of a health condition, or developing the tools to motivate while overcoming barriers and self-sabotaging behaviours to acheive goals, Dorotka has the expertise to do this.
Paula is a corporate refugee. After unceremoniously extracting herself from the commercial hamster wheel, she entered a 4 year journey of learning, self-healing and self-discovery that has now led her to the doors of The Centre for Health.
Now a second degree Reiki practitioner, writer, self-taught yoga enthusiast and change exponent, Paula endeavours to help facilitate healing for all individuals and at all levels; Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual.
“Can’t see the Wood for the Trees”.
Too often we get caught up in the smaller details of life and lose sight of the larger picture. This leads to disconnect often on a deep level that can go unseen and unnoticed and eventually lead to ill-ness and the development of dis-ease.
During a Reiki session, Paula will integrate energy healing with the use of other tools such as crystals, oils and sound therapy. The tools she uses depends on the holistic needs of the client she is working with.
Born and raised in Tauranga (Ngai te Rangi/ Ngati Ranginui), she acknowledges her tupuna and is uri (a descendant) of Ngati Maru (Hauraki), along the coastline to Te Whakatohea (Opotiki), Ngati Porou (Hicks Bay) and inland Tainui (Wakato) to Tuhoe (Te Urewera).
Having lived, worked and travelled in the UK with her husband Rob, they settled and had 3 children in Melbourne, Australia. They then returned home in 2010 to allow their children to “put down their roots” in Tauranga Moana.
Read more about Paula’s Reiki sessions under our list of services HERE.
Personal Trainer | Wellbeing Coach and Mentor
From humble beginnings as break dancer here in New Zealand, Rush is now an established figure in the Hip Hop world. A member of the Bboy Champion Crew five times over (an untouched record to date) and now an internationally respected and highly regarded breakdancing and dancing judge.
Rush is an accredited instructor with the Australian Calisthenics Organisation and uses this discipline as an integral part of his dance methodology and overall holistic approach to health, exercise and performance.
Rush is a co-director of Pilbara based project ‘The Hood’, which uses Hip Hop Culture as a tool to engage indigenous youth to help overcome social barriers.
Rush has recently made the move home and is eager to help bring health awareness, empowerment and support to the youth and adults of our community. Through the Centre, he has established the “I Am Method” personal training programme and mentorship.
Clinical Exercise Physiologist Intern
Caitlin was born and bred here in the Bay of Plenty. A student of Aquinas College she knew from the age of twelve her career would be in exercise and health. Caitlin headed to the south to study at Otago University completing a Bachelor of Physical Education with honours in Breast Cancer. During her studies she completed an internship with Dr Jones who established the Exercise Training Beyond Breast Cancer Programme (EXPINKT™).
Caitlin has returned home to the Bay of Plenty to begin her career, and is working towards becoming a registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.
Caitlin is a happy, social person who describes herself as an active relaxer. She loves climbing Mount Maunganui and the Papamoa Hills. Caitlin is very passionate about helping people with their health and achieve their wellbeing goals.
Integrative Wellbeing Coach | Trainer
Kristen believes building relationships of trust is key to helping someone feel confident in who they are as a person, as opposed to focusing on the ‘numbers on the scale’. Many of her past and present clients are reaping the benefits of feeling better, looking better, and wearing clothes they didn’t think they could fit anymore, which has given them increased confidence and strength in many areas. “I’m no superstar”, she says, “I’m a super mum and wife who is here to help you become a stronger and more confident version of yourself.”
Kristen is a mother of five strong minded kids and wife to an awesome husband of so many skills and talents. She helps individuals and families understand how our thoughts and feelings can affect our physical well being, which she believes is a huge part of improving your health. She got more involved when she saw many of her own family dying early as a result of poor lifestyle choices and a lack of understanding when it came to overall health. She saw the need and she’s doing something about it.
Kristen has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over twelve years and is inspired when she sees individuals making health a priority for them and their family. Now she LOVES helping people understand the importance of mindset, eating REAL food, and getting stronger physically and mentally. If this resonates with you, Kristen looks forward to meeting with you soon to catch up.
After 17 years living and working in the UK, the lure of family, The Centre for Health team, the white sands and world class sailing of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui enticed Ali back home.
Ali started her Chiropractic training in New Zealand and went on to complete an honours degree in the UK in 2002. She has worked as an associate, a locum and had her own practice in Bristol for 8 years. Ali has accrued a wide range of skills through post graduate training and continued professional development. Ali’s mode of practice is based on the interconnectiveness of the whole body, restoring the mechanical function to the joints throughout the body, thereby improving the overall effectiveness and function of the body.
While not at work you’ll find Ali in or on the water. Racing a Nacra 17 (calling it a ‘sailing boat’ doesn’t do it justice) in the harbour or swimming around the Mount.
You can book online to see Ali for a consult HERE.
Dr Stacy Sims PhD
Women’s Health Consultant
Stacy is a world renowned Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist who specialises in sex differences of heat and/or altitude stress, recovery, genetics, and nutrition for athletic performance.
Stacy is actively involved in researching and applying practical sport science to elite professional athletes including implementing specific cooling and heat adaptation strategies, hydration practices, and overall nutrition to improve performance outcomes and overall health.
She is also involved in researching and applying modifications of elite athletic practices to obese sedentary individuals and improving exercise tolerance and overall clinical outcomes.
Stacy practices and lives by the mantra: Women are NOT small men.
She has also published the bible of advice for all active females; ROAR.
ROAR: “Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one. Because most nutrition products and training plans are designed for men, its no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential. ROAR is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. This book teaches you everything you need to know to adapt your nutrition, hydration, and training to your unique physiology so you can work with, rather than against, your female physiology.”
Brand Communications Manager
I am so proud to have been there at the beginning with Dr Anna Rolleston and Nan McKenzie, when it started with an idea of creating The Cardiac Clinic. Now 8 years later, it is so amazing to see not only the business growth, but also the transformation of the clinic. The brand has evolved along with the continued collaboration of talented individuals working in their passion, in The Centre for Health, a clinic that is a destination for all things health and wellbeing. I love watching this brand grow from strength to strength in the Tauranga community. As Anna says, “I make things look pretty”, I do that so we can get the attention of people that need to live their best life.
In addition to being the biggest cheerleader for the brand, I also own my own recruitment agency, located in Auckland and Tauranga.
I am obsessed with branding, design, talented people and living a happy grateful life.
Eva Wehipeihana joined the clinic as Anna’s PA and “general factotum” and says “I love working at the clinic – it’s a wonderful, healthy atmosphere and I have made lovely friends.” Eva has a varied background ranging from insurance to retail to real estate and, most importantly, mother, grandmother and sister.
Originally hailing from Wellington, which she describes as “the best city to live in the world and the coolest,” Eva has made Tauranga her home. She is passionate about whånau, reading, adding to her garden, playing boggle (which she’s amazing at), art, music and not always in that order. She is also a google addict and her catch-phrase is “just google it.” She struggles with Donald Trump, cat haters and intolerant, nasty people. Luckily we have none of these at the clinic!