With more than 30 years experience in physiotherapy, treating musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, Celia Monk has a long standing reputation for helping her patients get active and pain-free.
Celia began practicing as a physiotherapist in 1989 at Lower Hutt Hospital. She then broadened her experience to more advanced physiotherapy; first by working in private practice in the Wellington region, then managing a McKenzie Institute practice and finally owning her own practice, the Wainuiomata Sports Injury and Spinal Centre.
Celia’s passion is to help people achieve their potential and live life to the full – whether that is through pain-free functional activity or by discovering real value and purpose in their lives.
Having worked at the McKenzie Institute early in her physiotherapy career, Celia saw first-hand how patients could treat their own backs using the McKenzie Method and become pain-free. Her interest in the McKenzie Method blossomed and in 1993 she gained the International Diploma from the Institute. By 2003, she was Chairman of the McKenzie Institute and by 2007, a qualified McKenzie Instructor, being promoted as a Senior Instructor within the McKenzie Institute International, which she continued until 2015.
Celia gained her Master in Physiotherapy Degree with distinction from Otago University in 2021. Her research explored supporting self-management for people with low back pain. Celia was awarded the Walker Postgraduate Prize for her thesis.
Celia is also a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and Sports Physiotherapy NZ.
Charlie’s role is to bring a fun, friendly face to our Christchurch physiotherapy practice. He spends most of the day napping, or playing with his human and dog friends. He loves to say hello to patients, but only comes into the clinic when invited. He has many friends, and feels that everyone needs a Charlie-play to make them feel better.