Michelle Rellis


Michelle grew up in County Kildare, Ireland.  A lush green farming county not dissimilar to the Waikato.  Gymnastics was a big part of Michelle’s life until she graduated with a degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in 2004. Working as a Sports Therapist for the senior Kildare Hurling team, Michelle discovered a passion for the treatment of sports injuries, and a subsequent desire to expand her skillset. Therefore, in 2008, she returned to Manchester Metropolitan University to study for a degree in Physiotherapy.

Michelle moved to New Zealand in 2013, in search of a lifestyle more allayed to her personality; one of drive, enthusiasm and a thirst for adventure. After taking a short career break spending the winter snowboarding, she started work at Wanaka Physiotherapy.

In 2014, Michelle moved to Auckland. It was in this setting that she became aware of an innate ability when dealing with children which her colleagues often joked was because she was a big kid herself!  Her enthusiasm for paediatric and adolescent injury and rehabilitation led her to specialise in this area.

“I have had the pleasure of working with international athletes and sports teams from the men’s  Irish Gymnastics team to  New Zealand Ladies Rugby Sevens, Manchester City Football Academy and GB Taekwondo. This allows me the opportunity to transfer skills gained in these unique environments when working with my clients at Health Zone.

Having travelled the world and visiting some of the most amazing places, I have been exposed to all manner of cultures and ways of life. However, New Zealand offers me a way of life that allows me to follow my true passions; surfing, the outdoors and anything foodie!!”

  • Bsc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • PG Cert Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics
  • Certified Mulligans Practitioner
  • General well rounded human being!

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