Natalie Parlane


  • Master of Health Science with Honours (First Class)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)
  • Member of New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy


Natalie graduated from AUT University and since then has been working in private practice clinics specialising in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy on the North Shore. As a clinician, she has extensive experience in all musculoskeletal conditions but has taken a special interest in knee and lower limb injuries.  This interest has progressed and developed comprehensive skills in clinical assessment of the knee, lower limb, and strength assessment using both functional and gym based environments.  In addition to this, Natalie continued further academia completing her Postgraduate Diploma in 2013 and her Masters degree in 2018.  Natalie’s thesis project was completed through AUT University under the supervision of Professor Peter McNair and Dr Grant Mawston, where Natalie investigated muscle strength and endurance of the quadriceps and hamstrings after partial Meniscectomy surgery, for this project she achieved first class honours.

In addition to Natalie’s clinical work, she has a large variety of experience working as a sports physiotherapist. Her original interest started in Netball providing medical support for representative teams and  National Netball Champs. Natalie has also worked in the Sports Injury Clinic at Netball North Harbour as part of a multidisciplinary team, and has over 8 years’ experience working as the side-line physiotherapist in club rugby, and has also worked with age group representative rugby for North Harbour.  More recently, Natalie has been working in Waterpolo, providing education and injury management support for the youth development players, she continues to work as a sports physiotherapist for Athletics New Zealand.

Natalie describes herself as having a passion for sports physiotherapy, and enjoys the challenge of managing and optimising injury recovery, for a quick and safe return to play.  Natalie has always been active and enjoys running, snowboarding, wakeboarding, using the gym and Netball in which she competed at a premier level. It was while competing in Netball in 2017 that she sustained an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury, this has given her a front line personal understanding of the frustrations of injury, and the rehabilitation process involved in recovery. She feels this experience has helped her relate better in supporting what patients have to go through, and shares the same goal to restore function and daily activities as soon as possible!

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