MEET THE TEAM

DARREN NORTH

Director of Urban Athlete

Darren has focused over the last decade or so in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and enjoys the in–depth problem solving aspect of restoring someone back to their full function. He is still a keen sportsman himself competing internationally in the past and enjoys surfing, snowboarding and playing footy. Also being from west Auckland he can’t escape his love of fast cars and does some rallying/racing. Interesting fact: he once had a racehorse named after him — long story…

MATT MERRICK

Senior Physiotherapist

Over the past decade plus Matt has a gained a huge amount of experience working in the musculoskeletal field both here in NZ and abroad in the UK. During this time Matt has concentrated on sports medicine and has had gigs with the Scottish Rugby Union along with caring for numerous professional athletes across a range of sports. Matt now employs the same care and dedication to all of our “weekend warriors” as he has done with the pros. An indication of Matt’s skill is that he also spends 2 days a week mentoring and teaching the AUT Physio students. In his spare time he loves donning the lycra to compete in all things swim, bike and run related.

PAUL CLOSE

Senior Physiotherapist

For the past 11 years Paul has been touring the world with international cricket teams. Initially with Bangladesh, then India and for the past 4 years with the mighty BLACKCAPS. His time with the BLACKCAPS culminating with the successful 2015 Cricket World Cup campaign. During his time away Paul also completed his Masters program in Sports & Exercise Medicine through Otago University. This study resulted in producing a study into shoulder injuries in elite level cricketers. Paul’s Urban Athlete patients will now be able to benefit from his exposure to the best practice sports medicine techniques and practices from around the world. Now with weekends available to him hopefully Paul can use that mountain bike a bit more!

Bebhinn (Bev) Flaherty

Physiotherapist

Born in the beautiful west of Ireland, Bebhinn (Bev) qualified in the U.K. where she has been working for a number of years in musculoskeletal and sports settings.

Sick of the cold and rain, she recently packed up her physio tool kit, said goodbye to the northern hemisphere and joined the team at Urban Athlete. After gaining her Masters in sports and exercise medicine she worked extensively in rugby union, looking after a wide variety of teams including amateur, elite and international squads.

Although rugby is her passion she has plenty of experience applying her skills to plenty of other sports and recreations including running, cycling, soccer, hockey. Bev spends most of her spare time getting out of the city to tick off her New Zealand bucket list.

Paul White

Senior Physiotherapist - BHSc, Post Grad Certificate in Manual Therapy

Special interests: Running injuries, sporting injuries, return to sport programs, low back pain & chronic pain.

Paul has recently returned to NZ after practising in the UK for the last 12 years. Paul uses a wide range of treatment options to optimise his patients' return from injury. Paul believes in the understanding of each individual's unique circumstances is the key to facilitate this return. Paul's real passion is the assessment and treatment of everything running related. Paul was lucky to learn from some of the world leading running analysts in the UK. Through this experience he has developed a way to teach people to run that is targeted at the person's individual weaknesses. Outside of the Physio treatment room, Paul divides his time between spending quality time with his little baby and trying his hand at the art of mastering watercolour painting. Paul is also heading up our new specialist running assessment program.

MILLY DU TOIT

Practice Manager

Milly is our welcoming committee at the front desk and our overall admin guru. She is originally from South Africa but has lived in New Zealand so long she is practically a ‘real’ kiwi! Along with keeping us in check, she loves to travel and is passionate about health and fitness. So give her a shout if you have any questions and she’ll be sure to help you.