About Us

Our vision is to educate young athletes regarding the importance of injury prevention and acute injury management and to provide full rehabilitation, enabling early return to sport and activity.

Meet our team

Sharada Stewart

Sharada is the Founder and Clinical Director of Balance Physiotherapy. She has vast experience in sports and general physiotherapy in NZ, UK and Ireland. She has a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy with Distinction, a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine and training as a Clinical Pilates Instructor. Sharada has worked with NZ Football Youth Talent Centre Camps and currently works with the Christchurch Boys’ High 1st XV. She enjoys running, road cycling and mountain biking. Sharada provides physiotherapy treatment for the students and staff at Christchurch Boys’ High, Shirley Boys’ High School and Avonside Girls’ High School.

Yvonne Christensen

Yvonne has over 20 years experience working with general and sports physiotherapy and has trained in Pilates. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, is a credentialled McKenzie therapist and is a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand. She is currently undergoing Post Graduate study in Sports Physiotherapy. Yvonne has a love of the outdoors and enjoys cycling, walking and skiing. Yvonne provides physiotherapy treatment for the students and staff at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and the Shirley Boys’ High/Avonside Girls’ High Clinic.

Ross McDonald

Ross graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2016. He has a special interest in sports related musculo-skeletal injuries and rehabilitation. Ross is a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand. Ross works with students and staff of St Andrew’s College, and the St Andrew’s College 1st XV rugby team during the competitive season. Ross is passionate about athletic development and performance in addition to injury recovery. He has a particular interest in gym-based rehab and has a great eye for assessing lifting technique.

Marion is a very experienced Sports Physiotherapist who has worked in high performance sport for over 25 years. Marion has been very involved with netball at the highest level, having been the Physiotherapist for the Silver Ferns and Mainland Tactix, as well as for New Zealand Cricket, looking after the White Ferns. As well as attending four Commonwealth Games & the Sydney Olympics as part of the NZ Medical team, Marion has toured extensively with many different sporting codes. With her own children’s participation in rowing, rugby, hockey and netball, Marion has been drawn back to looking after High School ages athletes and has a great passion for working with sporting adolescents and assessment and management in this group. Marion looks after students and staff at Christ’s College.

Jo Batchelor

Jo is an experienced physiotherapist with over 25 years experience in Sports Medicine, Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy and Manipulative Physiotherapy. She obtained her Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Otago University. Her professional roles include – Sports Physiotherapy and High Performance sport for 25 years with teams in rugby, basketball, equestrian and NZ Rowing. She was Team NZ’s physiotherapist for 3 Commonwealth Games and has had private practices in London, Dunedin, Auckland and Christchurch for 25 years. Jo has a special interest working with adolescent athletes, assessment, treatment and management in this group. She has been involved in many sports with her family including athletics, cross country, rugby, hockey, tennis, cricket, golf, rowing and multisport. Jo has also been involved with High School Rowing for 7 years and is currently involved with St Margaret’s’ and Christ’s College Rowing.

Ben has just joined us this year and works with Sharada at the Christchurch Boys’ High Clinic. Ben worked with us as a student a couple of years ago and he was too good to let go. He welcomed the opportunity to come back and be involved at Boys’ High again, in the clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays and sideline for the 1st XV on Saturdays.

Ben completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and his Bachelor of Physical Education in his home town of Dunedin. He has a special interest in sports physiotherapy and is looking forward to working with the young athletes at Boys’ High. His first degree in Physical Education gives Ben strong expertise in exercise prescription, gym-based and on-field rehabilitation of athletes.

His own rugby career was cut short through injury, so he has lots of experience attending physio! And, for now he is happy on the touch field or the golf course.

Kirsten Gullery

Office and Accounts Manager

Kirsten is our office manager. She’s available for all your administrative needs so whatever your enquiry, please get in contact. Kirsten is kept very busy keeping our office and our physiotherapists in order.