Meet Our Team

We have a great reputation and strong relationships with local health professionals (Doctors, Surgeons, Podiatrists, X-ray and scanning clinics) and other specialists in the Auckland area. Should you require further investigation or onward referral we can do this for you.

Karen Huymans

Dip Physio, Dip Manual Therapy-Acupuncturist

Our principal and very experienced senior physiotherapist with post-graduate manipulative therapy qualifications and also an acupuncturist.
Karen took over the practice in 2016 after having worked at the practice for 19 years. She has worked in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for many years having had her own practice for 16 years before she moved to Kumeu in 1996 with her husband and two children.
Karen has extensive experience and expertise in musculoskeletal problems and chronic pain. She loves her work and being part of the local community. She loves to treat anyone and anything, but especially the more challenging problems.
Karen also enjoys singing in the local choir, gardening, and the fantastic local wines.

Nerissa Leach

BHSc Physiotherapy, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Nerissa graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy, prior to this completed a Certificate in Sports and Exercise Science. In 2019 Nerissa completed a certificate in Dry Needling, followed by completion of a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2023. Nerissa also has a certificate in Pelvic Health.
Since graduating, Nerissa has been working with sports teams across Field Hockey, Football, Rugby and Underwater Hockey at various levels including New Zealand age group. Nerissa is a pelvic health physiotherapist, treating a range of conditions such as urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, post birth and birthing injuries.
Nerissa has experience with clients of all ages from children to older adults in both the community and private settings.

Crystal McRae

BHSc Physiotherapy, Postgraduate CHS Acupuncture, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Crystal graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from AUT in 2016 and has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Acupuncture) in 2019. Since graduating, Crystal developed interest and established experience in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. She has a particular interest in helping people through pregnancy and return to exercise post-partum, maternal birth injuries, incontinence, prolapse and dyspareunia. Crystal has a wide range of skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, acupuncture, pelvic health and qualified as a Pilates instructor. Crystal has a one-year-old boy who is already very active, just like his parents. Originally from Northland, Crystal has followed her Airforce husband around the North Island until now settling in West Auckland. She enjoys running, sports, paddleboarding and all kinds of family adventures.

Toni Robinson

Senior Receptionist/Administration

Toni is our smiley, friendly, senior receptionist and administrator and works Monday's, Wednesday's and Fridays at the clinic. A highly valued member of our team, Toni ensures the smooth running of our practice and keeps us all in order!

Katrina Thompson


Katrina works on reception on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She lives locally with her family and two dogs and has interests in anatomy, body therapies and mental health.


Muscle, disc, joint (arthritis), nerve (sciatica) or postural problems. Recent or chronic problems…

Sport / Recreation

Muscle, ligament, tendon or joint injury. We can treat either recent or long standing injuries…


Utilise your own bodies natural healing abilities to help with pain or tissue healing…


Joint strains, swelling/stiffness, arthritic joints, joint replacement, tendinopathy issues…


Stress/tension symptoms and breathing problems? Work station design and set up…


After injury exercise programs for mobility, strength or stamina. Returning to exercise…

Chronic Pain

Help with chronic pain management, increasing activity and improving quality of life…


Our clinic stocks a sample of Metagenic’s supplements that support our treatments…