Meet the Team

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Sally Birchall


M.Phty (Manipulative Therapy). B.Phty,
P.G.Cert Phty Acupuncture

Sally started West Coast Physiotherapy 12 years ago and is supported by an amazing team. She is an extensively trained Physiotherapist with over 20+ years clinical experience in private practice. She has a background in high performance sports having previously worked with Snow Sports NZ & the Winter Performance Programme supporting the NZ Skeleton Racing Team & NZ Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Team athletes to achieve their goals, culminating in a Physiotherapy role within the Winter Olympics Team 2014. Sally has a clinical Masters (Manipulative Therapy), her dissertation focussing on Lumbar spine instability. She is passionate about improving the musculoskeletal health outcomes of patients on the West Coast and can most often be found wearing a helmet of some sort, indulging her passion for adventure racing and the outdoors.

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Jolene Godfrey


P.G.Dip (Sports Medicine)
PAANZ (Acupuncturist)

Jolene has over 28 years clinical experience, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine and is a fully trained Acupuncturist. Originally from the coast, Jolene worked in both public and private practice in NZ and the UK before returning to Hokitika and has been with West Coast Physiotherapy for the last decade. She enjoys assessing and treating a vast array of injuries and conditions, as no day is ever the same. Jo is kept very busy with a number of roles in the community, playing sports and involved with her children’s extra-curricular activities.

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Emma Bell



Emma had such a great experience with the West Coast community whilst studying in her final year of her Bachelor’s, that we enticed her to join the team in 2023. Emma is continuing study to become a ‘rural generalist’. Growing up in Te Anau, Emma already has insight regarding rural health challenges with access to healthcare and strives to provide and facilitate the best treatment for her patients. Emma is well immersed in all that the coast has to offer and is also training for her private pilot’s licence so often has a birds-eye view of the clinic.

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Michelle Morris


Pinc & Steel Accredited Rehab Provider

Michelle has dived into Physiotherapy after 20+ years’ experience in the exercise industry having built and run a commercial fitness facility. She specialises in exercise prescription with a strong rehabilitation focus. Michelle is studying Women’s Health and has completed Oncology Rehabilitation with Pink & Steel, providing fully funded cancer rehabilitation for West Coast patients. Michelle is an active relaxer and is always on the go, keeping fit and strong herself with grown kids and a lifestyle block that keeps her on her toes.

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Lisa Tozer


Lisa had a rural upbringing in South Otago before moving to the coast 20+ years ago. Lisa is trained in business management and is completing her New Zealand Diploma in Business, Administration and Technology. Lisa has been with West Coast Physio for 5 years, supporting our providers with her considerable skills as a practice manager and facilitating our patient’s health journey. Lisa is kept busy with family and kids activities and enjoys the outdoors that we are so privileged to have on our backdoor step.