223 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga PH 07 576 3606
OPEN Monday-Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday 8am - 5pm

Our People

Jan Polson

Jan Polson

Dip Physiotherapy (Otago), Diploma of Manipulative Therapy, Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist, Credentialed McKenzie Therapist, Polestar Pilates 

Born and educated in Oamaru, Jan graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1975 and gained a wide variety of practical experience in the public hospitals in New Zealand, Australia and England. She settled in Tauranga in 1980 taking up the position of Charge Physiotherapist at the Tauranga Hospital before joining Stancie Williams in Private Practice in Otumoetai in 1984.

During her career, Jan has gained the Diploma of Manipulative Therapy, became a Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist, a Credentialed Therapist using the McKenzie Method and completed training with Polestar Pilates.

Jan enjoys treating a wide variety of injuries whether related to home recreational sport or work.  She uses a combination of Manual Therapy, Pilates exercise, rehabilitation, McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Therapy, Acupuncture and breathing techniques.  

Jan also teaches Pilates Mat, Reformer and Equipment Circuit classes. 


Monique Geraghty

Dip Physiotheraopy, M.N.ZS.P.

Monique grew up in Tauranga and went to Tauranga Girls College and from there went on to gain a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Credit from the University of Otago in 2005.

After graduating Monique worked in a private physiotherapy practice in Hamilton specialising in Sports Physiotherapy.  In her spare time Monique was a physiotherapist for Waikato Pistons Men’s Basketball team;  the Waikato Men’s Premier Football team;  the U18 Waikato Netball team and was in camp with the NZ U18 Basketball teams and also worked closely with many top level golfers.

In 2006, Monique completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching whilst working part time at Jan Polson Physio.  She then began her OE with her husband to be Liam, at the end of that year.  They headed to the UK for 2 years and then onto Qatar in the Middle East for 4 years.  In Qatar she was the Club Physiotherapist for the Doha Rugby team and also the Qatar International team in 2012.  Their first child a daughter, Georgia was born whilst living in Qatar. 

The family of three decided to return home to New Zealand in 2013.  Monique and Liam have settled in Omokoroa with Georgia and Pippa has now joined the family.  Currently they are living in a new caravan whilst they await the building of their new home in Tauranga.



Tim Lindner

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (BHSc)

Tim graduated in 2014 with Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy from AUT.   He has a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation.   Tim will be doing further training in the McKenzie method for back and neck pain.

Working in the past in a gym environment and qualifying as a personal trainer additional to being a physiotherapist, gave me a desire to understand sport related injury and exercise prescription.   I am passionate about helping others reach their rehabilitation goals whether they be sports based or, be it improving one’s day to day quality of life.  

I am an approachable friendly person who is quick to see the lighter side of things. In my spare time I enjoy, surfing, strength training, spending time with family and my dog.

Tim has just moved to Tauranga from Auckland where he was working in a physiotherapy practice in Browns Bay.   Tim’s parents have also moved to the bay and have chosen Papamoa as their home.  They are all looking forward to their new lifestyle here in the bay.


Leanne Gatenby

Leanne Gatenby

Leanne began working here in September 1998 for what she thought was a three month job, and is still one of the front faces of Jan Polson Physio

Leanne looks after our website and is always keen to draw up new forms or to create newsletters, flyers or brochures.

Leanne is also our Social Convener and organises events intermittently throughout the year.

Leanne is married to Steve and they have two adult children and a grandchild.    Outside of work Leanne is a keen netball enthusiast who follows the local BOP Magic team closely.  Other interests are rugby, cricket, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  


Jan Moyes

Jan Moyes

Jan Moyes has been working here since December 2002 and is another of the front faces of Jan Polson Physio

 Jan enjoys looking after the accounting side of the business along with Jan Polson.

Jan is an extremely keen golfer and also enjoys tramping with her husband Greg when the weather is right.  Jan has two adult daughters.

Jan enjoys spending time with family and is often out for lunches/dinners or going to the movies with girlfriends. 


Pip Charlton

Pip Charlton

Pip provides Soft Tissue Therapy at Jan Polson Physio using a variety of massage techniques and lymphatic drainage for both relaxation and treatment.

Pip provides Soft Tissue Therapy at Jan Polson Physio using a variety of massage techniques and body therapies for both relaxation and treatment.

She also uses exercise based programme (including Pilates mat exercises) to compliment her massage work which is particularly effective for managing and treating chronic pain and posture related dysfunctions. Southern Cross members with the Bodycare Wellbeing Policy are eligible for a $400 rebate annually for massage from Pip.

Pip is an RMT (Remedial Massage Therapist) with Massage New Zealand and an Accredited Massage provider with the NZ Academy of Sport. She has worked extensively with NZ representative sports team and individual athletes from a variety of sports and was part of the NZ Health Team for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (2006) and the Beijing Olympics (2008). Pip also manages and teaches at the Massage Programme offered at the BOP Polytech.

Pip is a strong believer in taking a proactive approach to maintaining good health rather than being reactive after the damage is done. She sees massage as a powerful therapy underutilized by most, that can assist us all to successfully manage the stress in our lives, be it physically, emotionally or psychologically based.