Our Team

Jan Smith

Jan graduated as a physiotherapist in 1976 in Dunedin and has spent her working career in Christchurch. She initially worked in Christchurch Hospital on the rheumatology, respiratory wards and in the spinal unit before moving to Princess Margaret Hospital older person’s health wards. On her return to Christchurch hospital, Jan began working in the outpatient clinic where she felt she belonged and within a few years had moved into Private Practice at Wainoni Medical Centre before moving again to Merivale in 1991.

Jan continues to work full-time and spreads her time between the three sites, Merivale, St Albans and Christs College. She is responsible for the ongoing professional development of her staff and provides second opinions when required. She is a strong believer that “exercise is the best medicine”.

Olivia Moody

Livvy graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with credit) in 2008. She has been working with the Merivale Physiotherapy team since 2009. She is passionate about working as a Physiotherapist and finds it very rewarding being part of patients journey during rehabilitation.

Livvy completed her New Zealand Manipulative Therapists certificate in orthopaedic and manual physiotherapy in 2015. She began her Pilates training in 2013 and it has become an integral part of her therapy.

Outside of work Livvy enjoys playing hockey and running. She also practises Pilates regularly.

Annabel Eberlein

Annabel joined the Merivale Physiotherapy team early 2015 after travelling around South East Asia. Prior to joining the team she finished her placement at Nelson Hospital gaining experience on every ward as well as in the community. She was a Sports Medic for rugby teams in Dunedin for a couple of years during her student years. Since working at Merivale Physiotherapy she has enjoyed continuing her professional development and has attended multiple courses throughout New Zealand including Mulligan Part A and B, McKenzie, Chronic Shoulder pain, Side line Sport Management, Foot Science Formthotics and Dry Needling.

Outside of physiotherapy Annie enjoys the outdoors including sailing, skiing, tramping and has recently completed an Outward Bound course. She is a keen underwater hockey player and has represented New Zealand overseas for Underwater Hockey.


Adrienne joined the clinic in 2004 after many years of working in an accountant’s office.

She has been our Office Manager for the last 2 years, a role that she has excelled in. She is responsible for the three other admin staff, and has developed her skills in Xero, I-payroll and is our go to person whenever anything goes wrong with our Gensolve Practice Management System.

Outside of work, Adrienne and her husband enjoy walking, cycling and caring for their lovely grandchildren.

Positions Vacant

We are looking for an enthusiastic full-time physiotherapist from Monday 3rd July 2017. New Graduates are welcome to apply however 2 years experience is desirable.

We operate from two sites, The Merivale Clinic where we share facilities and support from a large established hand therapy practice and within the St Albans Medical Centre where we have an excellent support from GP’s.

We are an accredited practice, with long appointment times, are fully computerised using Gensolve PMS and have regular in-service training. Our clinic is known for its small but friendly environment with excellent working conditions and ongoing support from experienced clinicians.

Christchurch is only one hour’s drive to the ski fields, hot pools and we have local mountain biking tracks at our door step. Post–earthquake, we believe Christchurch is now one of the safest cities in the world to work and an exciting and invigorating place to live.

Contact Jan Smith

M:  0272440406 W: (03) 355 9775

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