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. Livvy is currently on maternity leave.

Sarah Skea

Sarah qualified with a Bachelors of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago. She joined the team in 2017 and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She loves working alongside patients in their journey toward better movement and health.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys travelling, swimming and horse riding.


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.