Meet the team
Bronwyn Prestage, Jenny Voss, Colin Hancock
Michelle Weston, Karen Franklin
Colin Hancock (Director) BPhty, MPNZ, MSEPNZ, Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (endorsed by SEPNZ)
With 24 years of experience working with injuries from head to toe and everything in between, there is little Colin has not seen in physiotherapy practice. Colin was brought up in Taupo and after traveling the World working as a physiotherapist in various places, he returned to Taupo with his family in 2012. Since then, he has built strong relationships with the various sports clubs and within the Taupo and King Country region. He worked as the King Country RAMS rugby team physiotherapist from 2012 till 2018 and is now the King Country rugby Health Navigation Officer, helping rugby players from junior to senior level from all over the King Country manage their rugby related injuries.
Colin has a particular interest in gym-based and exercise-based rehabilitation. Other techniques include manual therapy, acupuncture, dry-needling, strapping, and bio-mechanical analysis and correction. In addition, Colin is highly skilled in managing concussion injuries, vertigo, dizziness and balance issues.
Colin is very aware that every individual comes with their own set of challenges and no two injuries are the same which means considering other aspects of recovery and health such as the psychology surrounding an injury and optimal nutrition for recovery. Colin works closely with many other Taupo- and regional-based health providers to give the right person to help fix the problem.
Colin regards ongoing professional development as necessary to provide the best service to his patients, and to practice physiotherapy according to evidence-based research. He recently become one of the first physiotherapists in New Zealand to complete his post-graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy from Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy NZ. Colin's interests include rugby (particularly as a sports physio), mountain biking, swimming and trail running, as well as maintaining involvement in a range of community activities within Taupo.
Colin established Great Lake Physio in 2018 along with Jenny to be able to provide their own brand of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy services in the King Country region.
Jenny Voss (Director) BPhty, PGCERT Rehab, MPNZ, MSEPNZ
Jenny has over 9 years of experience as a sport and musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Jenny Graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Credit in 2011. From there she worked in a busy musculoskeletal private practice for 3 ½ years in her home town of Christchurch. During this time, she worked with the Division 1 Shirley Rugby team and the West Coast team in the Heartland competition. After returning from a 6-month adventure overseas Jenny moved up to Taupo in 2016 to continuing practicing Physiotherapy. In the last few years Jenny gained a Post graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation and is working towards her Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy through SEPNZ. She is the current Physiotherapist for the King Country Rams who compete in the Heartland Championship.
Jenny is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and being able to help people get back to what they love to do. She has a wide variety of skills including sports physiotherapy, gym rehab, breathing retraining, dry needling, acute concussion management, vertigo, strapping, McKenzie and Mulligan Training.
In her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures, reading a good book and exploring the beautiful place she lives in.
Bronwyn Prestage BPhty, MPNZ, MSEPNZ, Paediatric SIG
Bronwyn recently graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with distinction. Bronwyn also made the deans list for top 10 in her graduating year. Up until now Bronwyn has worked with the University of Otago Premier Women’s team, Palmerston North Marist Premier Men’s team and is currently working with the Taupo Marist Premier Men’s team and King Country Rugby Development team.
Born and bred in Taumarunui, Bronwyn decided to move back to the King Country. She is a keen King Country Rugby supporter having previously played rugby herself. In her spare time Bronwyn enjoys all things outdoors including mountain biking, trail running, tramping, adventure racing and water sports. Bronwyn is very community minded and volunteers within the community as able.
Bronwyn has a strong interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, gym-based rehabilitation, paediatrics and concussion. Bronwyn regards professional development and using current evidence-based practice to be very important in her Physiotherapy practice. Bronwyn has recently completed a paediatric developmental orthopaedics course through the Cusick Learning Centre so is able to assess and treat developmental concerns or paediatric musculoskeletal injuries. Bronwyn is currently working towards becoming a credentialed McKenzie Practitioner.
When you call to book or arrive for your appointment you will be greeted by Michelle or Karen.
Michelle has lived in Taupo her whole life apart from 2 years where she was studying IT in Wellington, where she met her husband Dave. She says we are so lucky to live in a town with so much to offer. Michelle enjoys everything water related – swimming, sailing, boating and cannonballing. She also enjoys getting out and about biking next to the lake.
Karen and her husband moved to Motuoapa 3 years ago after leaving Hawke’s Bay where they raised their two children. Karen comes from a background of medical administration and reception roles. Karen loves living in the Taupo area with everything Taupo has to offer.