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Dr Nat Anglem (Kāi Tahu/Kāti Māmoe/Waitaha)
Dr Nat Anglem (Kāi Tahu/Kāti Māmoe/Waitaha)

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, Director

MBChB, FACSP

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Nat is a Sports Physician from Invercargill, who has lived in Christchurch practicing sports medicine for 20 years. He is part of a multidisciplinary sport and exercise medicine practice as well as having been involved in the performance aspect of sport throughout his life. He has particular interest in providing health care that recognizes the many and varied contributors to wellbeing and performance.

He has particular interest in Wintersport and has been involved in the Winter Olympic programme in Aotearoa for about 15 years, with a short stint representing NZ as a cross country skier as well.

Over the last few years Nat has taken on teaching roles and has had a fortunate position of providing some cultural assistance to different groups whilst receiving guidance from his own teachers.

Dr Chris Pratt
Dr Chris Pratt

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, Director

BM, PGDipSEM, MHSc, FRNZCGP, FACSEP

Chris has worked with us since 2014 on and off, travelling and working in other parts of the country as part of his and his wife’s training. After moving from the UK in 2007, they are now finally settled back in Christchurch permanently with their 4 children and Springer Spaniel. He enjoys mountain biking (and completed his Masters in mountain biking injuries), bouldering, fishing and generally being active outdoors. He has also done several martial arts in the past.

As a specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine, and as part of his previous work as a GP, he's worked with several elite teams, including within the Crusaders, Warriors and Breakers franchises, and traveled to India with the NZ Men’s Black Sticks. He’s had clinical and organisational roles at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, the Rugby League World Cup and the Rugby World Cup, and has provided medical cover to events in remote wilderness environments.

Clinically he enjoys complex biomechanical or problems relating to physiology, and particularly helping to get less active people going again.

Dr Andrew Bell
Dr Andrew Bell

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar, Director

MBChB, FRNZCGP

Andrew has had a keen interest in sport and exercise since secondary school here in Christchurch through swimming and Surf Lifesaving (TMSLSC).

Since graduating from Otago University in 1994 he has worked in New Zealand, Australia and England.

After moving away from General Practice and into Sports Medicine in 2008, he finally decided it was time to apply to the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians and he sat his primary examinations in 2016.

Andrew’s team affiliations include working with the successful Canterbury Rugby ITM Cup Team in 2010 and 2011. He was also the team Doctor for the Black Caps tours to Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India between 2013 and 2016.

He has worked with NZ Football, including the NZ Men’s U-20’s team where he was the team doctor at the 2019 FIFA Men’s U-20 World Cup in Poland and also the NZ Men’s U-23 team who qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

2021 was his year for contact sport with rugby league and he provided care for the Papanui Tigers and the Canterbury Bulls.

Andrew’s special interests include paediatrics in sport, frozen shoulders and exercise as medicine

Dr Phil Fletcher
Dr Phil Fletcher

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

MBChB, Dip Orth Surg Anat

Phil hails from the north of England and did his Medical training in Leeds, graduating in 2009. Since then he has worked in a variety of hospitals across the UK, Western Australia and New Zealand prior to starting work as a Sports Doctor in 2017.  He is currently a Senior Registrar on the ACSEP Specialist training program and the NZ registrar representative.

Phil's interest is in providing you with a clear diagnosis for your injury and an understanding of why it may have occurred. He aims to advise on the safest and quickest way to return to your chosen sport or activity, as well as areas that may need attention and strengthening for enhanced overall performance.

Over the past 5 years Phil has worked across a wide variety of Sports teams, recently returning from Japan where he provided medical care for Athletics New Zealand at their pre-Olympic camp. He also provided medical coverage for the BlackSticks in 2021 in their pre-Olympic preparations in New Zealand and Perth, WA.

Phil was the team doctor for the Canterbury Dragons Football team from 2017-2021 and he has also worked in Rugby providing Match Day Doctor coverage for Canterbury and the Crusaders since 2018. Phil has regularly worked as Match Day Doctor for the BlackCaps and covered numerous Boxing events. He enjoys providing medical coverage for endurance events and was the medical director for Coast to Coast in 2021.

Phil is a sports fanatic and of the opinion that exercise is a crucial part of life for his patients. He enjoys participating in a wide variety of sports including Football, Running, Cycling, Swimming, Tennis and Golf. Phil lived in France and Germany as a child and is able to consult in French. 

Dr Anika Tiplady
Dr Anika Tiplady

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

MBChB, BSc

Dr Anika Tiplady was born and raised in Christchurch of Ngai Tahu descent. Anika graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 2016 following a career in the NZ Army. While in the Army, Anika deployed to Syria and Lebanon and was awarded the United Nations medal for her work in the Middle East. She still has strong links with the Military remaining part of the reserve forces as a Doctor.

Anika is passionate about sports, particularly rugby having retired from the elite level in 2012 after several years as a Black Fern. Anika then went on to win a national title with the Mainland Pride in the National Women’s Football League and a gold medal in the Coast to Coast (teams event). Now a socially competitive gym-goer, Anika also enjoys mountain biking, golf, hunting, snowboarding and running around after her young family.

Anika is the current team doctor of the Canterbury Men's NPC rugby team, and the Matatu Super Aupiki side. She has also worked with international Hockey teams, the World 7s series and professional Boxing..

Dr Husam Khalil
Dr Husam Khalil

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

MBChB

Husam was brought up on the north shore in Auckland and trained at the Auckland University. After spending his initial years working between the main hospitals in Auckland he moved down to Christchurch to work with the team at Sports Doctors in late 2020.

He has worked with several events including the ANZ Netball Premiership, Blackcaps and White Ferns matches, NZ Breakers NBL as well as at events such as the Coast to Coast, Mt Isobel challenge and the Valley Ultra.

He has a particular interest in football (soccer) injuries and performance.

Dr Mary Holden
Dr Mary Holden

Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner

MBChB, B.LA, Dip Occ Med, PG Sports Med

Mary is a Sports Doctor with a background in Sports Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and general practice. She joined us in 2017 (previously SportsMed Medical), bringing over 25 years of experience at the highest level in Sports medicine. She completed her post-graduate certificate in sports medicine in 1992, and the Diploma in Occupational Medicine in 1997. Since 2014 she has held a contract with ACC as a GPSI provider (General Practitioner with special interest in Orthopaedics), enabling her to request MRI and CT scans where deemed appropriate. She is also interested in physician-performed ultrasound and performs ultrasound-guided injections. She is trained in the preparation and injection of Platelet-rich plasma, and Hyaluronic acid (Durolane). She is interested in the injectable treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly knees.

Outside of medicine Mary enjoys travelling to Italy annually, and speaks conversational Italian. She is a reformer Pilates “freak”, attending almost daily for her fix. In 2011 she was a Medical Advisor to Pink and Steel Pilates, and developed medical content for teaching Pink and Steel Pilates; a cancer survivorship program course, to Physiotherapists NZ & worldwide. In 2010 she completed Dance Medicine Australia Level 1 & 2, and enjoys using clinical Pilates for rehabilitation. She also holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, and has also been a contributor to the local Artist Doctors events held in Christchurch annually.

Dr Greg Kassel
Dr Greg Kassel

Orthopaedic Consultant

MD, FAAOS

Greg is an Orthopaedic surgeon who trained in the United States and completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine in Perth Western Australia. He moved to New Zealand in 2006 with his Kiwi wife who he met while she was nursing in the USA.  He is joining the Sports Doctors team as a non- operative Orthopaedic surgeon after a successful 25-year surgical career as their son is now attending school in Christchurch.

He is excited to pursue his long-time interest in the non-operative treatment of shoulder and knee injuries as well as fracture care. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience with sporting injuries of the shoulder and knee and has a keen interest in regenerative medicine including PRP injections, nutrition and peptides.

Greg is very active in his off time and his interests include mountain biking, skiing, ice hockey, surfing, weightlifting and spending time with his family (wife and teenage son). He competed competitively in ice hockey whilst growing up in Minnesota, internationally in bandy (similar to ice-hockey) where he played in the World Cup and World Championships as part of Team USA.

Greg was the team physician for the Southland Sharks for five years who won multiple national championships.  He has also been a team physician for a local American football team whilst living in the States and was a match day doctor for MMA.  His is a former president and team physician of the Gisborne BoardRiders Club.

He is looking forward to using his experience to treat patients to help them recover and regain their top physical health.

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you with your injury management, improve your performance or get to the bottom of a health concern