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What is a sports and exercise physician?

They are a specialist medical practitioner with expertise in general medicine orthopaedics and rehabilitation plus allied sports sciences including nutrition, biomechanics, exercise physiology and sports science. They have expertise in providing an accurate diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. Addressing the causes, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and medical problems related to physical activity and sport.

What is sports and exercise medicine?

Put simply it is the management of medical conditions that impact on exercise, or the use of physical activity to treat medical problems: This could mean anything from an injury incurred playing sports to a chronic condition that hinders a patient's ability to be active.

Meet our Team

Dr Chris Milne

Chris is the founder of Anglesea Sports Medicine back in 2005. Over the years, the practice has expanded the range of doctors and services it offers.

Chris has a background in distance running, which led to a passion for sports medicine. He has been Team Doctor for New Zealand teams at three Commonwealth Games and five Olympic Games. In addition, he was Team Doctor for the Chiefs rugby team from 1997to 2003, and Medical Director for Rowing NZ from 2003 to 2020.

These days he chairs a couple of medical commissions for the Olympic movement. This keeps him in touch with doctors from around the world, and enables him to bring back ideas that could help patients in the Waikato in their quest to remain active. Chris still runs a couple of times a week, and occasionally bikes.

Dr Stuart Armstrong

Stuart has been based at Anglesea Sports Medicine since 2013. He originally trained in internal medicine and cardiology before changing to Sports and Exercise medicine specialist training.

He is currently the medical director for Rowing New Zealand and the Magic Netball team, he also works one day a week as a research associate with the University of Waikato. He has a special interest in running and overuse injuries and in his spare time runs ultra marathons.

Originally from Scotland Stuart trained at Glasgow University and came to New Zealand in 2003 for a 9 month working holiday. Twenty years later he has a wonderful Kiwi wife and a young family who keep him busy outside of sports medicine.

Dr Brendan O'Neill

Brendan returned to Anglesea Sports Medicine in 2019. He is passionate about keeping people engaged in their chosen activities, be that an active life, sport or work and helping them overcome injuries and dysfunction from all sorts of injuries and accidents.

After graduating from the University of Otago Medical School Brendan worked as a Medical Officer in the New Zealand Army, including active tours of East Timor. His sport and exercise medicine training followed shortly after. He has spent time across New Zealand and Australia with professional athletes and high performance sports.

Working in private practice now allows him to apply the knowledge and skills he has learnt from sport to the everyday warrior with muscle or joint problems. He is an active exerciser, definitely practicing what he preaches by mixing in a range of aerobic and gym based activities to keep himself both physically and mentally fit.

Dr Thomas Chin

Thomas has been at Anglesea Sports Medicine since 2023 having trained as a registrar with us in 2018/19 before finishing his training in Tauranga.

Thomas graduated from the University of Auckland in 2013 and since has also completed postgraduate diplomas in both Sport and Exercise Medicine and Football Medicine.
He has worked extensively with NZ Football, the Wellington Phoenix and FIFA but has diverse interests working previously alongside local rugby and running clubs while also being the current medical director for the Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra based in Mt Ruapehu.

By no means an athlete himself, Thomas enjoys seeing all people from all walks of life, from weekend warriors, gym bunnies to elite athletes.
Outside of medicine Thomas loves the outdoors be that camping, tramping or skiing. Not averse to fine cuisine either, Thomas enjoys quieter moments in the kitchen seeking inspiration from Jamie Oliver and Yotam Ottolenghi.


Dr Liam Seeley

Liam graduated from the University of Otago in 2020. He then went onto complete his medical elective at Anglesea Sports Medicine in 2020 which sparked his interest in sports medicine. Liam completed three years in Rotorua and Waikato hospitals. This gained him valuable experience in medical, surgical practice and emergency medicine rotations. He has been an event doctor for Crankworks, the NZ cycle classic and Taupo Ironman. He has recently completed a Sports Medicine Diploma in 2023. Liam has special interest in endurance sports medicine and cycling. Outside of work he likes to run and cycle and play a bit of golf.

Dr Jayathi Anupama

Jayathi is a Sri Lankan Sports and Exercise physician continuing her specialist training in New Zealand since early 2024. She is a graduate from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Sri Lanka and obtained her postgraduate qualification - MD in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the same university achieving the gold medal for the best performance. She worked at the Sports and Exercise Medicine Unit of the National Hospital Sri Lanka, the country's largest tertiary care hospital, before joining us. She is a field hockey enthusiast having represented the Sri Lanka national team in the international arena and currently plays for the Te Awamutu hockey club in Hamilton. Jayathi serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the World Masters Hockey Association as well as the team doctor for the Hamilton Marist Rugby Team. She has special interest in caring for female and master athletes, at the same time enjoys helping any individual to be physically active by managing their injuries. Jayathi enjoys exploring the country and spends her free time ticking off the bucket list of numerous New Zealand hiking trails.


Briar McMorran

Briar started at Anglesea Sports Medicine in 2015 and became the Practice Manager in 2018. Her goal is to make sure patients experience a smooth and efficient service, with each person being recognised as an individual. We have a skilled and dynamic reception team that is willing to be proactive and forward thinking to ensure your experience with us is a positive one.

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