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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.

REGISTRARS

Dr Logan Poloai

Logan graduated from the University of Auckland in 2018. He completed 3 years working at Auckland based Hospitals and then commenced his specialist training with Anglesea Sports Medicine in 2022. Logan has provided medical cover for a variety of professional teams including the Tall Blacks, Black Caps, Chiefs and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. He is currently Team Doctor for the Junior Tall Blacks, Hamilton Marist Rugby Prems and works regularly as a match doctor at FMG stadium Waikato. Logan enjoys helping people return to their active hobbies which gives them quality of life and keep them healthy. Outside of work Logan enjoys spending time with his partner and 2 children. He is an avid fan of basketball and plays competitively.

Dr Sherika Samarasinghe

Sherika is a Sri Lankan Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician and has been continuing her training at Anglesea Sports Medicine since 2022. She has completed an Advanced Sport Management course at National Olympic Committee Sri Lanka, and is a Doping Control Officer to the Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency. Sherika has attended as the Deputy-Chef-De-Mission for the Sri Lankan contingent and also as a team physician for the Pokhara Games village in the 13th South Asian Games held in Nepal in 2019. She enjoys seeing musculoskeletal injuries in both athletic and general population and medical problems related to sports and physical activity. She served as the Match Day Doctor for the Black Caps, White Ferns and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in 2022 and 2023. Sherika was in the medic team for several women's club rugby teams, track and road cycling events, Special Olympic basketball and an Event Doctor at the Ironman NZ. Sherika enjoys her time in NZ with her husband and two sons.

Dr Jessica Watson

Jessica is a Sports and Exercise Medicine Registrar, who started working at Anglesea Sports Medicine in 2019. She studied medicine at the University of Sydney and completed her GP training with the Royal Australian College of General Physicians in Orange Western NSW before moving to New Zealand. Highlights of her career include: travelling with the Australian Para-swim team to the 2018 Pan Pacific championships held in Cairns, being part of the medical team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and more recently, being the Hautapu Premier Rugby team doctor from 2019-2020. Apart from helping all individuals manage their injuries and improve their well-being, Jessica has a special interest in dance medicine and in treating aesthetic athletes. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach with her family, taking ballet classes, volunteering at the local rhythmic gymnastics club and working through her coaching qualification with Gymnastics NZ.

ADMINISTRATION

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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