The Team

Karl Houltham

IMG_0273Karl is an experienced Physiotherapist who has been involved in private   practice since 2009. He enjoys the diversity and challenge that a career in physiotherapy offers, and is driven by a desire to encourage and allow people to work, play and participate in life without pain or hindrance.

Karl enjoys working with a variety of age groups, from children to seniors, helping them to overcome injury to achieve their goals. He is especially interested in sports injury prevention and post-surgical rehabilitation. He holds post graduate qualifications in Musculoskeletal and Manipulative Physiotherapy.

Outside of the clinic, Karl has been heavily involved in Rugby Union, previously providing services to Otago University Rugby Club and New Zealand Universities Rugby. It is his experience with these teams that has allowed him to develop skills in injury management and prevention. Karl is currently involved with the Highlanders as the Assistant Physiotherapist, a role he has held for 3 seasons.

Bachelor of Physical Education 2006
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Distinction)  2008
Post Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) 2011
Masters of Physiotherapy (Manipulative Physiotherapy) (Distinction) 2012

Matt Carrington

IMG_0245As the saying goes, without your health, what do you have?  Matt enjoys being part of the process to improving a person’s health by allowing them to move more effectively enabling them to improve their standard of living. His career in physiotherapy has allowed him to meet people from all walks of life and treat a myriad of diverse conditions and injuries. Matt specialises in exercise prescription and developing rehabilitation programmes following injury and surgery. He also uses video analysis software for the identification of faulty movement patterns that maybe the underlying problem associated with a particular injury. Another treatment option he explores is the incorporation of dry needling and manipulative therapy techniques. Matt is a director and physiotherapist at Recovery Rooms Physiotherapy.

Away from the office, Matt is the lead physiotherapist for the Otago Boys High School 1st XV and has affiliations with the University Rugby Club. He also does part-time skills coaching. His spare time is spent with his wife and two young daughters.

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) 2000
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) 2008
Post Graduate Certificate in Exercise and Sport (PGrad Cert Ex & Sport) 2011

Claire Hepperlin

Claire Hepperlin B. Phty (Otago) Clinical Pilates Instructor

Claire Hepperlin
B. Phty (Otago)
Clinical Pilates Instructor

Claire Hepperlin returns to Dunedin after spending 6 and a half years working in Sydney. Claire is a passionate and experienced Physiotherapist. She enjoys returning her clients back to the sports field or activities of daily life pain free. She believes that we live in a society where getting enough exercise is more important than ever. Furthermore exercise is not just a hobby but essential to an individual’s lifestyle, mental wellness and can even sometimes influence income potential. Bearing this in mind Claire likes to keep her clients as active as possible (and as comfortable as possible) whilst they go through their rehabilitation with the aim of returning to activities as soon as physically and mentally possible. 
Claire graduated from Otago University in 2009 and over that time developed a special interest in exercise prescription for rehabilitation (including post- operative). She has spent a lot of time working with personal trainers and athletes in gyms and enjoys making or adjusting clients training programes for injury prevention and rehabilitation so each person can get as much as possible out of each training session. She is also trained in APPI Pilates and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with clients who need Pilates based rehabilitation. Claire has spent a lot of time working with children and teenagers as well as the adult population. During her time in Australia Claire worked with multiple soccer teams, surfers, Rugby Union, Crossfit athletes and AFL players. She is trained in Kinesio taping and Dry Needling. This year Claire looks forward to looking after the University of Otago Rugby Colts and working with the Basketball, Athletics and Soccer teams at Otago Boys High School.

Thomas Wardhaugh

Thomas Wardhaugh B. Phty (Hons)

Thomas Wardhaugh
B. Phty (Hons, Otago)

Health and fitness have always played a strong role in Thomas’ life – leading him to a career in Physiotherapy. He understands the numerous benefits of regular physical activity and is enthusiastic about helping people overcome injury to allow them to fulfil their potential – whether it be in sport or at work. Thomas’ experience as a fitness instructor supports his interest in gym-based rehabilitation to allow full restoration of function after injury.

As a competitive swimmer and water polo player throughout high school, Thomas suffered persistent shoulder injuries of his own. This experience has allowed him to better understand the intricacies of shoulder pain, an area of particular interest.

Thomas also enjoys working within the team environment and has previous experience with acute on-field injury from his time assisting high school and representative level rugby teams as well as being part of the match day medical team for Otago Mitre 10 Cup and Highlanders games, as a sports medic.

Thomas has an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, where his research investigated the concerns of parents of young athletes regarding concussion in their children.

Aside from physiotherapy, Thomas enjoys anything outdoors. He is a keen hunter and has grown up around boating, fishing and water sports.

Krystal Cameron 


Krystal Cameron
B. Phty (Otago)

Krystal graduated from Otago University in 2011 and has spent the last 6 years working in remote Australia and later Tauranga. Krystal was fortunate to complete a variety of post graduate courses whilst in Australia including Dry Needling, Kinesio Therapy Taping and Clinical Pilates. She has a special interest in the treatment of Shoulder and Pelvis injuries and believes it is important to maintain functional movements and exercise tolerances whilst undergoing the rehabilitation process. She is also passionate about helping and guiding our youth athletes. She has worked for various sporting teams over the years including rugby, Australian Football, soccer, cricket and gymnastics. Whilst not practising physiotherapy Krystal is busy coaching gymnastics.

Dawn Beckingsale

Dawn Beckingsale Office Administrator

Dawn Beckingsale
Office Administrator

Dawn is Recovery Room Physiotherapy’s office administrator. She does a fantastic job managing the day to day affairs of the physiotherapists within the business. Dawn has extensive experience in the health care sector, working in multi-disciplinary health care providers here in Dunedin and Fairlie. Dawn enjoys meeting all the patients that arrive through the doors at Recovery Room Physiotherapy. She is passionate about helping people and loves developing strong relationships with the physiotherapists and the people that come into contact with her when at work. On another note, Dawn is a great baker and cook. Her Pavlova is the best that this writer has ever tasted!