Katy Parsons

Katy Parsons

Katy Parsons Director of Programme Design and Innovation

Katy was born in Hertfordshire, UK and graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 2004 from Sheffield Hallam University. Having started her early career work in the public health service (NHS), Katy gained diverse experience working in specialised areas that included intensive care, respiratory care, stroke rehabilitation, schools and the community.

In 2007, Katy completed study in Acupuncture and began to incorporate this skill in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Katy continued to specialise in sports injuries, immersing herself in further study in the areas of foot biomechanics, Pilates, hydrotherapy and advanced exercise prescription.

It was that same year-2007- that Katy travelled to New Zealand, fell in love with the country and has never looked back!

Katy has continued to work exclusively in Private Practice for the last 10 years and has built extensive experience in the treatment and management of sport injuries, athletic performance and overuse injuries.

In 2010 Katy founded Optimise Physio and is currently the Director of Programme Design and Innovation at the company.

Katy’s philosophy of care has refined over the years in light of emerging research in the areas of neuroscience and behavioural psychology. Katy developed this interest further by studying- for two years- alongside Richard Moat (PhD), one of the leading experts in Mind-Body Medicine.

Her unique approach of spending time with clients, getting to know them and understanding their needs, allows her to craft a plan-of-care that is individualised and whole-person centred.

Katy is a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and plays an active role in the Hawkes Bay Physiotherapy Branch committee where she is involved in professional education.

Internationally, Katy has maintained membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a UK body set up to ensure professional standards in the area of professional skills, behaviour and health.

Outside of work, Katy enjoys Hockey and making the most of the Hawke’s Bay outdoor lifestyle.