About Us

Founded in 2012, by Shaveran Naicker Top North Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy was created with the vision to offer exceptional care and physio services to the Kaitaia region. 

The clinic has developed rapidly, with a constant demand from the local community, driving improvements and expansion to support its patients. 

The clinic now has capacity for 5 experienced physiotherapists, as well as vocational rehabilitation and pain management specialists. 

Refurbished in 2017, the clinic now has seven large treatments rooms, and a  fully equipped on site gym as well as welcoming reception with waiting area.


Whilst providing exceptional physiotherapy treatments the clinic now has plans to further develop its team of professionals, and expand it's range of treatment, care and support services.

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Meet the team

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Shaveran Naicker - Owner & Lead Physiotherapist 

BSc(Physio), MHPrac(Hons), Pg Cert(Acup). 

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Kaye Heaven - Clinic Manager

"Working with the Kaitaia community is a real passion - I am dedicated to providing exceptional care and raising awareness of this fantastic region to other medical professionals"

 "Coming from a clinical role within healthcare, it is a privilege to work alongside an astute business man and talented clinician. The caring staff and the clean new premises

make it a pleasure to be part of." 

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 Aaron Hamkens - Physiotherapist
BSc Physio
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Holly Drain - Physiotherapist
BSc Physio

"I have returned to the Far North as a physio in order to better my own practices & provide the best treatment I can, alongside living a lifestyle that allows me to enjoy fishing & general outdoors camping and entertainment"

"I have moved up to the Far North to gain experience as a physio, enjoy the lifestyle and invest in property. I have a passion for helping people to enable them to live pain-free and improve their function. I especially enjoy sports rehabilitation due to my competitive background in Olympic Weightlifting  "

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 Ameya Prentice- Physiotherapist
BSc Physio/PgDip Veterinary/Equestrian Physio
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Laura Ewins - Physiotherapist
BSc Physio

"I have returned to private practice to continue to develop my skills in sports rehab. I enjoy combining this with my passion of equestrian sport and post grad in the field of veterinary physiotherapy"

"I have recently moved to the Far North. 

 Originally from Northern Ireland, I studied in Scotland, graduating in 2011. I have worked in NHS UK, private practice in Melbourne/Darwin before settling in NZ in 2015. My Skills include dry needling, cancer rehabilitation through Pinc and Steel, certified Mulligan practitioner, and commenced training in pelvic health"

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 Ngawai Reihana

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Phillipa Murray

"I have been working in healthcare for the previous 7 years and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of helping my community. I am very excited to be joining the awesome team here at Top North Physio"

"It's a pleasure to be a part of the team here at Top North Spinal and Sport Physiotherapy, to help support and assist our people and our community"

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 Margaret Aydon

"With a background in office management and personal administration. I love to work closely with patients to ensure the outcomes are fulfilled. I excel in Event Planning and will continue to study and embrace my passion for Floral Art"

"The clinic supports such a diverse range of patients, we look after children and their grandparents

- even their whanau who come up on holidays. It's a real family focus.


The community the heart and hub in Kaitaia, with huge local GP support on hand,

the hospital and Orthopaedic surgeons just 2kms from the clinic.

I am a real advocate for working in a place that you love - the Far North is an extraordinary and beautiful place,

filled with opportunity to work hard and make a difference and enjoy the amazing surrounding beaches and lifestyle"

Top Norths Lead - Shaveran

Shaveran has always been focused on providing superior patient treatment. Coupled with experience in high pressure clinics as well as a love for rural communities Top North was a natural evolution. 


Graduating from AUT in 2004, Shaveran then went on to study his Masters in Health Practice whilst gaining experience in a full time physiotherapy role.  

He completed this with Hons as well as a Pg Cert in Acupuncture. 

In 2005 he came to the Far North for the first time and worked as part of the Kaitaia Physio clinic team. 

Looking for another challenge, a growing clinic in Tauranga kept Shaveran busy for the next 5 years, until an  fantastic opportunity to work in Australia was offered. 

Excited to work with different community groups, Shaveran and his wife moved to Bundeburg, rural Queensland. This was a great experience, to truly understand rural and regional community care - both the stresses and pressure involved, but also the support and lasting friendships developed. 


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When his wife Bryony became pregnant in 2012, his dreams of building his own clinic were fast tracked - it was time to lay down their roots, supporting a community in a place they could call home.

They returned to the winterless north and Kaitaia.

Shaveran had planned to work in his clinic as a sole practitioner for the first 2 years, but after just 5 weeks of opening he was in need of another physiotherapist!

Since then the clinic has continued to develop and grow, with aspirations to continue the expansion to include a wider team of physiotherapists and a broader range of health care services.