The Optimal Performance Team

We are passionate about sport, are active athletes ourselves, and are experienced in what we do.

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Anthony Chapman

I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 2000 and then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2005 and 2006 respectively.  My Master's topic was on "Low Back Motion in Cyclists" and involved a 12 camera 3D motion analysis system and lots of number crunching after the initial fun of playing with 3d stick cyclists on the computer.

I started Optimal Performance in 2011 and it is the workplace that I have always wanted to have.  I love that we combine classes, gym, physio, massage, bikefits and running all under one roof.  I am lucky to have a great team around me including my wife, Vic. 

I have been racing bikes since 1994 and have represented Otago and New Zealand on both road and track.  Over the years I have won ten national titles, an Oceania title and placed as high as 5th at World Cup level.  I have won domestic tours and won stages at both Wellington and Southland tours as well as taking the KOM title at the Tour of Southland on the way to finishing 3rd on GC in 2005.

I look forward to competing in the 2018 Pioneer stage race and am working on my running for half marathons. In 2019 I’ll be entering my first multisport race since high school; the Red Bull Defiance.

I have the pleasure of being able to combine my passion for cycling with a job that I really enjoy, morphing them together to provide bikesetups, coaching, gym programmes and injury prevention and treatment with a real difference.


  • BPhty

  • Postgrad Dip Sports Physiotherapy

  • Masters Sports Physiotherapy


Charlotte Palmer

I joined the team in January, 2017, and although I am the shortest team member, I make up for it in personality. I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor’s of Physiotherapy in 2016, and I am excited to have escaped Dunedin to work at Optimal performance full time. I am passionate about treating injuries in a private practise setting, and I enjoy working with sporting and non-sporting individuals.

I grew up locally in the country and was a ballet dancer for 12 years throughout my childhood. I have dabbled in box fit classes and yoga this year. I am now looking into Pilates instructor training, so I can start taking more pilates classes at Optimal Performance in the near future, and regain my flexibility from when I was a dancer. I am also attempting to become a runner. I've participated in some of our running groups in Hagley Park, and I'm hoping to improve further as the weather gets warmer.

In my spare time I'm learning how to do up my little house that I recently bought, so I will be spending a lot of my weekends painting and decorating, and attempting to make gluten free food taste good.

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Katie Hammar

I graduated from The University of Otago School of physiotherapy in 2013. After graduating I worked full time in Christchurch at a sports specific private clinic for one year, and have worked at Optimal Performance for three years.

I have worked with top level club rugby teams for the past 5 years and gained extensive on and off field physiotherapy experience.

I have a special interest in strengthening and rehabilitation for fast return to sports and activities. I am especially interested in low back, shoulder, hip and knee injuries, as well as running and cycling injury rehabilitation, and preventative injury solutions. I have recently started a running group, which I lead on behalf of the clinic.

Having previously represented Canterbury for athletics and cross country, I have always had a passion for the outdoors, and I love keeping fit. Outside of the clinic I spend my time running and cycling, as well as recently taking up multisport events. I also love to travel, spend as much time as I can with friends and family, and exploring new places.


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Isla smith
office Administrator

I have been working part-time on reception at Optimal Performance for the past two years, following completion of a Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury in 2015.

I enjoy meeting and getting to know our clients. It is always rewarding seeing clients leave satisfied and a step closer to achieving their goals.

Away from the clinic, I am a keen multisporter and adventure racer. When I’m not behind the desk, I can be found taking to the trails and roads of the Canterbury hills by bike or foot, or kayaking on a local river. I also enjoy the opportunities my racing allows me to travel to remote corners of New Zealand and around the world.


Harry Weeds

I started working for Optimal Performance in June 2017, after moving to Christchurch from the UK. I graduated from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 2015 with a First Class Degree in Physiotherapy and I am very excited to further my physiotherapy career here in New Zealand.

I have experience in working with a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Before moving to New Zealand, I worked on a hospital ward for 9 months and worked in a musculoskeletal setting for 1 year, working mostly in GP clinics. I also worked for Norwich City Football Club Academy where I was involved in the acute management of injuries, as well as the rehabilitation process to facilitate return to sport. I enjoy working with and treating patients of all ages. I am passionate about helping patients achieve their goals and return to full function.

I have been involved in sport throughout my life and have played tennis in National competitions in the UK. As a junior (Under 18) I achieved a ranking of number 13 in the UK.  I have continued to play senior tennis to a high level and I have joined Cashmere Tennis Club where I will be playing in the Premier Division in Christchurch this year. I understand what is required to train and compete at an elite level and I am able to use my knowledge of sport to facilitate your return to activity. I am also a keen golfer and look forward to continue playing in New Zealand.  

First Class Degree, BSc Physiotherapy. 


Vic Chapman
Muskuloskeletal Massage Therapist

I worked as a Registered Nurse before turning to Massage therapy.  I have studied Raynor therapy which is a nerve release therapy that works really well for a lot of clients, helping me to release the muscles more effectively.  

I love to ride my bike or run or paddleboard or virtually any other outdoor activity either with my friends or family.  I am always looking for new adventures and the chance to get outside whenever I can juggle it around work and looking after our family.

Whether you are looking for a deep tissue sports massage, a recovery rub, pregnancy massage or a more in-depth Raynor treatment, I will help get your body ready for your next challenge.  I can also do relaxation massage, but be sure to ask as I find stronger treatments to be more effective at fixing issues and do prefer them.


  • Degree in Nursing

  • Certificate in Brandon Raynor Therapy

  • Diploma in Brandon Raynor Therapy