DO ND (Hons)
I graduated from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1990. After qualifying I spent three years working in Hawkes Bay before returning to the UK.
In 2004 my wife and I decided to move to Hawkes Bay to live. The relaxed, outdoor lifestyle plus the weather were too much to resist.
I see a variety of spinal, muscle and joint problems, and have an interest in treating sports injuries. Whilst in England I ran a dedicated sport injury clinic looking after many elite and professional athletes as well as plenty of "weekend warriors!"
I enjoy attending post graduate courses each year, as I still (after all this time) love to learn and these courses provide me with new techniques and methods that keep my approach to patients problems fresh.
I really enjoy my job and never mind going to work. I see patients of all ages and from all walks of life. I love the variety of patients I work with and still get a kick out of helping people feel pain free again!
I love sport, (both playing and watching) and the outdoors. I enjoy mountain biking,road cycling, soccer, squash and golf. When time permits I love hiking and camping with the family.
Matthew grew up in England and trained at the highly reputable European School of Osteopathy, where he obtained a master's degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost) with first class honours. He exceeded 1200 hours practice over two years working in the adult, child, sports and headache clinics there. Since then he has gained two postgraduate diplomas in paediatrics (PD) - specifically 'Infant & Young Child' and 'Adolescent' health essentials, as well as a post-grad in 'Kinesiology Taping'. He has now been practising at Evans Osteopaths for over four years!
He utilises his expertise in applying a diverse range of specialised techniques, personalised to the patient's condition and preference. He enjoys treating all people, from neonates to centenarians! He says: "part of why I love my work so much is helping a massive variety of people and conditions". He's passionate about a few particular areas and as a result, has particular expertise within these. These areas include: chronic pain, sports injuries, headaches and migraines, and expectant mothers and infants.
Matthew is a keen sportsman who enjoys and understands many different sports, having reached regional levels in hockey and golf. This passion for sports also encompasses advanced knowledge in exercise-based interventions for all conditions. In fact, Matthew wrote his master's dissertation on ‘Achilles tendinopathy in the running population’, having identified plantarflexion strength as a key component in the rehabilitation process following research.
Matthew comments, "I look holistically at every individual, not just at the area of pain. By taking time to listen and assess an individual’s function, the root cause can be identified and treated - facilitating recovery as well as preventing recurrence. In addition, I am passionate about always empowering patients through effective exercise advice and helping them to fully understand their condition. I aim to be professional yet personable and someone who you can talk to about anything".
I was born in France, grew up in Reunion Island, and studied in the UK at the European School of Osteopathy where I graduated with a Master’s Degree. I grew up with a dad competing in ultramarathons who took me on many training sessions and hikes through our tropical mountains. Here in New Zealand I am planning on becoming more serious at long distance running, get started at cycling and hike whenever possible. I also have more than 10 years of experience in horse riding.
My favourite aspect of osteopathy is the partnership that I get to develop with my patients and I particularly enjoy discussing our goals and working towards achieving them together. My treatments combine osteopathic techniques and exercises to give my patients the tools to stay as active and mobile as possible, prevent and recover from injuries, and relieve posture related issues. I use a wide range of techniques – from the ‘softer’ functional ones to the ‘strongest’ structural ones – and as such can easily adapt to my patients’ needs or preferences.