Kiwi PT’s leader is David Wickenden who, as a Fellow of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, has the highest qualifications available to Physical Therapy practitioners in the United States. These are augmented by a Master of Manual Therapy Degree from Curtin University in Australia, under the guidance of Mr Bob Elvey. Mr Elvey is a world authority on Neural Tissue Mobilization Techniques.

A period with a Pain Management Clinic in New York Center for Pain Management motivated David to add this highly specialized qualification to his skills. Manual Therapy, formerly known as Manipulative Therapy, is a complex, multifaceted discipline for treating a wide range of ailments, primarily involving pain emanating from the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, David set off on this career path at the University of Otago in Dunedin, and at the Auckland University of Technology, where he studied Physical Education and Physiotherapy respectively.

He has had a huge amount of international experience in hospitals and private practices since then covering the full spectrum of both disciplines, including acute care, rehabilitation, sports medicine, orthopaedic and geriatric care.

As an active and enthusiastic sportsman from a young age in Auckland, David is familiar with the full gamut of sports injuries. He was a leading rugby player in his youth, a New Zealand and international boxing champion, representing New Zealand as a boxer at the Commonwealth Games in 1990. He played rugby until 2010 and is currently a member of the coaching staff of the Old Blue Rugby Club.

Known as ‘Kiwi’ Dave by patients, you will see why the name is applicable should you become a patient of Kiwi PT.


Our name
‘Kiwi’ is common argot for New Zealanders, taken from the kiwi itself, a flightless bird unique to, and the symbol of, New Zealand. New Zealanders constantly use ‘kiwi’ to describe themselves and it is not considered offensive. Kiwi PT likes to think it too is unique based on the high standard of its services and success rates.
The kiwifruit is another association. The fruit is so filled with goodness it contributes to good health the same way that fitness contributes to wellbeing. It is rich in Vitamins, flavonoids, and minerals, contains more Vitamin C than oranges, as much potassium as bananas, and has significant levels of beta-carotene, and Vitamins A and E.
That’s good company to be in.

So, before you make a choice, we urge you to give serious thought to using our clinic, services and resources. We guarantee that we will do the same for you in return.

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