Our Staff

At Eastcare Physiotherapy we have experienced and friendly staff that are committed to providing the best possible physiotherapy services.

David Kearns : Principal Physiotherapist

David Kearns

Principal Physiotherapist

David is the Director and Principal Physiotherapist at Eastcare Physiotherapist. David trained in Auckland where he opened his first practice before relocating to Christchurch in 1993. David opened Eastcare Physiotherapy at that time and has been providing physiotherapy services to Christchurch ever since.

David has a special interest in Sports injury management and Occupation Rehabilitation with Post graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine and has recently completed post graduate qualifications in Occupational Rehabilitation.

Emma Hewat : Staff Physiotherapist

Emma Hewat

Staff Physiotherapist

Emma has been part of the Eastcare Physiotherapy team since 2012. With a special interest in sports medicine she has been the New Brighton Club Physiotherapist since she joined. A highlight was winning the competition in 2013. Emma has an interest in falls prevention and older adult health and delivers the  Community based Otago Falls Prevention program in the community. Emma also runs  our weekly exercise class for those with respiratory conditions. Emma is a professional, friendly and approachable member of  the Eastcare Physiotherapy team who is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Emma is currently working towards post graduate rehabilitation qualifications.

Claudia Buhler : Staff Physiotherapist

Claudia Buhler

Staff Physiotherapist

Claudia has commenced her physiotherapy career with Eastcare Physiotherapy this year. Claudia arrives with the latest skills and knowledge and is keen to work with all clients to achieve their goals. Claudia is working with a Division 1 Rugby team this season but welcomes athletes of all codes and enjoys assisting players achieve a successful return from injury.

 : Falls Prevention Consultant

Falls Prevention Consultant

Jan has joined the Eastcare Physiotherapy team bringing valuable skills and experience from her nursing background. Jan is our Falls Champion and is responsible for the delivery of the Falls Prevention program to East and North East Christchurch.

Jan has a strong interest in the health and wellbeing of the elderly. Please contact Jan with any concerns ragrding falls prevention for yourself or your relatives.

Kirsten Harvey : Podiatrist

Kirsten Harvey


Kirsten works for the 'Feet in Motion" Podiatry group and has an onsite podiatry service every Thursday at Eastcare Physiotherapy Clinic.

Kirsten has an interest in sports biomechanics and gait analysis. Kirsten provides diabeties foot care and regular foot checks and orthotic prescription.

Please call 0800 668 498 for a podiatry appointment