Meet the Physio Team

Alexa Cridge

Principal Physiotherapist

Alexa qualified as a Physiotherapist in the United Kingdom in 1996. After having spent many years working for the National Health Services in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, she decided to pursue her passion for community health with a particular emphasis on older people's health.

Having completed a DMA Clinical Pilates course Alexa works with the team of instructors in Waiheke Physiotherapy's Pilates Studio.

Ingrid Malifa

Principal Physiotherapist

Having successfully graduated from Otago University, Ingrid has over 13 years of experience in private practice, both here and in the United Kingdom. Ingrid has a particular interest in sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation and has had the priviledge of working with many national sporting codes including Canterbury Netball teams and the NZ Women's cricket team. 

One of her more memorable posts was as a physiotherapist at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. 

Now with a post-graduate diploma in Sports Medicine, Ingrid is enjoying working with local sports people and the general public in the rehabilitation and treatment of their injuries and medical conditions.

David Toomey


David graduated from the University College Dublin with a first class honours degree in physiotherapy, went on to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy and is now undertaking a PhD in Physiotherapy.

Having played, as well as worked, with professional rugby teams, David has found Pilates to be a fantastic tool in the prevention and treatment of injuries. David comes to Waiheke after managing clinics for Peak Pilates & Physiotherapy.

David Lee


Acupuncture Treatment Provider

Hoonseok David Lee has been practicing acupuncture since 1999 and has gained further qualifications through his studies in America and Korea.

David practices 8 Body Type Acupuncture, an Eastern Medicine practice based on each person having a specific constitution, similar to a body type, that is inherited from either both or one of his/her parents, which determines the body’s inherent strengths and weaknesses.

Being ACC registered, David treats both private clients and those with active ACC claims. As part of treatment, techniques such as cupping, massage and dry needling are used alongside acupuncture.

David has been working on Waiheke Island for over 5 years and enjoys working alongside other health professionals in our open minded community.

Melisa Whitford

Office Manager / Reception

At the front of house, Melisa is often your first point of contact with Waiheke Physiotherapy. Having had over 25 years of experience with multiple operating systems and customer service Melisa has been quick to understand how ACC operates. 

Having been a patient under ACC you could not be in better hands when it comes to understanding your ACC claim and how to best communicate with ACC on your behalf. 

Waiheke Physiotherapy's Story

Alexa Cridge and Ingrid Malifa are proud co-owners of Waiheke Physio & Pilates. 

They have seen their clinic, year on year, play a vital and valid role in the Waiheke Island community's ongoing health and fitness well being. Alongside this they have enjoyed seeing many locals and tourists benefit from their professional and caring approach to all physio related injuries. 

Their aim is to continue to build and grow their business to ensure they continue to provide quality physiotherapy services to their community.

Prevention is as important as the cure. 

The Waiheke Physiotherapy team are professional, dedicated and caring staff who provide a personal service in a welcoming and friendly environment. Their physios offer a wide range of services and treatment expertise to support and ensure all your health needs are met.  

Always open to comments and feedback, Alexa and Ingrid welcome your communication.

Why Us?

Waiheke Physiotherapy are a team who are highly qualified with current skills across the varying disciplines of physiotherapy.

Together the team hold many years of physio experience which covers an extensive range of up-to-date physiotherapy treatments. 

Physio Treatments