Dr Mark Laslett

Mark Laslett

After graduation as a physiotherapist in 1971, Mark owned and operated his own private practices in Auckland from 1972-2001, including a specialist Spine Care Clinic (1991-1997). He completed the Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1976 and the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1991. Mark moved to Christchurch in 2005 and has practiced as an independent musculoskeletal consultant for PhysioSouth Ltd since then. 

Mark was a manipulative therapy instructor for the spine and upper and lower extremities for the NZ Manipulative Therapists Association 1980-1988 and was president 1988-89. He commenced teaching mobilization and manipulation workshops for the McKenzie Institute International as an international instructor in 1985 and added his own courses on the upper and lower extremities in 1990. Mark ceased active involvement in the McKenzie Institute in 1997. He has presented about 250 short courses in Scandinavia, Europe, North America and Australasia, and has presented at many international conferences with free papers and as keynote presenter. Most recently in 2013 he has completed a teaching tour of courses and conferences that included presentations in Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, France and the USA.

His academic and research interest is in the theory and practice of diagnostics as distinct from therapeutics. He has over 40 publications, contributed chapters to two multi-author books and published his own text Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: The Upper Limb in 1996. See Reference List at end of this brief biography. Mark commenced doctoral studies at the University of Linköping, Sweden in 2001, successfully defending his thesis “Diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination compared to available reference standards in chronic low back pain patients” in 2005. He became a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy in 2007 and served as a member of its Academic Board 2008-2014. He was a senior Research Fellow for AUT University from 2008-2012 supervising doctoral and Master’s research projects. He became the first physiotherapist to be registered as a clinical specialist in February 2014. Mark was made an honorary Life Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand in September 2014, and of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association in 2015. He continues to practice as a consultant clinician and remains active in clinical research.

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Main areas of Interest
Painful musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and extremities with special emphasis on persistent low back, neck and shoulder pain. Musculoskeletal diagnostics (as distinct from therapeutics) remains an ongoing research interest. He is currently working with Dr Tom Petersen of Copenhagen on updating their lumbar spine classification system (2003) and with Dr Arianne Verhagen of Erasmus University in updating the systematic review of tests for lumbar radiculopathy. He is currently adjunct research fellow at AUT University on the basis of supervising a doctoral candidate whose research is based on the diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination of the hip.


Dr Angela Cadogan


A Cadogan photo SMSAngela is a NZ registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal). Angela has a Ph.D in Musculoskeletal Diagnostics from AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) with a sub-specialty in the diagnosis and management of shoulder pain. She is based in Christchurch, New Zealand where she works part-time in her own physiotherapy practice, in a diagnostic Orthopaedic Triage role (Shoulder) with the Canterbury District Health Board and in private practice with an orthopaedic shoulder specialist. She has an ongoing research interest in shoulder diagnostics and clinical management of shoulder conditions.

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Angela graduated from AUT University in 1990 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Her work history includes Greenlane/National Women's Hospital (Auckland, NZ), rehabilitation medicine and occupational health in Chicago Illinois, private practice and touring with several sports teams while completing her Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (NZMPA) in NZ in 1998. In 2000 she completed her Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin University (Perth, Australia) then returned to New Zealand to take on a position with NZ Cricket as the team physiotherapist for the White Ferns in 2001. This role expanded and she worked as the Sports Medicine and Science Coordinator for women's cricket, and the touring physiotherapist for the NZ Men's "A" team for several years, and for the World XI Cricket team in 2007. She left NZ Cricket in 2009 to begin her PhD research into the diagnosis of shoulder pain. She was awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship through the Health Research Council of NZ and completed her PhD in 2012. She has published several papers from her thesis in the area of shoulder diagnostics and sports physiotherapy.

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Professional Involvement

Angela is the immediate past President of Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand (SPNZ) and Chair of the SPNZ Education Committee, still currently serving on the SPNZ Education Committee. Angela was a board member of the NZ College of Physiotherapy until its' restructure in 2014. She is lead tutor for the Shoulder module of the NZ Manipulative Physiotherapists Association courses and is a member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET). Angela is an independent reviewer for the Health and Disability Commissioner and was an invited member of the ACC Advisory Panel in the development of national imaging guidelines for shoulder pain in 2012. She is currently on the NZ Physiotherapy Board Working Party for Physiotherapy Specialisation and provides consultation and advisory on Board related matters.

Dr Tracey Pons


Tracey PonsTracey works in her own private physiotherapy practice in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury and was registered as a Physiotherapy Pain Specialist in 2016. She has been involved with part time post graduate study since 2003 and was the first allied health professional to be awarded the top academic achiever for the University of Otago Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Musculoskeletal Management in 2008. She was awarded a Master of Health Sciences, with distinction, in 2012. In 2016 she was awarded runner up for the New Zealand Pain Society Broadfoot award with her research in pain. In May 2019 she graduated with her PhD from the University of Otago where she undertook a longitudinal study looking at Physiotherapy outcomes for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome across the South Island.

Tracey has a passionate commitment to understanding persistent pain for all age groups; encouraging the collaboration between physiotherapists towards the management of pain; and believes that the privilege of working in clinical practice with ongoing post graduate study and research fosters rewarding care. She has a full police clearance certificate to work with children since persistent pain can also affect children and adolescents.

Tracey has presented at many local and international conferences about her research in persistent pain; has seven international journal publications and one, currently, under review.

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