Dr James McGarvey
Dr James McGarvey, MBChB, FACSEP – Sport and Exercise Physician
Dr James McGarvey is currently the team doctor for the All Blacks and has long held a keen interest in rugby medicine over the years. Before working with the All Blacks he was the team doctor for Canterbury and Counties Manukau provincial rugby teams, the Chiefs Super Rugby team, the NZ U20s team, the Rugby World Cup Medical Officer 2011, the NZ Rugby Sevens programme doctor through to the 2016 Rio Olympics and the Blues Super Rugby team.
James is currently a Sport and Exercise Physician with Axis Sports Medicine Specialists, having previously worked in both New Zealand and Australian practices. On the academic side James contributes to the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine as an examiner and the British Medical Journal as a sports medicine reviewer. He has previously been a senior lecturer and has run the Auckland University post graduate diploma in sports medicine.
Dr Stephen Kara
Dr Stephen Kara, MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med, Dip Obs, MPhil (Hons) – Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar
Dr Stephen Kara has an extensive background in sports medicine. He has worked in rugby medicine for over 15 years, from provincial and Super Rugby teams through to national sides, including both Counties Manukau and Auckland Rugby ITM Cup teams, Auckland Blues Super Rugby team, NZ U19s and Māori All Black teams, a tournament medical officer for the Rugby World Cup 2011. He is currently an educator for World Rugby in Pitchside Immediate Care. Outside of rugby Stephen has also been the NZ Men’s Hockey Medical Officer and the tournament physician at tennis’s ASB Classic.
Stephen is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar at Axis Sports Medicine Specialists. He has a strong interest in concussion and injury prevention, has held a concussion education role with NZ Rugby and is leading Axis’ dedicated sports concussion clinic.
Dr Dan Exeter
Dr Dan Exeter, MBChB , MMedSci, FACSEP – Sport and Exercise Physician
Dan has a wide-ranging background in sports medicine across both NZ and Australia, which makes it fitting that he is currently the Chair of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physician (ACSEP) Education Committee.
Dan has worked with an array of teams and sports. He was the team physician at Hawthorn AFL Football Club, who where the 2013 AFL premiers in Dan’s time there. He has also worked as the team physician for the Counties Manukau Rugby team and Chiefs Super Rugby team, been the tournament physician at the ASB classic and Heineken Tennis Open plus the event physician for the World Rowing Championships and ITU Triathlon events here in NZ and overseas. To add to Dan’s bow he was also part of the NZ Medical teams at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Currently Dan is the Medical Director for Athletics New Zealand, a medical provider for HPSNZ and is set to head to the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games as part of the NZ Health team.
Aside from Dan’s impressive experience, he also has a keen interest in injury prevention and cardiac screening of athletes.
Dr Sarah Beable
Dr Sarah Beable, MBChB FACSEP – Sport and Exercise Physician
Dr Sarah Beable is the lead sports physician at the Axis Alpine clinic in Queenstown. Sarah has a keen interest and vast experience in endurance-based athletes, working with them to achieve optimal performance, prevention and management of; injuries, illness and musculoskeletal issues. Sarah has extensive experience with both females and males with low energy availability (RED-S) including the range of issues that this encompasses.
She is a member of the HPSNZ panel of experts, WHISPA (Women’s Health in Sport; A Performance Advantage) working around low energy availability issues and has published research in ‘Depression and Associated Life Stress in Elite Athletes’.
Dr Sarah Beable has worked with many athletes across a wide range of sporting codes including; Medical Director for Cycling NZ, the Silver Ferns and Central Pulse netball teams, the Wellington Phoenix football team, Counties Manukau Rugby plus the HPSNZ Snow Sports Team. She has also been part of the NZ Olympic Health team attending the Rio Olympics in 2016, the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast and 2014 Games in Glasgow and is lined up to attend the recently postponed 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games as part of the health team.
Sarah has also had experience in emergency medicine, general practice and military medicine before completing her Post Graduate Sport Medicine Diploma.
Dr Sharron Flahive
Dr Sharron Flahive, MBChB, Dip Sports Med (Lond), FACSEP
Dr Sharron Flahive is well known in the world of rugby sports medicine. Sharron is the longest serving member of the Waratahs staff after working 20 years as the chief medical officer for the NSW Waratahs, completing her tenure in 2019. In this role she was the first female sports physician to be appointed to a professional rugby union team.
Sharron’s career in sports medicine has involved roles in numerous sports and sporting organisations such as running, Formula 4000 Racing, triathlon, gymnastics, Masters and Arafura Games, NZ Rugby League, Kyokushin Karate, women’s cricket, NZ Black Ferns, and she was a member of the New Zealand Medical Advisory panel of NZRFU. Alongside this she has worked several major events including the 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2008 Cirque du Soleil “Dralion” in Sydney, the Sydney Rugby 7s tournament in 2017, and the London Marathon.
Dr Sharron Flahive is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the Wallaroos Rugby Union Team. Sharron also has a devotion to education, teaching and professional development within the field of sport and exercise medicine, becoming an independent director on the Board for International Rugby Players Association (IRP). This year she also became Chair Of Training for the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).
Dr Jake Pearson
Dr Jake Pearson, MBCHB, BPhed (Hons), PG Dip Sports Med, FACSP – Sport Physician
Jake is a specialist sports physician with a passion for sport and exercise. Raised in Wellington, he completed a Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons) at Otago before going on to study medicine. He returned to Wellington at the start of 2011, having completed his specialist training with a year in both Auckland and the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra (where he had particular responsibility medically overseeing the gymnastics, basketball and boxing programmes).
Jake is currently doctor for the Wellington Phoenix football team, medical director for NZ Paralympics, and a recognised medical provider for High Performance Sport NZ. He travelled to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with the New Zealand men’s football team, and has provided medical coverage for a number of sports teams and events. He is also a lecturer at the Wellington Medical School.
Jake has enjoyed participating in many sports and remains very active. His passion is ITF Taekwon-Do and he represented New Zealand at the World Championships in 2001. Jake keeps active running, conditioning and in various other activities, and has participated in the Coast to Coast.
Pete Gallagher, Sports Physiotherapist
Pete Gallagher, started out at Otago University’s business school working towards becoming an accountant before realising the school of physiotherapy was where he wanted to be and shifting his focus to build a long standing career as a Sports Physiotherapist.
Pete has worked within many high performance and team environments both in NZ and overseas including; Sports Medicine and Performance Team Consultant with the Kobelco Steelers Rugby, Performance Consultant for Basketball NZ and the Brooklyn Nets, Physiotherapist for the Highlanders Super Rugby Franchise and Otago Rugby plus previously a part time lecturer with the Otago Polytech in sports injury prevention and management.
Pete is currently the lead physiotherapist for the NZ All Blacks rugby team, all kindled from his own hand injury as a teenager which brewed an interest in human anatomy throughout his own time as a competitive rower.
He has supported many legends in NZ’s sporting world back to full form through his expertise, consistent monitoring and hands on approach to injury prevention and rehabilitation; including All Black legends, Mark Mayerhofler and Dan Carter.
Dr Danielle Salmon
Dr Danielle Salmon, PhD
Dr. Danielle Salmon (PhD): Danielle is currently a Research Scientist for New Zealand Rugby (NZR) where she conducts the injury surveillance for Super Rugby and is leading NZR community rugby concussion initiative. This concussion initiative has employed a social ecological model to develop a concussion management pathway that consider the levels of influence from the policy to the interpersonal interactions on the stakeholders involved in the management of concussions. Over the past two years, she has developed and piloted different components of the pathway and clinical decision support tools (NZR mobile Concussion App and NZR Concussion Portal) which have been developed to operationalize current best practice concussion recommendations at the community level.
Danielle completed her PhD in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences and postdoctoral training in the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago. Where she focused on a cervical stabilization program for chronic pain in professional rugby players and how the neck muscle contributes to the head acceleration profile during impacts.
Dr Rob Everitt
Dr Rob Everitt, MB ChB 1993 Auckland; FACEM 2001 – Emergency Medicine Specialist
Dr Rob Everitt is an Emergency Medicine Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience as a specialist in ED and a consultant in Intensive Care at North Shore Hospital. Rob has also transferred this experience and expertise into eh sporting arena here in NZ. He has been the Match Day Doctor and Immediate Care Lead at Eden Park from 2005 including the Lions tour that year. Rob is also a trainer for the NZ Resuscitation Council (NZRC), a medical course director for NZ Rugby and has delivered immediate care courses for Sports Physiotherapy NZ and the NZ Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams.
Rob will also be the tournament medical director for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.
Dr. Adam Castricum
Sport and Exercise Physician, MB BS (Monash) FACSEP MSpM(Res) GAICD
Adam Castricum is passionate about sport and exercise and takes great satisfaction out of helping all members of the community across all stages of life achieve their goals in a safe, enjoyable and healthy fashion whether they are elite athletes or simply inactive patients wishing to get active and lead a healthier, more rewarding life.
In March 2021, Adam and his young family will take the plunge across the ditch for a change to join the Axis team in Queenstown after twenty years training and setting up specialist practice in Melbourne, Australia at the world renowned tertiary Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, where he was Head of the Medical Department for the last 10 years – among other things…
Adam became a Fellow with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) in 2008 after successfully completing 6 years of training in Melbourne and Sydney. Soon after, he was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Athletics Australia and headed up the medical team for the successful Australian Track and Field team at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. From 2014-2017 he worked with the excellent medical and conditioning team at Hawthorn Football Club, with the highlight being the 2014 and 2015 Premierships.
In 2015, Adam started his 6 year term on the ACSEP Board as Vice President sitting on the Continuing Professional Development and Practice Accreditation Committees. In 2016, Adam was elected President of ACSEP and held this post for three years until early 2019. As President, Adam also sat on the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) and strongly advocated for equality and diversity, improving indigenous, regional and remote health outcomes, as well as doctors mental health and making specialist Sport and Exercise Medical care accessible to all members of the community. Adam continues much of this work as one the Health Champions of Change Coalition members and also mentors indigenous doctors on the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) mentorship program. He continues to be actively involved in teaching ACSEP Registrars and Chairs the ACSEP Exercise is Medicine and Mental Health Working Groups.
His professional areas of interest include athletics, all codes of football, triathlon, alpine skiing, lower limb injuries, exercise prescription, adolescent injuries, fatigue in athletes and exercise induced asthma, on which he completed his Masters Research in 2008.
He also performs ultrasound-guided interventions, which will be a new service for Axis Sports Medicine Specialists in Queenstown.