Nick Pearse-Smith


Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physical Education

Nick Pearse – Smith

A Physiotherapy graduate from the University of Otago, Nick joined the team at IHO in January 2018. Raised in Dunedin, Nick is an active member of the local community participating in multiple activities including football, cricket and surfing as well as teaching dance and participating in the performing arts.

Prior to studying Physiotherapy, Nick completed a Bachelor of Physical Education majoring in Exercise Prescription and Exercise & Sport Science at the University of Otago. This is strongly reflected in Nick’s treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes that he designs specifically for each client. Nick has also completed a course in dry needling which is a great adjunct to his existing treatment skillset.

Nick’s thesis addressed the effect of dance on people with neurological conditions which he presented at the Health & Disability Conference held in Dunedin. With Nick leading the way, IHO is in the early stages of developing a programme that uses movement and dance as a rehabilitation modality – watch this space!

Nick’s passion for sport has seen him provide training and match day Physiotherapy provision for local football club Green Island; our National Women’s League team at Southern United as well as assisting with Southern United’s National League Futsal, Youth and Men’s team players. Nick will continue to be an active part of the IHO team looking after Southern United’s Academy players culminating in the National Age Grade tournament to be held in Wellington at the end of the year.