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The foundation Board of CEPNZ was established in November 2012. Four members were nominated and voted onto the CEPNZ Board. Members undertook to grow this Board and ratified the society rules (lodged with the Companies Office)  establishing an incorporated society. In accordance with the rules of the society, elections of officers will be carried out annually.


The current CEPNZ Board Members are:

Lynette Hodges (Massey University)



Lynette is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise at Massey University (Since 2009). She teaches in the Exercise Prescription and Training Major. Lynette is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and has experience in research with primary patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She is an active researcher in the area of cardiovascular exercise and health and has recently finished a study examining upper and lower body exercise in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. She plans to further her research pathways, by undertaking future research investigating cardiovascular exercise in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Stacey Reading (University of Auckland)




Stacey is Program Director for the Health & Performance Clinic and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland. He is a clinical exercise physiologist with research interests in both vascular physiology and the use of prescriptive exercise to treat exercise intolerance in health and disease. He earned a PhD in human physiology from the Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada. He also completed post-doctoral training in cerebrovascular physiology in the Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine University of Vermont, USA. Prior to coming to the University of Auckland, he was the Director of the Chronic Illness Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He has been a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology since 1996 serving as a Master Examiner for the certification program as well as serving on the national CPT certification committee. He is a member of Exercise is Medicine Canada.

Hannah Lowe (The Centre for Health)



Hannah is the manager of The Centre for Health, an integrative health and research centre in Tauranga. Hannah completed her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology as part of the inaugural Masters class at the University of Auckland in 2013. She then moved to Tauranga and works alongside Dr Anna Rolleston as part of an integrative team delivering clinical exercise physiology services and programmes both within the Tauranga community and throughout New Zealand. Hannah helps the delivery and undertakes the assessments and supervision of several research projects undertaken both at the clinic and in the wider community. 

Eleanor Nattrass (Ascend Health)


 Eleanor completed a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Auckland with her research focusing on Exercise Rehabilitation for Pacific Island Adolescents with Metabolic Syndrome. After working for a couple of years in corporate health screening Eleanor began researching and developing The ExerScience Clinic (renamed to Medifit in 2022) in Grafton, Auckland. As part of the legislative subcommittee, Eleanor hopes to contribute toward gaining better access for the NZ public to receive Clinical Exercise Physiology services.

Matt Wood (Auckland University of Technology)

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Matt is a lecturer for the School of Sport and Recreation AUT and manager of the AUT Millennium Human Potential Clinic, providing clinical exercise physiology services for the Auckland community. Matt has been involved in numerous occupational, environmental, clinical, and sports physiology research projects. He has a special interest in improving exercise-related processes for managing clinical clients in the New Zealand medical and fitness industries, working with large organisations to improve patient care. Matt’s current focus is on the delivery of innovative models of cardiac and cancer rehabilitation

Megan Reyden (Optimize Health)


Megan is the director and co-founder of Optimize Health; a community-based specialised exercise service for disease prevention and rehabilitation. Megan completed her Masters of Science at the University of Auckland. Her research focused on the effects of healthy aging and cardiovascular disease on skin blood flow during exercise. Following her Masters, Megan worked at the University of Auckland Health and Rehabilitation Clinic and was in charge of teaching an undergraduate exercise prescription course. Alongside her work at the university, she and her business partner Catherine Moss worked on developing Optimize Health in Mission Bay and Henderson, Auckland. Megan is very excited to help develop CEP in New Zealand, and looks forward to seeing it grow!

Amy Pearce (Wintec)

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Amy Pearce is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Academic Staff member at Wintec. She teaches physiology and exercise programming for special populations on the Human Movement and Sports Science degree program, the physiotherapy degree program, and the post-graduate clinical exercise physiology program.

She moved to NZ with her family from Johannesburg, South Africa to complete her Master's degree in New Zealand in 2018. She has been tertiary teaching and in private practice for 17 years and currently works in part-time practice within the Wintec Biokinetic Clinic. In the clinic, she works mainly with Medical Insurance patients on return to work programs. Amy loves exploring her new home of NZ with her husband and their two young children.

Gareth Carter (ABI Rehabilitation)

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Gareth completed a MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology at The University of Auckland. Gareth has experience in community and hospital-based rehabilitation. He is currently a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for ABI Rehabilitation working in the stroke rehabilitation, long-COVID, training for independence, functional rehab and ICP MSK contracts. 

Gareth’s ancestral links include Māori, Samoan, and European descent which gives him a deep understanding on how to engage with the different cultures and communities. This cultural awareness coupled with a patient-centred approach helps to build meaningful relationships to achieve the most optimal health outcomes. Gareth's vision is to educate clinicians and consumers in Aotearoa on how Clinical Exercise Physiology can be utilized in the health system to decrease the burden of long term disability, morbidity and mortality.  

Tyler Elliott (University of Auckland)

Administrative Secretary


Tyler is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland. After completing his MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2013, he worked in the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic at the university, teaching in the postgraduate CEP programme. He is now teaching exercise prescription for undergraduate students while he completes his PhD. Tyler is not a board member but provides administrative support to the board of CEPNZ and is the first point of contact for any queries about the organisation. You can contact Tyler at

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