At Petone Physiotherapy we have a hardworking team of physiotherapists, who work closely with our administration team to deliver the best service to our clients. Find out a little bit more about them here!


Jo Young

Dip. Phyty, Dip.Manip.Phyty, MPNZ

Jo is the principal of the business and has been working in the heart of Petone for over 20 years.

She did her undergraduate physiotherapy study in Otago and returned to complete post graduate study in manipulative physiotherapy. Jo loves being part of the local community and helping people reach their full potential. She believes not only in the benefits of hands on therapy but also education and exercise to empower people to manage and prevent their problems from reoccurring. As part of this philosophy she takes small mat work pilates classes with a rehab focus. She is also a Certified Mulligan practitioner and works onsite and offsite providing Occupational physiotherapy services.

Outside of work Jo loves to ski and has been slowly working her way through her karate belts!

Emma Hart


Emma is a full time physiotherapist at the clinic, who graduated from the University of Otago. She moved from Nelson to Wellington to join the staff at Petone Physio in January 2017. She is currently completing a Certificate in Manual Therapy through NZMPA, which she will complete in 2019.

She is interested in sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, return to work/sport planning, and pain management. She is currently running the clinic’s falls prevention class, with the aim of improving the quality of life of older adults in the community. For the 2019 rugby season, you’ll spot Emma working on the sideline with Wainuiomata RFC as a team physiotherapist.

Outside of work, Emma loves to spend her free time exploring the Wellington and Greater Wellington region.

Rosie Johnson

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Rosie recently joined the team as a full time physiotherapist from England. She has a wide range of experience from working for the NHS in England and has an interest in shoulder rehabilitation, sports injuries and post-op rehabilitation. 

In her spare time, Rosie enjoys playing squash, skiing, travelling and other outdoor activities. 

Steve Young 

BHsc (Physiotherapy)

Steve is a part time physiotherapist and graduated from AUT in 2007 as a mature student. He has been working in Petone ever since and is a strong believer in the benefits of physiotherapy. He has continued with post graduate manual therapy courses and dry needling, and enjoys combining those skills with his love of exercise rehab.

When he is not working Steve plays basketball, is an active member of the Seido Karate club and travels whenever possible.

Sam Butturini


Sam joined the team this year as a part time physiotherapist. He also works part time at Te Aro Physio in Wellington.

Since graduating from the University of Otago in 2011, Sam has worked in a variety of areas within both the public and private sectors. He has experience with sports teams and sideline injury management, work site assessment, return to work planning, post op rehabilitation, and manual therapy. Sam’s interest are around providing accurate diagnosis of musculoskeletal issues, and applying best evidence treatment to assist you in achieving your goals.

Originally from Whangarei, in his spare time Sam enjoys diving, surfing and exercise.




Lesley is our familiar face at the front desk, helping our clients with bookings, payment, and a little chatter while they wait. You will see Lesley at the clinic on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday


Alicia is our friendly receptionist for Wednesday and Thursday, and is there to help our clients with anything they need out at the front desk and to welcome everybody with a smile


Hannah is a 4th year physiotherapy student who is currently doing evening reception work on our late nights, helping our physiotherapists out during the busy after work period