The Headache Clinic
The Headache Clinic

Our Team

FOUNDER - HELEN TUFUI

Helen Tufui opened the first Headache clinic of its kind in New Zealand. Helen has been work exclusively in the field of Headache, Migraine and Post-Concussion treatment for almost 7 years.

With more than 8000 hours experience dedicated to this area, Helen has treated thousands of patients.  Helen aims to help others take control of their Headache and Migraine rather than their condition controlling them.

Prior to working in this exclusive field, Helen worked for 11 years as a musculo-skeletal physiotherapist and had a special interest in sports medicine. 

Helen is a busy Mum to four active girls and loves getting outdoors and spending time with her family. In the weekends you will often find her with husband James watching her children playing sport.

AUCKLAND - ANNALEISA HAMMOND

After working in the UK and Australia for many years, I have settled into vibrant Auckland. I have a great passion for sailing and enjoy renovating our home with my husband. To further develop my skill set, I attended The Watson Headache Institute in Australia. I have been work exclusively in Headache, Migraine and Post-concussion treatment for three years and love improving the quality of life of my patients.

AUCKLAND - GREG SULLIVAN

CHRISTCHURCH - BRIDGET FORD

I have a real love for the outdoors and the Canterbury high country. In my spare time you will find me out running in the hills, managing our own business or spending time with my family.

I am a passionate physiotherapist with 17 years of musculoskeletal experience and thrive on improving people’s quality of life. Working exclusively with headache and migraine enables me to make a real difference to my clients lives which I love.’

CHRISTCHURCH - PHILLIPPA HORNE

I am a busy Mum who loves exploring the outdoors with my family and friends. We enjoy tramping and camping and I am an expert at packing the tent back into its bag.

I have been a physiotherapist in the musculoskeletal field for 15 years and have two postgraduate diplomas. In 2016 I trained at The Watson Headache Institue and found using this treatment had a positive impact on my patients.

Wanting to make a greater difference and sharpen my skills in this area, I decided to work exclusively in the field of Headache, Migraine and Post-concussion syndrome and joined the team at The Headache Clinic Christchurch in 2018.

CHRISTCHURCH - JP WALKER

I am a born and bred Cantabrian who enjoys a busy life. When I have time you will find me out running half marathons and spending time with my young family.

After graduating from the University of Otago's School of Physiotherapy in 2003 I followed my interest for sports physiotherapy and worked in a number of highly regarded musculoskeletal and sports injury clinics.

I have worked with a large number of young sporting elite and in 2015 completed my postgraduate certificate in rehabilitation.


I enjoy the challenge of treating a health complaint that until recently was considered in the too hard basket to treat and improving peoples lives who have lived with a chronic pain condition for 30-40 years in some cases.

INVERCARGILL - LENA BEKHUIS

I am a mum to 3 energetic boys that keep me on my toes and young at heart! We shifted back to Southland in 2014 where, when we are not shuttling between various sports, we enjoy getting out and about as a family exploring the great outdoors in our immediate as well as our wider back yard.

I graduated from Otago University in 2001 and have had a varied career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and more recently also in clinical education and research. Over the years I have seen the impact that Headaches and Migraines can have on an individual and how it can affect those around them as well.

I joined the Headache Clinic team in 2020 and I am enjoying the opportunity this has given me to focus my skills and knowledge in this area, and importantly, to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people living with Headaches and Migraines.  

INVERCARGILL - SUE DAWSON (ADMINISTRATOR)

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