What We Do

The ExerScience Clinic delivers individually prescribed exercise programmes based on scientific evidence for people with chronic health conditions or injuries. All programmes are developed using gold-standard measurements and all exercise sessions are monitored and supervised by highly trained clinical staff.

Our aim is to apply the science of exercise to assist people from illness to wellness, ensuring that they are able to retain or regain their independence and live a good quality of life.


In NZ, there have been few rehabilitative programmes offered to patients when they are newly diagnosed or discharged. The ExerScience Clinic has been established to bridge that gap.

 

The ExerScience Clinic is founded on the significant statistical evidence supporting the restorative and preventative value of exercise, reinforced in well-established Clinical Exercise Physiology Clinics around the world.

 

Gold standard measurements using established international protocols are applied to individually prescribed exercise programmes based on scientific evidence and monitored by the highly trained staff to provide the highest levels of safety.

 

Clients use a range of sophisticated cardiovascular, aerobic and strength training apparatus to complete individualised exercise programmes designed to specifically improve a wide range of medical conditions and encourage the return of good health and independence.

Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) - The Science of Exercise

The clinical exercise physiology profession is well established in Australia, the US, Canada and South Africa but is only just emerging in NZ.

Recognising its potential here, a number of tertiary institutions have developed courses in Clinical Exercise Physiology to meet the growing trend for this as an alternative therapy after intervention which is not presently being answered.

This is particularly relevant given the growing baby boomer population in New Zealand which estimates that by 2025, 2 .5 million adults will have reached the age of 65 in this country. Due to advances in medical treatments, New Zealanders are also living longer – 83.2 years life expectancy for females and 79.5 years for males (2014), although we are not  necessarily enjoying a better quality of life. 

In essence, CEPs complete a 2 year post-graduate degree which equips them to apply the science of exercise to improve health outcomes. CEPs learn how to accurately assess, interpret and monitor clinical signs, symptoms and measurements  such as ECG, expired gas analysis, spirometry and hemodynamics to monitor fitness of patients across a wide range of medical conditions. Based on that information, they can then prescribe appropriate and safe exercise programmes designed to reduce the risk of disease and to rehabilitate patients.

A professional body - Clinical Exercise Physiology NZ Inc. (CEPNZ), was established in 2013 in New Zealand to help guide the new profession’s development. This body conducts competency examinations throughout the country. Clinical Exercise Physiologists are also now included in the National Directors of Allied Health approved health professions list.

The Team

All of our Clinical Exercise Physiologists at the clinic have attained degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology and are registered with CEPNZ. Clinical Exercise Physiologists have over 600+ hours of clinical experience.

All clinic staff also have current advanced life support certifications. The clinic has strict safety protocols including angina and cardiac arrest protocols and a listed St John emergency plan.

Eleanor Nattrass

Clinic Manager
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
MSc (Hons), RCEP- CEPNZ, ACSM-RCEP

Ellie enjoys educating individuals on behavioural lifestyle change, with particular interest in exercise rehabilitation for metabolic conditions.

Saskia van den Ende

Assistant Clinic Manager
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
RCEP-CEPNZ, MPhEd

Saskia has more than 4 years’ experience working as a CEP and has a strong interest in rehabilitation during and after cancer treatment.

Jaimee Brown

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
MSc (Hons), RCEP-CEPNZ, ACSM-RCEP

Jaimee has a fervent desire to continually educate others on the associated benefits of exercise on one’s health

Aalia Desai

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
MSc (Hons), RCEP-CEPNZ, ACSM-RCEP

Aalia is intrigued by the workings of the human body and is passionate about using exercise to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Glenys Moss

Administrator