Our Team

Find out more about the Performance Plus Physio team members

Jodi Curtis

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Jodi graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with distinction) from Otago University in 2014.  Her passion for continual learning has resulted in her attaining the NZMPA accredited certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, a Postgraduate certificate in acupuncture, a Postgraduate diploma in Health Science and a Masters of Health Practice, all with distinction.   

Jodi has proudly worked with rugby, football, and ice hockey teams for the past 13 years, her love for sport extending from her own achievements with the NZ under 17 Football Ferns and a college football scholarship resulting in two years playing abroad in New York.  She has a special interest in enhancing muscular performance and identifying movement patterns holding athletes back from reaching their potential. Although her boots have since been hung up, she still enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through social sport, CrossFit, and running after her daughter Natalie. 

An avid Hurricanes supporter, Jodi is committed to never converting to Canterbury after moving to Christchurch with her husband in 2019 to run the South Island branch of Performance Plus Physio.

Jodi is currently on maternity leave until the end of the year with her little boy due at the end of June. 

Diana Chen

Physiotherapist and Pelvic Health Therapist

Diana graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Her drive to help others attain and maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle through identification and correction of faulty movement patterns prompted her to become one of only a handful of New Zealand physiotherapists to be selective functional movement assessment certified. Diana is proactive in staying up to date in the ever-changing medical world, advancing on her dry needling qualifications by completing a Postgraduate certificate in acupuncture in 2020, as well as recently completing her certificate in pelvic women’s health.

Diana is passionate about working with athletes from all different sporting codes and has enjoyed being the lead sports physiotherapist for a variety of teams; most recently working alongside the NZ Men’s and Women’s volleyball team. She has had a wide range of sporting exposure working with ice hockey, netball, football, and Brazilian Jiujitsu athletes. In addition, Diana speaks fluent Mandarin, removing any communication barriers for Chinese patients requiring physiotherapy consultations.

Diana loves playing social volleyball, singing Karaoke and spending time with her dog Bailey and 1 year old daughter Isla. She is a proud Cantabrian and avid Crusader’s supporter.

Sophie Coutts


Sophie graduated from the University of Otago in 2019. Originally from Dunedin, Sophie moved up to Christchurch to finish her studies and fell in love with the city – Christchurch is now her second home. Sophie has enjoyed working in the Christchurch community over the last four years and is excited to be back after her recent trip overseas.
As a previous New Zealand representative in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Sophie is passionate about working together with athletes to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals, improve their performance and address the causative factors to injury.
Sophie has been teaching Pilates for the past two years and enjoys incorporating this into her patient’s rehabilitation.
Outside of work, you will find Sophie getting out an exploring Christchurch’s beautiful scenery, baking, and continuing her quest to find the best cup of coffee in Christchurch.

Ivan Wright


Ivan grew up in Cape Town and moved to New Zealand a year ago to experience a different lifestyle. He finished his degree in physiotherapy at the University of the Free State in 2018 where he worked with various sports teams including rugby and netball.

Ivan has experience in trauma and orthopaedics in the hospital and outpatient/rehabilitation setting. This gives him a great perspective of your injury and how the road ahead looks, whether a mild niggle or a major trauma.

Ivan enjoys seeing clients get back to better then their baseline level of function and incorporates injury prevention into his rehabilitation plans. He is looking forward to taking over the role of lead physiotherapist for the Red Devils Ice Hockey in 2023.

Outside of work, he likes to ride the tracks, enjoys swimming and playing indoor netball. Ivan loves learning new skills and is currently learning to surf.

Matthew Firman

Office Manager and Massage Therapist

Matthew is our office manager and superstar massage therapist. After completing a diploma in Sport and Exercise Science in 2012 he worked as a personal trainer before progressing through to strength and conditioning for rowing teams to an Olympic weightlifting coach.  Matthew subsequently completed a certificate in therapeutic massage in 2019 through the Wellington School of Massage Therapy. Working as a massage therapist inspired him to want to help people even more and so is currently in his third year of his Osteopathy Degree.

Outside of work and full-time study, Matthew loves to spend time with his wife Jodi and daughter Natalie.