Meet The Team

Professional and Totally Committed to Your Health and Fitness

Mae Heard

MedStrength Manager

Mae graduated in South Africa with a Bachelors in Biomedical Health Sciences and Honours in Biokinetics. She has 8 years of experience in athletic performance and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. More recently she has worked extensively with neurological and mental health conditions, which has taught her to communicate well and enables her to work with a variety of people. She has mainly worked in private multidisciplinary practices with running and managing her own practice. Her areas of expertise are in musculoskeletal physical rehabilitation.

Mae has a keen interest in ultra marathon distance running, dancing and CrossFit.

Matthew Hingley


Matthew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport from Unitec, majoring in Coaching. He has a genuine passion in making a difference in people’s lives through helping them achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

Matthew has played soccer for 15 years and has been weightlifting for 4 years, specialising in muscular hypertrophy (increasing lean muscle gain). He also has an interest in resolving pain, preventing injury and optimising athletic performance.

Hugo Santibanez


Hugo is from Chile, where he studied physiotherapy at Universidad Autónoma de Chile, graduating in 2016. He is enthusiastic about helping people recover from physical problems in order to improve their quality of life. He has experience in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and physio treatment for hospitalized patients back in Chile. After finishing his degree, Hugo wanted to travel and came to New Zealand, where he studied English, and then a Diploma in Health Services Management, Level 7.
His goals are to validate his Chilean degree to work in New Zealand as a registered Physiotherapist.
His clinical areas of interest are Sports Physiotherapy, Injury Prevention, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Acute and Chronic Pain Management.
Hugo is passionate about almost every sport on two wheels, especially mountain biking, which he has been doing for more than 10 years. He enjoys riding every weekend, as well as travelling to new places with friends

Ben Hingley


Ben is currently studying Physiotherapy at AUT. Both within and outside his studies he is seeking the skills and knowledge to assist people in attaining their optimal level of movement. He understands physical health is just one area of health and wellness and is very interested in applying a holistic health approach to his future practice. He has a keen interest in understanding how the body functions, what factors can lead to impaired functions, and how rehabilitation can be used to regain function.
The importance of exercise and movement was instilled in Ben from a young age by his mother who involved him in her exercises. Over the years he has experienced the benefits of exercise and understands how much it can affect not only a person’s physical health but also mental health. He has participated in a large variety of sports; currently he is focusing on kick boxing as Ben is interested in martial arts. Other interests include running, reading, and exploring the beautiful natural locations that New Zealand has to offer.

Nissi Simmons


Before coming to MedStrength, Nissi has had a wide variety of jobs, ranging from being a groom for horse riding stables, commercial abseiling off high rise buildings and activity instructing with primary school kids. She is also currently coaching CrossFit and doing a little competition on the side. Her love for the gym and learning about the human body began when she was 17 on joining a gym.

After starting off learning about hypertrophy and strength training, she eventually landed on CrossFit. Loving the high intensity and functionality of the training, she worked hard at it and was asked to coach within a few months; she has a level 1 CrossFit certificate and has been coaching for almost a year.

In her spare time, you can find Nissi in the gym, drinking coffee, reading a book, listening to music and dancing, or hanging out with her whānau and friends.

Teariki Sword


Teariki has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport from Unitec, majoring in Physical Education. He has spent the last 3 years in his home country of Rarotonga working as the Strength & Conditioning coach for the CI National Rugby 7s team and the Sports Development Manager for the Cook Island Sport National Olympic Committee. He is genuinely interested in strength and conditioning and high-performance exercise for athletes, but generally working with people of all ages to help improve their wellbeing and quality of life is what he finds most rewarding. 

During his school years he played for Kings College 1st XV and represented the Cook Islands in age group and national honours for rugby 7’s. He is currently working with the Ponsonby Filles (Womens Premier) rugby team for 2021, assisting with team management and training needs. When He is not in the gym or at rugby trainings, he is usually spending quality time with his partner and daughter or making music. 

Teariki looks to do post-graduate studies in the near future to strengthen his knowledge in sports exercise and development. 


Rebekah Lynch


Rebekah hails from the south, growing up in Dunedin and Central Otago, and gained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Otago University. Rebekah has a passion for using exercise to manage all aspects of health, be it physical illness, injury, or mental health. She has a particular interest in empowerment of women to use exercise as a tool for health.


Rebekah’s love of exercise came from a childhood of playing every sport imaginable, with football becoming the focus. Some other honorable mentions include skiing, netball, and running. Through her teenage years, Rebekah used exercise, sport, and movement to manage her own wellness, and fulfill her competitive side. She plans to transfer the skills she has learnt her various experiences to guide others to their health and fitness goals.