Our Team

Dr Eloise Matthews

Dr Eloise Matthews


Dr Eloise Matthews is the founding director of Pinnacle Sports Physicians. She is a Sport and Exercise Physician who specialises in the care of the young athlete.

She has a passion for keeping the community active, healthy and enjoying their chosen sport or exercise. She firmly believes in exercise as medicine.

Eloise has a special interest in swimmers, endurance athletes and snow sport athletes. Eloise has a wide range of elite team and sports cover including being the youth winter olympic team doctor 2024, Silver Ferns tour doctor 2016, Australian 'Young Matildas' football team doctor 2015, Godzone adventure race doctor, AFL club doctor, various triathlons.

Eloise enjoys keeping active trail running, mountain biking and adventure racing. In winter she enjoys both skiing and snowboarding.


  • BSc Psychology
University of Canterbury
  • MBBS
University of Wollongong
  • Diploma in Sports Medicine
University of Auckland
Australasian College of Sport and Exercise physicians.
  • High Performance Sport NZ Approved Medical Contractor

Personal Sporting Pursuits:

Skiing, Snowboarding, Swimming, Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Kitesurfing.

Previous team sport medical cover:

  • Tactix netball team doctor
  • Silver Ferns netball team tour doctor
  • Australian women's soccer team Tour doctor
  • Australian Rules Football club doctor
  • Godzone adventure race doctor
  • Triathlon events
  • Equestrian events
  • Ice Hockey events

Dr Lesley Nicol

Dr Lesley Nicol


High Performance Sport New Zealand Christchurch Doctor

Lesley is a specialist Sports and Exercise Physician, with a background in physiotherapy and elite sport.

While completing her degrees in Physiotherapy and Medicine, Lesley had a stellar career for the Silver Ferns. She played 110 tests, captained the team and won a Netball World Championships title in 2003. She was recently inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Lesley has worked with top level teams including the Silver Ferns, Southern Sting and the Tactix. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport prior to returning to SportsMed Canterbury. She has also provided expert recommendation to Drug Free Sport NZ, NZ Olympic Committee Board and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Her specialist interests include female sports medicine, adolescent and paediatric sports injuries and general sports medicine.

Dr Anika Tiplady

Dr Anika Tiplady


Dr Anika Tiplady was born and raised in Christchurch of Ngai Tahu descent. Anika graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 2016 following a career in the NZ Army. While in the Army, Anika deployed to Syria and Lebanon and was awarded the United Nations medal for her work in the Middle East. She still has strong links with the Military remaining part of the reserve forces as a Doctor.

Anika is passionate about sports, particularly rugby having retired from the elite level in 2012 after several years as a Black Fern. Anika then went on to win a national title with the Mainland Pride in the National Women’s Football League and a gold medal in the Coast to Coast (teams event). Now a socially competitive gym-goer, Anika also enjoys mountain biking, golf, hunting, snowboarding and running around after her young family.

Anika is the current team doctor of the New Zealand Football Ferns, Canterbury Men's NPC rugby team, and the Matatu Super Aupiki side. She has also worked with international Hockey teams, the World 7s series and professional Boxing.

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