About Us

The Breathing Works Clinics

Breathing Works was founded in 1998, and the clinics are the first of their kind in Australasia. Our clinics are based in Remuera and the North Shore of Auckland. Breathing Works is devoted to the treatment of respiratory problems including asthma, breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation syndrome. We utilise the highly effective BradCliff® breathing methods in our treatments, and pride ourselves in being Physiotherapists who utilise evidence based practice.

Our Staff

Scott Peirce (Director)  BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGCert (W. Acupuncture), MPNZ, BradCliff Partner

Scott has worked in a variety of settings in physiotherapy, initially in hospital based respiratory and general physiotherapy before moving to work in private practice in Queenstown and Wanaka.  After moving back to Auckland he owned and ran a successful Physiotherapy and Pilates practice in Devonport, where he was one of the first physiotherapists in New Zealand to implement the use of Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging into clinical practice. Scott was part of the first ever BradCliff breathing method workshop, and is now a co-partner in the business, teaching in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He has post graduate qualifications in Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture and is currently undertaking Masters based Research into the role of Ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of Breathing Pattern Disorders.

Scott spent 4 years working in Australia, and while overseas combined his passion of treating breathing pattern disorders with travel and personal research – mountain biking and trekking into altitude in Nepal and Tibet and free-diving in Tonga and Australia.  Scott was previously a competitive dingy sailor at the national and Australian youth level and so understands the demands of competing in sports at a high level.

Scott currently loves daily nasal rinsing, surfing, mountain-biking, coffee and chocolate!

 

Brooke Peirce (Director)  BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGDip (Rehabilitation), MNZP, BradCliff Partner

Brooke began her physiotherapy career as an athlete representing New Zealand in Triathlon, as well as racing for a Triathlon club in France leading to a deep understanding of the requirements for sport and activity. Since that time she has expanded her interest to the general population, and has completed postgraduate training in Clinical Pilates, Western Acupuncture, and Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging. Brooke is a partner in the BradCliff breathing method teaching program. Brooke is passionate about helping people with breathing dysfunction, especially athletes and clients suffering from anxiety and stress. Utilising her strong musculoskeletal background to create an integrative approach, she also has a special interest in teaching optimal breathing, connecting this with restoring optimal movement, posture, and function.

After setting up and running a Clinical Pilates studio in Auckland, Brooke worked in Australia as a Physiotherapy Team Leader at a large physiotherapy clinic.  She combined this stint of working with travelling, and especially loved hiking in Nepal and Tibet and learning about the effects of altitude on the respiratory system. She is currently working towards her Master of Rehabilitation based on the role of the core muscles within Breathing Pattern Dysfunction.

Brooke loves chocolate, smoothies, mountain biking, swimming and tramping!

 

Tania Clifton-Smith  Dip Physiotherapy, MNZP, NZMTA ITEC (Lon), BradCliff Partner

Tania practiced in the prestigious Devonshire Clinic (London) from 1989-1991 treating high-flying (highly stressed) rich and famous, corporate clients, and the specialised treatment of survivors of torture. From 1992-1994, Tania worked at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital with medical teams developing and implementing pain and stress management programmes. In 1992 she set up the hyperventilation syndrome/breathing pattern disorders outpatient service at Middlemore Hospital.

Tania has developed a high profile corporate seminar series and has presented extensively throughout NZ to business, professional and sports groups, as well as presenting a popular Wellness series on TVNZ’s GOOD MORNING programme.

Publications include:

  • Breathe to Succeed (1999)
  • Breathing Matters (2006) co-authored with ENT surgeon, Dr Jim Bartley
  • Breathe, Stretch and Move (2005) co-authored with Dinah Morrison, focussing on work place stress and breathing
  • Dynamic Breathing for Asthma (2008)
  • Clifton-Smith T, Rowley, J. (2011). “Breathing pattern disorders and physiotherapy: inspiration for our profession, Physical Therapy Reviews, 16 (1) p75-86

Tania works as a clinician with a particular interest in children, athletes and the anxious client, she lectures within the medical profession and corporate sectors, and has been published both academically and in the main stream. 

 

Janet Rowley  MHSc (Hon), Dip Physiotherapy, MNZP

Janet has worked in a variety of areas of physiotherapy, including paediatrics, neurology and women’s health, and completed her Masters of Health Science (Hon) in 2005. Her research involved developing a new assessment questionnaire, which is currently being validated so that it can be used in clinics and research worldwide. Janet started with Breathing Works in 2003, and she has a particular interest in the areas of dance and movement, asthma and anxiety education. Janet’s sessions include hands-on therapy, such as myofascial release to ease breathing and guidance with breathing retraining.

Janet has completed the BradCliff® Certification programme and is involved with the teaching on this course. Janet has also presented to a wide range of groups and business, including corporates, GPs and other health professionals.

Outside of work Janet voluntarily runs a charity op shop, enjoys theatre and a good cup of tea.

Publications:

  • Rowley J, Nichols, D. (2006). “Development  of the RoBE self-efficacy scale for people with breathing pattern disorders. NZ Journal Physiotherapy 34(3) p131-141.
  •  Clifton-Smith T, Rowley, J. (2011). Breathing pattern disorders and physiotherapy: inspiration for our profession”, Physical Therapy Reviews, 16 (1) p75-86.

 

Allyson Coulter  Office Manager / Receptionist

Allyson is the hub of our busy practice and ensures that the clinic runs smoothly. Her reception hours are 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. However, should you have an after 2.00 p.m enquiry, you can book an appointment online, email us, or please leave a phone message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.