Our Orthopaedic Surgeons

Hamish Love


H­amish Love is a fellowship-tr­ained specia­list in Orthop­edic sports surgery and founder of forte Sports. His subspecialist expertise is in the trea­tment of conditions of the shoulder, hip ­and knee.

Born ­and r­aised in Centr­al Ot­ago, H­amish graduated from Ota­go Medical School and completed orthop­edic speci­alist tr­aining through the Roy­al Austr­a­lasi­an College of Surgeons.  He then undertook subspecialist training in Sports Orthop­edics, ­at the University of C­alga­ry and Sta­nford University Sports Medicine Center. He has been involved in the care of both professional and amateur athletes in many sporting codes, with personal favorites being Ice Hockey, snow sports, rugby and cycling.

Dr Love is the founder ­and clinica­l director of the New Zea­l­and ACL Registry, ­a nationwide project to study the trea­tment of ­anterior cruci­ate liga­ment injuries.

Outside of work, Hamish is a keen mountain biker and road cyclist and loves back-country skiing, hiking and going on adventures with his family.

Bruce Twaddle

MBChB, FRACS (Ortho)

Bruce is an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialist training in Sports Surgery. He is experienced with all soft tissue and joint injuries of the knee, shoulder, elbow, foot and ankle.

He has recently returned to New Zealand after heading up the complex knee injury service at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Bruce divides his time between Auckland and Christchurch.

Bruce has previously been the head of trauma at Auckland City Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the University of Auckland. He was Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the 2011 ANBL Champion New Zealand Breakers Basketball Team. He is a highly regarded member of the Unisports Medicine Team in Auckland.

The author of many orthopaedic and sports medicine book chapters; his ongoing research interests include the treatment of knee ligament, ankle and achilles tendon injuries.

Our Sports Physicians

Tony Running Marathon

Tony Page


Dr Tony Page is a founding member of Forte Sports and Orthopaedics. Tony is an experienced Sports Physician who has been the All Blacks doctor from 2013 to the present.

Tony started out as a GP for 14 years, with much of that time spent at Christchurch South Health Centre. He put his Diplomas in Child Health and Obstetrics and Postgraduate certificate in Sports medicine to good use. He then followed his passion and did the four-year Fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine through the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise physicians, gaining the class medal in 2006. He has a Diploma in Paediatrics and is interested in child and adolescent athlete injury problems.

He has worked at Sportsmed Canterbury, as well as at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre 2005, 2010-2012).

Tony is interested in all sports but has a personal interest in running (ten Kepler’s), multisport (4 Coast to Coasts) and mountain biking as well as his contact sports interest through being Crusaders(2006-2010) and current All Black doctor.

Tony has been a pioneer of in-room point of care use of ultrasound in sports medicine in New Zealand.

Lesley Nicol


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 pediatric sports injuries and general sports medicine.

John Molloy

MBChB, PGDipSportsMed, PGDipMSM, PGDipTravMed, FACSEP

Dr John Molloy studied at the University of Otago School of Medicine. He has post-graduate diplomas in Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, and Travel Medicine. He has published research on concussion in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Dr Molloy deployed as a Medical Officer for the NZ Army to Afghanistan in 2011. Following which, he completed his specialist Fellowship in Sport & Exercise Medicine, training in New Zealand and Australia. He was the Canterbury Rugby doctor from 2012-2014 and the Easts Rugby (Sydney) doctor from 2015-2016. Dr Molloy’s areas of expertise include injectable therapies and running injuries.

John has finished more than 80 marathons, 10 Ironman triathlons, and a handful of 100km runs. He enjoys spending time with his young family and training for endurance events with his two dogs. He is the creator of the world-first ‘4 Paws Marathon’ event which aims to promote the importance of physical activity and ‘exercise as medicine’.

Check out his website www.runningmedicine.co.nz if you wish to read more about his running adventures.

Eloise Matthews


Dr Eloise Matthews is a specialist Sports and Exercise Physician with special interests in children, teenagers, hypermobility and endurance athletes.

Dr Matthews completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology before heading to Australia to study medicine at the University of Wollongong. She completed her first two years of her specialist training in Victoria, Australia before returning home to Christchurch in 2016.

Eloise has worked with the Tactix, Silver Ferns and both junior Australian women’s football and TAC cup Australian Rules Football.  She has covered a diverse range of sporting events including Godzone, Triathlons, Equestrian and Ice Hockey.

Her passion lies in keeping the community active and enjoying their chosen sports/exercise.  She firmly believes in exercise as medicine.

Eloise grew up as a competitive downhill ski racer and dinghy sailor. Eloise has a young family who keeps her busy but in her spare time, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, swimming, snow sports, and kitesurfing.