With a father who is a committed rugby and cricket coach at a provincial level, I grew up on the sports fields. Having frequented the physiotherapy plinth myself, I was naturally drawn to the profession. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at The University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. I spent 5 years training and working in the hospital environment, where I gained acute experience working in intensive care, orthopaedic, neurological, surgical, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal departments. In later years I focused my attention to musculoskeletal practice, which has remained my primary interest.
Since immigrating to New Zealand in 2017, I have enjoyed staying involved with sports teams as the physiotherapist for Papamoa Football club, as well as the Bay of Plenty Futsul team. Injury prevention and rehabilitation is my passion, but I am competent and able to treat a wide range of disorders and irritations. Apart from deep tissue massage, orthopaedic manipulations, sports taping and acupuncture/ dry needling, I also use individualised exercise programmes to help you obtain and maintain a better health standard.
I have a Masters of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and Physiology. I was an NZ representative athlete for 9 years so I closely understand the impact an injury can have on anyone, whether you are training for an international sporting event, wanting to get back to the gardening or are having difficulty getting in and out of the car.
With a background of Exercise Physiology, as well as Physiotherapy, I like to assess and diagnose all injuries but am quite interested in the contributing factors. I especially enjoy treating load related injuries and creating a plan to allow my patients to recover from their injury whilst still progressing towards their goals.
I recently traveled to Samoa in 2019 with the NZ Olympic Committee to provide Physiotherapy to our NZ Team and I still provide Physiotherapy to NSW Gymnastics Team on an annual basis.
I have always been an active person, and upon returning to NZ in 2017 my husband and I have been enjoying everything that living in the BOP has to offer.
I have 30 years experience as a physiotherapist, and 18 years practicing acupuncture. After qualifying I undertook a post graduate diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy before completing my Masters Degree. I also became a Physio Registered Acupuncturist and have since taught on the post graduate program.
Over the last 20 years I have had a strong sports interest. This has led me to work with international football teams from two countries, as well as being physiotherapist for a number of New Zealand teams both locally and overseas..
My sports work led me to develop an interest in Sports Science, I recently gained my Level 1 Australian Strength & Conditioning qualification, which complements previous post graduate training in Sports Biomechanics and Physical Conditioning. ..
Using my knowledge from physio and sports science, niggly and repetitive problems can be understood and helped.
My motto “Prevention to Performance” encompasses my strengths – injury prevention, rehabilitation and exercise prescription/conditioning, and you don’t need to be an elite athlete to benefit from my knowledge.