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Kelly Davison

Director

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy, PGD HSc (Manips)

Kelly is an experienced physiotherapist and one of the founders of Hands On Rehabilitation. She has an extensive background in hand therapy, which started at Middlemore Hospital and...

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Tania Stephenson

Director

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy, PGD HSc (Manips), MHSC

Tania is a co-founder of Hands On Rehabilitation and a physiotherapist. Her varied and dynamic background includes work in both the public hospital and private practice (here and abroad), as well as...

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Rachel Atkinson

Whangarei Clinic Team Leader

Physiotherapist and Reg. Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy

Originally from Whangarei, Rachel graduated from Auckland Institute of Technology in 1987. Following three years of broad physiotherapy...

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Alison Coyle

Hibiscus Coast Team Leader & Educator

Occupational Therapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BSc (Occupational Therapy), PGD (Acupuncture), MHPrac.

Alison, a South-African trained Occupational Therapist, is the manager of our Hibiscus Coast clinic. Her hand therapy knowledge and expertise are diverse and comprehensive, particularly in...

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Tony Faulkner

Manukau Clinic Team Leader

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Tony is a senior hand therapist and has recently established the Hands On Rehab clinic in Manukau. For the 10 years prior to this he led the team at the Akoranga clinic – one of our biggest and busiest hubs. Tony comes from a...

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Larissa Fisher

Albany Clinic Team Leader

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Larissa currently leads our Albany clinic. While she started her career in physiotherapy private practice, concentrating on sports, Larissa became fascinated with rehabilitation of the hand and...

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Jelena Nasmith

Westgate Clinic Team Leader and Admin Leader

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), MHSc.

Jelena currently leads our Westgate Clinic, as well as our admin team. Starting out as a physiotherapist in musculoskeletal private practice allowed her to follow her strong sports interest, and she...

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Kirsty Neal

Akoranga Team Leader

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), BSc (Sport Sci), PGD (Teach)

Kirsty is the Team Leader of our Akoranga Clinic. She joined Hands On Rehab in 2010. Her role with us sees her working closely alongside our local, respected orthopaedic hand and upper limb surgeons. She runs a...

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Sarah Te Whare

Drury Team Leader

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Grad Dip Physiotherapy

Sarah qualified in 1988 from St Mary’s School of Physiotherapy in London. After graduating she worked for four years at Central Middlesex hospital in London and part-time for Feltham football club...

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Alisha McKeown

Westgate Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGC (Acupuncture)

Alisha joined the Hands On Westgate team in 2019. Prior to this she worked as a physio in musculoskeletal private practice where she gained valuable experience with various sports teams including...

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Amy van der Heyden

Akoranga Clinic

Occupational Therapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy, PGD HSc (Rehab)

Amy is based at the Hands On Akoranga clinic. Prior to joining us in 2019, her occupational therapy career saw her interning in India, as well as here in New Zealand hospitals. She has a passion for...

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Ann Davidson

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy, ADP (OMT)

Ann is based at our Albany clinic. She has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist, with postgraduate studies in manipulative therapy, acupuncture and hand therapy. Since 2001, she has worked...

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Barb Murdoch

Akoranga Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BPhty, PGD Sports Medicine, PGC (Rehab)

Barb works at our clinic in Akoranga Drive. She has spent many years working as a physiotherapist in Australia and the UK, with a particular focus on treating sports injuries. Since returning home...

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Becky Masters

Drury Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGD HSc (Western Acupuncture)

Becky works at our Drury clinic, and joined Hands On in 2018. Her interest in hand therapy was piqued early as the result of a research project while still in physiotherapy training. After several years...

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Brierley McCarten

Hibiscus Coast Clinic

Occupational Therapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Occupational Therapy), PGC (Rehab), PGC (Western Acupuncture)

Brierley works at our Hibiscus Coast clinic. She brings a wealth of experience that began in her early occupational therapy years at Middlemore hospital. She went on to spend six years in London, working in...

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Chantal Choromanski

Maternity Leave

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGC (Rehab)

Chantal works at Hands On in Akoranga Drive. Prior to joining Hands On, she gained experience in musculoskeletal private practice and then a rotational physiotherapy programme at Middlemore Hospital, where she...

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Claire Kriel

Manukau and Drury Clinics

Occupational Therapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy, PGDip (Hand Therapy)

Claire is part of the team at our Manukau and Drury clinics. Having studied occupational therapy in South Africa, she went on to work in East London for eight years where she developed an interest...

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David Beattie

Akoranga Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy, PGD HSc (Manips), PGC (Rehab)

David joined Hands On Rehab in 2017 and works in our clinic at Akoranga Drive. He is an Auckland-trained physiotherapist with 25 years experience in the field. He has extensive expertise in sports...

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Donna Hickmott

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy, Dip MT, PGD (Manips), MHPrac (Hons)

Donna is an experienced clinician who works at our Albany branch. She has an expansive knowledge in the musculoskeletal field, gained from working in private practice and teaching at AUT’s School of...

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Elizabeth (Lilly) Taura (Nee Somerfield)

Westgate Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip Physiotherapy, MHPrac (Hons)

Lilly joined the Hands On team in 2005, and currently works in our Westgate branch. She brings to her clinical practice experience from a wide variety of public health physiotherapy roles both here...

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Felicity Stevens

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Felicity is a member of our Albany Hands On team. She has a strong musculoskeletal physiotherapy background with a keen interest in sports physiotherapy. Prior to joining Hands On in 2018, she worked...

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Hannah Sutherland

Hibiscus Coast Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Hannah is part of our Hibiscus Coast team. Prior to joining us in 2018, Hannah worked locally as a physiotherapist in a musculoskeletal clinic. She has also trained and worked diversely as a Pilates instructor and...

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Harry Long

Akoranga Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Harry is based at our Akoranga clinic. Prior to joining us in 2020, he worked as a physiotherapist in the musculoskeletal private practice setting where he gained experience with rugby teams, return to work rehabilitation and pain management...

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Janine Manga

Akoranga Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGC (Rehab), BSc, BA

Janine is one of our Akoranga team. She comes from a strong neurological physiotherapy background, and has worked in neuro rehab in both the hospital setting and in specialist neuro rehab clinics...

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Jennifer Leaton

Westgate Clinic

Occupational Therapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Occupation Therapy)

Jennifer works at our Westgate Clinic, and joined Hands On in 2018. Like many of our team, Jennifer started out at Middlemore Hospital as an occupational therapist, where she got an excellent grounding in...

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Jodee Parker

Akoranga Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc ( Physiotherapy), PGD (Musculo), PGC (Rehab)

Jodee is part of the Hands On team at Akoranga. She is a physiotherapist with over 20 years experience. Before entering the hand therapy field, she gained extensive skills working predominantly in...

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Joanne Covacich

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Dip. Physiotherapy, PGD HSc (Rehab)

Jo works part-time for our clinic in Albany. While gaining a strong physiotherapy base and initial hand therapy experience in New Zealand, Jo spent extensive time working in the UK where she gained further...

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Karryn Smith

Akoranga Clinic

Occupational Therapist and Registered Hand Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy, PGC (Rehab)

Karryn works at our Akoranga clinic. She began her career in occupational therapy at Hutt Hospital, went on to travel and work in the UK for several years, before returning to...

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Karine Dellow

On Extended Leave

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGD (Sport & Exercise)

Karine is a member of our Hibiscus Coast team. She has a strong physiotherapy background in exercise and sports performance/sports rehab, particularly rugby. This has seen her work extensively with...

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Kate Osborne

Hibiscus Coast Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGD (Journalism)

Kate has been part of the Hibiscus Coast Hands On team since 2018. Before moving into hand therapy, Kate worked predominantly in orthopaedic and paediatric physiotherapy in New Zealand and...

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Katie Northfield

Hibiscus Coast Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Hons), PGC (Acupuncture), MHSc

Katie is part of the Hands On team at the Hibiscus Coast clinic. She completed her physiotherapy training in the UK, and gained wide general physio experience for several years before focussing on...

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Khushali Shah

Westgate Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Khushali graduated from AUT in 2016. Prior to joining the Hands On team in 2020, Khushali worked at a private Physiotherapy clinic for 3 years. While working with a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, she developed an interest in hand and upper limb therapy...

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Lindsay Egbers

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGC (Rehab)

Lindsay works at our Albany clinic. He began his physiotherapy career at Waikato Hospital, and he went on to gain private practice experience also before choosing to follow his interest in...

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Louise Moore

Maternity Leave

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGC (Rehab), MHPrac

Louise is based at our clinic on the Hibiscus Coast. As a physiotherapist she has worked predominantly in musculoskeletal private practice in Auckland, London and Melbourne...

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Julie Bartlett

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BHSc ( Physiotherapy), PGC (Acupuncture), MHPrac, PGD (Rehab)

Julie is based at Hands On’s clinic in Albany and joined the Hands On team in 2017. She has a strong background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy having worked predominantly in private practice and...

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Johanna Baumann

Akoranga Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

B.AppSc ( Physiotherapy), PGD (Rehab)

Johanna is based at our Akoranga clinic. She has worked in hand therapy for the past ten years, but prior to this developed a strong physiotherapy base working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and...

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Mark Lanigan

Albany Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy), PGDip (Musculoskeletal), MHPrac (Musculoskeletal)

Mark is part of our Albany team. He has spent the majority of his physiotherapy career working in musculoskeletal private practice. Mark has had stints in Australia, the United Kingdom and....

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Naomi Marshall

Hibiscus Coast Clinic

Physiotherapist and Registered Hand Therapist

BSc (Hons) (Physiotherapy)

Naomi joined the Hibiscus Coast Hands On team in 2019. She trained as a physiotherapist and began her career in the UK. Naomi quickly developed an interest in hands and plastics and held a...

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Ronnie Brdanovic

Hibiscus Coast Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Ronnie works at both our Albany and Hibiscus Coast clinics. From early experiences of her own sporting injuries, Ronnie developed a strong interest in rehabilitation, which lead her to...

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Swati Tyagi

Albany Clinic

Occupational Therapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Occupational Therapy), PGC (Rehab)

Swati joined the team at our Albany clinic in 2020. Having qualified as a Physiotherapist overseas, she then gained her...

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Thomas Wang

Manukau Clinic

Physiotherapist and Assoc. Hand Therapist

BHSc (Physiotherapy)

Thomas works at both our Manukau and Akoranga clinics, and joined our team in 2020. He started his physiotherapy career at North Shore and Middlemore Hospitals, before focussing on...

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