Biography: I grew up in the Netherlands and emigrated to New Zealand with my family when I was a teenager. Learning English as a second language has helped me to develop excellent listening skills. I finished my High schooling and tertiary studies in New Zealand, had three years of clinical experience under my belt and then headed overseas to work in Canada for 2 years. There, I had the opportunity to develop Work-Fit programmes for injured workers to return to their jobs and brought that experience back to Christchurch. I started working at Your First Physio (formerly Riccarton Physio) way back in 1995 and have worked here ever since, buying into a partnership in 1997. Since December 2019, I have changed my role to contracting Physiotherapist which allows me to concentrate more on my patients. Musculo-skeletal injuries are what I have specialised in over my career span of (so far) 32 years. What I enjoy particularly working at You First Physio, is catching up with patients who I have not seen for many years and sometimes meeting their second or even third generation!
Clinical interests: My approach as a Physiotherapist has always been to treat the whole person. I am interested in the whole picture, what is contributing to the problem and what the cause is. I find with my observational skills, my interviewing approach and my sense of humour, I can usually get to the root of the problem and help solve it quickly and efficiently. I enjoy working with all presentations; from acute sports injuries, chronic pain, post-operative rehabilitation to fall prevention in older persons.
Hobbies/interests: Heading into the great outdoors, tramping, mountain biking or skiing. Basketball, printmaking, reading and spending time with my family and dog.
Why I love being a physio/part of the team: Working with people across all ages and ethnicities enhances my day and my own learning. I love getting to know my patients and finding out what makes them “tick”. Being a Physiotherapist for me is being a problem-solver. Coming up with practical solutions, handy hints and the right exercises are all part of the process to get my patients back to whatever it is the injury or pain is preventing them from doing. Being part of an experienced and friendly team here at You First Physio makes that job even better View details »
Qualifications: Diploma of Physiotherapy 1988 ATI School of Physiotherapy Post Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy 1995 – University of Otago
Biography/ Experience: I have enjoyed working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for 30 years. I initially worked at Christchurch Hospital then spent 3 years in the UK working in various musculoskeletal settings. On returning to NZ I completed a year of post grad study in Dunedin and worked over a period of 15 years at SportsMed in Christchurch where I gained a lot of sports physio experience and worked with various national and regional teams including: NZ Womens Academy and U18 Girls Hockey; Canterbury Mens and Womens Hockey; Netball World Cup and NZ Womens Cricket. Following that I worked in a London sports physiotherapy clinic which specialised in running. On my return to Christchurch I worked in an occupational health physiotherapy role before joining the fantastic team at You First Physio in 2011. Over this time I have continued my professional development by attending numerous courses and conferences
Clinical interests: I have experience in, and enjoy, treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. My areas of special interest include: sports injuries, back and neck pain/ injuries, pregnancy and post-natal related back pain, hip pain, and rehabilitation including Pilates. I take our Fit2Function classes at our Riccarton and Longhurst sites.
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: You First Physio is a fantastic place to work and I love being part of a team of people who are motivated and passionate about doing the best for their clients. We are committed to treating every client as an individual and providing the best evidence-based care. The most rewarding part of being a physio for me is connecting with people and helping them achieve their goals. View details »
Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Otago (2018), Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation - University of Otago (2020).
Biography: Born and breed in Christchurch before studying at Otago University. On graduating 2 years ago, I joined the team at You First Physio. I have been the Physiotherapist for the New Brighton Rugby Club Premier team and also play for the same team.
Clinical interests: Knee and shoulder rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, sport-related injuries, ACL rehabilitation
Hobbies/interests: I keep very physically active outside of work, enjoy family time and getting outdoors!
Why you love being a physio/part of the team: Empowering people to achieve their rehabilitation goals. Meeting new people on a daily basis and ensuring they receive the high quality, person-focused care that they deserve. I am passionate about embracing exercise prescription for long term health and function, but also use a variety of manual therapy techniques within my sessions.
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