CEO, Clinical Psychologist
Philippa completed her clinical training in Canterbury, and has worked in diabetes care, mental health, pain management, and brain injury assessment. A founding director, Philippa has been with Southern Rehab from its inception. Clinically, she now works within the concussion service, providing neuropsychology assessments. She also works with the clinical and leadership teams to ensure that Southern Rehab delivers the highest quality rehabilitation programmes.
Regional Manager Canterbury
Sabrina has degrees in physiotherapy and exercise science, and has worked as a physiotherapist and a physical trainer. She is skilled in work rehabilitation and has also worked as a health and safety inspector. At Southern Rehab Sabrina specialises in return-to-work programmes. She completes ergonomic assessments and training, workplace assessments, and contemporary manual handling training. Sabrina also works in the concussion clinic and is interested in occupational health and safety.
Cathy is our administration manager and has been working for Southern Rehab for eight years. She has over 30 years’ experience working in administration roles for companies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
Chad is a South African-trained Clinical Psychologist, who has been with the Southern Rehab team since 2014, working in a wide range of rehabilitation services. He has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. He works with general adult health issues, with particular interests in chronic pain, disability, social interaction, personality issues, and anxiety.
Dr Leanne Parker
Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine
Leanne is a rehabilitation physician, and member of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She is experienced in the rehabilitation of brain and spinal cord injury, amputation injuries, orthopaedic trauma, and pain conditions. She has worked at Burwood Hospital in the Spinal Unit, Brain Injury Unit, and Pain Clinic and Artificial Limb Centre. At Southern Rehab she provides the specialist medical assessment for the concussion service.
Emma joined Southern Rehab in January 2016 under the internship programme. Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and a Certificate in Applied Sport and Exercise. She works in the vocational rehabilitation service but has particular interest into training for independence (TI) programmes and concussion injuries.
Heather joined the Southern Rehab team in 2017 after moving to New Zealand from Canada. She completed her training in Canada and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree as well as a Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Heather has worked in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation both hospital and community settings. At Southern Rehab she works across the concussion service, vocational rehabilitation, and training for independence programmes and is looking forward to completing further courses in pain management and vestibular rehabilitation.
Lauren joined Southern Rehab late in 2016 after graduating from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor’s of Occupational Therapy and Otago University with a Bachelor’s of Physical Education majoring in prescription. Lauren’s areas of interest are in vocational rehabilitation and in pain management. Lauren is looking forward to beginning post graduate studies in these areas.
Clinical Psychology Intern
Ashleigh Hooper joined Southern Rehab in 2017 as an Intern Psychologist and is currently completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. Ashleigh completed a Master’s Degree in 2013 through Canterbury University investigating the link between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and dissociation in relation to the Christchurch earthquakes. Her research interests include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, personality and adjustment.
Wendy joined Southern Rehab in March 2015 as Referrals Administrator. Wendy's primary role is allocation and management of vocational rehabilitation service contracts throughout the South Island.
Caitlin is our junior administrator. A vital member of the Southern Rehab team, Caitlin assists with ensuring quality delivery and reporting of services.
Dr John MacVicar
Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Medicine Specialist
John qualified with his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1977, and later gained further qualifications in obstetrics, musculoskeletal medicine, and pain medicine. He has worked as a hospital doctor, GP, and – since 2000 – as a musculoskeletal pain specialist. At Southern Rehab he is a member of the pain management team and concussion service.
Mark Ottley is a senior clinical psychologist and clinical lead for pain services at Southern Rehab. He is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and the New Zealand Pain Society. He works with general adult mental health issues, and specialises in chronic pain, disability, compassion, values, and complex personality assessment.
Lead Vocational Consultant
Stan joined Southern Rehab early in 2017. Stan has a long personal career background in adult education and training. He graduated from Teacher’s College with a Diploma of Education, majoring in Physical Education.
Stan’s areas of interest are in vocational rehabilitation and in career development. He has also begun post graduate studies in these areas. Stan is looking forward to assisting Southern Rehab clients to gain vocational independence.
Mark completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago and has been working as a member of the Southern Rehab team since March 2014. He has since completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy, endorsed with occupational health, through the University of Otago. Mark’s clinical areas of interest are in pain management, vocational rehabilitation, and orthopaedic rehabilitation.
Dr Rick Acland
Consultant Rehabilitation Specialist
Rick Acland is a rehabilitation specialist in spinal cord medicine and pain management. He is also a consultant at the Christchurch Hospice. In the past he was an anaesthetist both in Auckland and Christchurch. He has a keen interest in pharmacology and spinal implants.
Lizzie joined Southern Rehab in 2017.
Brenda joined Southern Rehab in August 2017. Brenda has a Diploma in Career Guidance, Professional CDANZ memberships and substantial experience with assisting disadvantaged job seekers. Brenda’s areas of interest are vocational guidance and coaching for re-entry to the workforce after experiencing injury. Brenda is looking forward to pursuing studies associated with this area.
Josie Whelan joined Southern Rehab January 2016 under the internship programme and since has completed the internship. Josie graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) in November 2015. In June 2017 Josie completed her post-graduate certificate in occupational therapy. Josie’s are of interest are in vocational rehabilitation and training for independence. Josie is looking forward to gaining more experience in both these areas.
Lucy joined us at the start of 2015, having graduated from Otago with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Her experiences as a client led to her interest in occupational therapy, and vocational rehabilitation in particular. She has now begun postgraduate studies in vocational rehabilitation. In her spare time Lucy is a member of the Canterbury women’s rugby team and has represented Otago.
Tanya joined the Southern Rehab team 7 years ago. With over 12 year’s experience in administration, Tanya was one of our experienced programme administrators and more recently was our operations manager. She is now involved with systems review processes and quality analysis.
After working for 6 years as an administrator in GP rooms, Laura joined the team at Southern Rehab in July 2017. Laura enjoys the daily interaction with clients, and as your first point of contact, she is happy to answer any questions you may have or direct you to the right person
Executive Director, Physiotherapist
After graduating as a physiotherapist, Cameron worked for 15 years in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, dealing with sports injuries and surgical rehab. For over 10 years he worked with large employers developing and running health and safety programmes, as well as rehabilitating people back into work. He also completed a Masters degree that included a thesis on pain. At Southern Rehab he works with people who have complex and persistent pain problems.
Clinical Lead VRS Canterbury/West Coast
Sonya White joined Southern Rehab in 2017 after 20+ years’ physio experience in musculoskeletal, vocational, sport and post-operative care. Sonya has a Masters in Physiotherapy from Otago University along with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and post-graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine. Sonya’s areas of interest are in injury prevention, vocational rehabilitation and in occupational health where she is currently completing further post-graduate studies.
Clinical Lead Brain and Serious Injury, Occupational Therapist
Since graduation in 1998 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Jane has worked in NZ and the UK. Her focus has been in Neuro Rehab in hospital, community and residential services. Jane has held leadership roles while also spending three years working at NZ’s largest DHB developing and implementing case management systems. At Southern Rehab, Jane has clinical responsibility for the delivery of the Concussion Service and Training for Independence contract.
Clinical Lead Physiotherapy
Doug leads the physiotherapy team. He has extensive experience in Orthopaedic, Sports and Vocational rehabilitation within New Zealand and overseas. Doug holds a Diploma of Physiotherapy and a Masters Degree in Manual Therapy from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science from the AUT. He has worked extensively with rugby and rugby league teams both in NZ and overseas. Doug is an experienced manual therapist and rehabilitation therapist, having worked for 10 years overseas before returning to NZ.
Dr Jen Dunn
Jen is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in rehabilitation. She has a PhD (Rehabilitation) and is actively involved in clinical research in rehabilitation outcomes for orthopaedic conditions and surgery including spinal cord injury, osteoarthritis and total joint replacement. At Southern Rehab Jen specialises in rehabilitation programmes following serious injury such as spinal cord injury, brain injury and orthopaedic trauma. Jen also works in the concussion clinic.
Since graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education and Health) Kate has worked in both New Zealand and the UK in numerous fields. Kate completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) from AUT in 2012 and works at Southern Rehab predominantly in the vocational rehabilitation and concussion services. Kate has completed a vocational rehabilitation paper through the Otago Polytechnic and is studying towards a Post-Graduate certificate in Occupational Therapy.
Hannah gained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with distinction from the University of Otago and has been working with the Southern Rehab team since January 2016. She is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy, endorsed in Occupational Health. Hannah is a holistic practitioner and her clinical areas of interest include orthopaedic rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, training for independence services and pain management.
Vanessa has been an office administrator for 19 years, with the last four being in the health rehabilitation industry. Vanessa studied office technology, accounting, business communication, and computing at CPIT. She has worked in the UK and Australia as well as Christchurch.
Josie joined Southern Rehab in May 2015. With nearly 15 years’ administration experience, Josie always does her utmost to get the job done. She is happy to answer any questions you have about pain assessments or concussion clinic services.
Bridget joined Southern Rehab in 2017 and works in our Finance team bringing 25 years’ experience from across various industries. She has a high attention to detail and has an eye for improving and implementing processes.