Regional Manager, Occupational Therapist
Since graduating as an occupational therapist in 2000, Sarah has worked in a variety of public and private organisations in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK, specialising in injury management. Her passion now is quality management. At Southern Rehab she develops and implements programmes to ensure excellence in rehabilitation services across the alliance.
Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2006 and Masters of Physiotherapy in 2011. Ryan has been Physiotherapist for the NZ Freeski Team at World Cups and X-Games, Physiotherapist in the NZ Heartland Championship. At Southern Rehab Ryan works in the concussion, vocational rehabilitation, and training for independence teams and is also involved in pain management and vestibular rehabilitation.
After graduating in 2004 Josh worked for the Southern DHB, in musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, amputee rehabilitation and paediatrics both inpatient and outpatient services. In 2013 Josh gained his New Zealand Hand Therapist registration and has been specialising in Hand Therapy, in both the public and private settings since. Josh has a passion for working with people to help them fulfil their rehabilitation goals.
Bri graduated in the USA with a BA in Psychology in 2005 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2011. Her clinical expertise is in the musculoskeletal field and she has specialised in women’s health physiotherapy. At Southern Rehab, Bri works across the different services along with providing specialist women’s health and pelvic floor physiotherapy services.
Jo graduated from AUT in 2015 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy), having previously attained a Bachelor of Education. She worked in paediatric occupational therapy and vocational rehabilitation before joining Southern Rehab in 2018. Based in Wanaka, Jo enjoys the team environment and works in the vocational and social rehabilitation teams.
Sarah graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2012 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and then gained a postgraduate certificate in 2013. She has since been working with Southern Rehab, mainly within the area of vocational rehabilitation, but also in the concussion clinic. Sarah facilitates groups for pain management programmes and works with clients who are training for independence.
Jenni graduated in 2006 with an Honours Degree in Sports Therapy. Before joining the team at Southern Rehab, she worked a number of years for ACC. Jenni is an Associate member of CDANZ and supports clients with their vocational rehabilitation needs.
Amy joined Southern Rehab in 2018 and has extensive experience in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions and holds postgraduate qualifications in education. Amy has worked in neurological, elderly and paediatric settings and enjoys the challenge of complex situations. She is focussed on delivering sustainable prevention and injury management strategies to help people get back to living their best life.
Alisa graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2008 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She has since worked in a range of community and inpatient settings including orthopaedics, community health and vocational rehabilitation. Alisa joined the Southern Rehab team in 2018 and works across all services. Alisa is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their goals and providing an efficient and effective service.
Amber graduated in 2016 from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, she has completed additional study, gaining a Certificate of Personal Training. Amber has worked in acute ward settings, prior to joining the Southern Rehab team in January 2019. Based in Queenstown, Amber looks forward to utilising both qualifications, to provide Occupational Therapy and Rehab Professional services. Amber is passionate about clients mental and physical wellbeing and looks forward to guiding them through their rehabilitation journey.
Andrew has 23 years of working in NZ and the UK, holding senior clinical leadership positions in mental health, including Lead OT at Waikato DHB. Andrew works in the Stay at Work, Concussion, Training for Independence and Pain Management teams and is completing his Masters in Pain Management. Andrew is passionate about enabling people to live well through the delivery of evidence-based, person-centred practices.
Rebekah graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and worked in inpatient brain injury and neurorehabilitation settings. Rebekah joined Southern Rehab in 2017 and is completing postgraduate study specialising in paediatric therapy. Rebekah is passionate about high-quality outcomes for clients and works in the training for independence, concussion, pain management and vocational teams to support people to live their best life.
Dana works part-time in our Cromwell office. She has a background in administration and information management in the tertiary education sector. Dana also works as an administrator for a national children’s charity.
Speech Language Therapist
Claire is a specialist Neuro-Rehabilitation Speech-Language Therapist. She graduated from the University of Central England in 2003, and worked across different clinical settings within the UK and New Zealand, including inpatient and community rehabilitation. She has a special interest in communication difficulties and is fully dysphagia trained. She aims for therapy to be relevant, functional and client-focused.
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Dan graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a BS in Biology in 2008 followed by his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2011. Since this time Dan has worked in a variety of clinical settings but has focused on musculoskeletal injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and has a strong interest working with runners to treat injuries but also to improve running efficiency and for injury prevention. Dan also has further training and certificates in dry needling and spinal mobilisation.