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. as CEO she is responsible for the overall success of the organisation. 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 South Canterbury & Service Lead for Brain and Serious Injury
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 service lead responsibility for the delivery of the Concussion Service.
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.
Yeshe is South African-trained Clinical Psychologist, who joined the Southern Rehab team in 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling and is an associate member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. She works with general adolescent and adult mental health issues and has a special interest in mindfulness and self-compassion based interventions. At Southern Rehab Yeshe works within pain management services, concussion, training for independence and psychological services.
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.
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 an 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. Heather is completing further training in pain management and vestibular rehabilitation.
Gareth Sven Corder
Occupational Therapist & Service Lead Social Rehab
Gareth completed his Bachelor of Occupational training at Otago Polytechnic in 2013 and has worked in mental health, vocational rehabilitation, social rehabilitation and within the District Health Board (DHB). At Southern Rehab, he is Regional Clinical Lead for Social Rehabilitation with a special interest in Housing Modifications. A soon-to-be father, Gareth is passionate about making a difference in lives that need it most.
Ellie has a keen interest in the rehabilitation of people with musculoskeletal pain and discomfort using exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques. Ellie graduated from the University of Otago in 2016 and worked at Southern Rehab Les Mills in Dunedin before shifting to work at Southern Rehab in Canterbury.
Tim completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 2017 and joined the Southern Rehab team in early 2018. Coming from a sporting background, his clinical areas of interest are in injury prevention, sports rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation and pain management.
Anita graduated from Otago with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and has worked for 4 years in Canterbury within the CDHB. She joined Southern Rehab in 2017 with a special interest in vocational rehabilitation and is looking forward to beginning postgraduate study. In her spare time, Anita is involved with two dance studios and regularly competes around NZ and Australia.
Clinical Lead for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Canterbury
Roger graduated from Otago University with double degrees in Physiotherapy and Physical Education and completed post-graduate qualifications in sports medicine and occupational health physiotherapy. He has 25 years’ experience in private practice including working at Burnham Military Camp for 10 years and has worked extensively with club and provincial sports teams. Roger enjoys the challenge of managing all forms of musculoskeletal presentations with an emphasis on prevention as well as treatment.
Shannon graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2018 and began working for Southern Rehab at the beginning of 2019. She is working across different physiotherapy areas within Southern Rehab and is enjoying the variety this brings. She is looking forward to working with and learning from the experienced team members around her.
Nicole joined the Southern Rehab team in 2018 after moving to New Zealand from England, where she completed her Occupational Therapy (BSc Hons) training. Nicole worked within the forensic health care system in the UK and now works within the vocational rehabilitation team at Southern Rehab, focussing on Back to Work programmes.
Yi Lin Yoong
Yi Lin joined the Southern Rehab team in January 2019, after working with various District Health Boards around New Zealand. From Christchurch originally and having graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2011 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Yi Lin has enjoyed moving back to her hometown following two years working overseas in the United Kingdom as an Occupational Therapist with the National Health Service. With an interest in working with people in the community, at southern Rehab, Yi Lin is working in Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Rehab, Training for Independence and Concussion Services.
Louise graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic in 2018 and joined Southern Rehab under the Graduate Programme in January 2019. She is looking forward to studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy, in Vocational Rehabilitation. In her spare time, Louise is a qualified group fitness instructor and believes in the importance of work-life balance.
Janine completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree with distinction from Otago Polytechnic in 2018 and joined Southern Rehab under the Graduate Programme in 2019. She is excited to be working in the vocational rehab service and looking forward to learning more about concussion-related injuries and commencing postgraduate study. Janine is passionate about nature and exploring the outdoors of Aotearoa in her free time.
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 now as a musculoskeletal pain specialist. At Southern Rehab he is the Medical Director and is responsible for the provision of medical services within the organisation. Clinically he works as a member of the pain management team and concussion service. John has authored numerous papers in his area of expertise.
Service Lead for Pain and Psychological Services
Mark Ottley is a senior clinical psychologist and the service lead for pain services and psychological 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.
Physiotherapy Clinical Lead Canterbury
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 completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy endorsed with occupational health, and a Masters degree in Physiotherapy, both qualifications achieved with distinction. 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 completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago and has been working with the Southern Rehab team since January 2017. She is looking forward to starting post-graduate study in the area of Occupational Health in 2018. Her clinical areas of interest involve pain management, training for independence service and vocational rehabilitation.
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.
Lin is a physiotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science, endorsed in mental health and vocational rehab and has a special interest is musculoskeletal rehab. Lin leads Southern Rehab’s Rangiora Clinic and is excited about making the difference for the people of the North Canterbury Community.
Ben completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Otago and joined the Southern Rehab team in 2018. His clinical areas of interest are pain management and vocational rehabilitation. Ben is looking forward to gaining experience in these areas and furthering his knowledge through postgraduate study.
Rachel completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 2013 and worked for the Southern District Health Board and in neurological rehabilitation in Australia. Rachel first joined Southern Rehab in Dunedin in 2016, before returning to her hometown of Christchurch. Rachel works predominantly in the training for independence and vocational rehabilitation services. She enjoys assisting people to participate in meaningful activities and improve their hauora and quality of life.
Fiona has been involved in administration and reception roles for 18 years and joined the Southern Rehab team in 2018. Her background in customer service helps make people feel welcome at Southern Rehab.
Joanne has recently joined Southern Rehab at our Forte2 practice on Peterborough Street. Joanne brings over 30 years’ experience in customer service and administration from the Airline, Construction and Medical industries.
Libby gained a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with first class honours from Otago Polytechnic and joined the Southern Rehab team in August 2018 under the Graduate Programme. She enjoys working in the Vocational Rehab and Concussion Service teams as well as in the community with the Training for Independence Service. She is looking forward to continuing her education with post-graduate studies. Libby is passionate about helping people live their best life.
Jonathan joined Southern Rehab in January of 2019. He gained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, UK and has extensive experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy working in both the National Health Service and Private practice in the UK. He completed postgraduate training in spinal manipulative and Mulligan concept treatment approaches, as well as Cognitive Functional Therapy in the treatment persistent lower back pain. He works with clients using a holistic approach, looking at overall wellbeing as well as restoring physical function. His areas of interest include persistent pain management, back pain treatment and sports injury rehabilitation.
After graduating as a physiotherapist, Cameron worked for 15 years in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, specialising in sports injury and surgical rehab. For over 10 years he worked with employers developing and running health and safety programmes, and rehabilitating people back into work. At Southern Rehab he is the director of IT and director of marketing. Clinically he works predominantly in the pain management team, assisting people with complex and persistent pain problems return to living their best life.
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.
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.
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.
Jarrod graduated Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree and began at Southern Rehab in January 2018 under the internship programme. He works in the vocational rehabilitation service, has a strong interest in concussion injuries and is looking forward to beginning postgraduate studies.
Rosie graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic and joined Southern Rehab under the internship programme in September 2017. Rosie is excited to further her education with postgraduate studies to expand her knowledge and further develop her skills within the Vocational Rehabilitation Service. Rosie also works in Social Rehab and Training for Independence teams.
Holly completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago and joined the Southern Rehab team in January 2018. She enjoys working within the training for independence team has a keen interest in pain management and vocational rehabilitation. She is looking forward to continuing her education through postgraduate study.
Charlotte has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic and recently joined the Southern Rehab team in late 2017. She has a background in Vocational Rehabilitation and working in the acute hospital environment. Charlotte works at Southern Rehab in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Social Rehabilitation teams.
Ashley graduated from Otago with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2013. She has had experience with inpatient rehabilitation and in 2015 she completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Rehab at Otago University. Ashley joined the team at Southern Rehab in September 2018 and works under the Concussion, Social Rehab and Training for Independence teams.
After working for nearly ten years within the Canterbury District Health Board, Rayna joined our team at Southern Rehab. Rayna has considerable experience in medical secretarial and administration roles. At Southern Rehab Rayna provides administrative support for the Regional Manager and Finance team, as well as to the Concussion and the Pain Management Services.
Claudia graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015. She has worked with rugby and touch teams in Otago, Palmerston North and Christchurch, including provincial and representative teams. Claudia’s clinical interests include dry needling and exercise-based sports rehabilitation. Born in rural Taranaki, Claudia loves the outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, yoga and being active and is particularly interested in working with athletes in these areas. Claudia enjoys assisting all clients recover from injury and get back to living their best life.
Andrew graduated with his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago in 2018 and joined the Southern Rehab team in 2019. Andrew's focus is on helping people manage musculoskeletal conditions, orthopaedic rehabilitation and pain management.
Hazel started working for Southern Rehab in June 2018. Hazel has previously worked in Vocational Rehabilitation in Sydney and is pleased to be back in New Zealand on home soil. Hazel enjoys tramping, camping, yoga, skiing and running. Hazel is passionate about holistic, client-centred Occupational Therapy and reflects this is her role at Southern Rehab.