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. 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.
Deb trained as a Registered Nurse in the UK, specialising in Accident and Emergency Nursing.
Emigrating to NZ in 2003 she transitioned from clinical to management roles, enhancing practical experience with academic study, graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2016 with an MBA.
At Southern Rehab she is responsible for supporting the team to achieve smooth service delivery and continuous improvement across the business.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Eleanor completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ulster in 2011. She completed post-graduate courses in Pilates and acupuncture and moved to Christchurch, joining the Southern Rehab team in Rolleston in May 2018. Eleanor’s clinical areas of expertise are in musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, and sports physiotherapy.
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.
Dale Andrews joined Southern Rehab as Financial Controller in October 2017. He holds a BCom (Accounting, Finance and Information Systems) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Dale has gained experience in New Zealand and the UK, in recent times working for a Christchurch manufacturing exporter and Grant Thornton International. In his spare time, Dale enjoys coaching football and is on the Board of his local football club.
Clinical Lead in Pain and Psychological Services
Mark Ottley is a senior clinical psychologist and clinical 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is the director of IT and director of marketing. Clinically he works with people who have complex and persistent pain problems.
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.
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.
Caitlin is our administrator. She is a vital member of the Southern Rehab team and assists with ensuring quality delivery and reporting of services throughout the Southern Rehab network.
Wendy joined Southern Rehab in March 2015 initially as the Referrals Administrator. Wendy's primary role now is with the Finance team at Southern Rehab Limited.
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.