Co-Director and Physiotherapist Whangamata
Trudi graduated as a physiotherapist in 1985 and also has her Masters degree in rehabilitation. She has worked both in NZ and the UK, primarily in rehabilitation, with paediatrics, and including both neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Trudi is a believer that all areas overlap and having knowledge in several areas lends itself to better rehabilitation and thus outcomes.
Co-Director and Speech-Language Therapist Papamoa
Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Canterbury in 1998 and has since worked with both adults and children in the DHB; private and ACC sectors. Since 2002, Linda has specialised in providing assessment and rehabilitation for clients with traumatic brain injury. Along with Trudi, she is one of the founding co-directors.
Elzanne is a South African physiotherapist who immigrated to Tauranga in 2020. She is fluent in both English and Afrikaans. After graduating from Stellenbosch University (2018), she worked for a rural hospital in her South African hometown. Working in a poor, rural community, she realised the power of education, & loves working with people in a community setting. Outside work you will find Elzanne on the netball court, going for a run or hike.
Fleur graduated with a physiotherapy degree (2004) and Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (2014). She advanced to a senior level in neurology & neurosurgery at Auckland Hospital and has worked with complex physical disabilities & brain injuries in London. Fleur specialises in neurological physiotherapy, specifically dizziness and balance disorders associated with concussion and traumatic brain injury.
After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2007, Justine worked for NZ’s largest DHBs & gained extensive experience in neurology & rehabilitation in the UK. Areas of special interest are rehabilitation post-concussion & traumatic brain injury, falls, orthopaedic injuries, dizziness & balance, & enabling adults to lead active independent lives. She is a Bobath trained therapist & Bradcliff practitioner with a passion for delivering holistic evidence-based healthcare.
Physiotherapist Mount Maunganui
Megan hails from Scotland. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2007 and has a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine (2013). Megan has worked in hospitals, military, private practice and elite sport in the UK & NZ. She went to the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as physio to the New Zealand team. Since having children, Megan moved to paediatrics, working in community and education settings.
Sally earned her diploma in Physiotherapy in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1989. She also has a post graduate certificate in Neurological Physiotherapy (2001) and is a Bobath trained therapist. Sally has a specialist interest in assessment and treatment of clients with neurological conditions and she uses a holistic approach to therapy.
Occupational Therapist Mount Maunganui
Ange qualified as an occupational therapist in 2003 and has since worked with a number of ACC suppliers over the years. Angela has a naturally warm and caring nature and a genuine interest in helping people, and 'helping people to help themselves,' by encouraging independence wherever possible.
Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in vocational rehabilitation for ACC, private insurers, and businesses. In 2020 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Vocational Rehabilitation and Trauma Informed Practice. Fiona has experience in concussion, TI programmes and working with a range of clients needing support due to mental health/pain.
Occupational Therapist Tauranga
Kim graduated as an OT from Auckland University in 2001 and she has worked in both hospital and community settings in NZ and the UK. Most of her clinical experience has been in the areas of neurology and rehabilitation and she held an OT clinical supervisor role at Rehab Plus in Auckland for over three years.
Maree is an Occupational Therapist, who has completed a Masters in Health Science (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology. She has specialist rehabilitation skills in brain injury and mental health, with a developing interest in the management of chronic pain. For the past twenty years Maree has lived in Tauranga and worked in the Bay of Plenty.
Merrill graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and has worked in a range of different hospital and community settings in NZ and in the UK at a senior level. She has specialist paediatric experience and has also worked with the adult population. Merrill now offers her skills to provide concussion services and training for independence programmes for both adults and paediatrics.
Paula is a registered OT with over 25 years clinical experience in the UK & NZ. She has worked with a diverse range of people in a wide range of settings. Paula has significant specialist experience in mental health & addictions, individual therapy, and has established & facilitated courses in anxiety management, assertiveness, self-esteem, wellness, recovery, depression & addiction.
Speech-Language Therapist Papamoa
Alysa graduated with a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (2013). She has worked with high needs children at Kea Street Specialist School and Rosehill Special School, & in early intervention for the Ministry of Education. Alysa has a special interest in alternative and augmentative communication. She has experience in swallowing & feeding disorders, severe to moderate language disorders, sensory difficulties & motor speech disorders.
Briony’s SLT experience ranges from working with adults following TBI & stroke to working for the Ministry of Education’s Early Intervention team. After 5 years with Auckland DHB’s Rehab Plus, Briony provided contract ACC work. Briony has experience with comprehensive assessment & intervention for communication, & swallowing impairments secondary to mild, moderate & severe TBI.
Clinical Psychologist Tauranga
Geraldine was conferred a PhD (Psychology) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the University of Otago in 2000. She is a NZ registered clinical psychologist & a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and NZ Pain Society. Geraldine has worked in DHB mental health teams & in academic positions. She currently works part-time as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tauranga.
Hilary qualified with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (2012) & is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists. After completing her internship she worked in the severe behaviour team for MOE special education for a year while completing her thesis. Hilary also worked at CMH and BOPAS until 2015 when she started private practice. She contracts to the BOPDHB and PHO, does ACC work and sees private clients.
Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist Tauranga
Maren is a registered clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2012). She has worked in mental health services at Tauranga Hospital since 2009 & completed her thesis on caregivers of a family member with a traumatic brain injury. She sees private and ACC clients with a difficulties including depression, anxiety, concussion/TBI, pain & physical illness.
Clinical Psychologist Thames
Karen is a registered clinical psychologist with a Bachelor of Social Science (1st Class Honours), Master of Social Science (Psychology) & Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical). She is a trained cognitive behavioural therapist but integrates other evidence-based modalities to suit clients’ needs. She is dedicated to clients’ individual needs & aspiration for change whilst acknowledging the context of their lives.
Margaretanne graduated from Auckland University in 1995 as a clinical psychologist. With a background in Corrections and extensive experience in neurological conditions in both NZ and the UK, Margaretanne's areas of speciality are traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, post-traumatic stress and pain. Margaretanne works with adults and has a private practice in Thames.
Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist Tauranga
Pyra gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and has since carried out further training to work in the field of neuropsychology. She has experience in working with all ages in both the public and private sectors and now works alongside Simon Seal providing both clinical psychology and neuropsychological services to a range of clients.
Quintin is a registered clinical psychologist who qualified with a Masters in Clinical/Counselling Psychology from the University of Natal, South Africa in 1980. He was initially registered as a clinical psychologist in South Africa in 1981 and has had over 30 years experience working in South Africa and NZ.
Registered Psychologist Taranaki (telehealth services)
Sarah is a registered psychologist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology with Distinction (2014). Sarah works in a strength-based, big-picture way. She supports clients to be kind to themselves as they face life challenges & to find their inner strength. Sarah bases her practice on empowering clients to find a way forward. She draws on principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Compassion Focussed Therapy.
Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist Tauranga
Simon has over ten years' experience working with children and adolescents, adults and older people with a wide range of mental health and neurospsychological conditions across hospital and private practice settings. Simon's areas of specialisation include neurodevelopmental disorders, tramatic brain injury and dementia.
Registered Nurse Tauranga
Frances is a registered nurse, having qualified in Scotland in 1986. She has worked in a variety of specialties over the years, including lecturing for four years after gaining her Bachelors degree in Nurse Education in 1992. Since 2005 she has been working in assessment and rehabilitation with a special interest in serious injury, in particular spinal cord injury.
Jenny has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has worked in many fields of nursing. She currently specialises in teaching clients individualised breathing programmes which is backed by research that correct breathing patterns can have a major impact on our body systems and overall wellbeing. Jenny also specialises in working with people who have experienced sexual assault.
Sharon is a registered nurse, with a Bachelor of Nursing (2007). Prior to this she was an enrolled nurse. Sharon has had many years of experience in aged care. For the past ten years, Sharon has worked in the community for an ACC provider, gaining experience in supporting people with serious injuries.
Sports Physician Tauranga
Dr Robinson worked with the All Blacks for seven years as the head sports physician and then provided medical services for the super rugby team, the Crusaders. Deb is now based in Tauranga and specialises in musculoskeletal injuries, concussion and also has a special interest in issues of children and adolescents in sport.
Dietitian Mount Maunganui
Fiona is a registered Dietitian with 25+ years experience in both hospital and private practice settings. After 11 years as a clinical dietitian at Tauranga Hospital, Fiona established a successful private practice where she helps people with a wide variety of nutritional issues. She has been involved with ACC for well over 10 years now.
Julie is a registered dietitian with a Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nutrition & Dietetics. Over the past 20 years, Julie has worked as a senior clinical paediatric dietitian, working with families to optimise their child’s nutrition. She has experience with infants & children with complex feeding problems, children with neurological conditions, & developmental delay.
Social Worker Tauranga
Jan is a registered social worker with an extensive history working in clinical roles in both DHB and NGO services. Her experience is inclusive of working in the areas of mental health (child and adolescent), addiction, family therapy, counselling, as well as several supervisory and team leadership roles. Jan now works part-time with ACC sensitive claims.
Kia ora, I am Mark Leabourn. I have worked in social services for the past 23 years. My training has been in Kaupapa Maori theory, which has involved more than ten years of study. I have a Bachelor of Social Worker, Post Grad Diploma in Professional Supervision, Diploma in Adult teaching and am trained in Mental Health Peer Support (W.R.A.P). My practice is informed by Te Ao Maori or the Maori world view.
Nikki is a registered social worker and a member of the ANZASW. She has worked in adult mental health, victim support, & youth at risk. Nikki contracts to ACC, working with sensitive claims clients & also delivers ACC's Mates and Dates programme in high schools. She believes in working with the whole person, including their physical, mental, spiritual & emotional health, whilst taking social factors into consideration.
Suzanne is a registered social worker, a member of the ANZASW and has a social work degree with honours (Massey University, 2006). Suzanne has 10 years’ experience in mental health & addiction services where she assesses, counsels, and offers skills and support to get out & about in the community. Suzanne has an interest in working alongside people to empower them to reach their potential.
Rehab Coach Coromandel
Catherine has been in the health & fitness industry for the past 16 years. She recently began working as a rehab coach after ten years as a qualified personal trainer. Helping people achieve their goals has always come naturally to Catherine. Her approach to health & fitness is holistic, as well as scientific. Catherine is tangata whenua of Whangapoua, and has travelled and lived extensively abroad.
Robyn was a caregiver in a rest home for ten years before working in the community as a support worker. She has been a rehabilitation coach for the past three years, where she works one-on-one with clients to achieve their therapy goals.
Cultural Advisor Tauranga
Hori holds a Masters in Indigenous Studies (Hons) from Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Diploma in Adult Education and is a certified clinical and Mataora supervisor. He is a fluent in Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga and affiliates to Tapuika, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Awa and Ngai Tuhoe Iwi.
Administration Support Tauranga
Leah has worked in both the public and private sectors, and as a volunteer in the community. She provides administrative support to Coastal Rehab Services’ dedicated team.