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.
Fleur graduated with a Physiotherapy degree in 2004 and Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation in 2014. She started her career at Auckland City Hospital, advancing to senior level in Neurology and Neurosurgery. She worked with people with complex physical disability and brain injury in London, prior to returning to NZ in 2010. Fleur specialises in neurological physiotherapy and specifically dizziness and balance disorders associated with concussion and traumatic brain injury.
Physiotherapist Mount Maunganui
Gemma qualified as a physiotherapist in 1999 and since then has worked in a variety of positions. She has worked specifically in neurological rehabilitation since 2002 and is a current member of the NZSP neurology special interest group. Gemma has a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation and also works at The Vertigo Clinic.
Rielle gained a Diploma of Physiotherapy from the University of Marburg, Germany in 1990. She has worked in rehabilitation centres and in private practice in both Germany and NZ. Rielle is a registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist (PAANZ) and has an advanced diploma in Cranio-sacral Therapy.
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 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.
Occupational Therapist Mount Maunganui
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 working in the UK and NZ. She has worked with a diverse Client population of adults, elderly and youth; has worked in various settings of health departments, Social Services, Education, ACC, NGO's; and also been a supervisor and manager of a supported employment team and Return to Work programme. Paula has significant specialist experience in mental health and addictions; working in adult and elderly community mental health and addiction teams; offering individual therapy; and has established and facilitates self-development courses in anxiety management, assertiveness, self-esteem, wellness, recovery, depression and addiction.
Speech-Language Therapist Papamoa
Briony has SLT experience ranging from working with adults following TBI and stroke to working for the Ministry of Education in the Early Intervention team. After five years working for the Auckland DHB in their Rehab Plus facility, Briony then provided contract ACC work. Briony has experience providing comprehensive assessment and intervention for communication and swallowing impairments secondary to mild, moderate and severe TBI within the community.
Clinical Psychologist Tauranga
Andrew gained a Masters of Social Science (Hons) and Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Waikato. He has worked in a variety of hospitals in NZ and in London in Clinical and Senior Clinical Psychologist positions. Andrew is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and has been in private practice in Tauranga since 1993.
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 and a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and NZ Pain Society. Geraldine has worked in DHB mental health teams and in academic positions. She is currently working part-time as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Tauranga.
Hilary qualified with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2012. She completed her internship in 2009 at the BOPDHB and 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 continues to contract to the BOPDHB and PHO, does ACC work and sees private clients. Hilary is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.
Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist Tauranga
Maren is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Massey University in 2012. She has worked in Mental Health Services at Tauranga Hospital since 2009 and completed her thesis on 'Caregivers of a Family Member with a Traumatic Brain Injury'. Her Clients have ranged from childhood to the elderly and she has also worked specifically in the area of Oncology. She has been in private practice since 2013, including providing Neuropsychological Assessments to ACC. She currently sees private and ACC Clients with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, concussion/TBI, pain and physical illness.
Mark is a registered Clinical Psychologist and obtained his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1988. He went on to complete his doctorate in 1992. He has worked in both the public sector as well as private practice. Mark immigrated to NZ in 2001 and worked in a DHB on the crisis team before moving to Tauranga where he works for the local DHB and has a small part-time private practice. He has over 25 years clinical experience.
Clinical Psychologist Thames
Karen is a registered Clinical Psychologist and completed her studies at the University of Waikato. She earned a Bachelor of Social Science with First Class Honours (Psychology), a Master of Social Science (Psychology) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical). Karen is a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist but also integrates other evidence-based modalities into her practice to suit the needs of her Clients. Karen is dedicated to understanding the individual needs of her Clients and their 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
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.
Wol was previously a Counsellor who is now a registered Psychologist. Wol specialises in Hauora (Maori Health) and has a broad experience in local Hauora services. He supports individuals and whanau who have experienced trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression and is an important asset to our team with his knowledge in Hauora based services.
Registered Nurse Tauranga
Frances is a Registered Nurse, having qualified in Scotland in 1986. She has worked in a variety of specialities over the years, including lecturing for four years after receipt of 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.
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.
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.
Lawrence is a registered Social Worker who qualified with degrees in Social Work and Psychology (Hons) through the University of South Africa. He also has a degree in Business Administration. He has 20+ years of clinical experience working in South Africa and NZ in both hospital and community settings. He has a special interest working with adults with mental health, learning, and developmental difficulties.
Nikki is a Registered Social Worker and a member of the ANZASW. She commenced working in Adult Mental Health, Victim Support, and for the past four years has also worked with Youth at risk. Nikki now contracts to ACC working with Sensitive Claims Clients of all ages. She also works part-time in local high schools delivering ACC's 'Mates and Dates' programme. Nikki works holistically and believes that you need to work with the whole person, including their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health, whilst taking social factors into consideration.
Social Worker Tauranga
Robyn completed her study at Te Wananga O Aotearoa and is a registered Social Worker. She has worked for the last 10+ years at Victim Support, Tauranga Living Without Violence and the Womans Refuge and she specialises in Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Abuse. Robyn now works with ACC Sensitive Claims and she likes to help empower people to rebuild their confidence and independence. Robyn relates well to all cultures and is also a member of the ANZASW.
Suzanne is a Registered Social Worker and member of the ANZASW. She gained her Social Work degree through Massey University with Honours in 2006. Suzanne has 10 years experience in mental health and addiction services. She has worked in addictions, mental health and needs assessment/support where she assesses, counsels, and offers people skills and support to get out and about in the community. Suzanne has an interest in working alongside people to empower them to reach their potential.
Cultural Advisor Tauranga
Hori holds a Masters in Indigenous Studies (Hons) from Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (Biculturalism in practice), a Diploma in Adult Education and is a certified clinical and Mataora Supervisor. He is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga and affiliates to Tapuika, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Awa and Ngai Tuhoe Iwi. He has special interests in Governance, indigenous and Maori health inequities, education, social justice, whanau, hapu, and iwi leadership and development.