ORANGE COVID PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

  • We are able to continue in clinic and telehealth appointments with you in the orange setting, irrespective of your vaccination status. 

  • We are following safety protocols such as extra cleaning, use of Covid Tracer app, contactless registration process etc. 

  • For in-clinic consultations we ask that you wear a mask (unless exempt) and postpone your appointment if you have any of the following: Sore throat, Cough, Runny nose, Loss of sense of smell or taste. Or you have been in contact with others who have been sick with respiratory illness in the last two weeks or have been asked to isolate by the Ministry of Health. 

  • If any of the above apply to you or you would prefer to avoid being in physical contact due to the pandemic, you are welcome to book an online/telephone consultation with a therapist.

 

Therapists

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Michelle Caspersonn

Director, Physiotherapist, Registered Hand Therapist, MHPrac(Rehab), Acupuncturist, MPNZ

Michelle has worked in hand therapy since 2011. She enjoys the creative part of the job, including the varied skill set required for splinting and finds solving challenges rewarding. She is always delighted to help people return to their usual roles at home, work, sport and leisure as soon as possible.

Graduating from AUT in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Michelle has worked in a range of settings including as a clinic based physiotherapist.

 

She has extensive experience with musculoskeletal conditions, persistent pain conditions, has organised return to work programmes and in sideline support for sports teams. She completed a Postgraduate Clinical Masters in Rehabilitation in 2013.

 

With three young children, spare time is at a premium. However, she enjoys being crafty, swimming, reading and exploring the outdoors.

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Steph Freeman

PGCert (Rehab), Registered Hand Therapist, BPhty, MPNZ

[Currently on maternity leave]

 

After completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago University in 2010, Steph has primarily worked in private practice, treating a range of musculoskeletal injuries with a hands on approach and exercise rehabilitation focus. Steph has been involved in Pain Management Programs, Return to Work Programs, Women's Health and Pilates, but she has found her true passion in hand therapy and has completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Rehabilitation.

 

Steph enjoys supporting her clients from an acute injury, through to getting them back to what they enjoy most.

 

In her spare time, Steph loves spending time with her family, swimming laps, and the occasional squash game!

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Jill Edwards

Director, Occupational Therapist, Registered Hand Therapist, PGDip (Occupational Practice), BHSc(OT), MOTNZ

Jill gets a real buzz out of helping people regain hand function, particularly with daily tasks such as the ability to change nappies, tie their shoelaces, return to knitting or even shake hands. Working in hand therapy since 2007, Jill believes a customised approach is important with each person with a problem having different priorities and challenges.

 

Jill graduated from AUT in 2000 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) and then gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Practice ten years later. Prior to working in hand therapy, Jill worked in a variety of roles including community therapy, aged care, return to work programmes and assistive technology.

 

Jill has two school aged children and in her free time enjoys gardening, running, learning Te Reo and is perfecting her sourdough.

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Donna Webster

PGCert (Health Science), BHSc(OT), Associate Hand Therapist, MOTNZ

Donna started working as an Occupational Therapist in 2004, after graduating from AUT with a BHsc (OT). After working in a variety of clinical settings such as Hospital, Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Rehabilitation, Donna decided to follow her dream of specialising in the area of hand therapy.

Most recently, Donna has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science. Donna enjoys working with people to reach their goals, particularly when their ability to engage in their everyday tasks has been disrupted due to altered hand function.

 

When not at work, Donna can be found spending time with her family, walking, gardening or at the beach.

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Kate Humphreys

Physiotherapist and Associate Hand Therapist

MPT (Physiotherapy), PG Cert (Health Science)

MPNZ, AHTNZ

Kate is our newest team member, arriving in Tauranga in December 2021. After beginning her Hand Therapy journey at Canberra Hospital, she completed her Hand Therapy qualification at AUT during her 2.5 years with the Capital and Coast District Health Board.

She has a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science background, and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Movement Science and Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. After graduating in 2015, she spent three years working as a Physiotherapist at Canberra Hospital and rotating through many areas, including Hand Therapy.

 

Kate was immediately drawn to the challenge and complexities of the human hand. She strives to build relationships with clients, ensuring they feel comfortable, heard, and supported to achieve their goals. She loves seeing and hearing the difference Hand Therapy can make to her clients’ quality of life; whether it be returning to work, sport, music, or simply performing their daily activities.

 

When she’s not at work, you can often find Kate enjoying a coffee in the sun at a local café, or out on the trails: running, tramping, and exploring all that Aotearoa has to offer.

 

Fees

ACC/Insurer co-payment first visit: $25
ACC/Insurer co-payment followup: 
$10

To note...

  • Other charges may apply eg. for consumables such as tape or for exercise equipment.

  • Please give us notice of at least 4 hours if you need to change your appointment.

  • Please bring any referral information (from GP, ACC or other insurer)

  • Please bring a list of your current medications

  • You are likely to have a better result if you are seen as soon as possible after an injury.

  • Please follow wearing instructions if a splint/dressing has been applied in the emergency room until review at hand therapy.

  • Treatment may include splinting, wound care, scar treatment, swelling management, taping, stretching, massage, acupuncture, tailored programme of movements/exercises.

Private first visit: $115
Private followup: 
$85

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Contact Us

All About Hands

223 Otumoetai Road, Otumoetai, Tauranga

(With Tauranga Physio and Family Doctors)

Phone: 07 576 3606

Email: reception@allabouthands.co.nz

​© 2021 by All About Hands

Hand Therapy Tauranga Rehabilitation Physio