Therapists

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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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Steph Freeman

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

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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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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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.

 

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

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223 Otumoetai Road, Otumoetai, Tauranga

(Situated within Tauranga Physio)

Phone: 07 576 3606

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