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.
Physiotherapist and Associate Hand Therapist
MPT (Physiotherapy), PG Cert (Health Science)
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.
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.
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.
Physiotherapist, Registered Hand Therapist
BPhty, PGCertHS (Rehab), RNZHT
Kaylee graduated from the University of Otago in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy. Hand Therapy has always been her passion and she thoroughly enjoys treating both simple and complex hand injuries.
Kaylee started her hand therapy career at Waikato DHB, which she found invaluable. She has since worked for the Bay of Plenty DHB, and locum roles for hand therapy private practices. After several years of work in the DHB, Kaylee is excited to be back in private practice. She is very passionate about research, and this aligns her treatments with current evidence-based management.
Living locally, she is a mother of two and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Any free time she can find, she enjoys plucking at the guitar strings and playing racquet sports.