After qualifying as top physiotherapy student from Otago Physiotherapy School and working in Hastings and Wellington Hospitals, Margaret started her own Private Practice in Taupo and then Wellington. During this time she began a lifetime of post graduate education, completing courses in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, acupuncture, and movement and muscle balance assessment.
As well as working for a time as the musculoskeletal tutor for the Otago Physiotherapy students, she had a long association with elite and local sport, with on-field management, treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Margaret was the physiotherapist to the NZ Womens Football Team for 8 years, touring internationally including the World Cup in China. She also spent many years involved with the local Men’s National League and Youth Football teams, as well as providing treatment for touring International Rugby teams and for several local senior rugby teams. Another area of special interest was with speed and power athletes, working closely with Olympic and youth sprinters and jumpers.
Margaret was an enthusiastic skier, travelling frequently to Europe to ski. However eventually a ski injury ended her on-field sports career and she became more involved in work related injuries and Occupational Health.
After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Work Rehabilitation, Functional Capacity Evaluation and Work Task Analysis Courses, she combined these and her other skills to provide Occupational Health Physiotherapy to large companies, Government Departments, ACC and other Insurers.
With three of her children living in London, she sold her Clinics and began again as a Speciality Musculoskeletal Locum, working up to 6 months a year in London, in Harley Street and the City, in the same large company as Nick and Grant.
Back in New Zealand, Margaret enjoys bringing together all her skills to treat and rehabilitate the wide range of patients she sees at Willis Street Physiotherapy, with a special interest in addressing the factors that may cause re-injury, or prevent return to best function. Continuing education is still a focus and Margaret regularly attends local and International Conferences.