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Level 9, 57 Willis Street
Nick Conn, Physiotherapist
- BSc, DipPhty, DipMT, MNZSP
Nick has over 15 years experience in the management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. He has worked in top Sports Medicine multidisciplinary clinics around the world – including London clinics servicing elite sports people, city workers and corporate customers.
Returning from the UK in 2003, Nick set up Willis Street Physiotherapy Limited, and the invaluable experience he gained overseas is evident in the thinking and products the clinic offers today.
In 2008 Nick formed a new company, Handspring Limited, which delivers ‘The Otago Exercise Programme’ in the lower North Island. This delivers a fall prevention exercise programme to the elderly in their homes.
But it doesn’t stop there. Nick has developed interests in upper limb, neck and upper back pain. He’s collecting data for a future research paper examining a new approach to pain management and prevention in these areas.
Nick makes regular contributions to the Barefoot and Soul blog.
Grant Plumbley, Physiotherapist
- BPhEd, Dip Phty, MNZSP
Grant gained a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from Otago University in 1988 before attending Otago Polytechnic qualifying in Physiotherapy in 1991. He then spent 3 years as a physiotherapist within the multi-disciplinary team at the Wellington Sports Medicine Clinic before heading to the UK in 1994.
Over his 13 years there he gained extensive experience in performance, sports and corporate health sectors – including working as Physiotherapist with Riverdance - The Show from 1997 to 1999, as they toured Europe, Australia and New Zealand and as a Physiotherapist at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in 2005 to 2007. Grant also looked after the 2000 Olympic Heavyweight boxing champion Audley Harrison, from 2000 until 2007.
Working in a large sports medicine clinic based in the City of London from 1999 to 2005, he gained invaluable experience in both the sports and corporate health sectors; working alongside specialist sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, podiatrists, musculoskeletal radiologists and surgeons.
In 2005, he gave up his role of National Physiotherapy Manager, with clinical responsibility for a team of 30 physiotherapists, to accept the role at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
He returned to New Zealand with his young family in 2007, bringing with him a great working knowledge of discomfort, pain and injury within the performance, work and sport situations.
Grant has developed excellent assessment skills and a wide variety of treatment techniques– using mobilization, manipulation, soft tissue release techniques, acupuncture and specific exercises and rehabilitation in the treatment of these problems.
Grant blogs at Barefoot and Soul
Gayle Snyders, Physiotherapist
- B.Sc (Physiotherapy), MNZSP
- Cranio-Sacral therapy (Upledger Institute)
- Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute)
Gayle has been practicing physiotherapy since 2001. She has worked in Germany in an osteopathic practice and in private practice in South Africa , treating elite athletes, chronic pain sufferers, families and corporate clients.
Gayle uses a combination of manual therapies, acupuncture and exercise therapies combined with the holistic techniques of Cranio-Sacral therapy and Visceral Manipulation.
Gayle has a special interest in the fields of neurodynamics (the movement of the nervous system) and fascial continuity (the mobility and inter-relatedness of the connective tissue structures of the body). These have a wide range of applications ranging from management / resolution of chronic pain and headaches to conditioning of elite athletes.
Expect something slightly less conventional than you are used to from your usual physiotherapist when getting a treatment from Gayle.
You will be asked about your current problem, along with a history of your health; which will include aspects of your diet, the function of your digestive system, and the functioning of your nervous system.
In addition to conventional physiotherapy assessment techniques and movement tests, Gayle will be looking at the alignment of the fascial system. This is a very gentle process of both looking and gently placing tension on the tissue to see where its movement is restricted. This is done while standing and lying down.
Treatment is a combination of standard physiotherapy and acupuncture along with fascial mobility techniques.
Cranio-Sacral therapy and Visceral manipulation combine to genuinely assist babies with colic, cramps and sleep problems. It is also a gentle form of therapy for pregnant women. As a mother of twins Gayle understands the demands of pregnancy and the early months of parenting on the body.
Gayle is an advocate of using the body as nature intended it to be used, starting with the feet. She has embraced the movement toward minimalist footwear, allowing the body to work as it is intended with a little bit of innovative protection and is our specialist consultant in the barefoot field.
Lifestyle and dietary changes may be recommended to facilitate recovery.
Gayle blogs at Barefoot and Soul
Maarama Waiora Davis, PhysiotherapistMaarama graduated from Otago University in 1988 with a Bachelors in Physical Education. Contracted out, as a Health & Fitness consultant for the Corporate Industry, and as Manager/Personal Trainer in Gym Training facilities within Wellington.
- BPhty, BPhEd, DipMT, MNZSP
She returned to Otago University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy in 1995.
Maarama has had a long association with Brian Mulligan who developed the world renown “Mulligan Concept,” working alongside him in his practise for eight years and is a certified Mulligan practioner.
Maarama has over 17 years experience and excellent assessment skills in the management of musculoskeletal pain, muscle imbalance and biomechanical dysfunctions, with specific exercises and rehabilitation in the treatment of a wide variety of injuries.
Treatment techniques utilising mobilisation with movement, mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue release, acupuncture and trigger needle point release.
She is fitness focused having completed triathlons, marathons and other endurance type events including the two day Coast to Coast.
Maarama was the team physiotherapist for the Wellington Women’s Rugby representative side from 2001-2006 and New Zealand Men’s Hockey from 2002-2005.
Married and living in Northland, we are very pleased that Maarama has chosen to relocate to our Clinic to continue her personal development. You can book to see her at Willis Street Physiotherapy from 15 April 2013.
Fran Willis, PhysiotherapistAfter graduating from Otago Polytechnic Fran ran her own physiotherapy practice for many years in Auckland while completing post graduate courses in acupuncture and musculo-skeletal physiotherapy.
- Dip Phty, MNZSP
In 2004 Fran moved to Wellington to be close to family and since then has worked in sports and orthopaedic physiotherapy practices in the Wellington CBD.
Fran is interested in all musculo-skeletal conditions and sports injuries, and particularly enjoys working with musicians and artists, being a keen musician herself.
When appropriate, Fran finds acupuncture a very useful adjunct to her treatments providing clients are receptive to this.
Recently Fran studied Canine Physiotherapy in Colorado, and is now a certified Canine Physiotherapist, using these skills on a voluntary basis at the SPCA.
Anna Mason-Mackay, Physiotherapist
- BSC (Physiotherapy), MNZSP
Anna graduated from Otago University in 2007 with a bachelor of physiotherapy and spent the next five years working in Brisbane (in the Central Queensland coal mines), Boston and New York city.
She has a particular interest in biomechanics, and loves difficult patients with complicated biomechanical puzzles that need untangling. To this end she is currently completing her postgraduate diploma in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and hopes next year to do a masters in biomechanics.
Anna is also a keen traveller, having recently returned from 2 months in southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland). She has also travelled through Peru, Bolivia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and the States
An avid avid follower of rugby union, which she used to play at half-back resulting in two dislocated shoulders, a snapped ACL and a great deal of empathy for her post-surgical patients.
Kyla Anderson, Physiotherapist
- BSc (hons) phys, MCSP, MAACP, MACPSM, MNZMPA, MNZSP
Kyla joins us after spending 10 years living in the UK. While there she worked both in the NHS and private clinic settings and was involved with a number of high levels sports teams including current premiership football clubs Southampton and Crystal Palace.
She also spent 5 years working with London Broncos/Harlequins Rugby League club and before returning to NZ was involved with Taekwondo at the 2012 London Olympics working closely with several countries.
Alongside working at Willis St she also works with Tonga Rugby Union and has recently been travelling internationally with the Tongan Sevens team
Kyla uses a variety of treatment techniques including mobilisation, acupuncture, soft tissue release, taping and manipulations and enjoys treating both acute and chronic conditions of elite athletes and weekend warriors.
Like all the experienced physiotherapists at WSP, Kyla also utilises her skills in treating a variety of injuries that may be sustained in non-sporting situations - it is the same body that is being injured and the same treatment techniques are applicable.
Peter Snowdon, Physiotherapist
- BPhty (Physiotherapy), MNZMPA, MNZSP
Peter graduated from the University of Otago in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree (BPhty). He began working as a rotational physiotherapist in Wellington hospital before a short stint at the Southern District Health Board in 2011. He consolidated his clinical skills in the varying hospital environments and developed an interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
In 2012 Peter worked for a busy Wellington central clinic and enjoyed the fast-paced nature of private practice physiotherapy. In 2013, Peter concurrently worked with the Wellington Phoenix football club and relished the elite sporting environment. We are happy that he has recently decided to join the team at Willis Street physiotherapy.
Peter has a particular interest in biomechanical assessments, sports-related rehabilitation, exercise prescription and injury prevention. He is passionate about continual professional development and regularly attends courses and in-service training to maintain current practicing standards.
Outside of physiotherapy, Peter has had an extensive sporting career with several national titles. Peter represented New Zealand gymnastics for seven years. Currently, Peter enjoys middle distance running, strength and conditioning training and is a Group Fitness instructor for Les Mills Extreme.
Rachel Campbell, Pilates Instructor
- B.Sc (Sports Science)
- BA (Commerce)
- STOTT Pilates Instructor
Completing a Sports science and Commerce degree at Otago University alongside a passion for snow sports, this led Rachel to Ski Instructing internationally as an ISIA & NZSIA Ski Instructor in Europe, and the USA. Snow sports injuries observed during seasons highlighted the need for balanced training and full rehabilitation post injury.
A career in Pilates began in 2001 with qualifications gained in STOTT Pilates at the internationally acclaimed Toronto Global Training Centre, followed by advanced certifications in London. Continuing speciality training courses in Pre and Postnatal Pilates, Breast cancer rehabilitation, Osteoporosis, and muscle dysfunctions Rachel also developed snow sports Pilates training and worked with young ski racers in France and private clients.
Rachel is a skilled and experienced instructor working alongside physiotherapists creating personalised Pilates based programmes ranging from wellbeing, post injury sessions, pregnancy, pre-season training and sports performance. Rachel brings a global body approach to her clients with skills in Gyrokinesis, Thai Yoga massage, NLP and Kinetic Control / Performance Stability training.
Ten years on and Rachel has returned from London to Wellington, NZ and is enjoying being a mother.
On Friday 1st March 2013, Rachel welcomed baby Amelia into the world. Rachel is now off on Maternity Leave and we are introducing an exciting new physiotherapy led rehabilitation product to replace the gap that her departure has left.
We wish her all the best and hope to see her back at work once her family committments allow.
Barb Baigent – Remedial Massage Therapist (MNZ)
- BHS Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy
- Dip. HSc. Massage and Clinical Sports Therapy
- Dip. HSc. Therapeutic Massage
Barb completed her training at the New Zealand College of Massage. She holds her degree in Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy (2012), and two diplomas in Health Science; in both Therapeutic Massage (2010) and Clinical Sports Therapy (2011).
Barb runs successful clinics in Wellington and on the Kapiti Coast, working with a wide range of people including recreational and professional athletes, sports teams, corporate workers, elderly, dancers, and musicians. She regularly works with high-profile international and national sports teams; All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks and Super 15 teams.
Barb’s skill base allows her to offer the following:
· Therapeutic Massage
· Deep Tissue Massage
· Sports Massage
· Trigger Point and Neuromuscular Therapy
· Myofascial Release
· Postural Assessment
· Stress management
· Injury Rehabilitation
Assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction is Barb’s particular area of interest and expertise. Her clients are taught the skills necessary to overcome pain and dysfunction through core and stability training, stretching and strengthening protocols. These skills are integrated into her hands-on therapy sessions for optimal results.
Barb takes a holistic approach in helping clients to be more aware of their body in relation to pain, stress, tension or injury. She investigates the cause of dysfunction, assesses the contributing factors and plans a series of treatments to correct postural, biomechanical and stress related issues. Barb enjoys the complexities of working with clients who rely on their bodies’ to perform at their optimal potential, as well as those who need to de-stress and be re-educated in how to improve their health and wellbeing through manual therapy, nutrition and exercise prescription.
Anne Williams, Receptionist
Anne works at Willis Street Physiotherapy as a part-time receptionist. Having an interest in heath and wellbeing, Anne enjoys working in a practice with an emphasis on providing clients with tools to develop a more healthy and active lifestyle. Outside of her work at the practice Anne teaches yoga with a current focus on pregancy yoga. Her teaching has taken on even more meaning as her and her husband are expecting their own little one in December.
Anne is currently on Maternity Leave after the birth of Finlay, we hope to welcome her back once family committments allow.
Kayne Hammington, Receptionist
Due to the recent expansion of the clinic it was necessary to recruit for a part-time receptionist to help cover the busy periods. We are very pleased to have Kayne in place now. He is currently finishing off his Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University majoring in marketing and commercial law. Along side study he is working for his brothers Health and Well-being business as well as part time here at Willis Street Physiotherapy. In his spare time he plays rugby for Upper Hutt, and was lucky and good enough to be chosen in the Wellington Lions last year.
Amy Black, Practice Manager
- MA, Contemporary History and Politics
Amy has worked part-time at Willis Street Physiotherapy as a practice manager since moving to NZ with her family from London in 2007. (she has 4 young boys).
Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2007 Amy managed musculoskeletal services for a large wellness provider in the UK and has a strong background in operational management.
Amy arrived in NZ with a particular interest in proactive corporate health solutions and was excited to work with Nick and Grant to develop the clinic’s cutting edge ‘Early Intervention Programme’.
Over the last few years Amy has become increasingly interested in pregnancy and family health and enjoys working with Gayle and Helen to develop the more holistic side of the Willis Street business (see ‘Pregnancy – Baby – Child’ and ‘Naturopath and Nutritionist’ for more info)
Amy blogs at Barefoot and Soul has her own food blog
Helen Padarin (Naturopath / Nutritionist)
- Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) (University of New England)
- Advanced Diploma Naturopathy (Nature Care College, Sydney)
- Diploma of Nutrition (Nature Care College, Sydney)
- Diploma of Botanical Medicine (Nature Care College, Sydney)
- MINDD Forum Practitioner Training (Sydney)
- Diploma of Remedial Massage (Nature Care College, Sydney)
Naturopath and nutritionist Helen Padarin specialises in working with children and adults with Autism, ASD, ADH/D, asthma, eczema and allergies. For eight years she has worked at Pymble Grove Health Centre, one of Australia’s most respected holistic medical centres. In this time she has worked closely with paediatrician Dr Antony Underwood.
Helen is concerned about food and environmental factors that are having such a detrimental impact on the health of our children today. She has a strong focus on wholesome diet, fermented food, healthy gut and immune function, detoxification, optimal nutritional status and on ensuring a healthy lifestyle and environment.
She is passionate about educating and empowering individuals and families to understand the underlying causes of digestive, immune and neurological disorders, so they feel confident to make healthy proactive choices.
Helen makes regular contributions to our 'Diary of a Barefoot Health-Freak' blog
Morice Crandall, Movement and pilates teacher
- Polestar-trained Pilates teacher
- Licensed GYROKINESIS® instructor
Morice has her own studio and we are delighted to welcome her as an endorsed provider of Willis Street Physiotherapy, teaching rehab pilates group classes for post-treatment patients. The classes are designed in collaboration with WSP and the exercises tailored for those patients who are ready for more specific rehabilitation.
If you are interested in this service it is recommended that you first see one of our experienced physiotherapists at WSP for screening, assessment and/or treatment to ensure you are suitable, and that it will be safe for you to participate.
The class is taught at Morice's studio, Lofft, at level 2, 136 The Terrace. As well as our group classes, Morice offers personalised private sessions, using the latest pilates equipment, as well as a range of other group classes.
Morice's approach brings together different ways of moving so that her clients find what she calls 'movement intelligence', an understanding of one's own body and how to move it and use it with grace and ease, working with gravity instead of against it.
Morice is a Polestar-trained Pilates teacher and a licensed GYROKINESIS® instructor. She has a special interest in posture and its effects on our lives - physically, emotionally and socially. She is also developing an approach to using whole body vibration for pilates and posture, having discovered it to treat her own osteoporosis.
Once part of the corporate world, Morice made the leap into teaching movement several years ago. "I used to sit in my office cubicle and wish I was doing pilates." She knows first-hand what the business world and working at desks can do to the body and wishes she had known the many benefits of a healthy posture and how to achieve one years ago. But now she does and is keen to share it with others.
Paul Mattocks, On-site Massage TherapistProfile to follow - yes we are still waiting...Paul?
Sue Bascand, Physiotherapist
- Dip Phty, MNZSP
- Past OEP Provider
- Specialised in Adult and Paediatric neurology including stroke rehabilitation
- Tutor for the Otago University School of Physiotherapy
- Physiotherapist provider to Rest Homes
- Family including 3 children James, Hannah and Olivia
- Tennis, golf and netball weekly as well as walking her 2 Labradors
We are sad to state that due to ill health, Sue has regrettably had to resign from her position. We wish her all the best in her recovery and we hope to be in a position where we can welcome her back when she feels able.
We are pleased and very fortunate to be able to welcome Emma Hammond to WSP to replace Sue. Her profile will follow shortly.
Christeen McKenzie, Physiotherapist
- Dip Phty, MNZSP
Chris started working with the Willis Street Physio team in 2008 after returning from 18 months in France. Prior to this, she had worked for most of her physiotherapy career in Hawkes Bay with spells at Greenlane and in England.
Working with Willis Street Physio, she provides physiotherapy services for the hospital areas of Malvina Major and Shona McFarlane Retirement villages. The work load has gradually increased as the homes have expanded no part due to her skills and committment.
Chris really enjoys working with the elderly where the focus is to maintain any independence for as long as possible. The work is multidisciplinary, keeping people mobile, providing aids for their care and advising staff in the best possible way to move the residents. It is also very important to look after the staff with inservices on back care, patient handling and use of lifting equipment. She enjoys working alongside the home's team of caregivers who are from many different cultures which she finds very interesting
Jane provides Physiotherapy for the hospital residents of Rita Angus. In this role she provides support and education to the Rita Angus team to provide safe and individualised mobility and handling for all residents. Jane has over twelve years’ experience working in the areas of neurological and physical rehabilitation, focussing on the older adult.
Jane Fairbairn, Physiotherapist
- BHSc (Physiotherapy), MNZSP
Jane has a special interest in physiotherapy rehabilitation and enjoys working with patients to help them develop on-going plans to optimise their movements, improving confidence and quality of life.
Jane has a special interest in treating Parkinson’s disease and in October 2012 she will travel to Australia to train in the specialised LSVT BIG method. This is a highly successful program designed for Parkinson’s disease.
Emma Hammond, Physiotherapist
- BHSc (Physiotherapy), MNZSP
Emma graduated from University of Otago in 2002 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and initially worked in various Acute and Rehabilitation Hospitals in Lower Hutt, Gisborne and Perth. She has also gained experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and completed a post graduate diploma in Acupuncture in 2006.
She moved to London in 2007 and specialised in the field of Older Adult Rehabilitation, particularly based in the community.
After having her first child in London, Emma moved back to Wellington with her family in 2013 to be nearer to extended family and the great outdoors.
Emma provides Physiotherapy for the hospital residents of Shona MacFarlane. In this role she provides safe and individualised moving and handling guidelines for the residents and works closely alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team. A large part of the role is to provide education for staff about equipment and manual handling. Emma is passionate about helping Older Adults maintain their independence for as long as possible.