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Physiotherapy Assistant

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, 2019 (India), Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Science, 2020 (NZ)


Menaka is a registered physiotherapist from India and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Science at the University of Canterbury which helped further her knowledge on exercise prescription. She has experience working with older adults in a variety of clinical settings and aged care facilities. She is passionate about neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She also provides Manual Handling Training to care staff at a few aged care facilities and is trained in Pilates.

Menaka believes that exercise should have a place in everyone’s life, regardless of their age, condition, or fitness level.

Jessie Snowdon

Neurological and Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1998, Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation 2009, Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand including the Neurology and Older Adults Special Interest Groups, and Treasurer of Canterbury Branch. Member of Moving and Handling Association of New Zealand

Jessie is the founder and director of On the Go Physio. She graduated from Otago University in 1998 and has worked in Christchurch, Edinburgh and London in a variety of roles. Jessie has experience working with people with a range of neurological, orthopaedic and age related conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, Polio, Multiple Sclerosis, Head Injury, Stroke, elective and traumatic joint replacements, falls, and general loss of function following illness or injury. Jessie is a skilled presenter and passionate about improving patient and carer safety though the delivery of effective moving and handling training and education.

Mark Adams

Physiotherapist and Clinical Services Leader, LSVT BIG Clinician

BSc Physiotherapy, University of Limerick, Ireland 2006 (Hons, awarded the Anne O’Brien prize by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists for the highest performance in clinical assessment in the final year for the University of Limerick).

MSc Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington 2017 (endorsed in rehabilitation). Masters research project published in the Neurorehabilitation journal 2019 and presented at the New Zealand rehabilitation association and Stroke Society of Australasia Conferences 2017.

Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand including the Neurology and Older Adults Special Interest Groups.

I  was instantly hooked and proceeded to gain both clinical and postgraduate research experience to further my knowledge and become a more effective therapist.

I have worked in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand predominantly as a clinician with a focus on neurological, aged care, general rehabilitation and sports/musculoskeletal in the inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I have a passion for evidence informed practice and have gained post-graduate qualifications and research experience. I enjoy changing the way I work and the services I work for. Some of the new services I have setup have gained local and/or national recognition.

For me, getting to know a person and working on shared goals is really what makes his work-life enjoyable.

Rebecca Washbourn

Rehabilitation, Moving and Handling Trainer, Careerforce Assessor, HASANZ Certified

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1995, Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation 1999,  Masters in Rehabilitation

Rebecca has had a hugely varied career in Rehabilitation including recently implementing a new rehabilitation service in Rarotonga. She is very experienced in policy formation and management of teams as well as manual handling training and is HASANZ registered. She is an excellent problem solver and enjoys working with people on whatever it is they want to achieve. She has worked with people with spinal injuries, head injuries and just about everything else you could imagine!

Desiree Allen

Seating and Wheelchair Therapist

Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) 1996, Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching 2007

Desiree has worked in hospitals, rest homes, clinics and with clients in the community in New Zealand and the UK. She has experience working with people with neurological conditions, including stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and Spina Bifida. She is also experienced with orthopaedic conditions, falls prevention, older persons health, amputees and clients with intellectual disability. She is skilled in scooter, wheelchair and seating prescription.

Desiree is passionate about working with clients in their own environment to help them get the most out of life.

Karolina Nowak

Physiotherapy Assistant/ Massage Therapy

Master of Health Science, (Physiotherapy, 2003), Doctor of Medical Sciences in Medical Biology (2015)

Karolina is a physiotherapist from Poland starting her career path in New Zealand. She has worked in a variety of roles in Poland, The Netherlands and England. She is currently working as a massage therapist, exercise therapist and physiotherapy assistant for On the Go Physio and St George’s Cancer Care.

She has been focusing on the problem of lymphoedema in cancer patients for many years. Both her practice and research work have related to lymphoedema in cancer patients. She is highly skilled in teaching self-massage techniques, in MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) and exercising with cancer patients. She has also experience working with people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and after hip/knee replacement surgery.

Olivia Marchant


Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1998
Member of Physiotherapy NZ including the Neurology and Older Adult Special Interest Groups

Olivia has worked in a number of hospital, community and residential care facilities throughout New Zealand and the UK.

She has a special interest in Older Persons Health and much experience working with orthopaedic, respiratory and neurological conditions including stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She also has experience working with vestibular dysfunction and dementia and a keen interest in falls prevention. While in the UK Olivia completed further training in this area which she finds particularly valuable during her work within aged care facilities. In this role she also enjoys developing good relationships with the care staff and providing them with advice and support in the area of manual handling.

Olivia is passionate about keeping people moving to the best of their ability.

Laura Murray

Neurological Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, 1998 (USA), Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, 2000 (USA), Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Bobath) Trained 2005

Laura has extensive experience in treating clients with neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory, cardiac and medical conditions with a specific focus on stroke, cardiac conditions, amputations, brain injury, Parkinsons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, joint replacement, falls and rehabilitation following bone fractures.  She was worked in a variety of hospital and rehabilitation settings in the US since 2000 and has been registered as a physiotherapist in New Zealand since 2012.  She has a passion for travel and is enjoying raising her family here in Christchurch.


Anna King

Residential Care Physiotherapist

Neurological and Older Adult Physiotherapist, LSVT BIG Clinician 

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2006, Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation 2009

Anna has worked in both hospital and community settings. Anna is passionate about working with older adult and neurological clients and has great experience and skill in assessment and rehabilitation across a wide range of presentations. Anna is a strong interest in falls prevention and has six years of experience delivering the Community Based Falls Prevention Programme in the Darfield area where she lives. Anna is dedicated to working with people with Parkinson’s Disease and is able to deliver the intensive LSVT BIG treatment programme. Anna finds her job incredibly rewarding and it is very satisfying seeing client’s make both physical and confidence improvements during their physiotherapy journey.

Anna has a young family and loves being active outdoors; playing golf, snowboarding, camping and gardening. She plays interclub table tennis for Kirwee most weeks.



Jane Coulthard


Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Otago 2010

Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation – Auckland University of Technology 2018

Jane started her career in Tasmania, then moved to the UK, she has worked across all specialties in the acute health sector, as well as in chronic disease management and neuropsychiatry. Jane returned to Christchurch in 2016 and has predominantly been working in neurology, neurosurgery, older persons health and oncology. She has a particular interest in neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions and brings a breadth of knowledge to her assessments from her experience working across the acute health sector.

She has completed post graduate study to further her knowledge relating to the management of functional neurological disorder, traumatic brain injury, pain management and breathing pattern disorders.

In her spare time Jane enjoys playing piano, sports (in particular hockey) and being in the sea. She believes one of the most important elements of her role is to help others engage in activities that are meaningful to them.

Lynne Cardno

Office Manager

Bachelor of Business Studies

Lynne is the Office Manager for On the Go Physio.

Lynne has previously worked in the financial sector in both customer facing roles and in Learning and Development.  She is passionate about clients having an exceptionally positive experience when dealing with any organisation.

Outside of work Lynne enjoys travelling and being outdoors, keeping active particularly through running and mountain biking.


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