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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.

Publications: A cohort study of psychosocial factors in relationship to pain in patients with Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke in New Zealand. Journal article published in the Neuro Rehabilitation journal in 2019.

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

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.

I feel very fortunate to have discovered rehabilitation as a career. Getting to know people and helping them to achieve their goals is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. I love the variety that there is in terms of the people, their whanau, culture, goals, and their history.

I enjoy setting ambitious goals and working alongside people to achieve them. I’m lucky to have worked with people at all levels of ability and find their goals equally exciting. From being able to get up from bed and go to the toilet without support, to golf, running and mountain-biking I’ve had experience with these patient goals, and more, during my career.

I would welcome the opportunity to meet you, or your loved one, discuss your goals goals and help you to achieve them.

When I am not being a physio I am

a father of two pre-schoolers. My girls keep me on the move! My wife and I enjoy showing the girls what NZ has to offer especially activities that get us outdoors.

Outside of family life I enjoy sports, especially running. I have run many types of races from 5km to ultra-distance on trail and the road. I, also, enjoy skiing, biking (mountain and road) and just being in the outdoors. I like to keep up to date with rugby both here and back home in Ireland.

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.

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.


Penny Yule Yeoman


Diploma of Physiotherapy 1981

Member of Physiotherapy NZ including Older Adult Special Interest Group

Penny has 40 years of experience working in a wide variety of settings: hospital, private practice, community and residential care facilities in NZ, Australia and the UK. She specialises in Musculo-Skeletal conditions having experience in orthopaedics, spinal injuries, private practice and hospital-based work. She has trained as a manual therapist with skills in the McKenzie Mechanical Therapy approach. She has run exercise group sessions, undertaken Back Care education classes, been a Careerforce assessor -training therapy assistants and teaches Nordic Walking.

“I enjoy helping people to understand their injury and equip them with ways to help them reach their goals alongside physiotherapy.”

She is passionate about helping people to get the best quality of life after an injury. She has travelled widely and enjoys meeting people of all backgrounds and abilities in life. She has a wonderful husband and 4 fun adult children!!

Sarah Wright

Lymphoedema physio and aged residential care physio

Lymphoedema and Oncology Physiotherapist 

Bachelor of Sciences in Physiotherapy 2005, Level 1 lymphoedema training 2013 

Sarah has worked in a number of hospitals and outpatient settings in the UK and NZ. She has a special interest in oncology and lymphoedema management and really loves working closely with clients through their cancer journey to enable them to get the best rehabilitation outcome they can. Through her hospital career she has also worked with older adults with a wide range of oncological, neurological and orthopaedic conditions and has been involved in their rehabilitation. She is really excited to bring this experience into the aged residential environment. 

Bridget Payne


Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) 2019, Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Bridget has a background in paediatrics, working in special schools both in Auckland and Christchurch. Bridget has a huge passion for advocating for the inclusion of the special needs community. While working within the school environment Bridget also saw an older adult living with muscular dystrophy for neurological rehabilitation in his home. This experience has also led to Bridget wanting to pursue a career in older adults rehabilitation and is excited to hit the ground running working towards meaningful functional goals with new clients.

Kathryn Dill-Russell


Menaka Shirpurkar

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.

Hayley Blair

New Zealand Registered Dietitian

Hayley has 17 years of clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian covering a wide range of medical nutrition therapies, in both acute and rehabilitation services, having worked at Christchurch Public and Burwood Hospitals, combined with over a decade in the private sector. This experience allows Hayley to take a balanced approach to nutrition assessment, treatment and education. She desires to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based practice and is able to help you with nutrition for disease prevention and management; pre-surgical nutrition assessment and support; intuitive eating & food relationship; meal preparation and planning; nutrient deficiencies; gut health and digestive issues; diabetes; heart health; weight management – including malnutrition; poor wound healing and lifestyle nutrition.

When it comes to food, Hayley is a realist. Her style involves getting to know you, starting with what brought you here. Her priority is client-based care, including you at every step of the way to find solutions as unique as you are. She believes food should be nutritious but also simple and easy to prepare. Creating a nutrition plan together is the best way to see results that are long lasting that have the most impact on your health, wellness and happiness.

“I thrive on encouraging my clients to make small, sustainable changes that will have the greatest impact on their health and wellbeing, to help ensure they have the energy and desire to live full lives. I do not encourage dieting, but instead focus on increasing variety and nutritional balance.” Hayley, NZRD

Let’s connect and start your journey towards a healthy, sustainable life!

Bethany Ford

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Bethany is an experienced pelvic health physiotherapist who is passionate about helping people with sensitive problems regain confidence and control.  She uses up to date treatments to improve your individual problems.  Bethany’s practice covers Pelvic floor physio, Antenatal pregnancy care, postnatal care and breast physiotherapy.  Bethany has a monthly clinic at On the Go physio.

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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