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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2006, Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Rehabilitation) 2009, Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand Neurology and Older Adult Special Interest Groups, LSVT BIG Certified Clinician 2020.
I have wide experience and great passion working with older adults and people with neurological conditions. I have a strong interest in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Post Polio, Stroke, Dementia and Falls Prevention as well as input when there has been loss of function following injury or illness. I have a positive, kind and engaging personality and I truly find it a gratifying to do the job I do. It is incredibly rewarding seeing clients make physical and confidence improvements through their treatment journey.
Away from work I often have a table tennis bat in my hand or I will be relaxing in the kitchen- I am a freestyle cook! I enjoy being active outdoors: playing golf, kayaking, paddle boarding and biking. Having recently moved to Nelson there is a very long list of places get adventuring with my family!
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.
Master of Health Science, (Physiotherapy, 2003), Doctor of Medical Sciences in Medical Biology (2015)
Kara finished physiotherapy and did her doctorate in medical sciences in Poland.
She specialises in treating lymphedema in cancer and non-cancer patients. She has been involved in research about lymphoedema for 20 years including her recent work at University of Canterbury about efficacy of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in treating truncal oedema in breast cancer patients and research connected with testing new medical device in detecting and monitoring swelling in upper and lower limbs.
If you suffer from swollen, heavy, achy legs/ arm, Kara can provide treatment including exercises, skincare, prescribing compression garment and performing specialize manual massage technique to bring you relief from pain and reduce the swelling.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, exploring the beauty of New Zealand.
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
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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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