It's great to be on the Shore - it's a Shore thing!
I was born and raised on Auckland's North Shore and qualified as a Physiotherapist from AUT in 1994. I first worked at North Shore Hospital, then National womens before venturing to the United Kingdom to work as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for 2 years. I also spent a year in India working in a voluntary capacity in a leprosy hospital. This leprosy work opened my eyes to the huge value quality hand therapy can have - even in the most tragic situations.
I returned to NZ in 1998 and worked for AUT as a clinical educator for several years and in 2001 started working in the specialist area of hand therapy and have remained in this speciality area since. I became a fully registered Hand Therapist in 2004. I have worked with the Hand Therapy Department and Burns Plastics Unit at Middlemore Hospital and various private Hand Therapy clinics around Auckland.
In addition to my clinical work I have enjoyed several teaching roles. Since 2007 I have been part of the AUT post-graduate Hand Therapy adjunct teaching team. I have also had the priviledge to teach the Acute Hand Management component for the NZ Royal College of Urgent Care Practioners training program since 2014 . More recently in October 2015, I was asked to teach a practical course on “The management of common hand and wrist conditions” in Dubai (Dubai Physiotherapy clinic which also services Emirates flight attendant staff).
It's a Shore thing!
In 2013 I set up a new hand therapy service in Silverdale but now have returned to Milford and its surrounds where I grew up and have spent much of my life.
It's great to have Stephanie Mitchell working alongside, she comes with the same passion to help those with upper limb conditions.
So I am back on the North Shore and keen to continue to help those with Leprosy. I am currently vice-Chair of the Leprosy Mission NZ and will be donating $5 to the Leprosy Mission for every new patient seen at O Hands.