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Gill Stotter - Dip Phty, ADP(MT), Dip MT, MPNZ, MNZCP(MT)

Gill is an advanced practitioner with the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy and has over 30 years experience, primarily in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She specialises in musculoskeletal, sports and orthopaedic physiotherapy with a particular interest in education, prevention and management of problems using a multidisciplinary approach. It is important to understand the predisposing factors that cause the recurrence or chronic nature of injuries to reach an optimal and longterm outcome.  She works closely with other members of her team, and has formed strong working relationships with medical and other health professionals, sporting bodies and coaches.

Trained in Scotland, with post graduate qualifications in New Zealand, Gill worked in both the public and private sectors before starting her own practice in Lower Hutt. Gill is an active member of the physiotherapy profession, committed to quality post graduate education and professional development and is a clinical assistant at postgraduate musculoskeletal courses. 

Gill is a past President of Physiotherapy New Zealand.

Gill is an accredited provider for High Performance Sport New Zealand and is actively involved with many athletes, coaches and managers from a wide range of sporting disciplines. She has also been involved in school sporting academies for developing athletes, assessing biomechanical and muscle imbalances that can be predisposing factors leading to injury.

Andrew Imrie - B Phty (Otago), PG Cert.Phty (Acupuncture), PG Dip Health Sciences (Musculoskeletal Mgmt),M.Heal.Sci (Pain & Pain Management) (Dist), MPNZ, MPAANZ

Andrew graduated from the University of Otago in 2000 and has worked in both public and private sectors.  He has also been involved in organisational and educational activities within the profession over this period.

 

Andrew’s postgraduate training has largely focused on acupuncture, musculoskeletal disorders, pain and pain management.  His clinical interests are based around chronic pain assessment, treatment and management but also injury prevention in younger athletes, particularly in football.  He has been involved with elite level footballers, including the NZ men’s U20 National Team.  He has published a case study of the management of chronic post-herpetic itch with acupuncture, written a paper on the ethics of using acupuncture in the treatment of persisting pain and has recently conducted research investigating how to better incorporate psychological and social factors into assessment and management of low back pain.

 

Specifically, Andrew is interested in persisting pain syndromes of any description (such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, low back pain, migraine etc) and pain's far reaching effects on people and their communities.

 

 

Daniel O'Connell - BHSc (Physiotherapy)(AUT), MPNZ

Daniel Graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2002. He worked for two years in Auckland in outpatient neurological rehabilitation, mainly treating people after spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. He then moved to Sydney, Australia, spending the next eight years working predominantly in private practice.

Daniel has a spent the majority of his past eight years treating and rehabilitating patients with musculoskeletal and sports injuries. He has a special interest assessing and treating thoracic and lumbopelvic movement/stability problems, and their impact on function and pain up and down the kinetic chain in the body. He has continued his studies with courses in Mulligan Concept training, Dry Needling Plus, The Sarah Key Method (for treating lower back pain), The Discover Physio Concept (assessing and treating lumbopelvic and thoracic movement dysfunctions), and ongoing professional education courses, seminars and conferences.

Esther George - B Phty (Hons) (Otago), MPNZ

Esther graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. She joined us in 2016 after working at Rotorua Hospital, giving her a broad range of experience. She loves the variety private practice offers and enjoys working with patients to help them achieve their goals.

Esther has continued to further her education through the McKenzie Institute courses, New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association (NZMPA) courses and ongoing seminars and meetings. She uses her research background to provide the latest evidence based treatment.

She leads an active lifestyle, enjoying running, skiing and tennis.

 

 

Anne O'Donnell Dip Phty, Dip MT, MPNZ

Anne has over forty years experience as a physiotherapist in private practice.  She has owned her own practices throughout her years of practice, mainly in Havelock North.  She has recently moved to live and work in the Wellington area.

 

Her experience is broad-based, covering many special interests over the years  and furthering education has always been her priority.  She has been a teacher on the postgraduate Manipulative Therapy courses held around NZ.  She is skilled in carrying out manipulative physiotherapy for the spine, combined with exercise therapy and self-management advice for the patient – both to manage the presenting condition and to prevent further recurrences of pain and injury.

 

Over recent years she has enjoyed working in the field of persistent pain treatment and management.  She feels physiotherapists with their musculoskeletal skills and clinical, social and exercise knowledge are uniquely positioned to treat patients with persistent pain conditions.  This field is particularly exciting to work in as the science and research around pain  continue to develop.

 

 

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