Meet the Team
BSC (HONS) PHYSIOTHERAPY. MPNZ.
REG HAND THERAPIST.
DIPMT. REG ACUPUNCTURIST
Mandy qualified from The London Hospital, United Kingdom in 1985 with a BSc(Hons)Physiotherapy. After gaining general experience in large teaching hospitals in the UK, she specialised in manual therapy and sport medicine. Mandy was the Senior Physiotherapist at the Cambridge University Sports Clinic for several years. During this time, she worked with many national sports teams and was involved in medical research.
When Mandy moved to New Zealand in 1990, she ran her own private practice working within all areas of muscular skeletal injuries. During this time she supervised both under graduate and post graduate students from the AUT. Now with post graduate qualifications in Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Acupuncture, she enjoys working in the specialised area of upper limb injury and dysfunction.
Registered Hand Therapist
Vireshni is a Registered Hand Therapist of the Hand Institute Team. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2003 and has been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 12 years. Vireshni has enjoyed working in rehabilitation settings for several years and is enthusiastic about upper limb rehabilitation. She has recently completed postgraduate study in relation to hand and upper limb therapy and pain management at AUT.
Vireshni is interested in supporting people to engage in meaningful activities by enhancing hand function.
Registered Hand Therapist
Ellen is a registered Hand Therapist and joined the Hand Institute team in May 2017. She qualified from Auckland University of Technology in 2007 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating she has worked in general and neurological rehabilitation in both hospital and community settings. Ellen has overseas experience having worked in the United Kingdom for three years. She recently completed a Master of Health Practice specialising in rehabilitation.
Julie is originally from the United Kingdom. She moved to New Zealand with her family in 2015. Julie qualified as an Occupational Therapist at Liverpool University in 1995. Since then she has worked in various hospitals in the National Health Service in the UK. Julie decided to specialise in hand therapy in the UK at Leeds Teaching Hospital in the Hands and Plastics Reconstructive Surgery Department. She took a break from practice to raise 2 children before immigrating to New Zealand. Since moving to Auckland she has worked at North Shore Hospital in the Emergency Department and on the acute Medical and Orthopaedic wards. She is currently studying at AUT to become a Registered New Zealand Hand Therapist.
Hand Therapy Receptionist / Administration - Rosedale
Natasha comes to the Hand Institute with a broad and colourful range of experience. She began her working life in the TV and film industry, built a bach, then a house, started a family, graduated from Auckland University with a BA degree in Classical Studies, and followed that up with a Certificate in Health Administration from MIT. Natasha lives at Muriwai Beach with her husband, three teenagers and multiple pets. She enjoys painting and sculpting, gardening, biking and surfing.
Hand Therapy Receptionist / Administration - Huapai / Kumeu
Toni moved to Muriwai Beach 24 years ago and hasn't looked back. She has 2 teenage sons and enjoys the beach, forest, fishing and the fantastic community spirit of the Muriwai/Kumeu area.
Hand Therapy Receptionist - Rosedale
Hi, my name is Kaitlyn. I am twenty years old and am currently working on my strength and fitness for my future career choice. I love being busy, spending time at the gym and outdoors, or with my loved ones.