OUR TEAM

Linda Laugesen

Director  Papamoa

photo

Linda is the managing director who coordinates the rehabilitation services and manages our Coastal Rehab Services team. Linda originally graduated with a Bachelor of  Speech and Language Therapy in 1998 and has since specialised in rehabilitation within the ACC sectors, DHB, and private practice. Linda continues to maintain a clinical interest in neurological rehabilitation.

Trudi Conway

Physiotherapist Whangamata

photo

Trudi graduated as a physiotherapist in 1985 and also has her Masters degree in rehabilitation. She has worked both in NZ and the UK, primarily in rehabilitation, with paediatrics, and including both neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Trudi is a believer that all areas overlap and having knowledge in several areas lends itself to better rehabilitation and thus outcomes.

Fleur Drewitt Fisher

Physiotherapist  Whitianga

photo

Fleur graduated with a physiotherapy degree (2004) and Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (2014). She advanced to a senior level in neurology & neurosurgery at Auckland Hospital and has worked with complex physical disabilities & brain injuries in London. Fleur specialises in neurological physiotherapy, specifically dizziness and balance disorders associated with concussion and traumatic brain injury. 

Justine Slow

Physiotherapist  Tauranga

photo

After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2007, Justine worked for NZ’s largest DHBs & gained extensive experience in neurology & rehabilitation in the UK. Areas of special interest are rehabilitation post-concussion & traumatic brain injury, falls, orthopaedic injuries, dizziness & balance, & enabling adults to lead active independent lives. She is a Bobath trained therapist & Bradcliff practitioner with a passion for delivering holistic evidence-based healthcare.

Leona Barnes

Neurophysiotherapist  Tauranga

photo

Leona has over 22 years experience working in neurology, neurosurgery & rehabilitation. Her postgraduate study is in health service management, neurology, & rehabilitation. Leona is experienced in NZ, UK & United Arab Emirates healthcare systems. Her principles behind service delivery focus on walking alongside clients on their goal-orientated rehabilitation journey, providing support, advice & expertise as needed. 

Mandy Meys

Paediatric Physiotherapist  Tauranga

photo

Mandy is a paediatric physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from Otago University and a Master of Health Practice in Child Health from AUT. A strong advocate for patient- and family-centred care, Mandy believes in the active involvement of clients in their rehabilitation journey. Her passion is in musculoskeletal injuries and pain management for children.

Megan Munro

Physiotherapist  Mount Maunganui

photo

Megan hails from Scotland. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2007 and has a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine (2013). Megan has worked in hospitals, military, private practice and elite sport in the UK & NZ. She went to the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as physio to the New Zealand team. Since having children, Megan moved to paediatrics, working in community and education settings.

Sally Bowes

Physiotherapist  Papamoa

photo

Sally earned her diploma in Physiotherapy in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1989. She also has a post graduate certificate in Neurological Physiotherapy (2001) and is a Bobath trained therapist. Sally has a specialist interest in assessment and treatment of clients with neurological conditions and she uses a holistic approach to therapy.

Ange McEwan

Occupational Therapist  Papamoa

photo

Ange qualified as an occupational therapist in 2003 and has since worked with a number of ACC suppliers over the years. Angela has a naturally warm and caring nature and a genuine interest in helping people, and 'helping people to help themselves,' by encouraging independence wherever possible.

Fiona Wilson

Occupational Therapist  Mount Maunganui

photo

Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in vocational rehabilitation for ACC, private insurers, and businesses. In 2020 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Vocational Rehabilitation and Trauma Informed Practice. Fiona has experience in concussion, TI programmes and working with a range of clients needing support due to mental health/pain.

Gail Morley

Occupational Therapist  Tauranga

photo

Gail has over 20 years' experience as an occupational therapist in NZ & the UK.  She specialises in mental health, trauma and equine assisted therapy. Gail is certified in a range of modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy & solution focused therapy. She works alongside people to assist them to reach their occupational goals. Gail enjoys mentoring others & is a clinical supervisor.

Kim Olesen

Occupational Therapist  Tauranga

photo

Kim graduated as an OT from Auckland University in 2001 and she has worked in both hospital and community settings in NZ and the UK.  Most of her clinical experience has been in the areas of neurology and rehabilitation and she held an OT clinical supervisor role at Rehab Plus in Auckland for over three years.



 

Lucy Vernall

Occupational Therapist  Tauranga

photo

Lucy graduated in 2012 and has had a varied career working in vocational and social rehabilitation, forensic mental health, and medical driving assessments. She completed her post-graduate studies in mental health and is a qualified driver-trained occupational therapist. After an extended stint raising her children, she has returned to the workforce eager to learn from and walk alongside clients in achieving their goals.

Maree Paterson

Occupational Therapist  Tauranga

photo

Maree is an Occupational Therapist, who has completed a Masters in Health Science (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology. She has specialist rehabilitation skills in brain injury and mental health, with a developing interest in the management of chronic pain. For the past twenty years Maree has lived in Tauranga and worked in the Bay of Plenty.

Merrill Verry

Occupational Therapist  Mount Maunganui

photo

Merrill graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and has worked in a range of different hospital and community settings in NZ and in the UK at a senior level.  She has specialist paediatric experience and has also worked with the adult population.  Merrill now offers her skills to provide concussion services and training for independence programmes for both adults and paediatrics.

Suzanne Wettasinghe

Occupational Therapist  Tauranga

photo

Suzanne has worked as an occupational therapist for over twenty years. She has experience in hospital acute and rehab settings, and in the last ten years has worked in private practice as a contractor on private and ACC contracts. She enjoys the satisfaction of knowing she’s made a positive difference to a client’s recovery and wellbeing.

Yvette Trask

Occupational Therapist  Tauranga

photo

Yvette has worked as an OT for 15 years specialising in assistive technology/equipment, fall prevention, musculoskeletal injuries, pressure injuries, pain management, manual handling, ergonomics & vocational rehabilitation. Yvette enjoys working with people of all ages & backgrounds, assisting in developing independence, daily routine & promoting their optimal potential.

Alysa Duda

Speech-Language Therapist  Papamoa

photo

Alysa graduated with a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (2013). She has worked with high needs children at Kea Street Specialist School and Rosehill Special School, & in early intervention for the Ministry of Education. Alysa has a special interest in alternative and augmentative communication. She has experience in swallowing & feeding disorders, severe to moderate language disorders, sensory difficulties & motor speech disorders.

Briony McCormack

Speech-Language Therapist  Papamoa

photo

Briony’s SLT experience ranges from working with adults following TBI & stroke to working for the Ministry of Education’s Early Intervention team. After 5 years with Auckland DHB’s Rehab Plus, Briony provided contract ACC work. Briony has experience with comprehensive assessment & intervention for communication, & swallowing impairments secondary to mild, moderate & severe TBI. 





 

Dr Geraldine Hancock

Clinical Psychologist  Tauranga

photo

Geraldine was conferred a PhD (Psychology) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the University of Otago in 2000. She is a NZ registered clinical psychologist & a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and NZ Pain Society. Geraldine has worked in DHB mental health teams & in academic positions. She currently works part-time as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tauranga.

Dr Hilary Bradley

Clinical Psychologist  Tauranga

photo

Hilary qualified with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (2012) & is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists. After completing her internship she worked in the severe behaviour team for MOE special education for a year while completing her thesis. Hilary also worked at CMH and BOPAS until 2015 when she started private practice. She contracts to the BOPDHB and PHO, does ACC work and sees private clients.

Dr Maren Klum

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist  Tauranga

photo

Maren is a registered clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2012). She has worked in mental health services at Tauranga Hospital since 2009 & completed her thesis on caregivers of a family member with a traumatic brain injury. She sees private and ACC clients with a difficulties including depression, anxiety, concussion/TBI, pain & physical illness.

Elsabé le Roux

Clinical Psychologist  Tauranga

photo

Elsabé is a South African trained clinical psychologist with experience working in both the public and private sector in New Zealand. She is passionate about supporting clients and families to overcome challenges that get in the way of living a fulfilled life. She has a special interest in working with children and adolescents.  

Karen Murphy

Clinical Psychologist  Thames

photo

Karen is a registered clinical psychologist with a Bachelor of Social Science (1st Class Honours), Master of Social Science (Psychology) & Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical). She is a trained cognitive behavioural therapist but integrates other evidence-based modalities to suit clients’ needs. She is dedicated to clients’ individual needs & aspiration for change whilst acknowledging the context of their lives.

Prya Beharry

Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist  Tauranga

photo

Pyra gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and has since carried out further training to work in the field of neuropsychology.  She has experience in working with all ages in both the public and private sectors and now works alongside Simon Seal providing both clinical psychology and neuropsychological services to a range of clients. 

Sarah Jones

Registered Psychologist  Taranaki

photo

Sarah is a registered psychologist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology with Distinction (2014). Sarah works in a strength-based, big-picture way. She supports clients to be kind to themselves as they face life challenges & to find their inner strength. Sarah bases her practice on empowering clients to find a way forward. She draws on principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Compassion Focussed Therapy.

Simon Seal

Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist  Tauranga

photo

Simon has over ten years' experience working with children and adolescents, adults and older people with a wide range of mental health and neurospsychological conditions across hospital and private practice settings. Simon's areas of specialisation include neurodevelopmental disorders, tramatic brain injury and dementia. 

Frances Bay

Registered Nurse  Tauranga

photo

Frances is a registered nurse, having qualified in Scotland in 1986. She has worked in a variety of specialties over the years, including lecturing for four years after gaining her Bachelors degree in Nurse Education in 1992. Since 2005 she has been working in assessment and rehabilitation with a special interest in serious injury, in particular spinal cord injury.





 

Jenny Mills

Registered Nurse  Tauranga

photo

Jenny has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has worked in many fields of nursing.  She currently specialises in teaching clients individualised breathing programmes which is backed by research that correct breathing patterns can have a major impact on our body systems and overall wellbeing. Jenny also specialises in working with people who have experienced sexual assault. 

Dr Rajib Ghosh

Occupational Physician  Wellington

photo

Dr Ghosh is an occupational and environmental physician, & is registered as a specialist physician in Australia and NZ. He is also trained in aerospace medicine, diving and hyperbaric medicine, public health, human factors engineering, business management & IT management. He has supported patients with concussion and/or chronic pain for nearly a decade in NZ.

Dr Rod Nicholson

Occupational Medicine Specialist  Auckland

photo

Dr Rod Nicholson graduated from Otago Medical School in 1985 and has been working as an Occupational Medicine specialist since 2000. He has a wide range of medical experience, in particular musculo-skeletal and head injuries. He is currently working in private practice based in Auckland.

Ali Hutton

Dietitian  Tauranga

photo

Ali is a registered dietitian who graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2017. Since moving to New Zealand in 2018, Ali specialised in working as a clinical paediatric dietitian at Christchurch Hospital. She recently transferred her role to Tauranga Hospital where she continues her paediatric work in the sunny Bay of Plenty.

Fiona Boyle

Dietitian  Mount Maunganui

photo

Fiona is a registered Dietitian with 25+ years experience in both hospital and private practice settings. After 11 years as a clinical dietitian at Tauranga Hospital, Fiona established a successful private practice where she helps people with a wide variety of nutritional issues. She has been involved with ACC for well over 10 years now. 



 

Sophie Evans

Dietitian  Papamoa

photo

Sophie is a registered Dietitian who completed her Masters of Dietetics in 2012 at the University of Otago. She has worked with adults and children in a range of specialty areas in New Zealand and the UK. She has a special interest in paediatric nutrition.

Jan Bell

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Jan is a registered social worker with an extensive history working in clinical roles in both DHB and NGO services.  Her experience is inclusive of working in the areas of mental health (child and adolescent), addiction, family therapy, counselling, as well as several supervisory and team leadership roles. Jan now works part-time with ACC sensitive claims. 



 

Joanne Gates

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Joanne has been working as a social worker since 2004. She finished her Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work in 2009. Her experience ranges from statutory care and protection, adult mental health, intellectual disabilities, and alcohol and drug misuse. She has worked across many sectors and has a range of experience working with diversity such as culture, age, gender, disabilities and different personal circumstances.

Mark Leabourn

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Kia ora, I am Mark Leabourn. I have worked in social services for the past 23 years. My training has been in Kaupapa Maori theory, which has involved more than ten years of study. I have a Bachelor of Social Worker, Post Grad Diploma in Professional Supervision, Diploma in Adult teaching and am trained in Mental Health Peer Support (W.R.A.P). My practice is informed by Te Ao Maori or the Maori world view.

Nikki Fowler

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Nikki is a registered social worker and a member of the ANZASW. She has worked in adult mental health, victim support, & youth at risk. Nikki contracts to ACC, working with sensitive claims clients & also delivers ACC's Mates and Dates programme in high schools. She believes in working with the whole person, including their physical, mental, spiritual & emotional health, whilst taking social factors into consideration.

Robyn Wilson

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Robyn is a registered social worker and a member of the ANZASW.  Robyn has worked as a social worker for 17 years, specialising in domestic violence, trauma & sexual assault. Robyn contracts to ACC and works within a holistic framework.

Steph Pease

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Steph has spent 20 years working as a physical health social worker in a range of rural & community settings. She has worked alongside people with different needs, including aged care, physical & disability, PTSD, family harm & elder abuse. Steph sees her role as enabling people to have their voice heard so they can guide their way through calmer waters & cope better with the rough seas of the trauma that has led them to her door.

Suzanne Laird

Social Worker  Tauranga

photo

Suzanne is a registered social worker, a member of the ANZASW and has a social work degree with honours (Massey University, 2006). Suzanne has 10 years’ experience in mental health & addiction services where she assesses, counsels, and offers skills and support to get out & about in the community. Suzanne has an interest in working alongside people to empower them to reach their potential.

Catherine Parr-Stephens

Rehab Coach  Coromandel

photo

Catherine has been in the health & fitness industry for the past 16 years. She recently began working as a rehab coach after ten years as a qualified personal trainer. Helping people achieve their goals has always come naturally to Catherine. Her approach to health & fitness is holistic, as well as scientific. Catherine is tangata whenua of Whangapoua, and has travelled and lived extensively abroad.

Robyn Clarke

Rehab Coach  Coromandel

photo

Robyn was a caregiver in a rest home for ten years before working in the community as a support worker. She has been a rehabilitation coach for the past three years, where she works one-on-one with clients to achieve their therapy goals.

Hori Ahomiro

Cultural Advisor  Tauranga

photo

Hori holds a Masters in Indigenous Studies (Hons) from Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Diploma in Adult Education and is a certified clinical and Mataora supervisor. He is a fluent in Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga and affiliates to Tapuika, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Awa and Ngai Tuhoe Iwi. 

Leah Carter

Administration Support  Papamoa

photo

Leah has worked in both the public and private sectors, and as a volunteer in the community. She provides administrative support to Coastal Rehab Services’ dedicated team.

FIND US

Contact Us

PO Box 10374, Bayfair, Mt Maunganui 3152
(07) 542 1305