I Graduated in 2013 from Auckland University of Technology and was a member of the Auckland Branch Sports Medical Committee (2012-2016). I completed a pain and biomechanics paper in Post graduate Musculoskeletal studies in 2016.
My experience includes working with 1st XV Kings College Rugby tour/season Physio, Ardmore Rugby sevens, Papatoetoe Premiere Rugby Union 2014-15 season, North Shore Rugby Seniors, Counties Manukau Rugby Union Under 19’s tour, Warriors Top side Rugby League (NRL 9’s, 2013-2015). I served in the Surf Life Saving NZ Nationals medical team, Auckland ITU (Triathlon Cup) medical team and the Auckland Marathon Physio team.
Internationally I travelled with the Junior NZ High Performance Triathlon Team (medical/travelling Physio), I taught injury management at the Junior Triathlon Festival, injury management at Cambridge Camp and travelled to Australia and Japan with the Junior Elite Triathlon Team in 2015 with a physiotherapist/medical role.
Professional Views and Specialist Interest:
Based on my previous experience with sustaining multiple injuries and a hip surgery myself, I have learnt how to minimise the risk of injury. I believe conditioning the body progressively and teaching healthy habits and adaptations early on are essential when pursuing a sport or goal. I made the mistake of training too hard at a young age as a Triathlete and not managing injuries well. I endeavour to encourage people to “listen to their bodies” and manage their pain by taking responsibility for their own recovery. Sometimes we can get caught up with trying to be tough and push through pain, however, recovery and patience go hand in hand. Ultimately, I believe it is important to have a balance and enjoy your sport. Rehab should be seen as a positive part of a person’s life as you learn how to problem solve; learn about how your body functions and you become more resilient, adapting to challenging environments. Injury or pain should be seen as a stepping stone to gaining greater knowledge and understanding of movement and ultimately, produce a more versatile, successful athlete and person. I have a passion for women’s health and keeping fit and healthy is a priority for me.
Outside of work
Previously competed from 13-18 years of age as a cyclist and triathlete. I was Auckland Champ and went on to race for New Zealand at the Triathlon World Champs in Canada (placed 9th in Under 19 women) and Duathlon World Champs in Italy, both in 2008. I had the best experiences of my life competing with such amazing athletes in very tough conditions. I love dancing, summer and a huge passion of mine is Surf Life Saving. I have been a lifeguard for about 10 years, my favourite areas of surf lifesaving are first aid, driving the boats and saving lives.