Meet our team of Physiotherapists and Admin staff at Physio Direct. Physio Direct has a wide range of experience and expertise with physios from NZ, Australia, South Africa, the United States and the UK.
Amy Dibley – Director
Amy graduated from AUT in Auckland in 2005 and has been working as a physiotherapist ever since.
She has worked in a variety of hospital and private practise settings throughout Australia and the UK, and has travelled to over 70 countries.
Amy has returned home and has dedicated the past 2 years setting up a physiotherapy service to smaller rural areas that would otherwise not have this service available.
She is dedicated to bringing under serviced communities the services they are entitled to.
Amy’s passion is to help under developed areas and is looking forward to expanding Physio Direct internationally to help many more communities who have limited services.
Becki Johnson – Physiotherapist
Originally from Leeds in the UK, Becki graduated in 2014 from the University of Bradford. She spent over 18 months working for the NHS in Yorkshire across a variety of areas including community and acute hospital settings. She has also spent time with a specialist hand therapy department and sports physiotherapy team. She is qualified in complementary therapy which includes Swedish, aromatherapy and sports massage and reflexology. She is a keen learner and is hoping to study acupuncture and one day complete her Masters course in Physiotherapy. Becki travelled the world for 12 months in 2010 with her partner visiting China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the USA and returned to New Zealand again to explore further in 2014. She moved here in March 2016 and is currently working in our Putaruru and Matamata clinics. Becki enjoys travelling and sports and is looking forward to skiing over winter and further exploring of New Zealand.
Jay Shaw – Physiotherapist
Jay received her Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in Dunedin, 2010.
Jay joined the Physio Direct team in 2015 from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia where she had been working as a private practice physiotherapist, gaining experience in occupational physiotherapy and helping miners get back to work quickly and safely.
She has upskilled in several areas including occupational physiotherapy, shoulder rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation, hand rehabilitation, kinesiotaping, rocktaping and acupuncture. She is also a certified practitioner of DMA clinical Pilates. Jay is enjoying being back in New Zealand and using these skills to help kiwi’s recover from injuries safely and swiftly.
Maisie Byrne – Physiotherapist
Maisie studied Physiotherapy in Brighton, England. Alongside studying, she has travelled Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Maisie has previously worked in an acute hospital setting in Orthopaedics and Paediatrics as well as in Occupational Health as a Senior Physiotherapist. Her particular area of interest is sports injuries, working with the local Ruapehu Rugby team. Maisie is passionate about Diet and Lifestyle Education to reduce the risk of injuries. As a skier, snowboarder and surfer, Maisie is excited to adventure around New Zealand.
Hollie Price – Physiotherapist
In 2014 Hollie graduated from Charles Sturt University, Orange with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). She also completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Canberra in 2010. Hollie joins the Physio Direct team in 2017 from rural NSW, Australia, where she has been working in private practice seeing a varied caseload which includes sporting injuries, general musculoskeletal and return to work assessments in the coal mining industry. Hollie has completed additional training in the areas of shoulder rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation and women’s health and incontinence. Hollie is currently undertaking training with PINC&STEEL to become a qualified oncology rehabilitation provider. Hollie is qualified to complete dry needling, is an accredited Workhab Functional Capacity evaluator and is competent in conducting mat and equipment Pilates. Hollie enjoys travelling and is keen to explore beautiful New Zealand.
Sam Jones – Physiotherapist
Qualified as a physiotherapist in 2012 from Salford University. Sam has travelled all her life as her father was serving the British army. Since qualifying she has worked in rural Wales, Leicester in the UK and Wellington in New Zealand. She has worked in both private and the public sector, in a variety of posts including respiratory, neurological, orthopaedics, elderly care and musculoskeletal. She moved to New Zealand in 2017. Sam is looking forward to settling down with her husband and getting to know her local community.
Ali Brooks – Practice Manager
Ali is the Practice Manager for Physio Direct, moving from the South Island 3 years ago she is now based in Matamata. Ali has a great understanding of all aspects of the business with major focus on the Vocational Rehabilitation Programmes (Stay at Work Programmes, Work Ready and Pain Contracts) provided in all clinics. Ali travels to all clinics on a rotational basis catching up with our 10 Physio’s. Outside of Physio Direct Ali is a Les Mills instructor at the local gym, and enjoys all forms of yoga and water sports.
Lynette Turner – Receptionist
Lynette is a Receptionist for Physio Direct. Her role has recently grown to help take appointments for over 10 clinics throughout New Zealand which include Te Aroha, Matamata, Putaruru, Rotorua, Murupara, Whakapapa Village, Ohakune, Taumarunui, Raetihi, Oxford and Belfast (Christchurch). Lynette has only recently joined Physio Direct and is very excited to be part of the team and is looking forward to being able to help you with making appointments on our 0800 55 55 123 number or helping with any other enquiries you may have. She has a good understanding of the ACC system, and particularly enjoys helping our patients including being part of such a professional and friendly team.
Sophie Dibley – Accounts Manager
Sophie has been a dairy farmer for the last 30 years and understands many of the Physio needs in the rural sector. She became the Accounts Manager in 2012 as Physio Direct started to expand. She sorts out all the accounts and keeps everything in order. Sophie enjoys doting over her three grandchildren and she enjoys quilting.
Suellyn Caudwell – Physiotherapist
Suellyn Caudwell is a well experienced physiotherapist having owned and run her own practice in Rotorua for many years She has a special enthusiasm for the Mackenzie method of treating both acute and chronic low back, neck and thoracic pain with or without sciatica, arm pain and headaches. She likes to educate her clients so they can recognise and self manage their own symptoms where possible, into the future, to lessen the further occurrence of pain. She also has a keen interest in treating shoulder pain, improving posture at work, as well as all other areas of physical dysfunction.
Suellyn works 2 days weekly at the Rotorua site.
Eimear O’Gorman – Sports Physiologist
Eimear began studying manual and sports therapies in 2008 with her cert in Physiology and sports injuries, after which she went on to complete degrees both in Ireland and in Wales in Physical Therapy, Sport, Health and Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning and certificates in areas such as Kinesiology taping and cupping. She worked both for herself and for private clinics in Ireland and her particular area of interest was sports injury rehabilitation and prevention. She has been lucky enough to work for some high-profile rugby and GAA teams both in Ireland and since she moved here in 2016 (Physio for the NZ Maori Development squad).
“I absolutely love living in New Zealand and have really enjoyed my time working here. I’m really looking forward to upskilling as much as I can in areas such as nutrition and dry needling and it is my mission to get down to the South Island and see as many Lord of The Rings sites as I can”.
Tania Davis – Business Manager
Tania has recently joined the team and is based in Rotorua. She has a wide range of practical business experience and recently graduated from Waikato University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management. Tania has many transferable skills to apply to the business department of Physio Direct. Tania has previously been a Supreme Award winner in business and is passionate about business excellence. In her spare time she loves camping, fishing and walking. “I feel proud to be part of an innovative team that is not adverse to new ideas”.
Indu Kar – Physiotherapist
Indu moved to New Zealand 3 years ago to join her husband and are currently living in Mt Maunganui. She completed her Master of Physiotherapy in 2012 with specialization in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Prior to moving to NZ, Indu was working in a reputed, multi-speciality hospital in India where she gained experience in treating various musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory conditions. She received her Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy from AUT in Auckland in 2016 which has given her an understanding of New Zealand standards of Physiotherapy Practice. Indu is competent in various manual therapy techniques such as Maitland, Mulligan, neural mobilization etc. and has special interest in treating various neck and back conditions with or without radicular pain; Adhesive Capsulitis; Post-operative rehabilitation of clients with fractures or joint replacements, educating clients about their condition and self-management strategies. Indu loves camping and exploring new places with her husband. Indu is excited to be a part of Physio Direct and serving the local community.
Sophie Harper – Physiotherapist
Originally from Cornwall in the UK, Sophie qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2012 having gained her BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Cardiff. Since qualifying she has spent 5 years working within the NHS in Wales and England specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy but also gaining valuable experience on a variety of rotations including neurology, rheumatology and community rehabilitation. Sophie has experience treating a variety of conditions and has spent time working with specialists in pain management and shoulder rehabilitation. Outside of work Sophie enjoys being outdoors and keeping active. Her biggest passion is her animals and her goal is to train as a veterinary physiotherapist to enable her to work with both people and animals. Sophie is excited to join the team at Physio Direct and explore New Zealand.
Anel Jordaan – Physiotherapist
Anel grew up in the United states and studied at the university of Pretoria in South Africa where she graduated in 2013 with Bachelors in Physiotherapy.She initially worked at Dr. Yusuf Dadoo State Hospital as a community service Physiotherapist, where she was exposed to paediatrics and adult neurology conditions. In 2015 she started working in private practice and the hospital that included a variety of caseloads such as MSK, Respiratory, and Orthopaedics. She has completed dry needling and KTape courses. Anel is excited to challenge herself and grow as a physiotherapist with Physio Direct. She is interested in Pilates, treating lumbar conditions and would like to educate herself more on McKenzie techniques. She is looking forward to exploring New Zealand and participating in the adventurous lifestyle that it has to offer.
Silas Carey Physiotherapist
Originally from rural New York State in the U.S., Silas received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York Medical College in 2016. Prior to his move to New Zealand, Silas worked in the orthopaedic unit of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City treating acute orthopaedic conditions before and after surgery. Silas has completed a certification in Stecco Myofascial Manipulation and has experience treating a varied caseload including paediatric, geriatric, athletic, work-related, and general musculoskeletal conditions. He is ready to bring his skills and expertise to New Zealand to help the Kiwi people regain their health and mobility.
Silas competes in ultramarathon trail running races at the elite level. He also enjoys cycling, fly fishing, hiking, camping, and snowboarding. He is excited to explore and experience New Zealand along with his wife, Alli.