Our Team

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 Cram – Director - Physio Direct NZ

Amy Cram – Director

Amy graduated from AUT in Auckland in 2005 and has worked as a physiotherapist in a variety of hospital and private practice settings throughout Australia and the UK, and has travelled to over 70 countries.
Amy returned home after travelling and has dedicated the past few years setting up a physiotherapy service to smaller rural areas that would otherwise not have this service available. Physio Direct now has clinics in over 12 rural locations in both the North and South Island.
She is dedicated to bringing under serviced communities the services they are entitled to.
Amy’s passion is to help underdeveloped areas and is looking forward to further expanding Physio Direct regionally and internationally to help many more communities who have limited services.

Helen Bennett- Business Manager - Physio Direct NZ

Helen Bennett- Business Manager

Helen joined Physio Direct in early 2018 with 30 years administration experience, spending the past 17 years in a private physiotherapy practice administration management position. She has a great understanding of  ACC,  the importance of physiotherapy in the rehabilitation process and the vital role physiotherapy has in returning people to full function. Helen enjoys the development and implementation of systems, policy and procedures with a special interest in health legislation.

Helen’s excited to be part of the expanding Physio Direct team and looking forward to the logistical challenges her role brings. Outside of work Helen is an avid armchair sports fan and enjoy reading, gardening, making pottery and walking her dog (Bruce) around Rotoruas’ wonderful lakes.

Elaine Black – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Elaine Black – Physiotherapist

Elaine Black is an experienced physiotherapist.  She has worked for many years across the private and public health sectors in New Zealand and Australia and has a broad knowledge of all aspects of physiotherapy.

Elaine is a Credentialled McKenzie Therapist endorsing the McKenzie Method’s philosophy of education and active client involvement in the treatment of spinal and extremity problems.

Of special interest are neck and back injuries.  Elaine is also keen to ensure good outcomes for the elderly encouraging them to remain mobile and living as full a life as possible.  Elaine has experience and interest in treating people with late effects of polio (Post-Polio Syndrome).

Away from physiotherapy Elaine likes to get outdoors into our forests, grow her own vegetables, read and enjoy the company of family and friends.

Marelize Ferreira – Physiotherapy Manager - Physio Direct NZ

Marelize Ferreira – Physiotherapy Manager

Marelize recently joined the Physio Direct team from South Africa with her husband and two young girls.

She has worked in various sports practices, orthopedic and musculoskeletal clinics through her career. For the last nine years she has owned a private physiotherapy practice in Pretoria that focused on a multi-disciplinary team approach for patients with chronic pain, arthritis, musculoskeletal injuries, work related injuries and sports injuries.

She has a passion for helping people in pain and enjoys educating patients about their amazing bodies and facilitating the healing process.  Hands-on treatment and exercise form the cornerstone of her treatment approach.

When not at work she enjoys running and spending time out-doors with her family.

Alison Huntley  – Administrator Napier - Physio Direct NZ

Alison Huntley – Administrator Napier

Alison has many years of medical reception experience and loves seeing people improve with their physio treatment.  She loves living in the Hawke’s Bay with her family; spending time with family and friends, renovating their property and taking their adopted retired greyhound for walks.

Leigh Burling – Accounts Administrator - Physio Direct NZ

Leigh Burling – Accounts Administrator

Leigh joined the Physio Direct team in April 2018 in an administrative capacity, moving into an Accounts role in early 2019. Originally from Ngongotaha, Leigh now lives in rural Tauranga, fitting work around her young family.

Her background includes administration across a variety of sectors, early childhood education and science.

Outside of work, Leigh enjoys exploring the beautiful beaches and parks around the Bay of Plenty with her family.

Sophie Dibley – Finance Manager - Physio Direct NZ

Sophie Dibley – Finance Manager

Not sure how I ended up being Finance Manager for Physio Direct Ltd as I’m an outdoor person at heart. I was brought up on a farm and I’m still farming now – not sure if I work for Physio Direct in my spare time or work on the farm in my spare time??

Anyway, apart from doing finances for Physio Direct, and working on our drystock farm, we have a 500 cow dairy farm with a 50/50 sharemilker managing that one.

Sophie really enjoys walking/hiking – recently completing the Queen Charlotte track and this year (2020) and will also be walking her 30th half marathon in 2021.

Sophie has 5 grandchildren who she loves spending time with AND if she has any spare time she also likes quilting and sewing.

Sheryl Rumbal – Administration Manager - Physio Direct NZ

Sheryl Rumbal – Administration Manager

Over the past 20 years, Sheryl has worked in General Practice and then moving into Occupational medicine where she managed a small team and conducted audio screening and drug testing.

Sheryl enjoys working in the health sector and understands how important physiotherapy is in the rehabilitation process, so people can move forward pain-free into their day.

In her personal time, she enjoys walking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, gaining her 200 hour Yoga teaching training in 2020, along with reading and baking and spending time with her family.

Jacquie Kieck – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Jacquie Kieck – Physiotherapist

Jacquie comes from the coastal town of Port Alfred, Eastern Cape South Africa.

Jacquie’s clinical interest lies in OMT (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy), completing the OMT course in 2009. As well as pain management, obtaining her Certificate in Pain Management in 2016.

As a person who loves to be organized, Jacquie has a keen interest in the management and administrative aspects of physiotherapy practice. This was reflected when her practice became the first physiotherapy practice, in South Africa, to gain accreditation status with the South African Society of Physiotherapy.

Outside of physiotherapy Jacquie is married with two boys. She loves being and mom and the fun that comes with that!

Alet Venter – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Alet Venter – Physiotherapist

Alet is originally from Kempton Park, South Africa.

Alet has a special interest in Orthopaedics, Neuromusculoskeletal therapy and Cardio-respiratory therapy. She worked as a locum physiotherapist in the months leading up to her relocation to New Zealand.

In her free time she enjoys playing and coaching tennis, spending time with family, and spending time outdoors.

The quote she lives by: “You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.”

Rene du Preez – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Rene du Preez – Physiotherapist

René is a dynamic physiotherapist that recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa.

She has experience in the private and public health sector. René enjoys working with children and adults to ensure they reach their goals. Her main aim for her patients are to be able to live their lives to the fullest.

Apart from physiotherapy René enjoys photography, softball and spending time with her husband and family.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of  the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

Adrianne Phebey – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Adrianne Phebey – Physiotherapist

Adrianne is really passionate about physiotherapy, particularly rehabilitation and thrives on learning from others. She is a determined individual and loves being challenged, be that in a clinical setting or from trying new sports and activities. Adrianne comes all the way from the UK and is looking forward to seeing what New Zealand has to offer.

Edward Lovern – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Edward Lovern – Physiotherapist

Ed is a passionate physio who takes a proactive approach to his clinical development and is always reading new literature. He enjoys keeping fit and is slowly trying to become a better cook! From the UK, Ed is looking forward to seeing more of New Zealand.

Elizabeth Ratcliffe – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Elizabeth Ratcliffe – Physiotherapist

Elizabeth is an experienced physiotherapist with a special interest in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic injuries. She also has a special interest in chronic pain. She is passionate about physiotherapy  ran her own private practice and Pilates studio in South Africa for 14 years. She enjoys group exercise classes and intergrating patients back into society.

Elizabeth enjoys Pilates, tennis and walking.

Matthew Ratcliffe – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Matthew Ratcliffe – Physiotherapist

Matthew is an experienced physiotherapist with a passion for sports injuries, orthopaedics and chronic pain. He enjoys teaching back care classes and educating his patients about their conditions. Matthew has a passion for working with sports teams and challenging himself with new technologies. In his spare time you can find Matthew mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting or out in the general outdoors.

Andrea Collins – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Andrea Collins – Physiotherapist

I have a special interest in women’s health, however, I do enjoy managing a combination of conditions to keep all areas of my interests active. I am a competent, caring and passionate outpatient-based physiotherapist with 13 years of experience in the field. With a strong background in OMT, pelvic health and chronic pain, I am able to communicate, assess and manage my patients holistically.

In my free time, my family and I enjoy hiking, camping and exploring. When I am able to, I love roller skating along the beach and have every aspiration of connecting with a Roller Derby team in New Zealand.

Joh-Ann Gouws – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Joh-Ann Gouws – Physiotherapist

I am Joh-Ann, the new physio in the Ngongotaha clinic. I have a passion for pelvic health and enjoy seeing people of all ages with pelvic pain, bladder and bowel problems as well as adults with sexual dysfunction. I also really enjoy helping people with general aches and pains to get back to doing the activities they love without pain.
I recently moved from South Africa and love the outdoors! I can’t wait to explore all the beautiful surrounding areas here. In my free time I enjoy hiking, trail running and anything crafty.

Maurice Valente – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Maurice Valente – Physiotherapist

I am a disciplined, hard-working Physiotherapist who has more than 10 years’ experience in the profession. I enjoy working with and interacting daily amongst a variety of different people from various backgrounds, cultures and generations. I find great satisfaction and personal value in helping and assisting others, especially when it comes to health and wellness. I believe that I am a compassionate person who is well suited to my profession. I enjoy developing strong relationships with my patients, and assisting them in their journey to optimal health and wellness.

In my spare times I enjoy reading, hiking and trail running, running, gaming (Board games, videogames, etc), camping, drawing and/or painting (when I get a chance!)

Bridget Lodge – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Bridget Lodge – Physiotherapist

Bridget graduated from the University of Otago in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Bridget values a holistic approach to physiotherapy and creating personalised rehab plans with her clients. Outside of work Bridget leads an active lifestyle and thrives on supporting people to get back to doing what they love too.