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
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.
Indu Kar – Physiotherapist
Indu moved to New Zealand 3 years ago to join her husband they are currently living in Papamoa.
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.
Timothy Grimes – Physiotherapist
Tim graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 2017. He has experience as a sports physio and enjoys the challenge of rehabbing sports injuries. Tim also has experience working in a paediatric setting. He has an interest in holistic care and the treatment of chronic pain. Tim’s own experience as a caregiver to family has taught him the importance of communication, education and the dignity of the client and family during the rehabilitation process. Tim has lived in Australia, Spain, Chile and travelled a bit around NZ.
Kylie Karakia – Contracts Coordinator
Kylie started working for the Physio Direct Admin team in Sept 2017. She is a busy mum of two school aged kids and has been living in Matamata for the past 5 years.
The Health Industry has always been an interest of Kylie’s and her hobbies include teaching yoga classes, running, cross-fit, swimming and biking. Her background is diverse; working in the hospitality trade, with ex-military experience in the signals/communication arena, and she is a qualified massage and beauty/spa therapist.
Kylie loves to challenge herself: ” I feel at the end of the day, you will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.”
And most important for Kylie- spending time with family and friends.
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.
Brad Dennien – Physiotherapist
Brad graduated from Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia with a Doctor of Physiotherapy in mid-2019. Originally from Brisbane in Queensland, Brad’s passion for helping others is what originally drew him to pursue physiotherapy. Brad has been fortunate enough to gain experience across various patient populations. These include paediatrics, athletic sporting injuries, general musculoskeletal conditions and disease and disability, in both hospital and private practice settings.
Brad enjoys spending his spare time hiking and exploring, playing sports, photography and spending time with family and friends. Brad is looking forward to expanding his experience and knowledge in New Zealand while getting to see and explore the beautiful country and meet its lovely people.
Karen Eyles – Administrator Putaruru & Matamata
Originally from Essex UK, Karen moved to New Zealand when she was 9. Karen started working as Office Junior for fashion company in Auckland at 16 and has worked ever since in Administration/Reception, including Banking.
Karen moved her young children out of Auckland when her husband sadly passed away and came to Lichfield, Putaruru, where she bought a run down farm house on a few acres. That was nearly 17 years ago and she has lived and worked in Putaruru ever since.
“People are my absolute passion, as is doing my best to help anyone in need.”
Lynley Martyn – Business Support Administrator
Lynley joined Physio Direct in 2019 as our Taumarunui based Administrator. She moved to Taumarunui when she was 13 and although she moved around a bit in her younger years she always comes back to Taumarunui, as it is where she calls home.
Lynley loves working in the health care sector, helping to make positive change in peoples lives. She has a bubbly, friendly demeanour and is an absolute delight to see on the front desk.
Outside of work Lynley has 3 children that keep her on her toes and she loves completing creative projects such as mosaic.
Taryn Ashton – Business Development Manager
Taryn joined Physio Direct in July 2019 as a Business Development Manager. She has moved from Durban, South Africa with her husband and two boys. She owned and ran a Ladies Clothing Boutique for 6 years and has over 10 years Account Management experience. Taryn enjoys building and fostering new relationships and learning about new industries. In her spare time, she can be found on the side of a sport field supporting her boys or on the beach. Taryn can’t wait to explore New Zealand’s outdoor activities with her family.
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
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.
Katie O’Neill – Physiotherapist
Katie is from Essex, England.
She has always had a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries that has followed on from her BSC in Sports Therapy which she completed in 2016 at The University of Hertfordshire.
Katie has enjoyed both working in a clinic and a hospital environment and seeing patients achieve their goals, through treatment and rehabilitation programmes.
Katie is looking forward to the new experiences she will face in New Zealand and expanding on her experience and knowledge while getting to see the wonders the country has to offer.
Kyle Headland – Physiotherapist
Kyle Grew up in Kempton Park, South Africa. During this time his passion for evidence based, holistic, person-centered health care was sparked and has a heart for seeing hurting people healed.
Kyle has a special interest in Pain Neuroscience and for helping people with acute and chronic pain conditions.
In his free time Kyle enjoys gymming, cooking, making music, spending quality time with friends and exploring New Zealand. Kyle loves to develop himself as a clinician and is proud to do so with the Physio Direct team.
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
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.
Alyssa Gildenhuys – Physiotherapist
Alyssa grew up and attended school in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Alyssa has a great passion for working and helping people and children of all ages to reach their goals, relieve pain and return to their activities of daily living.
In her free time she enjoy’s being active and outdoors doing activities such as Horse riding, trial running, gym/crossfit and hiking. Alyssa also enjoy’s travelling and discovering new places.
Chimwemwe Masina – Physiotherapist
Masina grew up along the central shores of Lake Malawi. His motivation for pursuing physiotherapy was to live a fully satisfied life by putting a smile on others during their low moments.
After completing his studies in 2016 he joined the public sector and worked as a physiotherapist at the main referral hospital in the capital city, Lilongwe. In 2018 he moved to Botswana where he worked as a Resident Physiotherapist and Assistant Lecturer until his departure to New Zealand.
Masina loves knowledge and enjoys visiting interesting places during his free time.
Favourite Quote: “ You Begin to Succeed When Other People’s Problems Matter to You” – Prophet T.B Joshua
Virusha Soobramoney – Physiotherapist
Virusha, grew up in a small town Ladysmith in South Africa . Through her studies and extensive work experience which included everything from working in the public health sector through hospitals and primary health clinics to daily in-patient service in the private health sectors in SA she has been exposed to the far reaching positive impact physiotherapy can have on the quality of life for every day people.
Apart from loving her job as a physio, she is a comic book connoisseur, an avid reader and she loves the English Premier League.
Dolly Parton said “if you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one”, and with NZ being the home of hobbiton and Ian Fleming, her new road is starting to look extremely adventurous and hopefully prosperous.”
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 – Business Support Administrator
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.
Alfanso Litchmore – Physiotherapist
Alfie was raised in Kingston Jamaica as a youngster before moving to London, England where he was originally born.
Alfie has a keen interest in Human movement and health that has followed on from his BSC in Sports and exercise degree which he completed in 2014 at Southampton Solent University.
Alfie’s working experience has provided him the chance to work with both athletes and the general population, treating a wide variety of injuries and pathologies that can affect the human body.
Two of his Favourite Quotes From his hero Muhammad Ali:
Don’t count the days, make the days count.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Tryphaena Sampson – Remedial Masseuse
Tryphaena is originally from Brisbane, Australia & graduated from Gold Coast QAcademy College of Remedial & Massage Therapies in 2014. She has worked mainly in a private practice setting in Brisbane for over 5 years, with further studies in Reflexology, Pregnancy massage as well as Trigger Point Dry Needling. She has always been interested in holistic health, natural therapies and helping others, and enjoys meeting people from different walks of life & being able to help them through her work.
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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
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
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
Annami Havenga – Physiotherapist
Annami was born in Pretoria, but has lived all over South Africa while growing up. She received her B.Sc. Physiotherapy degree in 2011 and has since then worked in multiple out-patient clinics, mostly treating musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries.
She loves ALL types of sport and has worked as a physio in various settings ranging from ultra-marathons to university rugby teams. She has a soft spot for runners and loves helping them get back on the road. She believes in a holistic approach to all treatments – understanding that our physical condition and performance are always influenced by multiple factors. She is a hands-on physio that enjoys working in partnership with her clients.
Spending time with friends and family, going on adventures, drinking good coffee and climbing mountains makes her happy. She also travels as often as possible and having visited more than 40 countries so far…it’s safe to assume that she suffers from wanderlust. Some of the trips had a medical focus, the highlights include providing medical care for Syrian refugees in Jordan, working with disabled kids in Kyrgyzstan and presenting physical training at Russian summer camps.
Jacque Swatzell – Administrator Whanganui
Jacque is originally from Texas, and moved to New Zealand in 2014. She has a diverse background to include ex-military service, ambulance work in both America and New Zealand, and a vast array of customer service experience. Jacque has a keen interest in all aspects of the medical field and enjoys assisting others on their road to recovery.
In her spare time, Jacque enjoys trips outdoors with her partner and two kids, artistic endeavours, studying foreign language, and keeping up with American sports.
Fiona Wilson – Physiotherapist
Fiona joins us all the way from Otowa, Canada. She aims to be a physio that is empathetic, client centered and always goes the extra mile. She enjoys all sports especially soccer.
Fiona cant wait to explore New Zealand.