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.

Indu Kar – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

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.

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.

Virusha Soobramoney – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

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 - 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 – Business Support Administrator - Physio Direct NZ

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 - Physio Direct NZ

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.

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

Annami Havenga – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

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 - Physio Direct NZ

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 - Physio Direct NZ

Fiona Wilson – Physiotherapist

Fiona joins us all the way from Ottawa, 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.

Mira Boeyens – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Mira Boeyens – Physiotherapist

Mira joins us from South Africa. She is passionate about prioritizing patient care and delivering high quality service, seeing her patients through from beginning to end of their treatment/rehabilitation journey. Mira enjoys being out in nature, walking, hiking, running, kayaking and exploring new areas.

Lizette de Klerk – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Lizette de Klerk – Physiotherapist

Being born ‘a problem solver’, this way of assessing a patient with a problem made Lizette the physiotherapist she is today. Together with a heart for people, to help, to let them have a better future, she enjoys her work every day. Lizette doesn’t see it as work but rather a privilege. Lizette also has a special interest in Woman’s health and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Lucas Borato – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Lucas Borato – Physiotherapist

Originally from Brazil Lucas is a focused and motivated physiotherapist who believes in a movement and evidence-based approach to physiotherapy. He believe in strength, conditioning and educating his patients about their conditions in order to achieve the best outcomes possible.