Our team is very excited to host the very 1st Physiotherapy Match Ready on Friday 2 March to help equip students for the workplace, give them the opportunity to network with future employers and learn about graduate opportunities.
Some of our AUT physiotherapy graduates share their own experiences about their own career journey, why they pursued physiotherapy and where they are now.
Employer: Body Mechanix
"Hi! My name is Bronnie. I graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy.
Since then, I have been lucky enough to combine physiotherapy with one of my favourite things – travel. On graduating, I moved to Australia, working in three (very) small rural towns in Victoria. I was there for over a year, before travelling further afield. I have worked as a physiotherapist in Scotland, England and on the Isle of Man, as well as volunteering as a physiotherapist in an orphanage in India. I came back to New Zealand at the end of 2015, after four years abroad. I worked in Wellington for about 18 months, before coming back to Tauranga, where all my family are located. It’s good to be back!
Because of the nature of my travels and work, I have had a broad range of work experience in physiotherapy. I have done women’s health, breast cancer physiotherapy, aged care, elite sports physiotherapy, worked with amputees and burns patients, and of course, musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I also do acupuncture, vestibular physiotherapy and core stability retraining. My passion in physiotherapy is patient education; helping people understand how their bodies work, and how to prevent further injury in the future, as well as treating the current injury.
On a more personal note, I am a keen swimmer and hiker, and I love being outdoors and going camping. I read a lot, and am currently working towards earning a postgraduate diploma in social anthropology. I still love to travel, but am keen to explore a bit closer to home".
Liz completed her undergraduate study at Auckland University of Technology where she worked with Rugby and other sporting clubs treating injuries utilising a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Since moving to Melbourne, Liz has worked in various private practices which has provided an excellent skill base for employing optimum management strategies for commonly (and less commonly) experienced musculoskeletal conditions.
Liz’s main passions include helping women overcome continence and pelvic floor dysfunction and she has completed a graduate certificate in Pelvic floor rehabilitation. Liz is skilled in prepaing pregnant women for the demands of motherhood and helping post-natal women return to safe exercise and full participation in all activities. She also has a special interest in lower back, hip and pelvic pain. Liz has worked in a variety of clinical areas including orthopaedics, breast-care/mastitis treatment and lymphoedema education. Coupled with her musculoskeletal knowledge, previous hospital experience assists Liz in communicating with patients from many different cultures and walks of life, allowing for patient-therapist collaboration and ultimately positive treatment outcomes
Employer: Physio Moves
Physio Moves welcomes Courtney who graduated from AUT in 2014 with a BHSc (Physiotherapy), is a passionate musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a special interest in sports & post-operative rehabilitation.
"Raised and schooled in South Auckland, I am enthusiastic and proud to be giving back to the community that I feel so passionately towards"
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Employer: Active + Epsom
Originally from the Waikato, Zigie graduated from AUT in 2012 and has since called Auckland home. She comes from a netball background but enjoys being involved in most sports and outdoor activities. Zigie's passion lies in Musckuloskeletal Physiotherapy and she has gained experience in working with many sports including rugby, basketball, volleyball and golf. She is qualified to practice Western Acupuncture and hopes to further her knowledge in the future in both Musculoskeletal Physio and nutrition. Zigie's treatments combine both a hands on and exercises based approach, aiming to achieve both your short and long term goals and get you back to feeling and functioning at your best. Zigie loves helping and meeting new people and feels lucky that she gets to do both every day.
Meet Mason, he's one of Sweet7 physiotherapists, trainer and ELDOA instructor.
Shayne (but everyone calls him Mason/Mase) is a graduate Physiotherapist having spent the last 4 years completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at AUT. Alongside this, he has been pursuing his passion for both conditioning and re-conditioning the body, obtaining qualification as a CHEK Exercise Coach and ELDOA Level 1 & 2 certification and working as a gym instructor at a physiotherapy clinic and gym, where he assisted in the rehabilitation of clients.
Prior to moving to Auckland, Mason completed a Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Weltec in Wellington, where he first began developing an understanding of human health and performance. In his second year, Mason developed skills in postural and movement assessment, as well as the application of exercise prescription. Mason has been driven by his studies, various mentors, a passion for sport, exercise and movement, and his personal experience with injuries and various healthcare modalities (with sub-par results). This set him on his course for Sweet7. Mason wants to provide the most effective improvement for people, regardless of whether it is for sport performance, work performance or for general health and wellbeing.
Mason is a keen surfer who gets out into the surf whenever he can and has a vision for working with surfers to prevent/recover from injury and improve their surfing performance. He has a background in many sports, including rugby, touch rugby, indoor netball, water-skiing and skateboarding. He also has a lot of experience within the gym, including resistance training, Olympic lifting, calisthenics, and sport-specific training.
Mason worked in the trade as a qualified joinery craftsperson prior to beginning his studies in the health and exercise fields.
Name: Melissa Simpson
Employer: Physio Fix
Melissa Simpson graduated from AUT in 2016 with a Bachelor in Health Science Majoring in Physiotherapy. She is passionate about sports, in particular her chosen sport of Hockey. Melissa has represented NZ at under 18 and under 21 levels as well as playing for the Auckland women’s national league team for the past 5 years!
During her studies at AUT she was involved with various sports teams such as the Ponsonby under 20’s Rugby team, the Northland under 18’s Touch team and the Mt Roskill Women Premier Hockey team. Outside of work (and training) Melissa enjoys spending time with her family in Kerikeri. She loves surfing, hiking and being in the outdoors.
Employer: Core Clinic Albany
"I graduated from AUT as a physiotherapist in 2005 and until last year, have been based out of Auckland primarily as a sports physiotherapist. In 2009 I co-founded the Institute of Golf where I integrated physiotherapy with golf biomechanics and golf performance. It was here that I developed an interest in the physical and athletic development with my involvement with Lydia Ko, working with her and her coach for 6 years.
As this evolved I developed a passion for general athlete development, sports science, and sports specific performance enhancement. In 2014 I then co-founded FXV, a company based on athlete performance testing and benchmarking. I now specialise as a sport specific physiotherapist, as well as an athlete development consultant.
At THE ATHLETE FACTORY, FXV will be providing athlete performance testing and sports specific performance testing. I am also working with the Foundation Athlete program, focusing on Athlete consulting and facilitating long term athlete development within the program".