MBCHB, FRCS, FRACS
Michael recently moved his private practice office, previously at Southern Cross North Harbour, to Northcare at 5 Home Place in Rosedale, just off Constellation Drive. Michael has been in practice on the North Shore for 9 years, since returning to New Zealand after 12 years overseas. Michael qualified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in New Zealand in 1996 and spent 5 years in Queensland, followed by 7 years in the United States. In the USA he was primarily in academic university positions, including the last 6 years as Chief of Hand Surgery at the University of Kentucky, USA. He spent 12 months in a fellowship at the world famous Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky before taking up clinical practice at the University. For family reasons he returned to New Zealand and has continued a particular interest in ulnar sided wrist pain, lecturing on this subject at multiple international meetings. His team at the Bioengineering Institute of the University of Auckland have recently received a large lottery board grant to continue research into ulnar wrist biomechanics. Michael has a particular interest in further education and development of wrist surgery in the Asia Pacific Region. He is an editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery and the international delegate for the New Zealand Hand Surgery Society.
BSC (HONS) PHYSIOTHERAPY. MPNZ.
REG HAND THERAPIST.
DIPMT. REG ACUPUNCTURIST
Mandy qualified from The London Hospital, United Kingdom in 1985 with a BSc(Hons)Physiotherapy. After gaining general experience in large teaching hospitals in the UK, she specialised in manual therapy and sport medicine. Mandy was the Senior Physiotherapist at the Cambridge University Sports Clinic for several years. During this time, she worked with many national sports teams and was involved in medical research.
When Mandy moved to New Zealand in 1990, she ran her own private practice working within all areas of muscular skeletal injuries. During this time she supervised both under graduate and post graduate students from the AUT. Now with post graduate qualifications in Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Acupuncture, she enjoys working in the specialised area of upper limb injury and dysfunction.
Marla graduated as a licensed practical nurse in 1996. She then spent 7 years working at the famous Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky as the primary nurse for Dr. Harold Kleinert and Dr. Amit Gupta, two world renown hand surgeons, and in more recent years, has continued this role with Mr. Boland. She uses her considerable international experience caring for and giving advice about the on-going management of hand wounds, particularly in the post-operative phase. She coordinates clinical activities between the Hand Therapist and Hand Surgeon, with the operating theatre at the Northern Surgical Centre, and the secretarial staff within the Hand Institute.
Registered Hand Therapist
Vireshni is a Registered Hand Therapist. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2003 and has been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 12 years. Vireshni has enjoyed working in rehabilitation settings for several years and is enthusiastic about upper limb rehabilitation. She has recently completed postgraduate study in relation to hand and upper limb therapy and pain management.
Vireshni is interested in supporting people to engage in meaningful activities by enhancing hand function.
Ellen is a Registered Hand Therapist and joined the Hand Institute team in May 2017. She qualified from Auckland University of Technology in 2007 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating she has worked in general and neurological rehabilitation in both hospital and community settings. Ellen has overseas experience having worked in the United Kingdom for three years. She recently completed a Master of Health Practice specialising in rehabilitation.
Julie is originally from the United Kingdom. She moved to New Zealand with her family in 2015. Julie qualified as an Occupational Therapist at Liverpool University in 1995. Since then she has worked in various hospitals in the National Health Service in the UK. Julie decided to specialise in hand therapy in the UK at Leeds Teaching Hospital in the Hands and Plastics Reconstructive Surgery Department. She took a break from practice to raise 2 children before immigrating to New Zealand. Since moving to Auckland she has worked at North Shore Hospital in the Emergency Department and on the acute Medical and Orthopaedic wards. She is currently studying at Auckland University of Technology to become a Registered New Zealand Hand Therapist.
Hand Surgeon Practice Coordinator
Georgia has recently graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Health Administration. This has given her an extensive knowledge about health management. Outside of work Georgia enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, travelling and getting out and about outdoors.
Hand Therapy Receptionist / Administration - Rosedale
Natasha comes to the Hand Institute with a broad and colourful range of experience. She began her working life in the TV and film industry, built a bach, then a house, started a family, graduated from Auckland University with a BA degree in Classical Studies, and followed that up with a Certificate in Health Administration from MIT. Natasha lives at Muriwai Beach with her husband, three teenagers and multiple pets. She enjoys painting and sculpting, gardening, biking and surfing.
Hand Therapy Receptionist - Huapai / Kumeu
Toni moved to Muriwai Beach 24 years ago and hasn't looked back. She has 2 teenage sons and enjoys the beach, forest, fishing and the fantastic community spirit of the Muriwai/Kumeu area.
Hand Surgeon Medical Administrator
Lisa recently joined the Hand Institute as Michael’s medical administrator. Originally from the UK where she trained as a teacher, Lisa has worked in a range of international companies and brings with her a wealth of experience across varying sectors. A graduate of Business and Finance, she has run her own successful business before emigrating. Married with grown up kids and two crazy dogs, she can often be found walking the beaches shouting at her deaf dog.