Central Lakes Physio Wanaka Team


The Team at Central Lakes Physio Left to Right: Anna Munro, Wendy Allen, Vicky Hill, Kerry Williamson, Alison Caughey, Karen Guglietta, Sara Lister, Allison Aspinall, Marta Humphries, Gill Lucas, Rachel Bridgewater, Paula Shortall.  The team at Central Lakes Physio

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Vicky Hill (Director)

Vicky worked at Central Lakes Physio for over 6 years before buying it in 2015. Originally from Scotland, Vicky trained at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. On graduating she worked in The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, gaining valuable experience in all major areas of physiotherapy. She came to New Zealand whilst traveling for what was meant to be 6 months.  Fell in love with Wanaka, and never left!

Vicky has a Masters qualification in Physiotherapy endorsed in acupuncture and a postgraduate certificate in vocational rehabilitation. She has completed training in Mulligan physiotherapy.  She is a Clinical Pilates instructor running regular studio and mat classes at the clinic, and conducts ACC return to work programmes.

Vicky is the only provider of Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation in Wanaka.  Providing the community with the physical rehabilitation vital to enhancing cancer treatments and recovery.  To complement this she has also trained in complete decongestive therapy for the treatment of Lymphoedema.

Vicky also has a special interest is in the area of persistent pain.  She loves educating her patients about the intricacies of pain.

Vicky’s other major passions in life are travel, music, cooking and knitting.  She is a member of the Wanaka Ukulele’s and is also enjoys climbing, tennis, mountain biking, tramping, wake-boarding and snowboarding.

Kerry Williamson

 

Graduating from Robert Gordon University, Scotland in 2015, Kerry worked for a year in the NHS before moving to Hawkes Bay to work at a private musculoskeletal practice. During her 4 years there, Kerry loved to mountain bike, surf, hike and play horse polo.  Here she gained valuable experience treating an array of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
She is a trained Polestar Pilates mat instructor, teaching several mat classes at our clinic.  Kerry also incorporates dry needling into her practice. Kerry works full time at CLP, working late nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  She also runs some classes at a local retirement village and runs our Happy Joints osteoarthritis classes.

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Anna Munro (née Jaine)

 

Anna joined us from Canterbury in 2016 in order to be closer to the mountains and the great outdoors.  She grew up on a farm in Mt Somers, and loves being based in Wanaka, with all the adventures the area has to offer.

Anna graduated from Otago University in 2010 and has had experience working in both private practice and hospital settings throughout Canterbury and Gisborne.  She enjoys treating spinal and neurological injuries, having spent time working at the Burwood Spinal Unit.  Anna is a keen singer, and is trained as a vocal physiotherapist.  One of only 3 in the country! This is a specialised therapy used to treat the structures of the body we use to produce sound.  She also teaches Pilates mat and studio classes, and uses dry needling and myofascial release as part of her treatments.

Outside the clinic, Anna loves playing the piano, singing and working on Ardgour Station, a sheep and beef farm in Tarras.  You can see her in regular performances by the Alexandra Musical Society.

Sara Lister

 

Sara is an NZ trained Physiotherapist through Otago University and was living and working in Timaru prior to her move to Wanaka.  Sara owned and worked in a private practice in Timaru and set up a Hand Therapy service working in close contact with numerous Hand Surgeons in Christchurch for 20 years.
She is a very experienced Hand Therapist, is currently sitting on the HTNZ Executive and has also mentored and trained many Associate Hand Therapists.  Sara is also trained in acupuncture and also has qualifications and experience in Sports Medicine and Occupational health.

 

Paula Shortall

 

Graduating from Otago University in 1995, Paula has been based in Wanaka since 2000. She started working with the Central Lakes Team in 2018.  She enjoys treating children and the elderly and is a Western Medical trained acupuncturist.

Paula is kept busy with her 4 children and horticultural business and is a keen runner.  If you need any eggs or honey, Paula’s your girl!

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Allison Aspinall

 

Allison, her husband Randall and 2 young sons live and farm at Mount Aspiring Station. She joined the Central Lakes team in June 2010.

Allison qualified as a physiotherapist from Otago University in 1999.  She has nineteen years experience working as a physiotherapist.  Eight in private practice in Invercargill and two in the UK.  She has worked in musculoskeletal, sports and orthopaedic settings.

Allison has extended her knowledge completing her acupuncture training and a post graduate qualification in Occupational Health.  Her special interest is in treating breathing disorders and has completed advanced training in this area.

She is also a credentialed Mechanical Diagnosis Therapist with advanced training in the Mckenzie method of treatment for back and neck complaints. This approach aims at patient education and teaching people to treat their own complaints.

 

Rachel Bridgewater

 

Rachel is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist graduating in 2005.  She has experience in both private practice and inpatient & outpatient orthopaedics.   Originally from the Coromandel, she has been in Wanaka since 2019.   As well as working in NZ she has also worked overseas, in Oxford in the UK and Hong Kong.  Her main professional interest is in acute sports injuries.  This developed as Rachel is a keen mountain and ultra-runner herself.  She has even been know to enter  the odd 100 mile race!  In addition, she represented NZ in the sport of rowing.

 

Alison Caughey

 

Alison hails from the Highlands, another Scot to join the CLP team.  She relocated from Derbyshire, UK where she worked for 10 years in 2 private practices; one a sports injuries clinic and the other a clinic run alongside a GP practice. Alison has previously worked in Christchurch on two separate occasions, the first being at Christchurch Public Hospital and the second in private practice.

She is an experienced musculoskeletal therapist trained in Myofascial Fascial Release, Mackenzie techniques, dry needling and is currently continuing her training as a JEMS movement practitioner. She has a special interest in shoulder injuries, complex musculoskeletal injuries and the older patient. She is not only hands-on using her manual therapy techniques, but is passionate about giving great exercises to suit the individual she is treating.

Alison was a National Talent and level 2 Archery Great Britain coach when she lived in the UK and worked with athletes from grassroots to elite and international level.

Having traveled and lived in various countries bringing up her 2 boys, Alison is now settled in Wanaka with her Kiwi husband, Andy and enjoys walking, biking, golf, skiing and cooking and is now involved in Pet Therapy with her Flat Coat Retriever, Tana.

Marta

 

Marta joined the team in 2020 after moving to Wanaka from Australia. She has lived and worked all over Australia, while in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a banking and financial planning professional, and as a Pilates teacher.

Marta completed her first Pilates certification in 2015, and has continued to develop her knowledge and skills – leading to an achievement of certified Pilates teacher with both Polestar Pilates and STOTT Pilates. Her clients have ranged from professional athletes, SAS soldiers, corporate executives, and hard working parents.

Expect Marta’s classes to be challenging, caring and humorous. Outside of teaching Marta enjoys skiing and exploring, and runs her own B’n’B.

Gill Lucas

 

Our vivacious practice manager has brought with her a wealth of knowledge having worked in the physio industry for years.

Gill is one multi talented lady and works at 110% at whatever she does.  As well as keeping a busy family buzzing along she has all the skills necessary to keep us all in line. Gill has always enjoyed physio, having three very sporty children. Consequently, she understands the importance of being fit and healthy.

Gill is a people person who loves being front of house meeting people and thrives with the buzz of the busy practice. You can’t miss her welcoming smile and friendly face when you arrive.  Gill is the glue in the clinic that keeps us knitted together and we are lucky to have her welcoming our clients.

Wendy Allen Central Lakes Physio receptionist

Wendy Allen

 

Wendy is one of our part-time receptionists.  She has had a variety of jobs to fit in with family life in the past.  However, she is now loving being in the clinic environment, interacting with the public.  She has been in Wanaka for 30 years – which almost makes her a local!

Our Wendy is married with one grown-up child.  When she is not at work, she keeps active by playing tennis and swimming in the lake.

Karen Guglietta

 

Karen joined our amazing reception team in 2020.  She also runs her own jewellery import business and has 2 grown up children and one grandchild