Wanaka Physiotherapy Staff and their Interests
Ginny Rutledge – Dip PT, Dip Phys + Ap Sc, Dip MT, PGAP Reg, High Performance Sport NZ Medical Provider
Principal Physiotherapist Virginia Rutledge graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy. She has completed papers in Applied Science, Research Methodology, Sports Medicine and Dry Needling.
Ginny is a provider for High Performance Sport NZ and is Physio/ Medical Coordinator to the NZ Winter Performance Programme. She was lead physiotherapist to the Salt Lake 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Her special interests involve minimising injury risk in winter sport athletes who participate in Alpine Ski Racing, Free Ski and Snowboarding. She has been awarded Prime Minister Scholarships to attend the World Illness and Injury prevention Congresses in Norway 2008 and Monaco 2011 and again in Monaco 2014. Ginny presented on Knee ACL injuries at The New Zealand Sports Medicine Conference in 2012. She currently works as physio for the USA Men’s Alpine Ski Racing Team during the World Cup Season in Europe.
Ginny has a background in Ski Racing and still holds the NZ Speed Record. She also enjoys multisport having competed in multiple single and multiday races. This includes the “Length of New Zealand 28 day race”. She is five times winner of the Open team’s Coast to Coast multi-sport event.
Ginny leads the team at Wanaka Physiotherapy with each physio being recognised for their own area of expertise. The all proudly support Wanaka Community and visitors to our town.
Lee Eadie – B App Sci (Phys) PG Dip MT, PGAP Reg
Lee commenced working at a Rehabilitation Unit in Melbourne and specialises in rehabilitation,working with paraplegic and stroke patients. She then moved to a general hospital where she worked on both inpatients and outpatients and progressed to being charge physiotherapist. After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy Lee worked as a senior Orthopedic Therapist at a motor vehicle accident rehabilitation centre. Lee also holds a Post Graduate in Sports Medicine and a Certificate of Ski Instruction. She has completed an introduction certificate course in acupuncture and is working towards registration as a physiotherapy acupuncturist.
Lynn Weedon – BPhty, PG Dip Manip, PG Dip Sports Med
Originally a graduate of Otago in 1985, Lynn has completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Therapy (1999) and in Sports Medicine (2006). Her clinical background has been initially in the rehabilitation of Neurological conditions such as stroke and head injured patients. After several years experience she became the Charge Physiotherapist in an Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit before moving to Wanaka. Since then she has completed her Post Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Therapy and Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine. With 20+ years experience Lynn enjoys treating a wide variety of clients with a special interest in
post op rehabilitation, neurology and falls prevention.
Joanna Williams – Bsc Hons (Phys), PG Dip Sports Med
Jo is originally from Northern Ireland and studied for her Bsc Hons in Physiotherapy at Aberdeen, Scotland. On completion of this study she worked for two years at the NHS Hospital of Edinburgh gaining experience in a wide range of fields. Jo has lived in Wanaka for eight years and is an accomplished athlete actively participating in multisport events.
Katharine Eustace – BSc(Hons) Physio, PG Dip Sports Med, PG Cert Health Science
Katharine is a British trained physiotherapist that has worked at Wanaka Physiotherapy for over ten years. She has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Otago, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences from AUT. Katharine has an interest in strength and conditioning and high level functional rehabilitation. She is also trained in acupuncture and is currently undertaking a Pilates instructors course. Katharine attended the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics where she was placed 11th in the sport of Skeleton.
Jennifer Ferguson – BPhty, PG Dip Sports Med, MHPrac
Jenny has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Post Graduate Diploma of Sport Medicine from Otago University. She has completed her acupuncture training at Coventry University and is an Associate Hand Therapy Member, completing this qualification at AUT. Jenny has played Netball for the NZ Under 21 Team and NZ A Team. She captained both The Southern Sting and Southland Basketball teams to national titles. Jenny has been a Physiotherapist for Southern Steel Netball franchise, NZ Secondary Schools Netball teams, World Champions New Zealand Fast Five Team and the South African Fast Five Team. She is currently the physiotherapist for the NZ Under 21 Netball Team who are the 2013 World Youth Champions. Jenny is a NZ High Performance Sports provider, currently working within Netball New Zealand delivering musculoskeletal screening, prehabilitation and rehabilitation programmes. Jenny has an interest in hand therapy as well as sports physiotherapy.
Sheryl Dickinson – BSs (Phys) PG Dip Sports Medicine
Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from AUT and a Post Graduate Diploma of Sports Medicine from Otago University. She has also completed a course in sport and dry needling through The Australian Physiotherapy Association. Sheryl is a High Performance Sport NZ provider working with the NZ Academy of Sport NZ Winter Performance Program as team physiotherapist for the Free Ski and Snowboard Team. Sheryl was part of the physiotherapy team that traveled with the NZ Team to the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 and Sochi Olympics 2014. She has also worked with several Australian rugby teams. Sheryl was the East Coast Junior Sports woman of the year in 1996, recipient of an Athlete NZ Sports Academy Prime Ministers Scholarship (Judo) in 2002 and recipient of a NZ Sports Academy Prime Ministers Research Scholarship in 2008. Sheryl has worked at Wanaka Physio since 2006 and is interested in Pilates, injury prevention and treatment of snow sport injuries. Sheryl is a skilled mountain biker, skier, rock climber and holds a 1st Dan Judo Black Belt.
Brett Jenkins – Dip Phys + PG Dip Sports Medicine
Brett graduated in 1989 and has worked entirely in private practice for 24 years in Timaru, having owned / part-owned these businesses in the last 17 years. He started working at Wanaka Physiotherapy in May 2014 and comes with a background in all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy but with a particular emphasis on spinal manipulation, sports injuries, manual therapy and acupuncture. Brett has worked with representative rugby teams in Timaru – and several internationally recognised athletes from the South Canterbury region. He has a passion for all sports having represented Otago in tennis and rugby in a past life! He has completed the Coast to Coast and several Lake Hawea Epics but is hoping the athletic prowess of his work colleagues will drive him towards something other than the couch soon.
Gemma Newburn – BPhty, BPhed, MClinicalPhysio
Gemma is an Otago University graduate in Physical Education (2004) and Physiotherapy (2006). She returned home in 2014 after 6 years working/studying in Australia and travelling overseas. She completed her Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy at Curtin University West Australia and is currently undertaking Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation at Auckland University of Technology. She was a Snowboard Instructor in her first career, is an outdoor enthusiast and is very happy to be back in the New Zealand mountains. Gemma is passionate about helping people get the most out of every day and specialises in mechanical spinal disorders, chronic pain management and breathing pattern disorders. Gemma is also a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant managing peoples return to work after injury.
Lisa Tsai – BPhty, PG Cert in Rehabilitation
Lisa completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago and the received her PG Cert in Rehabilitation from AUT. She has worked in a variety of settings within the UK, Australia and New Zealand with experience in orthopaedics, cardiorespiratory, cardiothoracics, oncology, paediatrics, neurology and intensive care. Most recently, prior to moving to Wanaka, Lisa worked in the Intensive Care Unit at Christchurch Hospital and was helping manage and lead the Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy Team. In addition to that, Lisa gained her Hand Therapy qualifications in 2011 and worked as a Hand Therapist at Christchurch Hospital where she worked closely alongside many other hand therapists, nurses and surgeons. Lisa is a keen snowboarder and has spent 8 years doing back to back winters. As a result of this, she has a good understanding of the demands of skiing, snowboarding and the snow sports industry. Now that she is based in Wanaka full time, she has developed a love for mountain biking and spends her days off riding the trails here, in Queenstown and Central Otago.