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, a Post Graduate Diploma of Sport Medicine from Otago University and a Masters of Health Practices endorsed in Rehabilitation. She completed her Post Graduate acupuncture training at Coventry University, UK and is a registered (NZHAT) Hand Therapist.
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 NZ A Netball Team. In 2015 Jenny travelled to Korea as part of the NZ medical team for the World University Games. 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.
Outside of work, Jenny plays Basketball and enjoys the Wanaka outdoors.
Sarah Gillespie – BPhty
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2008. She went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Acupuncture and is currently studying towards a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. After being born and raised in Wanaka, Sarah has found her way back to Wanaka.
Currently Sarah shares her time between Wanaka Physiotherapy and the US Alpine Ski Team whom she travels with 6 – 8 months a year. Sarah also works with the NZ Park and Pipe High Performance program and was the Physiotherapist for team New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Norway in 2016. Her passion is all things skiing and snowboarding and prevention or management of the injuries that come with them.
Sarah has competed in Ironman and Half Ironman triathlon and both ski racing and free skiing. She currently spends her time away from work skiing up treble cone or riding her mountain bike in Wanaka and Queenstown.
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 and South Canterbury in tennis and rugby in a past life!
Brett completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine in 2001, and more recently did a paper in Vocational Rehabilitation in 2015.
Inge Bahle – MPhty PG Dip HealSc (Rehab), PG Dip MDT
Inge BahleInge has over 25 years of experience in the field of musculoskeletal and sports medicine. Originally from Germany, she graduated in 1988, completed courses in Manual and Manipulative Therapy in Germany and New Zealand, a 6 month course specialising in neurological rehabilitation in San Francisco, and holds qualification in Brugger ( Posture and its role in injuries), and Pilates. She gained full registration in New Zealand in 1994 and since completed a postgraduate diploma in rehabilitation, a postgraduate international diploma in MDT, and a Masters in Physiotherapy (research on matching diagnosis to treatment in knee injuries) – all through Otago University.
Inge was the physiotherapy service provider for the Royal New Zealand Ballet for over 10 years and is one of few experienced therapists in Dance Medicine. In that role she presented at the 2015 OccHealth conference on a return to work plan for a professional ballet dancer
Apart from Dance Medicine, Inge’s interest and strength lies in (acute and chronic) spinal injury diagnosis and management (MDT), including return to work and sport rehabilitation.
Inge moved to Wanaka and joined the team at Wanaka Physiotherapy in 2016 to be able to explore the outdoors through tramping and running.
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.
Tim Smith – BPhty & MSportsPhysio
Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Otago in 1998. He went on to complete a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth WA in 2001. He graduated first in his class and subsequently lectured and supervised undergraduate and post-graduate students while working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice in Perth.
Tim has recently returned to NZ having spent the last 12 years working in private practice in London. During his time he completed the Level 1 & 2 British Triathlon Federation Coach qualifications and the SICI Bike Fitting qualification through Cycle Fit of London. He established a triathlon club in London and assisted a number of athletes achieve their dream of representing their respective countries at a world championship level. He also worked a s a physiotherapist during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as a field of play team member covering a number of events during the games.
Tim is a keen sportsman himself and participates in Triathlon, Multisport & Trail Running as well as enjoying Snowboarding. As a sports physiotherapist, competitive athlete, qualified triathlon coach and bike fitter, Tim is able to understand the needs of the sporting client and loves nothing more than helping them get back to their best.