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Sue Pritt

Occupational Physiotherapist

Sue is a Taranaki local being raised on a farm in Tikorangi before leaving the province to complete her physiotherapy training in Otago. Since graduating a year or two ago (or closer to 30 years ago to be truthful!) Sue has worked in a variety of hospital and private practice settings in New Zealand and the UK.

Sue had a change of direction about 15 years ago and started working in the area of vocational rehabilitation as a self-employed contractor. Three years ago Sue formed the company BounceBack Rehab in partnership with Todd Wolfe. Sue now divides her work hours between the role of owner/director of BounceBack Rehab and clinical work.Qualifications

  • Diploma Physiotherapy

Interests

Sue's whole family are keen sailors and are involved with the New Plymouth yacht club. She also enjoys travelling and cycling the many tracks of New Zealand on her bike (this has got a lot easier with the recent purchase of an electric mountain bike) plus skiing and walking.

 


Steve Purdon

Physiotherapist
Regional Manager

Steve travelled to the Middle East in 1993 and from there worked in a variety of roles over the next decade specialising in musculoskeletal diagnosis and rehabilitation, finally ending as the clinical supervisor of a large physiotherapy and OT department in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Deteriorating security conditions post-9/11 led him to move to Germany where he spent the next 12 years as the clinical lead physio for the British Military forces, based in a 30-bed Regional Rehabilitation Unit.

Steve returned to the Shaky Isles in 2016 and very quickly made the decision to live and work in Taranaki. He has been working with BounceBack Rehab since Jan 2017 and took over the regional manager role in Jan 2018, just in time to help guide the rapid expansion and development of the business as it strives to become the centre of excellence for rehabilitation in Taranaki.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Physiotherapy (AUT)
  • PostGraduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Curtin)
  • PostGraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Medicine (UWIC)

Interests

Steve is a keen road cyclist and dabbles occasionally in MTB. He has never ridden an e-bike! In earlier years he played basketball in Scotland at national league level and was a member of the Hastings basketball team that won the second division NZ championship "sometime in the 80's", he has performed roller skate stunt exhibitions through Scotland and England, windsurfed, kayaked, scuba dived, snorkelled and ran!

 


Chantel Punter

Occupational Nurse

Hi I’m Chantel. I was born and bred in Taranaki, growing up in Waitara. I am one of three tamariki. I returned from living overseas 12 years ago to raise my tamariki and to be closer to my whanau.

I trained in New Plymouth at the Taranaki Polytechnic in 1995 to obtain my Bachelor of Nursing. I have worked in a variety of fields over the last 21 years including the private and public sectors. I initially worked in rehabilitation and geriatric health once I graduated and then moved to Australia where I specialised in orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and pain management for five years.

I continued to practise while travelling, and did my big "OE" to the UK in 2003. Initially, I was working as an agency nurse in diverse areas that included maxillo-facial, orthopaedics, emergency, gynaecology, urology, medical, infectious diseases, and district nursing. I then ventured into nutritional medicine working with long term gastric and bowel issues for the Nutricia company. This involved providing education and assistance for PEG and nasogastric feeds to clients, families, and healthcare providers from London to Cambridge.

On return to New Zealand in 2007 I started working for Piki Te Ora as an outreach smear taker and vaccinator until I had my second child. I then changed my focus to my tamariki, working shifts at the Taranaki Base Hospital in the orthopaedic and specialist surgery ward so that I could spend more time with them. I remained there as a senior nurse for eight years with roles including education of the ERAS (hip and knee programmes) to patients, rosters, shift co-ordinator. I left this position in 2017 to work full time in Vocational Health.

I have worked in Vocational health since 2012. I have enjoyed the challenges and experiences with helping to assist clients to recover from injury and return to work. I try to provide a supportive service to help with the transition from injury to recovery.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Ongoing professional development

Interests

With two children, a husband, and renovating a house I don’t seem to have much time for anything else but, enjoy walking the dog, watching a good movie, gardening and of course travelling. I am currently learning French and then looking to learn Te Reo as I would like to explore my Whakapapa.

 


Denise Fenner

Occupational Therapist

Denise, who is Taranaki born and bred, qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and has practiced in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Denise spent her first five years working in a range of hospitals and wards including acute medicine and neurology, orthopaedics and renal medicine. She has held various community based positions, including community rehabilitation, outreach therapist for clients with neurological conditions and was a member of a rapid intervention intermediate care team.

Denise was also instrumental in piloting and developing Occupational Therapy services in accident and emergency departments in the United Kingdom. In 2006, following her return to NZ she specialised in vocational rehabilitation. After a career break of seven years Denise returned to her beloved profession as an Occupational Therapist and is providing vocational and social rehabilitation services.

Denise is also a Provention manual handling trainer for the Taranaki region.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy

Interests

When she is not striving to be an awesome auntie to her nieces and nephew, Denise can be found beachcombing with her labradoodle, trying out new recipes, fair weather running, winding down with some yoga or practicing with her tribal dance troupe.

 


Ben Langford

Physiotherapist

My name is Ben I’m a Welshman and physiotherapist with the BounceBack rehab team. I’ve been living in NZ for nine years now and have two sons born here. I graduated in 2007 and since that time I have amassed considerable experience across many domains of physiotherapy leading up to my current position as rehabilitation lead. My physiotherapy experience consists of NHS work in the UK for three years with rotations in medicine, respiratory, orthopaedics, paediatrics and musculoskeletal medicine to name a few. Within NZ I have worked for two-three years in private practice sports and spinal clinics in Wellington and eventually made the move to Taranaki to work in the Base hospital being promoted to clinical leader, a position I held for two years before moving into my current rehab role. Professionally, I am highly interested in musculoskeletal diagnosis and triage employing evidence based exercise rehabilitation tailored to the individual client. I am particularly interested in complex shoulder and spinal presentations and managing the whole person holistically with exercise therapy and educational self-management strategies. I am a firm believer in the multi-disciplinary approach to health management and feel that this approach is responsible for our continued success at BounceBack rehab.

Qualifications

  • I graduated from Cardiff University Wales in 2007 with BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. Previous to this, I graduated from the University of Nottingham back in 1998 with a BA Hons in German and French.
  • I have recently graduated from AUT 2017 with a Post graduate Certificate in Health Science in Rehabilitation.

Interests

  • I’m a keen surfer and I enjoy mountain biking, trail running and strength training. I enjoy reading non-fiction, autobiographies and listening to music. Nowadays, I enjoy spending time with the family and going on adventures with them

 


Kimberlea Lemon

Occupational Therapist

I graduated from Otago Polytechnic at the Hamilton campus in 2015 where I was awarded the Ford Emery trophy cup. I have been an Occupational Therapist working in vocational rehabilitation in New Plymouth for three years. Previous to becoming an Occupational Therapist I studied Psychology at Waikato University graduating with a Bachelor’s in social science then worked in a number of different roles including banking, retail/management and for an Optometrist.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Merit – Otago Polytechnic
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy with Merit – Otago Polytechnic
  • Bachelor Social Science – Waikato university

Interests

  • I am a keen horse rider with over 22 years’ experience. I have two dogs Molly and Jacob.
  • I also enjoy studying and have continued with self-development beyond my degrees.

 


Jo-Anne Morris

Practice Manager

Jo-Anne is a born and bred Taranaki local. After leaving school, Jo-Anne worked for a Government Agency for a couple years. An opportunity then arose to travel around Australia for six months. Once back in Taranaki she started work for an offshore underwater company. The travel bug bit again and Jo-Anne travelled with her partner through Africa and Nepal. When her two sons were pre-schoolers Jo-Anne and her family left NZ onboard their yacht and sailed around Tonga and Fiji for a season (six months). In early 2018 it became obvious that BounceBack Rehab needed a dedicated practice manager and Jo-Anne was excited to come and help with the running and development of this business.

Interests

Tramping, gardening (with limited success) and being outdoors

 


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