Tamaki Hands was established by Elaine in 2011, in the Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre, to provide specialist Hand Therapy to the local area. As demand grew, we re-located to our purpose-built premises in Sylvia Park 2015.

The Team

Elaine Duguid

Director & Registered Hand Therapist

Elaine has many years’ experience as a Hand Therapist in both the UK and New Zealand. She graduated as a physiotherapist in Edinburgh 1988 and started her life-long learning in Hands in 1996 at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Here, she developed the Physiotherapy Hand Service while providing in-house and external teaching. In 2003 she became a Hand Specialist, working alongside the Hand Surgeons in elective and trauma clinics. Elaine & her young family moved to Auckland in 2006. She worked in a private hand clinic until 2011 and was a guest lecturer and examiner at the AUT Hand and Upper Limb Therapy post-graduate paper until 2016. Elaine became a Certified Hand Therapist (USA) in 2008 and a New Zealand Registered Hand Therapist in 2009. Currently she shares her time between Tamaki Hands and the Counties Manukau Super Clinic, where she is also taking part in a 3-year clinical research project comparing rehabilitation methods after thumb tendon surgery.

Aaron White

Registered Hand Therapist

Aaron is a New Zealand registered Hand Therapist and Physiotherapist. He graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2012. Prior to working in hand therapy, he worked in a busy physiotherapy practice treating all range of musculo-skeletal conditions. Since 2015 he has been working entirely in hand therapy, completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science and gaining his Registered Hand Therapist status in 2017. Outside of work he enjoys playing hockey, working on DIY renovations, playing guitar, and spending time with his young family.

Shirley Collocott

Registered Hand Therapist

Shirley is a New Zealand registered Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in 2001. Shirley has worked in a variety of areas including spinal cord injury rehabilitation and burns and scar management. She moved to New Zealand in 2004 and became a registered Hand Therapist in 2007. In 2017 Shirley completed a Master of Health Science (First Class Honours) at Auckland University of Technology. Her research thesis topic was on rehabilitation after extensor tendon repair in the hand. Shirley also works at Counties Manukau Super Clinic as well as Research Co-ordinator for Hand Surgery at Middlemore Hospital where she is involved in a number of research projects. Shirley also contributes to hand therapy in developing countries, and is involved with Interplast which provides surgery, rehabilitation and teaching in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Julie Collis

Registered Hand Therapist

Julie is a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist and Hand Therapist. She completed her occupational therapy qualification in 1982 and worked in both New Zealand and the UK in hospital settings with a special focus on pain management and rheumatology. In 2006 Julie became a Hand Therapist and has worked in this field since that time. She completed a Masters of Health Science (1st class hons) in 2012; her thesis was a research study on hand therapy after surgery for Dupuytren Contracture. She now works at both Tamaki Hands and Counties Manukau Super Clinic. She is also a part-time lecturer on the Hand and Upper Limb Therapy post-graduate paper at AUT University. Currently she is involved in research projects on outcomes after hand joint replacement surgery and equal outcomes for Maori in hand therapy.

Cathy Stainthorpe


Cathy is our receptionist and admin support. She will welcome you with a smile and seamlessly manage the paperwork and countless tasks to keep our team running smoothly.