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.
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.
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.
Associate Hand Therapist
Nico graduated as a physiotherapist in Italy in 2010. After working in outpatient and private clinics, he came to New Zealand to complete his Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. While working as an outpatient physiotherapist at the Waitemata District Health Board, he completed his PhD, which focused on exercise interventions to improve symptoms and function in people with hand osteoarthritis. He is currently working towards registration as a Hand Therapist and he continues with his research on hand osteoarthritis at Auckland University of Technology. Outside of work he enjoys going to the gym, relaxing, and exploring New Zealand.
Registered Hand Therapist
Steph is a New Zealand registered Hand Therapist and Physiotherapist having graduated from the University of Otago in 2008. She initially worked as a physiotherapist at Counties Manukau Health in Middlemore Hospital and started hand therapy while at the Manukau SuperClinic in 2011. Steph then travelled overseas to both UK and Cambodia from 2013 to 2016. In the UK she was part of the hand therapy team at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, and in Cambodia she covered all areas of physiotherapy from musculoskeletal to neurological conditions. Since returning to New Zealand in 2016, Steph has been working entirely in hand therapy, in both public and private clinics. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science and gained her Registered Hand Therapist status in 2018. Currently she works between Tamaki Hands and Middlemore’s burns and plastics unit. Outside of work she enjoys running, walking her dog and spending time with family and friends.
Claudia is our book-keeper and accounts whizz. She manages all our invoices and payments, enabling the clinicians to focus on their clinical skills :-)
Alice is the friendly face you see at the front desk. She seamlessly manages our bookings, enquiries, phone calls, paperwork and the countless other tasks to keep our office running smoothly. In her spare time, she enjoys baking tortes and other specialty desserts, going to the gym and going on roadies to soak up New Zealand’s breath-taking views. Alice always looks forward to speaking with you and booking your next appointment.