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
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 on her PhD and at Counties Manukau Super Clinic. She is also a part-time lecturer on the Hand and Upper Limb Therapy post-graduate paper at AUT University. When Julie has some breathing space in her busy schedule, she joins our team at Tamaki Hands
Claudia is our book-keeper and accounts whizz. She manages all our invoices and payments, enabling the clinicians to focus on their clinical skills :-)
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.