Official Physiotherapy provider to the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls and all TRFU representative teams

Staff

Andrew Larkin

Director / Physiotherapist

Background:

  • Andrew was a competitive road & track cyclist to an international level until an injury limited his cycling.
  • After a 4 year OE in the UK, Andrew returned to NZ in 1995 to start his university study

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Health Science, (Physiotherapy), 2000,
  • Masters in Health Practice, (MSK Physiotherapy), Hons, 2007

Work Experience:

  • After graduating from AUT Andrew took up a rotation Physiotherapist role at Taranaki Base Hospital from 2001-2002.
  • From 2002 to 2005 Andrew worked in London primarily in private hospitals.
  • His sports Physiotherapy background is varied with experience with the Taranaki Stormers Basketball team from 2001-2002, Middlesex Cricket Club and MCC 2003-2005.  TRFU Academy, TRFU 7’s, TRFU Development and TRFU ITM Cup Physiotherapist 2006-present
  • He currently manages PHYSIOTHERAPY @ CAREfirst where he treats a variety of acute and musculoskeletal and sports injuries, along with some complex chronic pain conditions. Andrew trained in acupuncture in the UK and in New Zealand.
  • Director and Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Interests:

  • Mt Biking
  • Gym
  • Spending time with his family

Emma Bridgehouse

Physiotherapist

Background:

Emma grew up in Manchester where she met her husband and in 2006 they immigrated to New Zealand.

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Physiology.
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Work Experience:

  • Oldham Hospital in UK from 2004-2006 as a rotational Physiotherapist.
  • Emma worked at Taranaki Base Hospital initially as a rotational Physiotherapist for the first year, then was based in the outpatients department between Hawera and Taranaki Base Hospitals.
  • Emma has worked at PHYSIOTHERAPY @ CAREfirst since 2009.
  • Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Interests:

  • Spending time with her family
  • Camping and being in the outdoors

Amy Bynon-Powell

Physiotherapist

Background:

Amy was born and raised in Taranaki and has recently returned home after 2 years of working and travelling in the UK and Europe. An interest in Sport and Human movement led Amy to pursue her studies in Physiotherapy.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy), 2012
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)
  • Amy has undertaken additional training in acupuncture and dry needling

Work Experience:

  • After graduating Amy worked as a rotational Physiotherapist in Victoria, Australia.
  • Amy then worked as a locum in the UK based in NHS hospitals and Private Practices for two years.
  • Amy has provided Physiotherapy services for a wide variety of sports teams including netball, rugby and hockey in NZ, the UK and Australia.

Interests:

  • Travelling
  • Squash
  • Gym and fitness

Nathan Coombes

Physiotherapist

Background
Nathan is born and raised on a dairy farm in coastal Taranaki and attended Francis Douglas Memorial College. During his youth he was a keen athlete competing in a number of individual sports. This paired with his strong interest in health and wellbeing led to him studying
Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology. While studying Nathan continued to
compete in the sports of triathlon, duathlon and athletics and attended multiple world
championship events. Nathan enjoys helping athletes getting back on track and injury free and helping others return to their active lifestyles.
Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2011)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Acupuncture (2012)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (2015)
  • Masters of Health Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, 2015)

Work Experience
Nathan has had 8 years’ experience working in private practice and sports Physiotherapy. He worked for four years in Auckland while he completed his post graduate studies prior to moving to Dunedin for one year to explore the South Island. Nathan has been working in New Plymouth for three years and joined CareFirst Physiotherapy in 2019. He has worked extensively with
Rugby, swimming and athletics.
Interests

  • Marathons, athletics and tramping.
  • Rugby and Cricket

Toni Ramage

Practice Manager

Toni joined Physiotherapy@CAREfirst in the middle of 2019, after moving away from Administration in a business owned with her husband. Toni has worked as a Practice Manager prior to having her two children.

Interests:

  • Biking, swimming, spending time with family, movies, travelling

Marian Smith

Receptionist

Background:

Marion commenced work at PHYSIOTHERAPY @ CAREfirst in 2010 as a part time receptionist and has continued in this role.

She previously participated in a range of sports, and is now interested in almost all sports and closely follows her four adult children (and now grandchildren) in their chosen fields.

Marion enjoys meeting and assisting patients.