Our people

Our team consists of a number of renowned researchers.

Associate Professor Richard Ellis

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Kia ora, I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a passion for rehabilitation and patient-centred care. My research interests include assessment and management of peripheral nervous system disorders, ultrasound imaging, manual therapy and rehabilitation for long-term disorders such as osteoarthritis and chronic spinal pain.

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Professor Duncan Reid

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Kia ora, I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and researcher.  My research interests are in sports injury incidence and injury prevention. I also have a passion for improving outcomes in physiotherapy clinical practice.

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Associate Professor Peter Larmer

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Kia ora koutou. My background is in physiotherapy. I have a keen research focus around arthritis, rehabilitation and the lived experience.

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Associate Professor Matthew Carroll

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Kia Ora. I am a Podiatrist, musculoskeletal researcher and dad of two. My research focuses on supporting advances in the clinical management of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions.

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Dr. Angela Brenton-Rule

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I am a podiatrist, educator and researcher with a focus on rheumatic conditions affecting the foot and ankle, postural stability and falls. My current work explores access to services for the clinical management of lower limb complications in people with inflammatory arthritis in NZ, Australia and the UK.

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Dr. Julia Hill

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I am a physiotherapist and bring a clinical perspective to my research. Low back pain in adults and children, and stratified care models are my areas of research. I am interested in how we can implement our research findings into clinical practice.

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Dr. Daniel O’Brien

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My primary research focus and my area of clinical specialty is in the management of chronic conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system; chiefly lower limb joint pain and osteoarthritis. Additionally, I have a research interest in the development and implementation of interprofessional clinical services.

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Dr. Sarah Mooney

I’m a part-time academic and part-time cardio-respiratory physiotherapist (advanced clinician).  My qualitative research interests extend from clinical and patient education, chronic respiratory and cardiac physiotherapy management, as well as disordered breathing and obesity.

Dr. Steve White

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Kia ora. I am a physiotherapist with a 30-year background in managing people with musculoskeletal pain. My research has focused on clinical reasoning and diagnostics. My passion is to improve rehabilitation outcomes for patients by enhancing these skills in health care providers.

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Dr. Mike Frecklington

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Kia ora. My research interests are in inflammatory arthritis and footwear. I also lead a podiatric rheumatology clinic for people with inflammatory arthritis.

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Bronwyn Harman

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Kia ora, I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience.  My research interests include rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery and long-term conditions such as osteoarthritis.

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Belinda Ihaka

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Tēnā koutou katoa. Nō Te Aupōuri ahau. My background is in podiatry, with an interest in improving health outcomes for Māori.

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Aaron Jackson

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Kia Ora. I am a podiatrist, educator and researcher with an interest in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. My current work aims to investigate commonly used orthotic interventions and how these affect gait.

Susan Kohut

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Hello. I am a physiotherapist with a keen interest in acupuncture. My research focuses on acupuncture, including Western medical, traditional Chinese and dry needling. I have also participated in research involving older adults, largely related to fall prevention and enabling greater participation in everyday life through enhancement of activity.

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Prue Molyneux

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I am a podiatrist, educator and researcher. My current research focuses on the clinical utility of ultrasound imaging for osteoarthritis in the foot. My intention is to advance clinical capacity for podiatrists in New Zealand while improving patient outcomes.

Kelly van der Zwan

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Kia ora, I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and educator.  My research interest is currently in the contemporary physiotherapy management of cervical spine pathology, in particular, the feasibility of models of care for cervical spine radiculopathy in Aotearoa.

Jill Caldwell