About Moving Hands Rehabilitation

At Moving Hands Rehabilitation in Drury, Auckland, we pride ourselves on providing professional and effective hand therapy services, in an accessible location, with usually no lengthy waiting time. If you have hand pain come and see us!

Our three hand specialists are highly qualified hand therapists and look forward to working with you to get results. See their bios below.

Hand Therapists

Rachel Atkinson

Clinic Director and Registered Hand Therapist

Rachel graduated as a physiotherapist in 1987 from Auckland Institute of Technology. Following three years of broad physiotherapy experience both at Waikato hospital and in the UK, she returned home and was employed at Middlemore hospital. It was here she was introduced to the exciting specialty of Burns and Plastics rehabilitation. This included hand therapy and Rachel spent over a year in this outpatient role enjoying the art of splint making, educating patients and assisting them achieve their goals of returning to work, home tasks, sport and leisure.

Rachel was one of the first therapists in New Zealand to complete the New Zealand Association of Hand Therapists’ training programme and to pass the exam, gaining Registered Hand Therapist status in 2001. She later served two years on the NZAHT executive committee as secretary.

Rachel took time out from the clinical environment and worked for a company specialising in hand therapy products. She travelled nationally lecturing and teaching at multiple splinting workshops, really enjoying the clinical education role.

Some part-time work ensued while Rachel took time out to bring up her family. She lives locally and felt a Drury hand therapy practise would be convenient, opening the current clinic in 2006. Rachel especially enjoys treating multi trauma, those with complex pain and problem solving to make alternative splints.

When not at work Rachel enjoys family holidays, tramping, pilates and walking her dog.

Hand Therapist - Rachel Atkinson

Sarah Te Whare

Registered Hand Therapist

Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist in 1988 from St Mary’s School of Physiotherapy in London. After graduating she worked for four years at Central Middlesex hospital in London and part-time for Feltham football club.

In 1993 Sarah travelled to New Zealand and began work at Waitakere hospital. It was here that she was first introduced to hand therapy. After taking time off to start a family she returned as a part-time hand therapist and completed the New Zealand Hand Therapy training. Sarah became a Registered New Zealand Hand Therapist in 2001. She served on the NZAHT exec as secretary and has been involved with examining on the Hand and Upper Limb Training programme at AUT.

Sarah continues to be passionate about hand therapy and enjoys the variety of conditions seen in the hand clinic. She loves the challenge and creativity involved in designing and making customised splints, particularly for multi trauma patients.

When not at work Sarah is kept busy with her family. She enjoys running, cycling and swimming whenever she gets the chance!

Hand Therapist - Sarah Te Whare

Becky Masters

Associate Hand Therapist

Becky qualified as a physiotherapist from Auckland University of Technology in 2012. After graduating, she started working in general musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Becky’s interest in hand therapy first started during university when carrying out her research project on finger goniometry. After working for a few years, she decided to go on and specialise in hand therapy and completed the Hand and Upper Limb Therapy programme at AUT in 2016. Following this she has started working part time at Moving Hands Rehabilitation as an Associate Hand Therapist, and is currently working towards gaining registration in the next few years.

Becky enjoys treating a wide range of injuries, as she continues to gain experience and knowledge within the hand therapy field. When not at work, Becky enjoys playing netball, fishing and going to the gym.

Hand Therapist - Becky Masters

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