Managing Director and Physiotherapist
Cancer Rehabilitation, PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
Stress and Anxiety
Sports and work related injuries
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Physiotherapy- Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2006
Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation – 2013
PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Certification Course, June 2013, STEEL Cancer rehabilitation Certification Course, Sep 2013
First Aid and CPR- 2014
Foundation Hydrotherapy June 2007
“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder… ” -Thoreau
Robyn combines her interest in mental health and musculoskeletal knowledge to provide holistic assessments and treatment programmes to a variety of conditions. Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006, she has gained experience in a wide variety of hospital and community settings working in South Wales for two years. On reaching Christchurch, Robyn worked in community mental health supporting people into exercise. Through this role she recognised the correlation between pain and poor mental health, and sought further knowledge in this area by participating in a Physiotherapy Mental Health Discussion Group.
Robyn is an oncology rehabilitation trained physiotherapist having completed studies in the PINC and STEEL cancer rehabilitation courses. Having had 4 years experience with these clients, she has built up the knowledge and skills to help support patients during and after diagnosis. Completing a post graduate certificate in Rehabilitation also build knowledge around the barriers people with a cancer diagnosis might face in regards to employment and uses this knowledge to support her clients as fully and holistically as possible.
Robyn is now settled in Christchurch and is co director of Physio NZ Limited with her husband Marcus Thompson. Robyn has a keen interest in the future of Physiotherapy and has been a member of the Physiotherapy Advisory Group (PAG) under the Canterbury Clinical Network and was a member on the Canterbury Physiotherapy Branch Committee.
Robyn’s sporting activities include netball, swimming and cycling but a particular favourite activity is skyping friends and family around the world.
Work related injuries
Pilates prescription for injury prevention and healing
Core strengthening including knowledge in pelvic floor exercise prescription
Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago university, 2006.
Trained in APPI Pilates techniques
Qualified Personal Trainer STEEL Cancer rehabilitation Certification Course, Sep 2013
STEEL Cancer rehabilitation Certification Course, March 2016
First aid and CPR-first aid lifesaving, 2012
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I am true one eyed Cantabrian. Since graduating from Scarfie town I have been living and working in Christchurch as a physiotherapist. I have worked in Private practice treating all kinds of injuries and have spent 2 years working in London hospitals where I gained experience in chronic pain management and orthopaedic conditions. I have 6 years experience working with local rugby teams and have been with the Sumner wave rugby club since I began working at Physio NZ riding the wave to division 1 success this season!
I am passionate about fitness and well being and have embarked on a personal training certification to enrich my physiotherapy knowledge in exercise prescription. I believe in returning you to your best ability in the most timely fashion that is achievable while educating you on your injury and management of that injury at the same time. I enjoy treating all injuries and relish the chance to leave you with a positive physiotherapy experience.
Outside of work I challenge myself competing in triathlons, running, going to the gym, playing touch rugby and spending time with my gorgeous niece.
Sciatica, Arthritis, Tennis Elbow, Achilles tendon injuries, Fibromyalgia
Pain that either doesn’t go away, or keeps coming back
Batchelor in Physiotherapy
Batchelor of Science
Anatomy Train Massage
DMA Pilates Level 4
“The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with but a Single Step – towards the car. ” Laozi 604BC (modified a little…)
My job is to make it as easy as possible for you to not only feel better, but also to get back to normal as quickly as possible – whether that be back to work, to sport, or getting back to looking after your family.
I have been a physio now for 19 years, and helped nearly 10,000 people through NZ and Australia in that time. I have trained with some of the best, including under Craig Phillips, the guy that created DMA Pilates, and David Butler and Peter O’Sullivan, both of whom have made amazing contributions to physiotherapy.
Outside of work, I’m a proud Dad and Husband, and have a reputation for being completely useless at sport
SCENAR therapy, Sports medicine, Cancer rehabilitation, yoga and meditation
Dip Physiotherpy NZ
Level 1 SCENAR therapist
PINC Cancer rehabilitation Certification Course
Advanced Dry Needling
“Try not… do or do not… there is no try” – Master Yoda – Star Wars
With almost 30 years of post graduate experience I am a highly skilled and experienced multi-disciplined therapist.
I graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1987 gaining my Diploma of Physiotherapy. I spent six years working in various hospital settings, including the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital in Sydney for two years, before branching out into private practice.
This gave me a vast base of experience in all areas of physiotherapy with my specialities being Orthopaedics, Intensive Care, paediatrics, Sports medicine and cancer rehabilitation
My love of travel, adventure and skydiving took me to many locations around the world including two years working in holistic health in San Francisco.
A passion for yoga took me to India to “Seduction of the Spirit” with Dr Deepak Chopra and I have attended several other training seminars with him and visited his clinic in La Jolla, San Diego.
In 2013 I was looking for a change in how I worked as a physiotherapist and decided to become a PINC certified Physiotherapist, helping women to recover from cancer diagnosis and treatment.
In not just helping women to survive but to THRIVE during and after their treatment drawing on a lifelong passion for yoga,mediation, exercise, adventure and laughter to empower women in their healing .
After 27 years away I’ve returned to NZ and continue to develop my practice in sports medicine , dry needling, SCENAR therapy and manual techniques.
Out of work I’m either at the beach or in the mountains hiking, fishing , mountain biking with our dog “Chicca”or jumping out of aeroplanes.
Sports injuries, Exercise prescription, Orthopedic rehabilitation
Bachelor of Physiotherapy at University of Otago
Bachelor of Science at University of Canterbury
Certificate in Fitness Industry Training at CPIT
If plan “A” didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool. – Claire Cook
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy I worked in sunny Nelson before moving back to my home town Christchurch. I have been working in private practice where I have had experience in treating a variety of conditions. While working in Nelson I had the opportunity to work at sports tournaments and with club and representative rugby teams. I enjoy treating all injuries but have particular interests in sports injuries and orthopaedic rehabilitation.
When not working you can find me running on the trails, playing touch or hanging out with friends and family. I also spend a lot of time in Oamaru where my partner is currently working.