Penny Minnoch

Senior Physiotherapist

Penny has worked in the Barrington Community since 2009.  She has post graduate qualifications in pain science, rehabilitation, teaching, sport and exercise science.  Penny has a focus on rehabilitation and chronic pain.   She likes to use manual techniques, exercise and education to help clients with the rehabilitation process.  She has recently completed Level 1 BradCliff training for Breathing Physiotherapy.

Penny has experience in manual therapy techniques and working with clients with persistent pain.  This knowledge and skill base have been further enhanced through Penny recently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Pain and Pain Management.   Based on her experience and knowledge she uses a variety of musculoskeletal techniques that consider biopsychosocial factors to help meet the needs of her clients to achieve their rehabilitative goals.   Penny also keeps up to date with current physiotherapy practices by attending courses and conferences and most recently attended the Pain conference.  

Out of work time she enjoys family time with her son and husband and travelling. 

Jane Ashby

Senior Physiotherapist

Master of Physiotherapy (Manipulative Physiotherapy) 

Jane has worked in the Barrington Community since 2000.  She has post graduate qualifications in Manipulative Physiotherapy which focuses on manual physiotherapy techniques and provides skills in clinical reasoning and problem solving. She now enjoys using her hands-on manual skills and educating clients on exercises which will help rehabilitate and prevent injuries.  

Her Masters dissertation investigated pregnancy related back and pelvic pain and positional preferences for physiotherapy treatments. This sparked an interest in Women’s health around pregnancy and especially exercise therapy following pregnancy.  

 She has trained in Clinical Pilates and finds this exercise approach is complimentary to her other physiotherapy skills.  She keeps up to date with current physiotherapy practices by attending courses, most recently attending an excellent Hip Diagnosis and Treatment course.  

Out of work time she enjoys family time with her 2 sons and husband, camping and adventuring in the outdoors.  She tries to keep fit with running and goes to Yoga classes weekly. 

Kirstie Dray

Senior Physiotherapist, Occupational Health Physiotherapist

Kirstie graduated some years ago, and after serving her apprenticeship in the NZ public health system she defected to Australia where she became the principal of a private physiotherapy practice in Queensland for 7 years until the late 90s.  By this time she had developed an interest in Occupational Health and specifically Vocational Rehabilitation, which is the field of health care developed to help people return safely back to work following illness or injury.  

On her return to Aotearoa with her husband, Kirstie worked in private practice and sports physiotherapy while continuing to advance her interests and post graduate qualifications in Vocational Rehabilitation. She worked as a contractor to ACC in this field while raising her three children and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation.   She was then employed by the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, working with final year physiotherapy students in their clinical placements.  

In 2018 Kirstie was proud to become a co-director and principal of Barrington Health Physiotherapy.  While she can see and treat people with musculoskeletal conditions, she mainly provides Vocational Rehabilitation services to injured workers, ACC and employers.  These services include workplace assessments, return to work planning and monitoring, workstation assessments, and functional strengthening programmes.  She keeps up with advances in physiotherapy and vocational rehabilitation and maintains close connection with the local and Christchurch health provider community.  

In her spare time Kirstie likes to run and walk on the Port Hills to keep fit, enjoys skiing and tramping, and keeps tabs on her teenaged and adult children.   

Karen Elliott

 Senior Physiotherapist, Occupational Health Physiotherapist

Karen works in both the clinic and vocational rehabilitation teams. Karen developed an interest in vocational rehabilitation whilst she was working in Adelaide where she completed her Masters qualification. She has had extensive experience in both Adelaide and Christchurch, recently teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. She specialises in helping people recover from injury and return to work by communicating with clients, employers and health professionals involved in the client’s care and tailoring return to work programmes to meet the clients needs.  This can include functional strength and conditioning following injury, modification of a workplace, and modified work hours and duties. She also has a keen interest in injury prevention. 

Karen's other main interest is developing exercise programmes for patients with medical issues including those with balance and vestibular problems. She has been actively involved in developing the PhysioFitt pathway which is a physiotherapy exercise programme for those who require support to become physically active.

Outside work Karen enjoys running, tramping and cycling with friends and family and utilising any opportunity to visit her three adult children overseas. 

Nicola Laing

Senior Physiotherapist, Occupational Health Physiotherapist

Nicola has more than 30 years’ experience in physiotherapy initially with musculo- skeletal disorders in a mix of hospital and private practice settings and since 2000 in the field of Occupational Health and rehabilitation.   

Occupational health rehabilitation involves the coordination of clients post injury or illness back into the workplace in a timely and safe manner offering advice to the client and their employer on how to integrate back to the workplace over the recovery period during an injury. We also work one on one with clients in our clinic and/or gym to assist during the recovery pathway to meet the physical and functional needs for each job tailored to the person and their injury.   

Nicola enjoys working with a vast array of clients and industries empowering people to achieve the best they can be over the rehabilitation period with the goal of a positive and timely return to work.  

She lives locally in the Cashmere community and loves to walk the hills with my dog, friends and family.   

Sophie Coutts


Sophie joined the team at Barrington Health Physiotherapy in 2020 after completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2019. Sophie, who is originally from Dunedin, completed her final year of placement in Christchurch and fell in love with the city.

Sophie’s passion for Physiotherapy stemmed from her time in the competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics scene. She has been involved in all aspects of the sport as a gymnast, coach and now a volunteer judge. A career highlight for Sophie was representing both Otago and New Zealand on several occasions. Through gymnastics and her Physiotherapy training, Sophie has gained an appreciation for the process of rehabilitating individuals back to their best and helping them to achieve their goals. Sophie enjoys meeting and working with a vast array of patients.
Outside of work, Sophie enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking and exploring new parts of Christchurch

Daniel Tan


Daniel joined the physiotherapy team in 2022 after completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Otago.

Daniel is a Singapore citizen from birth. He is working toward building experience and knowledge in physiotherapy, whilst seeking to find a niche or special interest. Being a foreigner to New Zealand, he is culturally sensitive and has an interest in learning different cultures and religions including history but especially food.
His interest in exercise and general wellness began when he started rock climbing and later went on to study a diploma in nutrition in Singapore, which served as a good prior foundation to studying physiotherapy. He is active in recreational sports including outdoor activities, weight training, long distance running and skiing. Having experience as a fitness instructor in Singapore, he enjoys meeting clients from different backgrounds and interests and to help achieve their personal goals including weight-lifting techniques.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys the outdoors, reading, cooking and whisky tasting.

Molly Kay


Molly joined the team at Barrington Health Physiotherapy in 2022 . She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Exercise Science and Psychology. She is looking at continuing to postgraduate study in 2023 by completing a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice so she can become a registered Physiotherapist. Outside of work Molly enjoys playing netball and all ranges of sports, spending time on her family farm in Cattle Creek and being in the great outdoors.  

Maree Mason, Massage Therapist

Maree's massage business inTouch Massage Therapy operates out of Barrington Health Physiotherapy. Maree is an excellent Massage therapist with the following qualifications: Dip. Therapeutic Mass. CCNM, Cert. Adv. Sports Mass. CCNM.

Eva Meiklejohn

New Zealand Registered Dietitian

Owner of Embrace Nutrition

Eva’s dietitian practice Embrace Nutrition will be offering consultations here at Barrington Health Physiotherapy. 

Eva offers tailored nutritional advice to support your health needs and wellbeing goals.  Eva specialises in gastrointestinal (gut) health, working with many Gastroenterologists and GP’s throughout Christchurch.   Eva also enjoys working with clients to improve their relationship with food and eating behaviours.  Eva can provide nutritional support to address specific health conditions (including prediabetes, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and assist with your physiotherapy rehabilitation).

Eva graduated with her Master’s in Dietetics Degree from the University of Otago in 2015.   She has worked as a clinical dietitian at Christchurch Hospital for three years and now works at her own private practice, Embrace Nutrition. 

Growing up on a farm near Mount Hutt, Eva loves in her spare time escaping to the country and skis every opportunity she can in winter.

Contact Eva: 0272184144,