Highly Experienced Staff

The staff at Barrington Health Physiotherapy are highly experienced and all have post graduate qualifications.

Penny Minnoch and Jane Ashby work in the clinic treating clients for injury rehabilitation with a mixture of manual hands on treatment, exercise and education.

Kirstie Dray, Karen Elliott and Nicola Laing make up the Occupational Health team assisting clients to return to their work after injury with a combination of rehabilitation in the clinic, worksite assessments and liaising with employers.

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.  

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 attend 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, 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, 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 keeps up with advances in physiotherapy. She has been active in contributing to her profession and maintains a close connection with the local physiotherapy community. 

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, 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.   

Roselle Parkin, Receptionist

Roselle moved from Nelson and has worked as a Coordinator for more than 5 years in Christchurch before joining Barrington Health Physiotherapy.   

She has done a variety of Certificates in Dementia, Medications Administration, Aged Care and has a diploma in Swedish, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Baby and Pet Massaging as well as a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Modeling.   

Out of work she enjoys time with her family and enjoys camping in the warmer months and also does Volunteer work.  

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.