YOU DESERVE THE BEST TREATMENT
We are an enthusiastic experienced team of physiotherapists, who are committed to providing high quality physiotherapy care, focusing on consistent personal attention and hands on therapy. We encourage our clients to participate actively in their treatment so together we can achieve optimum management of their condition.
For continuity we prefer our patients to see the same physiotherapist for their follow up treatments.
However you can request to consult one of our other physiotherapists.
In some situations we may suggest a second opinion from our colleagues.
You tell us what works for you!
Principal Physiotherapist Elspeth Sugrue MPNZ, MPAANZ
Trained at Auckland University of Technology and qualified in 2005. Elspeth has worked in Onehunga and Khyber Pass Regions in Auckland and was physiotherapist for sport teams. She travelled with the Auckland Central U18 netball team for tournaments.
She treats all musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in sports rehabilitation and manual therapy. She loves biomechanics and getting to the source of the problem. She definitely has a hands on approach and is trained in dry-needling of trigger points.
Elspeth loves social sports, being part of the community and her hometown Whangarei, the best place to raise her family.
She works on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (morning) and Friday.
Senior physiotherapist Nicole Dempster MPNZ
Nicole trained at Otago University and qualified in 2012. She started her career at Onerahi Physiotherapy. She enjoys working within the community and treating a wide range of conditions with physiotherapy.
Nicole is a Credentialed McKenzie practitioner, trained in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine.
Her interest is in sports rehabilitation, she has been a sports medic for rugby and hockey teams.
Nicole is a competitive hockey player herself and enjoys Pilates and the gym whenever she can.
She is very happy living back home in Whangarei, appreciating the relaxed lifestyle of Northland.
Nicole is currently on maternity leave.
Physiotherapist Taylor Wilkes
Taylor trained at Auckland University of Technology and graduated in December 2016. Taylor has been part of the Whangarei Heads community her entire life. We are pleased that Taylor decided to come back to Whangarei and we welcome her to Onerahi Physiotherapy.
She has a special interest in sports rehab and has been a competitive netball player.
She works full days in the practice on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday.
Locum Physiotherapist Ricky Brijs-Blaak MPNZ, MPAANZ
Ricky qualified in the Netherlands and is a NZ Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist since 1993. She mainly practices Western Acupuncture with a touch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ricky uses a holistic approach to achieve optimal function and self-management of your injury/condition.
She likes outdoors activities with her family (hiking, fishing and skiing). She attends box-fit classes and the gym to increase her personal fitness.
Although Ricky has joined her husband in “retirement”, she will practice when staff is on leave.