Cornerstone Therapy has a team of qualified professionals. Here are the profiles of our team

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Kamini Naidoo

Speech Language Therapist /Director

I have been working as a Speech Language Therapist since 1997 and started my career after graduating with a Bachelor of Speech & Hearing therapy in Durban, South Africa. I moved to New Zealand in 1999 and have since worked in a number of settings including hospital, in the Education Sector , contracting to ACC and in private practice.

Cornerstone Therapy was initially started in 2001 to provide me with work-life balance. I am a mum to two school aged children and work full time as a Speech Language Therapist contracting to schools, ACC and private clients.

I believe in constantly up skilling by attending courses and workshops so that I can provide the best possible research driven therapy to my clients and their families.

I am a Makaton regional tutor for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region and have completed the Compton P – ESL certification for accent reduction.

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Ezmi Brits

Speech Language Therapist

I am an experienced paediatric speech and language therapist. I graduated with a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy from Massey University seven years ago, and have been a member of the New Zealand Speech Therapy Association since. After working in Auckland for a few years I traveled – mainly around Africa and Europe – and worked as a speech therapist in England from 2016 to end of 2017.

Born in South Africa, I grew up in Auckland (NZ) from the age of 7. I speak Afrikaans fairly fluently. I have no children of my own, but I do have two nephews. I enjoy hiking, drawing, reading, and traveling / exploring when I can.

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Shannon Mackintosh 

Speech Language Therapist

I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology in 2014. I currently work with a mix of Adults and Children, however have primarily worked with people with acquired neurological impairments such as brain injury and stroke.

I enjoy helping people of all ages achieve their goals by helping them to communicate and learn in the most functional way possible.

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Lisa Wilkins

Occupational Therapist

I graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2012 via Otago Polytechnic and Wintec. I have vast experience working with Older Persons and in Orthopaedics wards and community within the Waikato District Health Board. For the past four years I have been working in the private practice, with progression into Paediatrics and continuation of my professional development, with special interest in sensory intervention.

I enjoy problem solving and providing the best therapy for students to assist in enabling them to live as active individuals in both their home and community. I like to be active and enjoy getting out in nature as often as possible.

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Rachel Vernon Rainey

Occupational Therapist

I have been practicing Occupational Therapy for over 20 years, with experience in the health systems of both New Zealand and England.  I have worked in a variety of settings, of which my preference is that of Physical Health and Ability.  The environments in which I have practiced include hospital/institutional bases, community, education, private practice, and private rehabilitation units and businesses.

I enjoy interaction with people with the focus on “helping others to help themselves”.  I believe we all have a skill and with guidance and support we can build on it.  Outside of my working life I have interests in both indoor and outdoor activities and live in a rural environment in the Matamata-Piako district of Waikato.

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Anna Colville

Physiotherapist

I  graduated at the Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of health science – majoring in Physiotherapy in 2009. I worked as a rotational Physiotherapist at Waikato Hospital for 2 years before gaining a full time paediatric physiotherapy role, working on Waikato Hospitals inpatient children’s wards, outpatient clinics, neonatal unit and at the Child Development Centre.  I have a passion for working with children,  and started working for Cornerstone Therapy after starting my family in 2016.

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Tarsh Munro

Physiotherapist

I graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2002 with a Bachelor of Health Science- Physiotherapy.  I have worked in hospitals,aged care, rehab facilities and also the community.  I have a passion for rehabilitation and strive to help my patients reach their full potential.

I live with my husband and 2 young daughters.  We enjoy  spending time at the beach, baking and walks in the bush or round the lake.

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Dr Michelle Petrino

Registered Clinical Psychologist

I am a Registered Clinical psychologist in private practice working with clients across the age spectrum but with a particular focus on child and adolescent mental health and assessment. I completed a doctoral level psychology program in the USA in 2008 and have worked in a variety of settings in both New Zealand and America including Child and Adolescent mental Health Clinic’s, The Child development Centre at Waikato Hospital, and a Neuropsychology Private practice.

Kirsty McMillan

Administrator

I have two children aged 6 and 8. My husband and I have our own business in the audio visual and home automation industry. Before having children I worked in reception, administration, marketing and secretarial roles for 9 1/2 years. My interests and passions include baking, reading, keeping fit, movies, Church and spending time with family and friends.