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.


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.


Erin Oliver

Occupational Therapist

I graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Otago Polytechnic in 2004. Since then I have worked in DHBs across New Zealand as well as working for 3 years in London, taking a break from OT only to have my children. I have experience in the areas of physical rehabilitation, brain injury, workplace injury, and community rehabilitation programmes.

I live in Hamilton with my husband and 3 daughters. I am passionate about the role of Occupational Therapy in school environments and the difference that we can make to a child’s participation in education.


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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Caitriona Hooper

Occupational Therapist

I am an Irish occupational therapist with over 12 years of clinical experience in which time I have exclusively worked as a paediatric therapist. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational therapy.

I am passionate about working with children, particularly in the areas of early intervention and neonatal care. I consider evidence based practice an important element of my practice and I believe in continuously upskilling through partaking in professional development opportunities. Within New Zealand I have experience working in child development services in both OT and visiting neurodevelopmental therapy roles, at Starship Children’s Hospital and in private practice with Cornerstone Therapy. I am a qualified infant massage instructor and have completed SOS feeding training. I live in Hamilton with my husband and our little boy.


Anna Colville


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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Jacqui Peart


Working in the health industry for the past 20 years, I continue to enjoy the rewards and challenges that being a physiotherapist offers.

My areas of expertise include brain injury (traumatic and acquired), musculoskeletal therapy, and falls prevention.

I have had the opportunity to practice in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and have spent time volunteering in both Central America and India.

I have three wonderful children and a supportive husband, we are all passionate about travel.


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


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.