Physio, ortho surgeon come to village


A physiotherapy centre is the latest service coming to the Tamahere Village.

Sited next door to Forever Bound cafe it will be offered in the next few weeks by experienced physiotherapist Rebekah Gray-Bird as an extension of Hillcrest Physiotherapy.

In addition, Mr Peter Black of Anglesea Clinic Orthopaedics will be relocating his practice to the village from April 15, providing outpatient orthopaedic lower limb services under the banner of Tamahere Orthopaedics.

The physio

Rebekah Gray-Bird

Rebekah has a particular interest in atheletes but enjoys treating all musculoskeletal injuries and motivating her clients into healthier lifestyles.

She was the physio for the Northern Districts Spirit cricket team 2017, helped as an assisting physio at the NZ Netball National Development Camp, and works with the Hamilton Old Boys Premier Rugby team. Rebekah is also an ACC Netball Smart Facilitator which involves helping educate the netball community around appropriate warm ups to help prevent injuries.

The surgeon

Peter Black was born and raised in Scotland where he completed a BSc (Hons) at St Andrews University in Physiology & Medical Biology at 1st Class level before completing his medical school training in South Wales at the University of Wales College of Medicine.

Peter Black

Peter has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon since 2000, initially in Taunton, Somerset, England and subsequently in Hamilton since 2004. He began full time private practice in 2009. His practice is now a mixture of lower limb problems with interests in lower limb sports injuries, ligament reconstruction and foot and ankle problems both elective and post traumatic.

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