First Hand Rehab has been providing specialised hand therapy services in the Hawke’s Bay since the business was established in 2000. We have a small team and pride ourselves on the high quality, personalised service we offer.


Our therapists:

Brigitte Rothwell - Brigitte is a qualified and accredited member of the New Zealand Association of Hand Therapists and is registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand.

Brigitte qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the Central Institute of Technology in 1988 and after working in both Europe and America, developed an interest in hand therapy. She returned to New Zealand in 1996 and completed her Masters in Hand and Upper Limb Therapy at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) whilst working in the area of hand therapy at Hawke's Bay DHB. Brigitte was one of the first fully registered hand therapists in New Zealand in 1999 and the original founder of First Hand Rehab in 2000.

Brigitte is experienced in the provision of pressure garments for burn injuries and has specialised splinting skills. Brigitte has been involved with ACC in establishing guidelines for managing musculoskeletal conditions of the forearm which were published in 2009.

Daniella Rothwell – Daniella is a qualified and accredited member of the New Zealand Association of Hand Therapists and is registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand.

Daniella qualified as an Occupational therapist from Otago Polytechnic in 2014 where she developed an interest in hand therapy. She began working as a Hand Therapist in 2015 and then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation in 2017 at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). She has been working as a Hand Therapist in Australia for the last few years before deciding to return to the Hawkes Bay.


We are proud to be members of:

NZ Association of Hand TherapistsNZ Association of Occupational Therapists

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