Sarah graduated as a Physiotherapist from Auckland University of Technology in 1994. She developed a special interest in treating hand injuries and burns while working in her first job at Middlemore Hospital. She particularly enjoyed the close working relationship of the multi-disciplinary team – alongside surgeons, occupational therapists and nursing colleagues.
In 1997, in partnership with Julie Rouse, Sarah established Handworks, in recognition of the need for a high quality Hand Therapy service to the Central Auckland area. Sarah genuinely enjoys treating all sorts of patients, especially complex multi trauma, occupational overuse and sporting injuries. She divides her time between treating patients, teaching and supervising therapists in complex cases, and practice management.
Sarah has an ongoing involvement with lecturing at AUT on the Masters programme in Hand and Upper Limb, and teaches Emergency Care Nurse Specialists in their training programme. She is a Past President of Hand Therapy NZ and continues to be involved in the Education Committee.
Sarah is also a passionate supporter of the Leprosy Mission NZ, having travelled to India in 2013 to spend time in several of their hospitals. The aim of this trip was to understand better how the Leprosy Mission medical staff are successfully managing hand tendon transfers in a very depraved environment with a socially marginalised population. She hopes to be able to follow up on this trip in the future. However at present, as a wife and mother of three she has more than enough fun and excitement at home. She enjoys family holidays and lots of sports including skiing, tennis and running.