Meet the Physios



I studied Physiotherapy at the University of Otago graduating in 2006. Most of my career has been musculo-skeletal private practice work, here in Whanganui. I have also spent time in Auckland at a Pilates studio and as a physio at Thrive, an eating disorder service.

Ongoing education is important to me. I make sure to attend a couple courses a year to further my knowledge and broaden the range of treatments I can offer. I have completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Acupuncture and am currently taking papers in Pain Management through the University of Otago. In 2019, I started working with the School of Physiotherapy as an educator to fourth year students part time.

I originally came to Whanganui to as a keen rower and enjoy participating in various sports, including netball and squash.

– Rachael Gallagher (BPhty, PGCert Acup, MNZSP)


I graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 with a willingness to learn more about Physiotherapy and what I could do to help people get back to activities they love. I am originally from the Bay of Plenty and I moved to Whanganui for my first job at Whanganui District Health Board, where I spent 18 months in a rotational position.

Throughout my time at Physiotherapy school and at the District Health Board, I found an interest in stroke rehabilitation and paediatrics. I made the move to Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to broaden my knowledge and to learn about how exercise can help simple and complex conditions.

I have not stopped learning since graduating, and I don’t think this will change throughout my career. My next goal is to start post-graduate study in 2020.

– Rebecca Lumb (BPhty, MNZSP)


I studied Physiotherapy at University of Otago and graduated in 2016. I started in musculo-skeletal private practice work when I first graduated and then transitioned into working at Whanganui District Health Board for two years. I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different areas of physio such as orthopaedics and child development.

I am originally from the Bay of Plenty and am excited by what Whanganui has to offer. I enjoy a good game of squash and run along river in my free time.

– Aimee Burns-Mawson (BPhty, MNZSP)