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)