Team Members

Derek Timmins, BHSc. (Physiotherapy), Reg. Phys. Acup., MPNZ

Principal Physiotherapist

Derek graduated from his physiotherapy degree at AUT University in 2000. Following his interests in acupuncture he completed a further two years of study to become a Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist and now serves as the President of the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand. Derek is also a guest lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate in Western Acupuncture at AUT University.

Derek has worked in Private practices in Hamilton, Sydney and since 2005 in East Auckland, where he is also a Principal Physiotherapist at Pakuranga Physiotherapy and Marina Physio. Derek uses his skills in mobilisation, manipulation, acupuncture and exercise prescription to help clients return to pre-injury health and improve function.

Derek is also certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor to help golfers reduce injury risk and improve their swing.

Outside of work, Derek enjoys watersports, spending time with his family and playing guitar and mandolin.

Joanna Cook, Diploma of Physiotherapy, MPNZ

Principal Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Jo graduated from Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1989. She has worked in private practices both within and outside NZ as well as owning her own private practice in Northland.

Jo began working for Pakuranga Physiotherapy in 2000 and is now one of the Principal Physiotherapists there. She is also one of the Principal Physiotherapists at our newly opened Beachlands Physio clinic.

With 20 + years of experience, Jo treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions with special interests in acupuncture, chronic pain and dance injuries. She is also a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist specialising in the treatment of incontinence and pelvic pain. She is a member of NZ Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Group, Women’s Health Training Associates (Australia) and Continence NZ.

Outside work hours Jo enjoys spending time with her family, travel, cooking and jogging.

Robyn Brown, Dip Phys (Otago), Reg Phys Acp, MPNZ, NZMPA (Assoc)


Robyn graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1983 and after initially working in hospitals in NZ and overseas, settled into musculoskeletal private practice for the last 26 years, in the South Island and more recently in Auckland.

Post grad studies have included Physiotherapy Registered Acupuncture (registered 22 years), and in musculoskeletal manual/manipulative physiotherapy with NZMPA (New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association).

Robyn has extensive experience in rehabilitating post-op rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction surgeries.
Robyn’s many sporting activities, including competitive distance running, road cycling and mountain-biking, and recreational skiing and tramping, have provided unique insights when dealing with sports and recreational injuries.

Robyn has a passion for continuing education and evidence informed practice.

Outside of work interests include family, tramping, cycling, snorkeling, travel and opera

Kirstyn Oldfield, BHSc (Physiotherapy), MPNZ


“Kirstyn completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2019. She has had experience in the Physiotherapy industry, working alongside sports teams and working collaboratively with multiple other health professions.
Kirstyn has a personal interest in manual therapy, exercise prescription and providing patient education for self-management. She is passionate about helping people recover, perform and achieve their personal goals while seeking higher educational opportunities for herself.
Outside of Physiotherapy, Kirstyn is a keen football player and enjoys spending time outdoors seeing the beautiful landscapes of NZ!”

Stella Twigley, BHSc (Physiotherapy), MPNZ


Stella graduated from AUT in 2020. During her final year of her degree she gained experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working with a wide range of patients including post-surgical patients, elite athletes and patients with chronic pain. Stella also has experience working alongside rugby and football teams at both club and representative levels. She has a strong interest in combining manual therapy with exercise prescription.
Out of work hours Stella enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as enjoying the outdoors.

Pam White


Pam has worked at the Marina Physio clinic since it opened in 2009 and at the Pakuranga Physio clinic for 20years. She lives locally and enjoys the very short commute to work.

She is always ready with a smile to help with making appointments and any queries.
When not at work she is busy with three young grandchildren.

Carolyn Steele


Carolyn lives locally in Northpark, having previously lived in Bucklands Beach. She has been a patient of the Pakuranga clinic over many years and now enjoys being on the other side of the desk, providing efficient and friendly service to our patients.

Outside of work Carolyn enjoys all sport, playing tennis and supporting family in their sporting endeavors.

Kerry Sweetman


Kerry is a vibrant, friendly face who welcomes you when you visit Pakuranga Physiotherapy. She has been working with us since 2003 and has been a very helpful and valued employee.

She originally lived in Howick but has recently moved out to a lifestyle block in Bombay where she is designing a garden out of a paddock. Her main interests are interior design, organic gardening, chalk painting of furniture, entertaining, latin american dancing and line dancing.