The team of Coromandel Physiotherapy + Orthopaedic Rehabilitation


Robert Lindsay and Rodney Grant are the two principals of coromandel physiotherapy + orthopaedic rehabilitation. Carol Hayes, Crystal Vause, Tara Rowland and Rebecca Wood complete the physiotherapy team and can provide a comprehensive outpatient service for a wide range of injuries and conditions. Assisting with reception and administration duties are Rebecca James (Practice Manager).

Robert Lindsay

Practice Principal 

Dip. Phty (Otago), ADP (OMT), Dip. MT, MNZCP.

Robert is a qualified Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist.  He has completed postgraduate training in Hand Therapy and is co-author of the international selling book “Treat Your Own Strains, Sprains and Bruises”.  He has been physiotherapist to the Thames Valley Rugby Union and has been working in the Thames/Coromandel region as a physiotherapist for the past twenty years.

Rodney Grant

Practice Principal 

MPhty [Dist](Otago), ADP (OMT), Dip. Phys. (Auck), Dip. MT, Dip. MDT,CKTP, MNZCP.

Rodney is a qualified Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist.  He was the first New Zealand recipient of a Master of Physiotherapy degree from Otago University.  He has also completed postgraduate training in Hand Therapy and Strength and Conditioning.  He is the former physiotherapist to the NZ Women’s road cycling team and has had extensive clinical experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal, sports and musculoskeletal injuries.

Crystal Vause


Bch Health Science (Physiotherapy).

Crystal has experience in hospital based inpatient cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and ICU/HCU fields. For the past 11 years she has worked on the Coromandel Peninsula in a rural clinic setting. She has a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and continues her involvement with the local Rugby & Sports club.


Carol Hayes


BPhty (Otago), MNZSP

Carol has a keen interest in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has completed post graduate training in manipulative therapy. More recently Carol has expanded her practise to include Cancer rehabilitation having completed a Certificate in lymphedema management and is a qualified PINC and Steel therapist

Tara Rowland


BPhty (Otago), PG Cert Acupuncture (AUT)

Tara has recently moved to the region and joined the team at Thames Physiotherapy . Tara is passionate about keeping people moving and helping them to overcome injury through hands on treatment and exercise rehabilitation. Tara is trained in Pilates and has recently gained her post-graduate certificate in Western Medical Acupuncture which she enjoys using as an adjunct to her treatment. Tara has also worked closely with rugby teams in the North Harbour competition for the last 2 years and has also travelled with representative Netball teams from North Harbour.

Becs Wood

BPhty (Otago), 

Becs has experience in hospital based rehabilitation, orthopaedic and cardiorespiratory fields but has most recently been working as a community based physiotherapist for those with brain injury, spinal cord injury and multi-trauma throughout the Coromandel and further afield. Becs is keen to get people active and improving their general wellbeing through exercise and functional rehabilitation.


How we work with
our clients


As a client you will be greeted by our receptionist and asked to provide some basic information.  Your physiotherapist will then show you to a private treatment room where an assessment will be undertaken to determine the nature of your condition.  This process may take up to 30 minutes and will include specific questioning and a physical examination in order to establish the type of problem you may have. You are welcome to bring a support person for any physiotherapy consultation.

Your physiotherapist will provide a clear explanation of your condition and treatment and probable time of recovery.  Your role in this treatment programme will be emphasised which will be tailored to meet your individual needs including any cultural requirements.  If you are unclear about any aspect of your assessment or treatment please ask your physiotherapist.

Note: We prefer clients under the age of 16 to be accompanied at least once by a guardian so they may also be informed.




Do you need a doctors referral to come to physiotherapy?

No a doctor’s referral is not always necessary. You may come directly to us and register your injury under ACC, (if it is accident related).  You can also choose to see us privately.

Does ACC cover all costs of treatment?

No, there have been recent changes to ACC legislation which have resulted in a reduction in contribution. Therefore there is co-payment payable at the conclusion of each visit.

How long does a treatment session last?

Your initial appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes and includes an assessment. The following treatment sessions are typically scheduled for 15-30 minutes depending on your treatment requirements and condition.

How many treatments will I need?

On your first appointment the Physiotherapist will discuss with you a plan for rehabilitation and advise you on an expected time frame and suggested number of treatments required to meet your goals.

What should I bring with me?

If you have been given a referral letter by another practitioner please bring this with you to your initial appointment along with any ACC details, specialist reports or scan results.

Specialise in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation
of muscle, joint and spinal disorders.

Clinic Hours

Thames Clinic:
Monday - Friday : 8.00am - 5.00pm


After Hours:
Due to the geographical area covered we are unable to provide an acute after hours service.


Contact Us

Cnr Rolleston, Mary &
Court Sts, Thames
Ph:  (07) 868-9579 or 0800 868 9579
Fax:  (07) 868-9582