About Sabine Mawdsley:
Practice Manager
Sabine manages the practice whilst also being able to offer support during therapy sessions as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. 

Sabine is a qualified nurse and midwife, is trained in ante-natal and post-natal instruction although is not currently practicing. Sabine has completed various courses and workshops on child development, Sensory Integration, social skills, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and supporting learning disabilities. 

Izabela Circa

Occupational Therapist

Izabela completed her BHS in Occupational Therapy through AUT. She is a empathetic, goal oriented, energetic, motivated, and committed to evidence-based practice and professional development and enthusiastic in learning new approaches/learning that satisfy client’s needs.

Strong believer in “being occupied is the essence of being human”

Izabela eductaion includes:
Digital and Collaborative Learning – Post Graduate Certificate  
Health Science – Effective Supervision in Maori Health - AUT 
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – Otago Polytechnic through Hamilton 
Teaching and Behaviour Support Strategies For Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Certificate in Myofascial Release "The Fundamentals & Advanced Upper Body" - Beth Beauchamp 
Typical Child Development -  Bobath
Understanding Normal Movement - Bobath 
MoH - Complex Housing Modification Accreditation 
MoH - Wheeled Mobility & Postural Management 


Gabriella (or Gabi) completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences specialising in Occupational Therapy through AUT. She is kind, warm and gentle. She hopes to help families build true and lasting connections. She wants families to be able to live the best life they possibly can through daily functional and emotional improvements.  Gabi worked in a Paediatric Clinic (including school counseling) in Seoul, South Korea for two years which provided Floortime Therapy as well as developments in autism through Korean Herbal Medicine. 

Gabi also provides parent homeschool coaching as another service in her practice. This coaching involves teaching parents how to play with their children and build social skills and connections through play (DIR Floortime Foundation). These coaching sessions are held via Zoom and provide parents with activities to engage in with their children while monitoring progress in the clinic and at home. 
Her Education includes: 
Bachelor of Science (Anthropology & Biology) 
Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science 
Certificate of Medical Terminology
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) 
TEFL English Second Language Certificate 
Motivational Interviewing
DIR 201 Certification (Floortime Therapy) 
Kids Jam (Music Therapy) 


Nadine is not an OT but offers Play Therapy, school readiness programs, and councilling for adults whose child or children are seen by one of our therapist's. All session are done in our clinic. 

Nadine passion is to support, educate and develop children to their full potential in a holistic manner.

All children deserve to have a fair and happy chance at learning, living and growing and she would love to support them with any needs or challenges that they might be facing or that might create barriers to them living their best lives. She has a positive, lasting impact on each and every child that she meet by aiming to create a safe and happy space for them to flourish. Nadine is hardworking and trustworthy person with a positive approach to my work.

Nadine's education includes:

Bachelot of Arts (Health sciences in social services) 

Specialisation Psychological Councilling. National diploma in early childhood development teaching. Certificate for advanced course in Play Therapy. Currently completeting NZ certificate in excersie. 

About Lindsay Ross (nee Mawdsley):

Occupational Therapist 

Lindsay Ross (nee Mawdsley) completed her Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Occupational Therapy through AUT and her Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy through Otago Polytechnic. Lindsay has worked internationally in both the public and private sectors. She has successfully established services in New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. Her experience ranges from mild needs through to complex medical conditions. Lindsay believes that intervention should be holistic and involve the child’s family, school and wider community.
Lindsay has particular interest in sensory processing needs, parent coaching, early intervention, complex medical needs, rare diseases and disorders and cortical visual impairment/cerebral visual impairment. (On maternity leave).

Training and Qualifications:

Our therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists. Registered with the New Zealand Board of Occupational Therapists. Therapists partake in regular professional development and supervision. 

Our therapists are able to offer the following intervention programs:

  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Wilbarger Brushing Protocol
  • Astronaut Training Program
  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Magic Caterpillar Handwriting Program
  • Creating functional sensory diets
  • M.O.R.E. Integrating the mouth with sensory and postural functions
  • SOS approach to feeding
  • Interoception program 
  • Handwriting without tears
  • Early Intervention
  • TalkTools Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding
  • DIR Flooring Time Therapy.


Call us today on +64 9 3006324


Call us today on +64 9 3006324

All therapy staff are trained Occupational Therapists registered with the New Zealand Board of Occupational Therapists. 

All of our staff have had both COVID-19 vaccination doses to help protect our tamariki.