Heather Gibbs

Heather Gibbs

Occupational Therapist, Focus on Potential

Hello from the Southern Hemisphere!

I was born in the UK and emigrated to NZ at the age of 5.  I started my working life as a secretary in the department of the prime minister and decided to become an occupational therapist at age 19.  I’ve been a practising as an Occupational Therapist for 20 years, working both in NZ and the UK.

I specialise in working with people with spinal cord injuries and severe brain injuries, assessing for and designing custom wheelchairs and seating systems to correct postural asymmetries that can arise after severe central nervous system injuries.  In the past I have worked with children with Autism and also with people with schizophrenia as an adventure based learning facilitator.

A passion of mine is to volunteer my skills to assist people in countries that do not have access to health care.  I have also been known to don a builder’s belt and hammer to build houses in the slums of Mexico.  My aid work has been focussed mainly in Africa, Mexico, and Fiji; very recently I visited Guatemala and have plans to volunteer as a therapist for 1 month in 2016.  I go to church in Mt Maunganui where I attend a small group.  I’m looking to lead a small group in 2016.

For leisure and fun I enjoy white water and surf kayaking, multi-day mountain hiking trips, skiing, walking, and getting together with friends.