Our team

 

Andrew Currie Otorhinolaryngologist/ Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon

Andrew is a general Otolaryngologist who trained in South Africa and did a fellowship at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin, Hong Kong. He has a special interest in otology and balance disturbance and is based in Hamilton where for several years ran his own clinic specialising in diagnosis and management of dizzy patients. He has over the years attended, and continues to do so, several international courses in the field including the Herdman competency based course in vestibular rehabilitation.

Andrew has a passion for making things and this includes sewing shirts, pen turning, and leather working (all whilst listening to talking books)

Lisa Goulart Audiologist

Lisa completed her degree in Audiology and Speech and Language Therapy in Brazil before she moved to London where she spent four years of her career. While in London Lisa specialised in conducting vestibular diagnostic testing in The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2005 she has been practicing a variety of general adult and paediatric audiology as well as running the Balance Disorder Centre in Takapuna. Lisa is actively involved in overseas conferences in Neuro-Otology for constant further education.

Lisa’s passion is to travel. On her spare time she practices Zumba dancing.

 

Michel Neeff Otorhinolaryngologist/ Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon

Michel graduated from the University of Auckland and completed his training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He was awarded a fellowship at the Skull Base and Auditory Implant Unit in Manchester, UK for one year in 2006 where he was involved in skull base procedures, Otological surgery, general ENT surgery and the multidisciplinary management of vestibular disorders. He spent time at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, USA to further his skills in the management of paediatric ENT disorders. Since his return he has taken an active interest in the management of vestibular disorders.

Michel enjoys long distance running, travelling and languages.

Denise Taylor Professor of Physiotherapy

Denise trained as a physiotherapist in the UK and completed her Masters degree in Rehabilitation at Southampton University. She began her academic career as a lecturer at Loughborough University (UK), then moved to New Zealand for an academic position at the University of Otago. Whilst there she completed her PhD in Neuroscience and continued to develop her interests in the control of balance. Denise set up a balance clinic in Dunedin before moving to AUT University where she has continued to develop her interests in balance and vestibular rehabilitation, working with international experts such as Professor Neil Shepard, Mayo Clinic, USA.

Denise enjoys Fencing, Windsurfing and Kitesurfing.

Michelle Wong Otorhinolaryngologist/
Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

Michelle is an Auckland University graduate who completed her ENT training in Sydney. She was awarded an Otology Fellowship at the John Radcliff Hopsital in Oxford, UK. She has wide experience in multidisciplinary balance clinics and has attended numerous international courses. Since returning to New Zealand, she has been motivated to provide and ensure New Zealanders have available the same expertise and treatment options that are standard elsewhere.

Michelle enjoys travelling to remote places, wine testing and eating all her husband’s caught seafood (still loves scallops, but sick of snapper!)

 

Rachael Taylor Audiologist

Rachel is a graduate of the Master of Audiology programme at the University of Auckland. After Working locally for two years, she moved overseas where she worked mainly in the area of neuro-otology in the United Kingdom and in Australia. She has recently returned to New Zealand after completing a Doctorate through the University of Sydney, Australia. Here she continues to pursue her clinical and research interests in the area of auditory and vestibular electrophysiology.

Rachael loves travelling and reading.

Mike McCallin Physiotherapistprofile-pic

Mike finished a Master of Arts in Political Studies in 1995 and the graduated from AUT as a physiotherapist in 2005. He has worked at Middlemore Hospital since then and became interested in vestibular testing and rehabilitation while working in acute neurology. Mike has since specialised in neurological rehabilitation with an emphasis on vestibular and stroke patients. He has been working almost exclusively with vestibular patients since 2013. Mike continues to balance his working time between NZDBC and Middlemore Hospital. Mike has completed level 1 and 2 of the BradCliff Method© for breathing pattern retraining and is well-placed to treat both breathing problems and vestibular disorders.

In his spare time Mike enjoys playing Star Wars and cricket with his kids, cycling and computer gaming.

 

Kim Wise Audiologist

Kim is a graduate of the Master of Audiology programme at the University of Auckland. She worked with the University of Auckland’s Audiology Section from 2004-2013, clinically meeting the needs of those requiring tinnitus consultation, management and support.  She contributed to the teaching programme as a tutor.  Kim completed her doctorate at the University of Auckland in 2012, working as a research fellow immediately following. She was subsequently a lecturer at University of Canterbury for 2.5 years. Kim recently returned to Auckland and looks forward to making positive clinical and research contributions to the field of balance, vestibular pathology and rehabilitation.

Kim enjoys: art, dance, writing and reading.  She hopes to continue non-competitive running as long as her knees hold out…