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Meet our Education Team 


NEW ZEALAND

Rachel Maher - Permobil Clinical Education Specialist

Rachel Maher graduated from the University of Otago in 2003 with a Batchelor of Physiotherapy, and later gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) in 2010. 

After graduating, Rachel gained experience in inpatient rehabilitation and community Physiotherapy, before moving into a Child Development Service, working with children aged 0 to 16 years.  

Rachel developed a passion for seating and mobility while working children, recognising the value of a team approach to wheelchair and seating provision to achieve the best outcomes for end users. 

Rachel later moved into a Wheelchair and Seating Outreach Advisor role at Enable New Zealand in 2014, complementing her clinical knowledge with experience in NZ Ministry of Health funding processes.

Rachel joined Permobil in June 2020, and is passionate about education and working collaboratively to achieve the best result for our end users. 


AUSTRALIA

Rachel Fabiniak - Director of Clinical Education - Permobil Business Region Asia Pacific

Rachel Fabiniak began her studies at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009. Rachel then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2013. After receiving her doctorate, Rachel went into clinical practice as a Physiotherapist in the Spinal Cord Injury Day Program at Shepherd Centre in Atlanta. Rachel also has experience in community physiotherapy and inpatient rehabilitation. During Rachel’s time at Shepherd Centre, she developed a passion for seating and mobility which ultimately lead to her career with Permobil. 

Rachel joined Permobil in January 2018 relocating to Sydney, Australia in June 2018 as the Clinical Education Specialist for Australia and New Zealand.

In February 2020 Rachel moved into the role of Director of Clinical Education for Asia-Pacific. 


Tracee-lee Maginnity - Permobil Clinical Education Specialist

Tracee-lee Maginnity joined Permobil Australia in July 2019, as a clinical education specialist. Originally from New Zealand, she graduated Auckland University of Technology with a BHSc (Occupational Therapy) in 2003 and has since worked in various roles related to seating and mobility including assessing, prescribing and educating. After gaining experience as an assessor and prescriber at Seating To Go / Wheelchair Solutions in prescribing for both disability and injury, she moved to Australia in 2011 to take on the Senior Occupational Therapist role in a custom moulded seating service. She then worked in clinical consulting and education roles until joining Permobil.

Tracee-lee is passionate about maximising functional outcomes with end users and the importance of education within the industry. She has mentored many therapists interested in AT. Her experience includes working with complex postures to achieve custom outcomes. Tracee-lee is also an international wheelchair rugby classifier where she enjoys the task analysis of wheelchair propulsion and functional capacity identification of athletes. 


Dee Smith LTC/Aged Care Clinical Specialist 

Dee is a Registered Nurse with almost 25 years’ experience in a variety of specialties and is passionate about mentoring, educating and empowering health care professionals to provide safe and quality care.
 
Dee graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1997 and in 2001 gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Infection Control. She has Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 
 
Dee worked within the Aged Care Industry as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Infection Prevention & Control. She developed and delivered education and training of evidenced-based practice in Infection Prevention and Control, Wound Care and Pressure Injury Management. 
 
Dee joined Permobil in 2020 as the Seating and Positioning BDM and in 2021, joined the Asia Pacific Clinical Education team as Long Term Care/Aged Care Clinical Specialist.