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Meet our Education Team 


NEW ZEALAND

Rachel Maher - BPhty, PGDipPhty
Clinical Educator
 

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 - PT, DPT
Director of Clinical Education 
 

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 - BHSc (OT)
Clinical Educator
 

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. 


 

Tilly Brook - MOccThy (Hons) (OT)
Clinical Educator

Tilly Brook graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2008 with a Bachelor of Health Science followed by a Masters of Occupational Therapy (Hons) in 2010 from the University of Sydney.

Tilly worked within rehabilitation, working primarily with adults with a brain injury until 2015 when she moved to Singapore. In Singapore, she worked with children and adults at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance School (CPAS). In 2017 Tilly’s clinical knowledge continued as she worked with Mobility Solutions in Auckland, New Zealand.

On her return to Australia, Tilly assisted in the development of the Clinical Hub Team at Sunrise Medical where her passion and experience for mentoring and educating therapists grew. Tilly Joined Permobil in January 2022 and is driven to grow therapists, enabling them to be the best therapist they can be.  


CHINA

Rainy Wu - B.Sc. (Physical Therapy)
Clinical Educator

Rainy Wu joined Permobil China in March 2020, as a clinical education specialist. Originally from Taiwan, she graduated in Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology with a bachelor’s degree from National Yang Ming University in 2012. Rainy went into New Taipei City Assistive Technology Centre as a physiotherapist, performing the assessment of assistive devices for government reimbursement. Also, she executed the assessment of barrier-free home environment and give suggestions of homecare assistive technology for the elderly and the disabled. At the same duration, she worked for several special education schools, offering physical therapy consultation and applying assistive devices for students who need assistance in schools from The Ministry of Education. She went to Shanghai in 2018, working in a private clinic to do the plantar assessment, body structure consultant and sports education for patients. As the rehabilitation industry is increasingly thriving within China, her experience and passion in the field of assistive technology led her career with Permobil.