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The Hand and Wrist Centre was founded in 2015, with Dr Timms, Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon, Mr Tom Sharpe, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Hand Therapists Craig Hawkyard.

The centre provides a full range of hand therapy and rehabilitation, Hand and Wrist Orthopaedic services including consultations, surgery and post operative care.

Surgeries are performed in our day theatre located at our offices or at one of the three private Hospitals here in Christchurch. 


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Orthopaedic Hand And Wrist Surgeon

Dr. Fiona Timms

Fiona was born and raised in Dunedin. She graduated from University of Otago Medical School in 1992 and began her formal surgical training in 1998. She became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2001 before completing further subspecialist training in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.  She worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the hand unit at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland and then North Shore Hospital 2003-2005. In 2005 Fiona moved to Christchurch to work. 


Orthopaedic Upper Limb Surgeon 

Mr. Tom Sharpe

Tom grew up in Scotland and graduated from Glasglow University in 1996. He came to NZ in 1998 and completed the NZ Orthopaedic training programme in 2007 became fellow of NZOA in 2008. He completed fellowship in Hand and Upper Limb in orthopaedics in Edinburgh and Adelaide and started work in Christchurch as a full time orthopaedic surgeon in 2010. He is an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in wrist, hand and upper limb surgery but also does trauma surgery, hip and knee arthroplasty.

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Hand Therapist

Craig Hawkyard

Craig graduated from The University of Otago Physiotherapy program in 1997. His interest in Hand Therapy grew from a placement in the Hand Unit at Christchurch Hospital, where he worked for the first two years of his career. After working in the UK from 2000-2004 he returned to New Zealand and has been working in Christchurch as a Hand Therapist since – becoming a New Zealand Registered Hand Therapist in 2006. 


Hand Therapist

Leigh Law 

Leigh has been working as a Hand Therapist since registration in 2009.

Leigh has always held an interest in hand injuries and rehabilitation after graduating as an Occupational Therapist from Queen's College, Glasgow in 1991. Since then she has gained experience in a variety of areas including Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Paediatrics, all of which have included some element of hand therapy.


Hand Therapist

Tyler Pereira

Tyler graduated from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy in 2016 and has completed her full registration for Hand Therapy, including a postgraduate certificate in Health Science; Rehabilitation. Tyler has worked in private practice both here in New Zealand and in Australia. 


Tyler enjoys all aspects of elbow, wrist and hand rehabilitation and specialises in acute trauma, splinting and post operative care as well making use of strengthening and functional rehabilitation programmes to assist her clients to return to their work and hobbies as soon as they are able. Besides work, Tyler loves the outdoors, keeping busy with her partner walking, mountain biking and surfing. 


Hand Therapist

Rosa Leggat

Rosa graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015 and has since then carried out her postgraduate studies to become a registered Hand Therapist.

As a Hand Therapist she has worked in the private sector in Auckland as well as in both private and public sectors in Tauranga and Whangarei.

Rosa enjoys all aspects of her work particularly the management of acute trauma.


In her spare time Rosa enjoys the ocean, skiing, hiking and her family and friends.

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