After graduating as an Orthotic and Prosthetic technician I have spent the last twenty-nine years working in Orthotics and Prosthetics both in public and private sectors. I enjoy creating orthoses that function well and look good. I love the challenges of combining modern technology, materials, and discovering new ways of manufacturing in the workshop to produce functional orthoses to benefit an individual.
When I’m not in the Orthotic workshop, you can find me in my ceramic studio, creating sculptural pieces and domestic ware. I share the studio with my husband who runs his taxidermy business from home. We enjoy mingling with friends and family, growing our own food, hunting with our GSP dog and relaxing at the beach.
Aashish Yamba Orthotist
Fully qualified in Orthotics and Prosthetics, I started my career in India in 2012 before moving to the Kingdom of Bahrain. In 2017 I came to New Zealand to further my studies. While completing my degree in Health management I continued to work, taking up a casual position as an Orthotist for the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. I am passionate about my work and the people I serve, the combination of knowledge in Orthotics, advancements in products and technology used is guaranteed to satisfy patients personal requirements.
I am a motorbike enthusiast and love to travel to places on two wheels. Being new to the country so I am making sure to explore all the great walks and tramps.
Alarna Tuck Orthotist
Originally employed by Wellington Hospital, I was the first female Orthotic trainee they had ever employed. I have been working in Orthotics for the past forty years including completing a five-year apprenticeship at CIT, Wellington.
From Wellington, I moved to Auckland to be closer to my family and then moved to Napier in 1999 where I have been working at the Hastings Hospital for the past twenty years.
Although patients’ vary in ages and present with a huge range of conditions, the majority I see would be children. Orthotics can be very challenging with trying to find a solution to various complicated issues, but the reward of achievement and satisfaction you receive from the thanks and gratitude from patients is quite humbling.
I am a member of the NZOPA where I have held the position of Treasurer for numerous years. For relaxation, I enjoy catching up with friends and family and having a good laugh, I also enjoy walking, swimming, fishing, gardening and watching movies.
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