Simonne Thompson – Site Supervisory Tutor
Before massage, Simonne spent 13 years in an administration role at one of NZ’s busiest golf courses. She was a leader in Customer Services, Event Management of Pro-Ams, Stock Purchase and Stock Control for four sites, Accounts and Payroll. She completed her first qualification with the Diploma in Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage) whilst continuing to work full-time. She returned later that year as a full-time student to complete the Diploma in Massage and Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy and then ran her own business within a multi-disciplinary clinic. Her successful mobile massage service led to her returning to the college to study the Diploma in Health Sciences (Massage and Sports Therapy), and to teach the Certificate Programme. She has worked with elite athletes and corporate executives alike, and currently leads the Certificate in Relaxation Massage programme, and the Diploma level Musculo-Skeletal programmes at the Auckland campus. Still active in softball and golf, she uses her knowledge and passion for massage to educate others about the importance of its role in health.
Specialist Areas: Treatment Techniques; Relaxation; Therapeutic and Neuromuscular Massage Therapy; Myofascial Release; Muscle Energy Techniques; Trigger Point therapy; Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy; Sports Massage.
- Diploma in Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage)
- Diploma in Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy Diploma in Health Sciences (Massage and Sports Therapy)
Dr Romina Villamonte, PhD - Tutor
Since 2015, Romina has brought her skills in exercise science to the Institute, and is part of the NZIS team as Course Leader in Advanced Exercise Science and Course Leader in Advanced Sports Management. Romina has completed a Bachelor - Exercise and Sports Science (with honours) and with a minor in coaching from Brigham Young University – Hawai’i. After that, Romina did a PhD in Exercise Physiology from BYU. In 2011, Romina moved to New Zealand from her native country of Argentina and has been working as a tutor and lecturer in tertiary education, researcher, as an exercise physiologist in the human performance clinic in the department of Sports and Exercise Science.
Romina enjoys travelling the world and learning about their cultures. She also enjoys paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, cycling and the outdoors in general. Romina has published her dissertation and has presented the results of various research papers at a number of conferences overseas.
Specialist Areas: Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Science, Research.
- PhD in Exercise Physiology
- Masters in Science Bachelors (with honours – Magna Cum Laude) in Exercise and Sport Sciences
Sandra Storz – Tutor
Sandra has a background in physiotherapy and complementary medicine. After moving to New Zealand in 2004, she became involved in the massage industry, and worked in a renowned clinic in Auckland for nearly seven years. During her ‘hands-on’ career, she has seen a variety of clients with a wide range of (not only)musculoskeletal problems, including athletes. Amazed by the high level of education and practical knowledge of New Zealand trained massage therapists, she became more interested in using different types of soft-tissue techniques (i.e. facial)- to the benefits of many happy clients.
Sandra is proud to be part of the NZCM team, where she strives to pass on her passion and knowledge of science subjects. She is currently in the process of obtaining a qualification in Adult Teaching.
- BHSc (Comp Med)
- Dip Nat (Hons)
- Dip Herb Med
- Dip Physio (Germany)
Rachel Kearney – Tutor
Rachel graduated from NZCM in 2012 with a Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy. Rachel works with professional sports teams, athletes and the general public while also managing the NZCM Pro Health and Student Clinic. Rachel brings a passion for massage therapy with her sporting background.
- BHS (Massage & Neuromuscular Therapy)
Toni Bryant – Tutor
Before finding massage, Toni’s background was in IT. Being passionate about holistic health and wellbeing, she decided to pursue a career in massage. Toni has experience working in a busy CBD clinic as well as currently running her own clinic working alongside Physiotherapists. She has had the opportunity to work with clients that range from elite athletes to highly stressed corporate clients and clients with chronic pain. Toni started her teaching career at NZCM by supervising student clinic and contracting on the part-time weekend courses. She has recently taken a role as lead tutor in the full-time certificate course. Her goal at NZCM is to facilitate the students’ learning so that they can become great massage therapists!
- Diploma in Information Systems
- Diploma in Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage)
- Diploma in Health Sciences (Massage and Sports Therapy)
Rebecca Adlam – Tutor
Before coming to NZCM Rebecca worked as a PA and Events Coordinator for a corporate firm. She enrolled in the certificate program at NZCM in 2010 part-time. Recognising the opportunity to have a career in massage she enrolled full-time in the Diploma program the following year and didn’t look back. She graduated from the college in 2014 with her Bachelor in Health Studies – Neuromuscular Therapy.
Working independently from a clinic in Remuera, Rebecca’s clientele varies from homemaker to office worker, labourer to company director, gym goer to established athlete. Rebecca is currently a part of the massage team for the NZ Breakers; assisting in their recovery, as well as pre and post sports massage on game night. She has also assisted in the massage therapy program for the Auckland Nines (Sharks), Auckland Blues, Auckland ITM Rugby and NZ Mens Water Polo team as well as various local squash clubs. Rebecca originally joined the teaching staff at NZCM in 2015 as a contractor. Being able to contribute her knowledge and skills to students appealed to Rebecca so much that she came on board as a permanent part-time tutor in 2016.
Rebecca currently teaches the Clinical Therapeutics and Clinical Reasoning aspect of the Diploma in Health Science – Therapeutic Massage and is one of the tutors for the part-time Certificate in Relaxation massage. She also assists with the full-time Certificate programme.
Lynn Wayman – Librarian
Lynn is a Filipino licensed librarian. Before coming to New Zealand, she was employed in one of the largest banks in Asia, with its main headquarters in Manila. She was the head of the Cataloguing Unit in the library, supervising four staff. At the same time, she was also teaching Library courses on Saturdays in two universities. Before she joined us, she had worked in one of the busiest public libraries at Mt Albert.
Lyn provides a quality information centre to the students and staff of the College; maintains and develops print and electronic resources to support courses the College offers; and assists students and staff to develop research skills for their courses.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEEd)
- Graduate Certificate in Library Science (MAT)
Willie Toelau – Marketing Liaison
Willie has been with NZIS and NZCM since 2014 and is the Student Recruitment and Schools Liaison for the Central North Island to Kaitaia.
After 15 years of working experience with reputable organisations Willie provides a great wealth of understanding in recruiting for both NZIS and NZCM. He has increased brand awareness while working with schools and the community throughout the country. Willie’s experience in Gateway and STAR will help advance growth for NZCM, while creating awareness and career opportunities within our sector.
Willie’s strong background in sport, coaching and refereeing displays his hard work ethic and determination to get where he is today. His experience allows him to relate to the student’s success and his commitment to watching them grow independently. Willie strongly believes our students and particularly Maori and Pacific students can achieve academic studies if they put their faith in their own ability, and have the courage to take on any challenge they face day-to-day.
Specialist Areas: Rugby (Rugby League for Richmond Rovers Bulldogs, Manukau Rovers Magpies, Hibiscus Coast Raiders, Ponsonby Ponies, Otara Scorpions), Coaching (Auckland Rugby League), Referee Coach & Assessor (Auckland Rugby League Referees Association, Referees Director for NZTFI Tag, Executive member on Toa Samoa Rugby League NZ, Training & Development officer for Otara Scorpions Rugby League.