Auckland Staff

Simonne Thompson – National Senior 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

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)

Jo Brittendedn – Degree Tutor

Robyn Delany –Tutor

Jade Cooper – Tutor

Ramari Wiki – Campus Administrator