Mandy O'Brien

Mandy O'Brien


Originally from New Zealand, Mandy ran an equestrian facility in the USA and gained experience in hippotherapy. She moved back to New Zealand to graduate from Eastern Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Business in Management (BBus) with honours. She then moved to Australia and completed a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT).

After graduation, she took an opportunity to work in community rehabilitation for one of Western Australia’s longest running therapy providers. This included working with clients with a focus on neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury, TBI, autism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. At this time she was also involved in the State Emergency Services for search and rescue and competing in triathlon and ultramarathon events.

In 2021 Mandy moved back to New Zealand and worked for Te Whatu Ora at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit in acute rehabilitation and gained experience in acute management of spinal cord injury and TBI. Mandy now works for Rope Neuro Rehabilitation as a Neurological Occupational Therapist and has a focus on working with people to move towards their long-term goals. She uses her experience in equipment and therapy to provide her clients with creative solutions and engaging therapy sessions.

When not at work, Mandy enjoys exploring the outdoors, including kayaking, long distance running, paddle boarding, cycling and camping.