Staff from our different locations can be found below. Please feel free to expand their information to find out more about each staff member.

Our People

Max Cavit
Founder & Managing Director

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1. Max Cavit

Max Cavit is the founder of ABI Rehabilitation New Zealand. Max’s academic background is in philosophy, psychology and theology. He entered the health field in 1982 as the general manager of Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington and became convinced of the importance of bringing holistic clinical skill and caring together in order to enable people with a disability to ‘make the most of life’.

Max remains actively involved as managing director, supporting the clinical teams and working wherever he can to build the field of brain injury rehabilitation in New Zealand. He has a strong belief in collaboration; at the individual level with clients and whānau and at the macro level with government and DHBs to improve access to services for people needing rehabilitation.

Stephanie Muncaster
Quality, Risk, and Compliance Manager

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4. Stephanie Muncaster

Stephanie has worked in the health sector for 30 years. As a Registered Nurse, Stephanie initially worked in neurosurgical and neurology wards both in New Zealand and the UK. Following this Stephanie gained nursing experience in general medicine, gastroenterology and clinical research.

In 2003 Stephanie moved into a management role for the Health Foundation of New Zealand. Stephanie assisted with the development of a community based cardiac rehabilitation programme. Between 2007 and February 2015 Stephanie worked for two District Health Boards in their Planning and Funding Teams. The focus of this work was on long term condition services in General Practice, palliative care and cancer control.

Stephanie is the Quality Risk and Compliance Manager at ABI. Stephanie is based in Auckland but works across all ABI services. Stephanie is focused on improving the overall quality of ABI service, reducing the risks that can occur to clients and staff, and complying with national and international standards for the delivery of health care services.

Sue Edwards
General Manager – Business and Resources

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7. Sue Edwards

The position of General Manager – Business and Resources is challenging and rewarding which gives Sue the overall responsibility for  business services across the organisation including Finance, Human Resources, Quality , IT and Administration. With a Post Graduate degree in Business and a background in Human Resources and Business Administration, Sue brings many years of  knowledge, skills and experience to this position.

Sue’s personal philosophy is that we are only limited by the limits we place on ourselves. To that end , she sees her role as helping to create an environment within ABI Rehabilitation that ensures the provision of consistently high quality services through sustainable practice and  professional and committed teams.

Nina Andreas
Data Manager

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15. Nina Andreas

Nina holds a Master of Commerce in Information Systems from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science). Her practical experience as an analyst and consultant working in Business Intelligence projects for corporates in Germany comes from a wide variety of industries but primarily for Marketing and Sales departments with tasks ranging from requirement gathering, analysis and reporting to training users.

Since joining ABI in 2013, Nina has continuously improved the software development processes and architecture of the company’s own innovative client management system which has led to greater reliability as well as enhanced data and reporting quality.

Rachelle Bennett
Community Service Manager - Auckland and Northland

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22. Rachelle Bennet

Rachelle worked in inpatient and community rehabilitation since 1996 and brain injury rehabilitation in residential and community settings since 2000. 

Rachelle has had many roles within ABI Rehabilitation since 2008, including rehab coordinator, community occupational therapist and Team Leader for ABI Rehabilitation’s concussion services. For the past year Rachelle has been employed as the community services manager.

Rachelle manages the community team in Auckland as well as carries a clinical caseload. Working in the community and helping clients achieve their goals is a rewarding part of her role.

Rachelle is focused on growing the community team and building excellence and skill amongst ABI’s clinicians. Rachelle has implemented strategies over the past 12 months that have improved ABI’s services.

Graham McIndoe
Company Accountant

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2. Graham McIndoe

Graham has over 20 years’ experience in operational financial management, specializing in establishing and streamlining systems. A resourceful and innovative problem solver, he holds the firm belief that robust processes and procedures are an integral part of sound commercial management in any sector of the economy.

Graham enjoys the challenge of working as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure the highest quality service standards are delivered, to ensure positive outcomes for clients, their families and wider communities.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Graham is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a commerce degree from the University of Auckland majoring in accounting.

Noelette Matthews
Regional Manager - Wellington

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5. Noelette Matthews

Noelette joined ABI in 2015 as the Regional Operations Manager for Wellington. Noelette brings to this position more than 35 years of nursing experience, training as General Nurse, a Midwife, a Community Health Nurse and a Primary Health Care Nurse in South Africa.  The past 20 years in New Zealand has been spent in a wide variety of senior health management.

Noelette has a collaborative approach working through complex projects by providing leadership and stakeholder management skills to develop innovative strategies, resolve and improve service delivery and service outcomes. This fits with the ABI model that is committed to striving to develop clinically appropriate approaches to rehabilitation that are uniquely crafted around the individual to optimise their rehabilitation potential, following traumatic brain injury and post stroke events.

Dr Richard Seemann
Medical Director

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8. Dr Richard Seemann

Dr Richard Seemann is a graduate of Otago Medical School and a specialist in rehabilitation medicine who has previously worked in neurology and elder health services. He has worked for ABI Rehabilitation for 15 years, the last six as full-time director of medical services for the company. He is very enthusiastic about providing world-class rehabilitation for his patients with traumatic brain injury and other serious neurological disorders, backed up by a significant research programme, and benchmarking with similar services in Australia and the USA. He also believes in providing services specifically targeted to the needs of Maori and the varied ethnic groups that make up the population of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Angela Davenport
Admissions Manager / Nurse Advisor

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10. Angela Davenport

Angela has worked as an RN for over 20 years. She was charge nurse at Auckland Hospital’s neurology/TBI ward for five years before moving to ABI Rehabilitation initially as nurse manager. Angela now works with admissions team and liaises with DHBs within the North Island.

Following graduation, Angela completed a BHSc (Nursing) through Charles Sturt University and a MHSc (Nursing) through Auckland University. She is currently working on her clinical doctorate looking at the contribution of nursing within rehabilitation.

Allison Foster
Research Director

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16. Allison Foster

Allison received a dual PhD in neuroscience and psychology from Indiana University in 2004. She has developed multiple clinical research programmes and is extensively published in medical journals.

Allison joined ABI Rehabilitation in 2009 to support the rehabilitation model with a focus on evidence-based outcomes and quantitative measurement.  Since that time, ABI Rehabilitation has become a leader in the field by establishing a collaborative academic research network, maintaining a considerable presence at domestic and international conferences and workshops, and working in partnership with funding/legislative bodies to develop new strategic initiatives to improve the quality of clinical services across New Zealand.

Kristen Clarke
Community Services Manager - Wellington

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Kristen graduated from the CIT in Wellington as an Occupational Therapist before working in many areas of mental health in both New Zealand and England. On her return to NZ in 1996 she worked to develop the Mental Health Service Coordination role in the Wellington Region.

After a break to have children, she began working in the field of Serious TBI before moving to Vocational Rehabilitation and ACC contract work.

Kristen then worked as a contractor for ABI as well as a private practitioner in Vocational Rehabilitation.

In 2016 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation at Otago University.

She began her role as Community Service Manager at ABI Wellington in October 2015 and is enjoying the experience of service development and consolidation at ABI Wellington.

Paul Smith
Residential Rehabilitation Manager – Auckland

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Paul is a qualified, registered Social Worker with over 25 years’ experience in working with children, young people and their families, both in the UK and the last 13 years here in New Zealand.

Paul has worked in the residential setting as a youth worker and shift leader in the UK. Paul and his family moved to New Zealand in 2004, and Paul has worked for Child Youth and Family as a supervisor for 5 years before joining Barnardos to manage their Residential and Foster Care Service across Auckland.

Before joining ABI Residential Services, Paul worked as a case manager with ACC supporting long term clients.

Paul has a holistic approach and keeps the clients at the centre of all decision making, and works alongside the Rehab Teams within the Service to achieve best outcomes and rehabilitation for our clients.

Tony Young
General Manager – Rehabilitation Services

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3. Tony Young

Tony is a graduate of Auckland Physiotherapy School and worked at Waikato Hospital prior to moving to London. During his time in London he continued to work in the field of brain injury rehabilitation.

On returning to New Zealand in 2002 he worked at ABI Rehabilitation as a physiotherapist while completing a post-graduate diploma in Rehabilitation. In 2016, Tony completed a post-graduate diploma in business studies specialising in Health Management through the Auckland Business School and has since taken on the role of General Manager – Rehabilitation Services.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, including involvement from the client and their family, his key philosophy of rehabilitation is to support the client to obtain the skills required to maximise their participation in meaningful activities.

Robin Sekerak
Rehabilitation Specialist – Wellington

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Dr Robin Sekerak has been our Wellington consultant since she joined ABI in 2012. Robin trained as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician at the University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine in The Texas Medical Centre. Robin is a Fellow of The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Robin is a specialist in Acquired Brain Injury; her training included the cutting edge acute neurotrauma and acute stroke units at Memorial-Hermann hospital to the outpatient setting.

She is passionate about a person and family centered approach; incorporating her training from brain science to that of individuals, families, an society in a holistic model to empower the individual and family in self-management, self-determination and self-advocation. She loves working with professionals, families and individuals on brain injury and stroke knowledge; from prevention to rehabilitation, and adjustment.

Louise Kelly
Operations Manager - Auckland

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Louise is a registered nurse with extensive experience in mental health and nursing education. She joined the team at ABI in and has worked closely with the nursing team in particular to develop the rehabilitation nursing role. She became nursing team manager and then operational manager in 2014 and has developed an appreciation of both the client and family expectations as well as the level of service provided in the rehabilitation setting.
Soana Foliaki
Specialist Key Worker - Auckland

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As Specialist Key Worker, Soana liaises between clients, family/ whānau and funding agencies to facilitate the best outcome for each individual coming through the ABI service.

Soana joined the service as  a Physiotherapist before the site moved to Ranui from downtown Auckland in 1999.  She became a Therapist Team Leader after a few years and then worked as a Contract Manager when the service moved onto the new and current contract. Soana became the Specialist Keyworker when it was first created in the last couple of years and has found it fulfilling and challenging at the same time.

Cath Dillon
Residential Services Coordinator - Wellington

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As Specialist Key Worker, Cath liaises between clients, family/ whānau and funding agencies to facilitate the best outcome for each individual coming through the ABI service.

Cath has experience in health care services from both a consumer and provider point of view. She values the opportunity to support people in enhancing their quality of life and achieving their goals.  Cath is a down to earth person with over 25 years experience working with people in the disability sector.

Fiona Martin
Nursing Services Manager

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Fiona qualified as a registered nurse in 1997, her background is in Medical Nursing in Wellington CCDHB. Fiona has spent the previous four and a half years working in the Kenepuru Specialist Rehabilitation unit, where she had experience with rehabilitation clients with mainly stroke, but also various needs.  Fiona will finish her Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation through Otago University in July 2018, which has been a great learning experience for her.  In December 2017 Fiona joined ABI as the Nursing Services Manager.

Fiona is passionate about rehabilitation and the amazing achievements seen.  She enjoys getting to know the clients and their families, and working towards the common goal of rehabilitation.  She is looking forward to this new challenge and what she can bring to the role as a Nursing Leader.