Our Team

Our team comprises of dedicated therapists who have a passion for hand therapy. We strive for optimal outcomes, and our therapists are kept up to date with the latest evidence and continue to participate in regular professional development opportunities.

Elizabeth Giuffre

Principal Physiotherapist / Director Canberra Hand Therapy

  • B. App. Sc (Physiotherapy)
  • AHTA Accredited Hand Therapist
  • Certified Hand Therapist (USA)
  • Member Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Lymphoedema Therapist

Elizabeth graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 2006. Since graduating Elizabeth has worked across both the private and public sectors initially in NSW and then in ACT when she relocated in 2013.

Elizabeth has experience in treating a wide variety of conditions and injuries but began focusing on the area of hand therapy in 2009. After extra studies and clinical practice Elizabeth achieved formal credentialing for this in 2014 in both Australia and the USA. Elizabeth has achieved the Accredited Hand Therapist credential as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

In 2016 Elizabeth launched Canberra Hand Therapy, a therapy practice with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation for clients with upper limb pathologies. Since its inception Canberra Hand Therapy has grown and now comprises of both Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists and as a practice is committed to ensuring optimal and individualized care for our clients.

Elizabeth has presented at a variety of forums and conferences and is also currently on the Australian Hand Therapy Committee of Management as the Membership Chair and State and Territories Affairs Officer. Elizabeth has been part of the committee since 2016 and is dedicated to improving public access and awareness of the hand therapy profession.

Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the outdoors and going for hikes and bike rides with her young family.

Andrew Bonatakis

Principal Physiotherapist / Director Canberra Hand Therapy

  • B. App. Sc (Physiotherapy)
  • Associate of Australian Hand Therapy Association
  • Member Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Lymphoedema Therapist

Andrew graduated from Sydney University in 1996 and has over twenty years of experience in private practice. For 13 years Andrew owned and ran his practice on the NSW South Coast, servicing two towns and gained skills in managing a variety of conditions including post-operative orthopaedics, sporting injuries, paediatrics, neurological, aged care, Lymphoedema and workplace injuries.

In 2011 Andrew and his family relocated to Canberra, where he continued working in private general physiotherapy practice. In recent years, Andrew has turned his focus to hand therapy and the management of the upper limb. In 2019 he joined Canberra Hand Therapy, assisting patients rehabilitate from acute, chronic, and post-operative conditions. While Andrew has focused on hand therapy, he has retained an interested in the assessment and management of the knee and ankle.

Andrew enjoys mentoring students and graduates, growing the confidence of the physiotherapy profession as first contact practitioners. He believes allied health professionals play a vital role in being at the forefront of health care, along with the medical profession in achieving optimal patient outcomes.

Outside of work, Andrew has a passion for cycling and the great outdoors and spends his weekends exploring Canberra and surrounding regions on his bikes. He hopes to one day become involved in outreach programmes and share his work experiences with others aboard.

Laura McKinnon

Occupational Therapist

  • B. App. Sc (Occupational Therapy)
  • Associate of Australian Hand Therapy Association

Laura graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2016. Since graduating Laura has worked in a variety of settings and in 2019 found her love for hand therapy, while completing a 12 month hand therapy traineeship with Territory Hands in the NT.

Laura joined our team in early 2020 and enjoys treating a wide variety or hand injuries and loves the challenge of complex splinting. Laura is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards becoming an Accredited Hand Therapist.

In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her Golden Retriever puppy Pippa, hosting dinner parties, cycling, hiking, skiing and working on house renovations with her partner James.

Cassandra Barker

Physiotherapist

  • B. App. Sc (Physiotherapy)
  • B. Sc (Advanced)
  • Associate of Australian Hand Therapy Association
  • Member Australian Physiotherapy Association

​After graduating from the University of NSW in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in anatomy, Cassandra wanted to use her knowledge in a more practical way so began studying Physiotherapy and was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 1999.

Cassandra’s interest in hand therapy began early in her career where she worked in the public hospital system in Sydney. After moving to Canberra in 2007, she began working for the Australian Defence Force where her interest in hand therapy grew. She has felt privileged to be able to provide a high standard of wide-ranging Physiotherapy services to our serving members and appreciates the opportunity to help patients maximise function of the hand following injury or surgery.

Cassandra is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and joined the Canberra Hand Therapy team in February of 2021.

Cassandra delights in her busy family life in the countryside just outside of Canberra. She enjoys baking, spending time at the beach and is new to beekeeping.

Katarina Bonatakis

Office Manager

Katarina has been an integral part of the Canberra Hand Therapy team since 2019, and is the current Office Manager. Katarina is also undertaking a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science (Environmental) double degree at the University of Canberra and is excited (and very ready) to finish in May 2022. Katarina’s areas of interest are in Environmental Policy, Corporate Law and Advocacy.

Katarina is the friendly and bubbly face greeting you when you come through the door and she is always willing to go above and beyond for our clients, to make your experience with us the best it can be.

In her spare time, Katarina enjoys maintaining her busy social life, spending time with her family, training for triathlons and spoiling her English Staffordshire Benson with too many treats! 

Rebekah Ristevski

Administration

Bek is a highly motivated, organized and welcoming individual, who loves to help and assist people. Bek joined the Canberra Hand Therapy Team in early 2021 and is now an integral part of our reception team.

Bek worked in Human Resources Administration in London for 12 months before returning home to Australia and settling in Canberra in mid 2019.

When not at work Bek loves to spend time with her young son exploring nature and making memories.

For Further Information

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