Meet Our Specialists

On the ground, in theatres, where you need us

When it comes to calm and successful surgeries, our people are the difference. From training your nursing team, to coordinating with sterilisation services and admin, our entire team is here to support your entire team. 

 

Benjamin Willis

Founder & CEO

Ben completed a BHSc in Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, after which he played professional rugby for many years in Europe. While there, Ben completed a PGDip in sports medicine from Otago University.

A brief stint practising as a physiotherapist preceded entry to the orthopaedic industry, where he immediately loved the challenge, transformative aspects, and  contribution in an industry he is passionate about.

Having an entrepreneurial spirit, Ben then set up ORB Medical which continues to develop the relationship between industry, suppliers, hospitals and doctors – all with the final well-being and successful outcome of the patient at the heart of the business.

He is very proud of and grateful for the ORB team

Outside of work, Ben loves to spend time with his family, wife Clara, and their 5 beautiful daughters.

Sarah Handley

Director of Business Operations

Sarah completed her double degree in Commerce and Physical Education at Otago University.

She has worked in the NZ health and fitness industry, and finance in the UK, before returning to NZ and discovering the medical industry. Sarah has enjoyed working in many areas within this industry including: management, coaching, sales, and marketing for over 15 years. She is stimulated by the fact ORB Medical can source cutting edge technology and devices from anywhere in the world, bring them to the NZ orthopaedic industry and ultimately benefit the NZ public.

Lily Ashby

Clinical Specialist

Lily completed her bachelor of nursing at Massey University Wellington. She worked at Starship Hospital in the operating rooms for four years, in the spine and orthopaedic team.

Lily then spent two years working for a medical device company in the spine division, before departing on an overseas experience through Europe in a camper van and living in Vancouver Canada.

In 2018 Lily returned to Auckland and gained a clinical support specialist and sales position at ORB medical focusing on Orthopaedic Paediatric deformities and trauma.

Kath Parr

Clinical Support Specialtist

After completing her nursing training, Kath worked at Middlemore Hospital gaining theatre experience in multiple areas before embarking on overseas travel.

After several years in the UK, and indulging her passion of travel, she returned home once again to Middlemore, specialising in both elective and acute orthopeadics.  After ten years at Middlemore, Kath moved to the private setting of MercyAscot Hospital, to become an orthopeadic charge nurse.  

Twenty years later, having had two children and continuing to work part time, Kath finally moved out of the hospital setting and took up a position with Orb Medical as a clinical specialist.

Tegan Nichols

Clinical Support Specialist

Tegan completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree in Northland and worked and lived throughout New Zealand before settling in Auckland specialising in surgical orthopaedics. 

She is passionate about joint replacement surgery and innovative new technologies that make recovery times for patients quicker and easier.

She enjoys travelling for work in Northland with smaller hospitals and where her family still all live. Auckland living has allowed Tegan the flexibility and challenge that was missing in her nursing career and working alongside the experienced and enthusiastic ORB Medical team members has been invaluable to her learning in her clinical support role.

Mia Higuera

Clinical Specialist

Mia's passion for operating room nursing can be traced back to university leisure time watching the TV series "Grey's Anatomy". She set her heart on becoming an OR nurse.

Mia completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Auckland University of Technology in 2007. Following a year as a graduate nurse in general theatre, she began her journey in orthopaedics with a focus on hip and knee arthroplasty, spine, and trauma surgery. Mia also worked for an orthopaedic device company in hand and distal radius specialties for two years.

Mia joined ORB Medical as a clinical product specialist in August 2021. Mia utilises extensive clinical knowledge to assist surgeons and nurses to achieve optimal patient outcomes using ORB’s premium range of orthopaedic products.

Tammy Johns

National Extremities Specialist

Tammy completed a Sport Science Degree in Sunny South Africa.

She has worked in the Pharmaceuticals Industry in many functions for over 10years. She has also worked in the Surgical Industry for roughly the same about of years. She has an in-depth knowledge about Sales, Extremities, Business and understanding customer needs.

Tammy’s passion is PEOPLE. She loves working at ORB Medical as the company provides diversity and being able to offer many solutions for all Surgeons.

In her spare time, Tammy loves to coach hockey, run and spend time with her family.

Bobbie Henderson

Office Manager & Administrator

Bobbie is an administrator who has a “can do” attitude which is ideal for our small team. Bobbie has worked in New Zealand, London and The Netherlands, mainly in the Building and Finance industries with 30 years P.A. and office management experience.

Bobbie has been with Orb Medical for three years, efficiently taking care of the administration and logistics, and lives up to her moniker ‘Modern Girl Friday’.

Kelly MacDonald

Operations Manager

Kelly has worked in logistics in the orthopaedic industry for over 10 years and is passionate about ensuring our customers have everything they need to give their patients an optimal outcome.

Before embarking on her journey in medical devices, Kelly completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Canterbury University.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

She is very excited to be a part of such an innovate and dedicated team.

Jamie Cook

National Arthroplasty Specialist

We are extremely excited to have Jamie Cook re-join our team at ORB Medical after some taking time away from Orthopaedics.

Jamie has a wealth of experience having previously worked for Orthotech/LIMA and Zimmer, where he managed numerous portfolios and introduced leading products into the NZ market. Jamie is based in Auckland and manages the national arthroplasty portfolio.

“I am thrilled to be back working with Ben and the team, they have world class innovative products and some exciting projects on the horizon”

August 2022 - APOS Scientific Meeting

29 August 2022 | 0 min read
After several years of digital meetings, it was a breath of fresh air to be back together for the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Instructional Course Lectures in Noosa, Queensland on August 25 – 28th.