Gerard works as a professional practice fellow at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. Within this role, he is a clinical educator of postgraduate and undergraduate physiotherapy students, and teaches on the postgrad and undergrad musculoskeletal papers. When his hours allow, Gerard works as a clinician within the School of Physiotherapy clinics.
Gerard is currently completing his PhD, investigating the neuroendocrine mechanisms of cervical spine manual therapy in healthy individuals and in those with persistent post-concussion symptoms. Understanding the mechanisms of manual therapy should help clinicians be more selective with their intervention choice, subsequently improving patient outcomes. He aims to submit his thesis at the end of 2023.
Gerard qualified as physiotherapist from the University of Otago in 2013. He then spent six years in Australia, working in a rural (ish) private practice for a large physiotherapy company, with which he became a director of. During his time in Australia, he worked for a variety of Aussie rules clubs, and was a local tournament physiotherapist for Tennis Australia. He completed his Masters degree in 2018 through the University of Otago, endorsed in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy.