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Meet our Team

Meet the minds behind PositiveMedicine.

Dr David Beaumont

Dr David is a Consultant Occupational Physician and author of the forthcoming book Positive Medicine: Disrupting the Future of Medical Practice (Oxford University Press – in press).

As a specialist doctor in the health of workers, he has assessed and advised thousands of people who have been let down by healthcare systems and not returned to work, experiencing years or a lifetime of disability. From the stories his clients have shared with him, and his own experience of ill health (including a heart attack, hip replacements and depression) he came to realise that there needs to be a shift in emphasis to preventative health, seeing people in the context of their whole lives.

As a former President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, RACP, and sat of the Board of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He believes that the answer to healthcare system change lies in the creation of a movement that is a collaboration between patients and doctors. The future of medical practice lies beyond the doctor-patient relationship, in a person-doctor partnership. Together, we should be able to choose what is best for our own health, not be swept along (or forgotten) by systems.

Wayne Findlay

Wayne Findlay is the founding director of The Back Room and formerly Findlay & Co Chartered Accountants. With a big vision and a passion for information technology, Wayne likes to explore new software and technology and drives the adoption of innovation in the business. His particular interest in cloud computing and his comprehensive understanding of smart business tools led him to establish The Back Room with brother Scott.

A family man, Wayne imparts his love of the outdoors and sport on his two children and is often seen going to work on his bike – preferring Lycra to a suit.

Gayle Snyders

My fascination with the human body, how it moves and how it functions has guided my professional career as a physiotherapist and director of clinics. I sought out diverse methodologies and skills to holistically solve the challenges I saw through this broad lens, and applied it to chronic pain, high performance sport, general well-being, and occupational health.

It is however my own journey with chronic illness that has deepened my insight into the limitations of the current medical paradigm and lead to the exploration of tools and strategies that promote fundamental health and well being.

I hope to share with you my understanding of how health impacts living, family and relationships and the very personal journey we need to navigate within ourselves to live fulfilling lives.

I play outside at every possible opportunity, in the forest, in the ocean and while our family explores self-reliance living off-grid in rural New Zealand at the foothills of Tararua National Park.