Sydney Brain & Spine

The Team

Emma Winder

Practice Executive
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Emma qualified as a Registered Nurse with Honours in Auckland, New Zealand.  Her love for the job in operating theatres lead her to becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Her multi specialties as a Clinical Nurse Specialist were primarily Liver Transplants, Vascular and Upper Gastro-intestinal.  At the age of 24 she was invited to travel to Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital in Sydney to co-ordinate their Liver Transplant Unit.  After working at RPA, Emma worked as an agency Clinical Nurse Specialist in many hospitals across Sydney.  She was invited to work as a private scrub nurse in orthopaedics and neurosurgery, which led to her committing to Neurosurgery.

After having some time off to enjoy raising her 4 young children, she has returned to work in an Administrative role with years of experience in a surgical environment.

Catherine Haines

Practice Administrator

Catherine first started working in medical administration at the age of 18 and has now accumulated over a decade of experience in the field. She got her start in general practice, spending 5 years at a practice in her hometown of Woolgoolga on the Mid-North Coast. She then made the move to Sydney in 2010 and has worked for a variety of specialists including a rheumatologist, renal physician, respiratory physician, and rehabilitation specialist, among others. She is the newest member of Dr Winder’s team, having begun work in his St Vincent’s Clinic rooms at the beginning of 2018, and hopes to continue to grow in her new position.

She has a special interest in all things Japanese and travels to Tokyo frequently.

Wendy Hyams

Practice Administrator
Account Manager

Wendy has been working in the practice since Dr Winder returned to St Vincent’s in January 2011. She has watched it grown and evolve so much since those early days and has always found it to be a stimulating and exciting practice to work in. Many of our patients have returned to see Dr Winder over the years and I’m sure they would agree that it is a friendly and caring practice. Wendy really enjoys the interaction with our patients and finds it very rewarding to see them return with positive outcomes from surgery and their experience in dealing with our practice. She looks forward to being able to help any new patients with their enquires in the future

Naomi Wood

Advanced Practice Nurse
Nurse Practitioner

Naomi has been nursing since 2001, and has worked in the operating rooms for 17 years. Naomi has experience in cardiac, orthopaedic, urology and robotic surgery, however has always specialised in neurosurgery. During this time she has worked in a variety of roles including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Associate Nurse Unit Manager and Clinical Educator. Naomi has a Masters in Clinical Nursing with a specialisation in surgical assisting. She qualified as a Perioperative Nurse Surgeon’s Assistant (PNSA) in 2009 and assists regularly in surgery. Naomi joined Dr Winder’s team as a practice nurse in 2014 as she  wanted to have greater patient contact and to be more meaningfully involved in the  patient’s perioperative journey from start to finish. Naomi has found this role to be extremely rewarding and she enjoys being able to support patients throughout their surgical experience