I'm registered physiotherapist with 19 years of clinical experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
I qualified at the University of Pretoria with two degrees:
B.Sc Human physiology & psychology
My road to physiotherapy started long before my studies where the late Willie Fourie was first my physiotherapist and later one of my greatest mentors. Willie presented various international courses pertaining to fascial anatomy, scar tissue & consequences of surgical intervention.
I met Estelle Erasmus as a physiotherapy student where she was busy with her Phd on the effect of soft tissue mobilization techniques on the symptoms of chronic posterior compartment syndrome in runners. We as a student research group, under her guidance, published a study on: The effect of soft tissue therapy on subtalar overpronation in sportsmen.
Both Willie and Estelle shaped my treatment approach and belief in my hands on approach.
I was privileged enough to have been involved in various sports academies at both the HPC (UP) and Players Academies. It was hugely rewarding to be involved daily with development, preventative measures and treatment of a generation of young athletes.
I’m BASI qualified in Pilates and my exposure to various other rehabilitation and conditioning approaches shaped my belief in active rehabilitation supplementing my fascial treatment approach.
My main focus through the years has been sports & orthopaedic physiotherapy. We’re I could implement my special interest in:
Myofascial structure/function & it’s contribution to various injuries
Biomechanical analysis, including gait
I've assisted various amateur, provincial and international level athletes; travelled to various sporting events including 3 Olympic Games:
I started as a competitive middle distance runner on the track and cross country at school but my competitive “career” ended prematurely due to injury. After the correct physiotherapy treatment got me running again at university, I ventured into triathlon, where I represented South Africa as a “age grouper”. Over time I converted to trail running and progressively ran further. Currently I’ve completed several 100 milers but am thinking that I need to start doing more speedwork to keep up with my daughters that’s running faster by the year!