I completed my B.Sc degree in 1993 after which I started with my degree in Physiotherapy. I qualified as physiotherapist at the University of Pretoria. I started my own private practice in 1998 in Hoedspruit where I worked for 3 years. After relocating to Pretoria in 2001, I worked as a locum at numerous hospitals and private practices in Pretoria. I started again with my own practice in Pretoria in 2002. I have been working as a physiotherapist for 22 years.
Throughout these years I have attended many courses to keep up to date with the latest research as development takes place very quickly in the medical field. I have a special interest in sports injuries as well as back & neck injuries. Therefore I have completed the SPT1 and OMT1 courses that helps with clinical reasoning in these fields. With these qualifications it helps to find the cause of the problem. The treatment will be much more effective and a patient will have results much quicker with physiotherapy treatment that starts to treat the problem and not only symptoms.
When I was young, I loved dancing (and I still do), especially ballet. I was dancing at the South African Ballet Theatre and loving every minute of it. However, I was also very accident prone and spent lots of time in various physiotherapy rooms. With my last injury I tore all of the major three ligaments in my ankle and that led to reconstructive surgery and months of physiotherapy. It was during this that my love of physio began. It amazed me how the human body could go through so much and come back even stronger than before.
So, I made the best decision of my life and decided to study physiotherapy at the University of Pretoria. With a lot of sleepless nights and hard work I graduated in 2017. I spent the next year completing my community service year in Mamelodi Hospital where I learnt so much, about both myself and physiotherapy. It was then that I knew I was doing the right thing in being a physiotherapist. And every day my love for physiotherapy and my need to learn has grown.
I know how pain can affect a persons day to day life and want people to know that pain should not be an everyday feeling for them. I want everyone to be able to do anything they want to do in a pain free manner and be the best they can be.
As you can hear, the aim of the treatment is as follows:
Success of the treatment is because of the patient-physio team working together to resolve the problem. All our patients that do get better, and stay better, are those that understand their problem and do their part of the teamwork, e.g. exercises and home tasks.