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ABOUT US

This practice strives to provide an excellent physiotherapy service to all our referring practitioners, patients and their families. We endeavour to provide quality care according
to latest research-based guidelines.

Our practice is very well equipped however our emphasis is on hands-on treatment as well as identifying and correcting causative factors – we give advice regarding all activities including workstation setup, manual labour, sport and recreational activities, driving posture etc. In addition to our hands we also use electrotherapy modalities, dry needling and exercise therapy. We provide you with a unique/ individualised home exercise programme and not generalised handouts. We also try to ensure that our patients understand their problem and how they can self-manage their symptoms.

We also offer Pilates based rehabilitation and core stabilisation. You have the choice of either one on one sessions or classes (with a maximum of 4 per class).

We consider continuing education vital and we have a minimum of 6 Journal Clubs/Continuing Education meetings a year that as well as attending various courses, workshops and congresses to keep us up to date with current best practice guidelines.

THE PHYSIO TEAM

ALISON THOMSON

Alison completed her BSc Physio at UCT in 1993; she then worked at Groote Schuur Hospital
for over a year before heading to the UK and then on to New Zealand to gain more experience. She returned to Cape Town in 1999 and worked in a private practice partnership until November 2006 when she went out on her own and relocated to Millennium Business Park in Century City. She started her onsite physiotherapy practice at Old Mutual Head Office in 2004 on a part time basis and has really enjoyed growing the practice into a branch of its own.

Ongoing education has always been important to her and she has attended many courses in South Africa, United Kingdom and New Zealand. After completing her SPT 1 (Sports Physiotherapy Post Grad course) she served on the Western Cape and SA Sports Group committee for many years.

GURSWHIN DAVIDS

Gurswhin graduated with BSc Physio at the University Stellenbosch in 2005. He completed his Community Service year at Barberton Primary Hospital and then worked at a sports practice in Paarl which had ties with Boland Rugby and various other sporting clubs.

He started working at Alison Thomson Physiotherapy in 2008 and manages all sports injuries and rehabilitation, orthopaedic conditions, adult and paediatric chest pathologies and geriatrics. Gurswhin is our Oasis Care Centre lead physiotherapist where he is part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team that aims to optimise function of the patients post hospitalisation prior to discharge home.

He also works weekends at Panorama Mediclinic which keeps his inpatient and ICU skills current. He has also completed the following continuing education courses dry needling, SPT1, Principles for Rehabilitation in various sport codes, Pilates matwork, strapping courses and various orthopaedic courses. In 2016, he completed the SASP Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy course.

In his free time he plays golf, goes to the theatre and runs the occasional 10km and 21km event.

LIZELLE RUITERS

Lizelle graduated from The University of the Western Cape with a BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2012. She completed hwr Community Service in Piketberg where she set-up and managed a new Physiotherapy department. She then moved to Knysna, where she joined a private practice at the Knysna Life Private Hospital where she was exposed to a wide variety of conditions and focused on evidence-based treatments.

She has completed various courses including Dry needling and Postgraduate Orthopedic Manual Techniques course, which has improved her evaluation,clinical reasoning and management with all neuromusculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. She plans to continue her postgraduate education in Lymphoedema management.

In her spare time she enjoys casual outdoor activities, such as relaxing walks on the beach or challenging hikes , and Zumba to keep fit and unwind during the week.

Lizelle is based at the Intercare practice.

ULIKA SINGH

Ulika graduated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2012, and decided to relocate to Cape Town in 2016 to join our team. Following a year of community service in Northern KZN, she worked in several private hospitals around Durban, gaining experience in the management a wide variety of patients and conditions. In 2015 she worked at a sport physio practice which included treating the first team high school rugby squad as well as being a recovery physio for the Springboks 2015 World Cup Squad.

Ulika enjoys all areas of physiotherapy, but decided to further her postgraduate learning and hands-on skills in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy in 2015. This has driven her passion for pain management and the treatment of orthopaedic conditions. She intends to completing the Pain and Communication modules in 2016 in an effort to help her patients who experience complex chronic pain. Ulika has completed the APPI Mat Work course in Pilates and is running the Pilates classes at our Millennium Business Park practice.

In her free time, Ulika enjoys being outdoors, travelling, playing badminton and reading.

KERRY WOOD

After completing a BSc degree in Microbiology and Biochemisty at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in 1990 and working for a few years, Kerry studied physiotherapy at the University of Stellenbosch, qualifying in 2009.

She completed her Community service year at Karl Bremer Hospital. She has worked in Cape Town in both acute hospital and sub-acute/rehabilitation settings as well as in out-patient private practices.

She has a strong interest in ICU/High Care physiotherapy, the management of chronic chest conditions as well as sub-acute and rehabilitation of patients post discharge. She works full time at Oasis Retirement Resort and Care Centre.

Away from physiotherapy she enjoys reading, crosswords and entertaining her cat.

DEBBIE YATES

Debbie has a BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy from The Royal London Hospital where she studied and worked. She also worked Hillbrow Hospital in Johannesburg, ran a Rehabilitation Unit in a Saudi Arabia and worked in France. She can speak French reasonably well and currently works weekends at Vincent Palotti Hospital.

She has an MSc from UCT for her thesis on Low Back Pain and has completed OMT1 (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy). Debbie has worked for UCT as a Clinical Educator and recently spent 18 months researching the impact of ageing on activity and is currently studying modules in chronic pain management.

Debbie was a competitive swimmer, played water polo as a student and received her provincial colours for fencing while in Gauteng.

Debbie has a wide range of Physiotherapy experience treating back and neck pain, many types of sports and other recreational injuries and headaches.

GINO VAN DYK

Gino graduated in 2004 at UWC, joining Alison's team as a weekend locum in 2015. He is a keen sports enthusiast and plays club baseball and soccer, as well as a variety of social sports including action cricket and trail running.

Since 2008, he has served as the WC Sport Physiotherapy Group's Event co-ordinator, and has been involved in the Big Walk, Argus Cycle Tour, Two Oceans Marathon and other sporting events.

His continuing professional development includes the Sports Physiotherapy 1 course, strapping as well as involvement in the running of workshops and courses for the Sports Group of the South African Society of Physiotherapists.

Until September 2012, Gino was involved part time with the African Soccer Developments Football School and was involved with the treatment, recovery, conditioning, screening and prevention within the high performance programme.

Career highlights include working at the SA Games, 2006 FINA Swimming World Cup, Santos FC 2008, 2010 Street Soccer World Cup, 2006 SA Club Rugby Champs, Boland Rugby 2010 and at the Yellow Pages Athletics Series in Stellenbosch 2010.

Special interests are Sports, Orthopaedics and movement through exercise and rehabilitation
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MARLIE ENRIGHT

Marlie completed her BSc in Physiotherapy degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2007. She spent the following three years in the rural parts of the Eastern Cape working at a district hospital and specialising in community based rehabilitation.

In 2011 she returned to Cape Town and started working with a wide range of private practices and non-profit organisations with special interest in rehabilitation. She also works part-time for the University of Stellenbosch facilitating student learning in a community rehabilitation centre. Marlie is currently enrolled in a Masters in Physiotherapy programme.

Marlie works weekends for us at Oasis Sub Acute unit.

RECEPTION AND ACCOUNTS

TARRYN ARMSTRONG

Tarryn joined us in July 2015 as our afternoon receptionist and is now our fulltime office support. She has a background in telecommunications (5 years) and Health and Safety (2 years) as well as working as a medical receptionist. Tarryn handles all calls, appointment booking, office management as well as accounts and the database.

When Tarryn is not working, she loves spending time with her daughter Calista and enjoys photography and travelling.

 

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