Meet the Team

We are a dynamic team of physiotherapists, whose aim is to improve each clients’ quality of life. We love people and love to make a difference in your lives.

  1. Wessel de Kock
  2. Alison Lupton-Smith
  3. Peter Austin
  4. Christina Sinclair
  5. Monique Koopman

Wessel de Kock

Wessel graduated from the University of Stellenbosch (US) in 2000 and went on to work at the practice of Benita de Witt in Stellenbosch. During this period he gained valuable experience in sports physiotherapy, working with national and international elite athletes.

He had the opportunity to work as an alignment physiotherapist for the Boland provincial rugby team and was the physiotherapist for the South African Rugby Institute (SARI) in Stellenbosch. In 2003 he established Wessel de Kock Physiotherapists and has grown the practice ever since.

He served as the official physiotherapist for the Western Province Athletics Team for several years.He has a special interest in treating athletes, alignment, overuse injuries, fascial release and dry needling. Wessel is married to Anneke and they have four beautiful children. In his spare time Wessel enjoys surfing and swimming and being actively involved at Oak Hill Church.

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Alison Lupton-Smith

Alison qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town in 2007.  She completed her community service in Uitenhage in 2008, after which she returned to Cape Town to work in a private practice treating both children and adults.

She has a special interest in both paediatric and adult cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and rehabilitation, the role of physiotherapy in critical care, and the role of physiotherapy in health promotion. 

Since graduating she has completed numerous post-graduate courses, including CPT1 – an intense 120 hour course in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and is currently completing her PhD in paediatric respiratory care through the University of Cape Town. 

Alison is also involved in teaching in the Physiotherapy department at UCT and serves on both the national and provincial committees of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Group of the South African Society of Physiotherapy.  In her spare time, Alison enjoys mountain biking, cycling, hiking and being outdoors.

 

Peter Austin

Peter Austin

Peter graduated from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2012 and went on to do his community service year in a small rural hospital by the name of Dr. JS Moroka Hospital situated in Thaba’Nchu . His interest in sport and musculoskeletal injuries was sparked by his own success in Korean Martial Arts, where he excelled and was crowned World Champion in 2005 and 2007 in the junior and senior black belt divisions respectively.

During his years at UFS he gained experience in sports physiotherapy as a junior physiotherapist for the Shimlah’s Varsity Cup rugby team. Since joining the Physiolife team, he has continued to gain experience in musculoskeletal injuries completing post graduate dry needling, kinesiology taping and neural dynamics courses. 

Peter is a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and enjoys staying active on a daily basis. He believes that a positive attitude is the difference between achieving the ordinary and the extraordinary. 

 

Christina Sinclair

Christina Sinclair

Christina qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. After university she worked in Stellenbosch, gaining vast experience and completing various post graduate courses. Alongside her studies she competed as an international triathlete which enabled her to understand the complex needs of an athlete.

After getting married to Kennett she worked in the UK gaining experience in a wide variety of conditions. Whilst abroad she qualified as a pilates matwork instructor with Stott pilates academy and completed her dry needling course. 

She takes a holistic approach by combining spinal, muscle, neural and fascia techniques when treating acute and chronic pain conditions. She enjoys enabling people to live life to the fullest and has a special empathy for patients in hospital.  Currently she enjoys spending her free time playing with her young children. 

 

Monique Koopman

Monique Koopman 

Monique has a passion for Women’s Health physiotherapy. Her interest in Women’s health started during her 3rd year clinical placement at Mowbray Maternity. Her final year thesis researched how urinary incontinence affected the quality of life of women. It was during this period that she realized what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. 

Monique graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2011. She then went on to do her community service at a TB hospital in a small township in Port Elizabeth called New Brighton. Monique thoroughly enjoyed her time there and spent hours in the paediatric ward. It was there where her passion for children flourished and she started realising the importance of maternal health and the impact this could have on a child.

In 2015 she started a sessional post at the Tygerberg Urogyneacology clinic and her Masters degree focusing on Women's Health. She has completed most of the SASP Women’s Health courses and is in the process of completing her Woman’s Health Diploma. She is also enrolled for monthly breastfeeding and lactation courses.

Cape Town is and has always been her first love and after working away she has grown more in love with the beautiful city. In her free time she enjoys long drives and nature photography.  She also loves baking and cooking and spending time with her family. 

 

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  1. Megan Freitag
  2. Anna-Marie Hall
  3. Annetjie Mostert
  4. Elzette Barnard

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Megan Freitag

Megan Freitag graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2013 and completed her community service year at Themba Hospital in Mpumulanga. 

Her physiotherapy journey has been shaped by a combination of her own special interests and the environment she finds herself in. She started out with an interest in orthopaedic rehabilitation and hydrotherapy, but following the opportunity to treat a lot of patients with lung disease, she has developed a new passion for pulmonary rehabilitation.

She has completed Dry Needling Level 1 and 2, a foundation hydrotherapy course and has registered for the Orthopaedic Manipulation Therapy course (OMTC1) in 2016.

Movement excites her and she believes with a bit of help everyone can enjoy the freedom of movement. Furthermore, she enjoys challenging her own physical boundaries through running, cycling or swimming, so that she can experience the journey she asks her patients to walk.

Let’s get moving! 

 

Anna-Marie Hall

Anna-Marie heads up our administrative team. She has been with our practice since 2011 and will gladly assist with account or other general enquiries.

Annetjie Mostert

Annetjie is responsible for general administration, credit control and heads up our patient transport service. She has been a valued member of our team since 2007.

Elzette Barnard

Elzette heads up the administration of our injury on duty department and assist with credit control. She has been with our practice since 2012.

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