PHYSIOTHERAPY TEAM

heleneHelene Simpson

Helene graduated from the University of the Freestate in 1984. She spent her first three years working with spinal injuries at Conradie Hospital due to her love of functional rehabilitation.

In 1990 she pursued her original passion, sports injuries, by completing her honours in sports science. During her honours year, she spent time as a volunteer at SIC. She was employed the following year and set about re-inventing the clinic by expanding the service to all students (irrespective of sport or political affiliations), UCT staff and ultimately UCT alumni and the public. She also expanded the services to the UCT rugby club (1991), UCT Internal league rugby (1994), and the Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour (1992). She works closely with the three physiotherapy divisions at UCT, US and UWC to engage these students in on-field physiotherapy.

Helene completed her OMT1 in 2010. She decided to follow her passion for ankle injuries by enrolling for a MSc thesis in 2011, from which she graduated cum laude in 2013. During In 2013, she was also awarded the trophy for best research at the US Medical School academic day.

Helene lectures to the MSc (US) and MPhil (UCT) students on ankle and foot injuries and management. She presents workshops to her colleagues all over the country on the management of ankle and foot injuries and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Helene was invited to present her OMT1 case study at the International Ankle Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the first person from the African continent to present at this symposium.

In her free time, Helene leads an active lifestyle (she had back surgery in 1995, and is convinced that being fit prevents further problems). She loves gardening and entertaining to relax.


michael van rheedeMichael van Rheede

Michael graduated from UCT in 2006 after which he completed his community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Apart from a brief stint in Ireland, Michael has worked at SIC since 2008.

Michael is Head Physio of the UCT Varsity Cup and league side. During the past three years he has been with the team, UCT has have won two Varsity Cups.. He has played an important role in preventing injuries amongst the players by introducing a pre-season screening programme.

He completed the SPT1 course in 2010.

Michael also coaches rugby at Rondebosch Boys High.


Debbie YatesDebbie Yates

Born and educated in Zimbabwe, Debbie graduated with an honours degree in Physiotherapy in London in 1987, where she worked for two years at the Royal London Teaching Hospital before returning to South Africa.

Over the years Debbie owned her own practices in Johannesburg and Simon’s Town. She worked in Saudi Arabia for two years before joining the SIC team in 2013.

Debbie’s main interest is the spine and low back pain was the focus of her masters thesis, which she completed at UCT. She has a diploma in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (OMT1) and has done courses in acupuncture/dry needling.

She has also done some work as a Clinical Educator at UCT and thoroughly enjoyed working with the students. Debbie enjoys continual learning. In her spare time she goes on courses, reads and exercises.


Marisa Marisa Breytenbach

Marisa graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2008. After completing her community service at Standerton Hospital, Mpumalanga, she obtained valuable experience while working in a sports and orthopedic physiotherapy practice at Menlopark High School, Pretoria.

Her love for traveling resulted in her spending two years in Belgium, where she completed a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Sport Physiotherapy in 2013 at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven. Thereafter she joined the SIC team in 2014.

Marisa enjoys outdoor activities and a variety of sports including running, cycling and triathlon, contributing to her love and passion for treating sport and orthopedic related injuries.


iain sykes Iain Sykes

Iain graduated from UCT in 2005. After his community service year he spent two years working in the UK for the National Health Service. In 2007 he returned to private practice in Durban while studying Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT1). He joined the SIC team in 2009.

Since joining SIC he has lectured on taping techniques for BSN Medical and also lectured on the sports course (SPT1) in 2014. Outside of physiotherapy he has other business interests including an online business continuing professional development, CPD Direct.

Sport-wise he is an avid surfer and slightly less avid trail and road runner. He completed the 2013 Two Oceans ultra-marathon.


perryPerry Cadiz

Perry graduated from Stellenbosch in 1998 and completed the SPT course in 2000. She qualified with the CALA certificate for hydrotherapy in 2000. She has also completed  post graduate courses in dry needling.

Perry worked in a big hydrotherapy and general out-patient practice before realising that her passion lies in sports-specific injuries. She has spent the past 13 years working with various athletes, from social runners to competitive and national sportsmen and women.

She joined the team at SIC in 2013 on a part-time basis so that she can spend more time with her three children.

Perry is a competitive Masters swimmer so she can usually be seen with wet hair and goggle eyes at work. Her other hobbies include running, gym, surfing, playing golf and playing the piano.

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