Helene graduated in 1984 from the University of the Free State. As a keen athlete, she wanted to qualify as a physiotherapist to treat sports-related injuries. After a brief stint treating spinal cord injuries, she completed her BSc Med Hons Sports Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1990. That was just the kick off her career in sports injuries needed.
She volunteered at the sports practice on the UCT Campus and bought the practice from UCT in 1997, running it as a private practice on campus.
UCT campus and student activities “generate” many ankle injuries. This sparked a new interest! Helene read extensively and attended lectures and workshops related to the foot and ankle. In 1995 she did her first lecture on the topic: An update of the physiotherapeutic management of ankle sprains, which she delivered at the South African Orthopaedic Congress in Paarl.
She continued to lecture on the topic to her peers and biokineticists: SPT1, MPhil UCT, MSc University of Stellenbosch and she has presented her foot and ankle workshop all over South Africa, Aspetar, Doha and Windhoek, Namibia.
She completed her OMT1 in 2010 (for the second time). She completed her MSc Physiotherapy at University of Stellenbosch (cum laude) in 2013. Her thesis, Physiotherapists Physiotherapeutic Management of Acute Ankle Sprains: A survey of clinical practice in the Western Cape and comparison thereof to evidence-based guidelines, was published as a research article in SAJP: (Volume 70, no 2 2014): Physiotherapy for acute ankle sprains: How do we compare to evidence-based clinical guidelines?
Helene often remarks that she studied for 10 years to allow her to “play” with ankles and feet. It is the most wonderful moment when a patient can walk pain-free again!
Helene attends orthopaedic congresses on the foot and ankle complex as she enjoys the multidisciplinary interaction. She has presented at the orthopaedic congresses on the following topics: “Should I treat the ruptured achilles conservatively?”, and “Does my Hallux Valgus patient need physiotherapy?” She wrote a chapter for the book Quick questions in Ankle Sprains. Expert Advice in Sports Medicine; What is Cuboid Syndrome? 2015
She was Invited to participate as a clinical expert physiotherapist at Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle, specifically related to topic of post-operative treatment, in Pittsburgh, USA in 2017. This resulted in another published article as a contributor: Post-treatment Follow-up, Imaging and Outcome scores: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle, Foot Ankle International, volume 39, Issue 1 Supplement July 2018.
Helene was the physiotherapy expert on the Ossur Colloquiums during 2015 to 2018 on “How I manage ankle sprains – the physiotherapists perspective” and “Tips for physiotherapists in managing difficult tendinopathies of the foot and ankle”.
Helene loves exercises and believes that movement is medicine. Lately, she has learnt to swim. She is married to Mark. They have one daughter and many furry babies.
Michael van Rheede
SIC team member since 2008
Michael graduated in 2006 from UCT as a physiotherapist. He joined the team in 2008, after the completion of his community service at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
He successfully completed his SPT1 in 2010 and is now lecturing part-time on the course as well. He is responsible for teaching the on-field skills for physiotherapists as well as how to travel with a team.
He is the head physiotherapist for the UCT Varsity Cup team and league side. During his stint with the Varsity Cup, UCT has been fortunate to win two Varsity Cup titles and a Super League A title, and in 2015 they won the inaugural World Universities World Cup in Oxford. Michael has been responsible for the implementation of injury prevention screening and intervention protocols for the UCT rugby football club, and he is currently collecting his data to be used for a masters in injury prevention. Based on a clinical perspective, this intervention has great potential.
Michael assists in clinical education of UCT physiotherapy students: on-field skills, taping techniques as well as the treatment of various lower limb injuries.
He is married and has two sons. He enjoys surfing when he gets a chance in his hectic schedule.
SIC team member since 2013
Perry graduated from Stellenbosch in 1998. She completed SPT1 in 2000 and all the post graduate modules for dry needling. Perry has a special interest in the treatment of headaches and shoulder injuries.
She also completed the CALA and Speedo courses for hydrotherapy in 2000.
Perry worked at a hydrotherapy and general outpatient practice before moving into the sports physio arena, where she assisted in treating the Cape Cobras and various other competitive and national sportsmen and sportswomen.
After running her own practice for five years, she joined the SIC team in 2013 on a part-time basis. This allows her to spend time on her other interests: swimming, her three children and her six pets. Perry also coaches the Herschel Prep swimming teams and is a competitive master’s swimmer.
SIC team member since 2015
Anna Prinsloo graduated cum laude from UCT in 2002. After completing her community service at Eben Donges Hospital in Worcester she began her physiotherapy career at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.
Since then she has continued to gain experience in the field of sport and orthopaedic manual physiotherapy in various Cape Town-based private practices. She joined the team at SIC in 2015.
Anna completed SPT1 in 2015 graduating top of her class. She then enrolled for her OMT1 post graduate diploma in 2016, also graduating top of her class!
Her activity interests are hiking, dancing and motocross, although she has recently hung up her motocross boots (albeit somewhat reluctantly).
SIC team member since 2016
Nikki graduated as a physiotherapist, cum laude, from UCT in 2002. After completing her community service in the Northern Cape, she returned to Cape Town to further her career.
Nikki has completed multiple post-graduate courses including OMT1 in 2008 and various courses in dry needling and treatment of the TMJ. Nikki has a keen interest in neck-related sports injuries.
Nikki joined our team during really difficult times and stayed! Nikki enjoys meeting new people and helping them to improve their quality of life through exercise.
Nikki is a keen long-distance runner, having competed in multiple ultra-marathon events. She is her happiest outdoors on a mountain surrounded by nature. Nikki also enjoys photography, illustration and design.
SIC team member since 2017
Kelly graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2014. She completed her community service year at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, where she worked in the paediatrics, trauma ICU, and hospital out-patient departments.
Kelly has completed post-graduate courses in Dry Needling, Sport Physiotherapy (SPT1) 2017, and Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT1), 2018.
The combination of her post-graduate training and active lifestyle, including horse riding, running and university team rowing, makes Kelly a committed sports physiotherapist.
SIC team member since 2008
Our biokineticist, Keryn, completed her undergraduate studies in Port Elizabeth and her internship in Cape Town. She has worked at Claremont Hospital, SSISA, Virgin Active and Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic. She has been at SIC for over 10 years. More recently, she is working from home for three days of the week and two at UCT.
She has a special interest in running injuries and biomechanics, having completed many long-distance races herself.
Keryn also does bicycle setup and correction, including mountain and road bike setup. Both running and cycling assessments involve video analysis.
Keryn is married and has two little girls, but still finds the time to run regularly.
SIC team member since 2009
Wendy, our morning receptionist, joined the team in 2009. Wendy’s friendly, calm demeanor makes our patients feel very welcome and comfortable. Our reception under Wendy’s care is a place where “everyone knows your name”.
In her spare time Wendy enjoys walking her dog, going to the theatre and spending time with her friends and family.
Shelly van Zyl
SIC team member since 2016
Our afternoon receptionist, Shelly, is the latest addition to the admin team. She joined the team in 2016. Her quiet efficiency makes the place run like clockwork. She likes working with people and enjoys getting to know the patients. Her leisure time is spent outdoors when possible – at the beach, on the mountains and in the winelands.
SIC team member since 2008
Judy joined SIC in 2008. She is our very efficient office and accounts manager. She deals with the Medical Aids submissions and payments, UCT Supplementary Health Fund and all administrative matters to allow the physiotherapists to focus on patient care. When needs be, Judy helps in reception. Judy is a highly competitive master’s swimmer. She spends a lot of her free time organising master’s gala entries and looking after her grandchildren.
SIC team member since 2011
Arlene is the person responsible for keeping the practice always beautifully clean and tidy and our linen artistically coordinated.