Our Presenters

Mr Rowan Thorpe

Rowan is an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) working in London.

He graduated with his B.Sc in Physiotherapy from UCT in 2011 before going on to complete his M.Phil in Exercise and Sports Physiotherapy in 2017, where he was awarded a distinction for his dissertation.

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Helene Simpson

Helene is a physiotherapist with international renown in the assessment and treatment of foot and ankle pathologies. After graduating with a BSc Physiotherapy degree from the University of Free State in 1984, Helene then completed a BSc Med (Hons) in Sports Science at UCT in 1990. From there Helene became the Chief Physiotherapist at the UCT Sports Injuries Centre, subsequently taking over the ownership of the practice from 1997.

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Mr Nick Pereira

Nick is a neuro-musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports physiotherapist who practices in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. He is a prominent figure in the South African physiotherapy scene, and has an extensive background in sports physiotherapy and health as a business.

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Ms Kim Buchholtz

Kim Buchholtz submitted her PhD in Exercise Science at the University of Cape Town in 2020. Her study investigated the role of balance and agility in mountain bikers. Kim is currently a lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at LUNEX University in Luxembourg, having previously worked at the University of Cape Town.

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Dr Wendy Holliday

Wendy Holliday is a physiotherapist with more than ten years of clinical experience and recently completed her PhD in Exercise Science at the University of Cape Town. She combines her physiotherapy background with her PhD knowledge to conduct medical bike fits with Ergofit, Science to Sport, based in Cape Town.

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Dr Dale Rae

Dr Rae is a Senior Researcher in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine within the Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms (i.e. the body’s 24h clock).

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Ken Kabongo

Ken Mark Kabongo, graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Ken is also a Neuro-musculoskeletal Clinical Educator in the Physiotherapy Department of the University of Cape Town. After completing his community service year in Johannesburg, Ken decided to further his studies and has completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy at UCT.

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Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem

Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem has a special interest in, and clinical expertise in neurological physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Gakeemah completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree (cum laude) at the University of the Western Cape (1996) and her Master’s degree at Stellenbosch University (2006). She is a qualified Basic Bobath Course Instructor in the assessment and management of adults with lesions of the central nervous system.

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