About us

Our practice

History and structure

Our practice was established in the south of Johannesburg in 1976. We have a strong core of partners, associates, senior physiotherapists and senior administrative staff that ensure the well-being of our staff and patients.

We pride ourselves in providing an outstanding service.  We have a pool of physiotherapists who have developed special interests in the different fields of physiotherapy.

Seven of our physiotherapists have obtained Masters of Science in Physiotherapy degrees. A number of our physiotherapists have completed one year postgraduate diplomas offered by the Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Physiotherapy and Neurological Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Groups of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP).

Promoting and developing physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists are passionate about promoting and developing physiotherapy. A number of our physiotherapists are currently serving or have served on various committees of our mother body, the SASP and other medical bodies.

Some of these appointments are or have been highly regarded in our profession e.g. chairpersons of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Group, the Sports Physiotherapy Group and the South Gauteng Province; treasurer of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Africa and the physiotherapy representative of the South African Sports Medicine Association. 

We are passionate about sharing our knowledge and experience with fellow colleagues. Some of our physiotherapists lecture locally and internationally on postgraduate courses and conferences whilst others tutor and supervise undergraduate physiotherapy students.

Career opportunities and development

We pride ourselves in having one of the most comprehensive in-service training programmes in South Africa. Our aim is to enhance our knowledge and skills and keep abreast of new developments in physiotherapy through continued education.

In-service training is in the form of either two hourly tutorials or patient presentations. The training sessions are presented by either a senior member of our staff or an invited guest.

A number of our senior physiotherapists have many years of experience in their field of special interest e.g. orthopaedics, sports injuries and cardiopulmonary conditions. Many of these physiotherapists are leaders in their field in South Africa.

The techniques and approaches of many well-known international physiotherapists are presented at the training sessions.

Our physiotherapists are encouraged to attend accredited lectures, courses and conferences regularly. Weekend courses are periodically held at our practice at a nominal fee.

New staff members are mentored and nurtured by highly qualified physiotherapists so as to assist them to develop to their full potential. Our physiotherapists are encouraged to enrol in post-graduate courses and degrees.

Our physiotherapists receive experience in both an outpatient and hospital environment. In the hospital setting our physiotherapists attend to patients in the medical, surgical and paediatric wards and intensive care units. In the outpatient setting our physiotherapists attend to predominantly general orthopaedic conditions, sporting injuries and respiratory conditions.

Our salaries are market related.

Our mission statement

To be one of the most respected physiotherapy practices, managed by highly motivated, skilled, compassionate physiotherapists and supported by efficient administrative staff.

To offer the best possible individually designed, evidence-based, holistic physiotherapy treatment programmes to all patients in a friendly, safe, hygienic and non-discriminating environment.

To empower patients to have control of their medical condition and regain or improve their level of function and personal independence.

To respect the individuality of each colleague whilst recognising the need to operate as a team within a multidisciplinary framework.

Our core values

We have used the word “rehabilitation” as an acronym to describe our practice’s core values.

What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is the process of either regaining or improving a person’s function. Many factors may affect the outcome of rehabilitation. The level of function gained may be dependent on either the type of injury or condition a person is suffering from.

Rehabilitation may allow a person with serious disabilities to become more independent with activities of daily living whilst allowing a top athlete to compete optimally in an athletic event.

Rehabilitation should always be specific to the individual person’s condition. It entails advising and educating the person and/or family about the person’s condition so that they can have control of their condition and facilitate their own progress.

In the case of musculoskeletal conditions, the functional movements and postures that are required for an individual’s work, home or sporting activities are assessed and corrected where necessary.

Specific exercises may be prescribed to mobilise the soft tissue systems of the body such as muscles, joints, nerves and connective tissues. Other exercises are designed to improve the strength and endurance of the postural and mobilising muscles.

Education may also decrease the risk of recurrence of many musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and lower back pain.

Research has shown that people suffering from chronic cardiopulmonary conditions e.g. emphysema who participate in an appropriately designed rehabilitation programme can decrease their number of admissions to hospital and total number of days spent in hospital per admission.

They are provided with useful information and advice regarding the management of their conditions. Exercise therapy can increase one’s functional capacity and quality of life.

REHABILITATION

R – Respect each other
We have the highest regard for the dignity of all people. We respect each other, our patients and community.

E- Educate patients
We strive to empower people to manage their own conditions through education and sound advice.

H – Hands on treatment
We appreciate the importance of “hands on treatment” to gain the confidence and trust of our patients and to provide them with the optimal treatment.

A – Achieve goals
We have confidence in our ability to achieve goals and celebrate success.

B – Be proactive
We strive to stay abreast of new developments in our profession by attending local and internationally accredited courses and conferences. A number of our physiotherapists have either completed or are currently enrolled in post-graduate degrees in an effort to further their knowledge. Over time we have contributed to our profession by serving on various committees of the South African Society of Physiotherapy.

I – Interdependent
All aspects of our profession are interdependent. We appreciate that a multidisciplinary medical approach to treating our patients’ conditions achieves better outcomes.

L – Loyal service
We have provided a loyal service to a number of the hospitals, the medical fraternity and patients of our community for more than 35 years.

I – In-service training
Our physiotherapists attend weekly in-service training to ensure that our patients receive treatment that is based on current scientific and clinical evidence.

T – Total commitment
We do everything in our power to ensure that we provide our patients with the service and treatment that most suites their needs.

A – Administrative support
We maintain a strong administrative support function to ensure the smooth running of our practices.

T – Team approach
We appreciate that as a team our group of practices can achieve much greater things than as individuals.

I – Integrity and trust
Our practice model is based on integrity and trust. We have respect for our profession, colleagues and patients. We uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

O – Organisational harmony
We strive to ensure that our practices remain safe, hygienic and friendly environments for our staff and patients. A stable core of partners, associates, senior physiotherapists and senior administrative staff ensure the wellbeing of our staff and patients. We encourage participation in social and sports events to promote team building and harmony.

N – Nurture staff
We encourage and help our staff to develop to their full potential.

Our partners and associates

Barry Laidler

Barry Laidler has been a partner of the practice since 1991. He currently practises at the Alberton and Brackenhurst practices. Together with his partner, Joanne Sklaar, and associates, he has since established seven private practices. Barry graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy. In his […]

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Natascha Plani

Natascha is currently practising at the Alberton and Brackenhurst practices.  She received a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Pretoria in 1994 and a Master of Science degree in Traumatology from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010. Natascha joined the practice in 1998.  She left in 2007 for two years to work […]

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Caren Fleishman

Caren joined the practice in 1993.  She currently practises at the Oakdene practice.  Caren received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 and a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998.  She completed a post-graduate diploma in orthopaedic manual therapy (OMT1) in 1996. Caren has gained her many […]

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Renee de Smedt

Renee joined our Mulbarton practice in 1990. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1989. She completed a post-graduate diploma in orthopaedic manual therapy (OMT1) and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy (CPT1) in 1991 and 2009 respectively. Renee has gained her experience in both an outpatient and hospital environment. […]

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Heather Talbot

Heather received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in 1988 and 2005 respectively. She joined the practice in 1995 and is currently practising at the Mulbarton practice. Prior to joining the practice Heather gained experience in the medical, surgical and trauma orthopaedic wards, cardio-thoracic and respiratory intensive care units and […]

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