Local Speakers

Dr Corlia Brandt

Dr Brandt was born and raised in Bloemfontein, where she also obtained her BSc Physiotherapy (1999), MSc Physiotherapy (2003), and PhD with specialisation in Physiotherapy (2016) cum laude at the University of the Free State. She completed my OMTC in 2001. She started working in private practice for three years, whereafter she became a lecturer at the University of the Free State. Her main areas of interest are Neuromusculoskeletal, Sport, Pelvic and Women`s Health, and research which lead to the interest in the interaction between these concepts and areas. While in Bloemfontein, they established a Pelvic Floor Unit in Bloemfontein which involved collaboration between academia and private practitioners, to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and to generate research opportunities. Currently she is the South African International Urogynaecology Association Physiotherapy representative and on the IUGA Africa Advisory Board; the SA representative on the IOPTPWH (International Organisation of Physical Therapy for Pelvic and Women`s Health – WCPT); chair-elect for the Professional Development Portfolio on the National Executive Committee (South African Society of Physiotherapy), President-elect for the South African Sexual Health Association; on the editorial board for the African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine and the Scientific Chair for the South African Society of Physiotherapy Congress 2022. She has published several papers on NMS-, Sport-, and Women`s Health-related topics in international journals such as SAJOG, SAJP, Manual Therapy, Physiotherapy Canada and British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has had the privilege to present at international congresses, the most recent being the IUGA Joint Scientific Meeting 2019-2021, World Congress of Physiotherapy 2017, 2019, 2021 - where one of her presentations was also nominated for an award; and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology World Congress 2017. She is currently senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand – continuing her passion for integrating research, clinical practice, and teaching – and developing Pelvic and Women`s Health clinics suitable for a South African context and as part of the WiSH research group.

Lauren Brown

Lauren completed a B Tech in Podiatry at the University of Johannesburg in 2011 and opened her private practice at the Netcare Waterfall City hospital in the same year. She also completed a course on holistic wound care management through Eloquent health in 2012. In 2015 she joined Prof Jon Patricios and his team at Waterfall SOS in the Waterfall City Hospital, as well as joining the digital revolution of custom foot orthotics with the addition of a barapodiatric system, for a hi-tech approach to lower limb biomechanics.
She is an active of the Podiatry Association of South Africa.
Lauren has special interests in sport biomechanics and injuries, wound care and nail surgery

Dr Neil Cable

Dr Cable is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the management of Shoulder and Elbow conditions. After graduating from Medical School (WITS – MBBCh 1999) and specialising as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2006 (FC Orth SA), he developed his interest in his sub-speciality while working as a Consultant at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. In 2010, he began his full-time private practice at Netcare Linksfield Hospital as part of an Upper Limb Unit, where he manages a wide spectrum of shoulder and elbow conditions. Dr Cable has had opportunity to present on various shoulder and elbow topics both locally and internationally. When he is not busy saving the world one shoulder at a time, he tries to manage his household well and to retain his crowns on his local Strava segments.

Dr Josip N Cakic

Dr Josip Nenad Cakic, known as Chuck, born in Zagreb, Croatia 1st of March 1965. At the present time live with the family, wife Jasmine and two sons, Luka and Dino in Johannesburg, South Africa. Medical qualification, MD, achieved in the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1989. Following the compulsory Internship and registration, immigrated to South Africa in 1991, where started as an Intern in JG Strydom, WITS University Hospital. Following the internship, the education was continued as a part of Surgical Rotation at the Department of Surgery, following with Orthopaedic Registrar appointment in 1995. FCS(SA)Orth graduated at WITS University , November 1998. Immediately after graduation, Chuck joined the Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Fellowship with Prof. Dr F.A. Weber, finding specific interest in the hip. At the same time education was continued with completion of the MMed (Orthopaedic Surgery) Degree with the Research thesis: Do African Children with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis have metabolic bone disease? Very close working relationship with Prof Weber continued for many years, and resulted with Philosophy Doctor Degree (PhD) in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2009, based on Research thesis: South African experience with cross-linked ultra high molecular weight polyethylene in total hip arthroplasty. At the same time, Dr Cakic was working on establishing his Private Practice. Coming in contact with younger, sport oriented patients and having a special interest in hip joint, since beginning of 2000, he started with developing of Hip Arthroscopy in South Africa. In last ten years, hip arthroscopy started to be become recognized orthopaedic procedure, and through the continues education program Dr Cakic was able to establish a training program for other orthopaedic surgeons.

Dr Nyiko Chauke

Dr Nyiko Chauke is a specialist Orthopaedic surgeon, he completed his undergraduate training at Sefako Makgatho University (previously University of Limpopo). After completing his internship and community service training he joined Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg academic hospital and University of Witwatersrand for orthopaedic specialist training program. He graduated from the College of Medicine of South Africa, Fellowship in Orthopaedic surgery in 2015 and in 2017 graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Master of Orthopaedic surgery. In 2018, he completed Shoulder surgery fellowship with Dr Laurent Lafosse in France. He is a consultant at Chris Hani Baragwanath academic hospital in Orthopaedic surgery and Sports medicine and associate lecture in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Witwatersrand and he is responsible for research, teaching and training of the undergraduate, postgraduate and allied health students in shoulder, knee and elbow and sports related injuries. He has a special interest in the management and treatment of knee injuries such as menisci, knee dislocation or multiple ligament injuries, patella dislocation, cartilage injuries, deformities of the knee, shoulder dislocations/instability, shoulder osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, elbow dislocation and osteoarthritis amongst the injuries and /or conditions.

Debbie Davidson

Debbie Davidson is a registered physiotherapist. She graduated from The University of the Witwatersrand in 1992. Her involvement as a springbok gymnast from 1982 to 1986 sparked a keen interest in sports physiotherapy. She is a partner in the practice Leicher, Speechly, Davidson & Partners Physiotherapy that has branches at The Centre for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in Rosebank and at The Linksfield Orthopaedics, Sport & Rehabilita tion Centre, Linksfield Clinic. Debbie has been working at The Centre for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics since 1995, and currently shares her time between the two practices. Debbie focuses solely and on the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries and pathology. She has successfully rehabilitated many international sportsmen and women and lectures to postgraduate physiotherapists on the shoulder complex.

Gareth Devine

Gareth is a Biokineticist working out of Linksfield Sport and orthopaedic rehabilitation centre and Sandton Sportsmed. He specialises in orthopaedic injuries focusing on the approach of getting the person back to their activity as quick and safe as possible. He works in a multi disciplinary team focusing on some of his interests such as injury prevention, tendinopathies and the assessment of returning the person back to sport. This interest started during his professional football career where he started to understand the importance of correct conditioning of the body, preventing injures and returning the athlete to their pre injury level. He represented South Africa at junior levels of football u/17, u/20 and u/23. He also has active involvement in continuing his education through global education.

Nicki de Villiers

Nicki de Villiers is a dietitian with a special interest in the field of sport nutrition. She is currently in private practice in Pretoria. Nicki has graduated as dietitian at the University of Pretoria, completed a postgraduate diploma in sport nutrition through the International Olympic Committee, and obtained a master’s degree in dietetics at the University of Pretoria. She recently also partook in the Mastermind program for sport nutrition lead by Asker Jeukendrup. Her career started as dietitian at Charlotte Maxeka Hospital and later in private practice at Pretoria Heart Hospital. She then developed an interest in sport nutrition whilst playing basketball at national level. She is currently working as a private consulting dietitian at her own practice at The Sports Performance Hub in Hatfield. Throughout her career, she consulted for various PSL teams, professional rugby teams, the Comrades Marathon Association and individual athletes at Olympic and recreational levels. She is a part-time lecturer of sport nutrition for students studying sport science, biokinetics, dietetics and medical doctors specializing in sport at the University of Pretoria. Her mission is to support optimal sport performance through science based nutrition protocols.

Dr Hayley de Wet

Hayley de Wet is one of a few specialist physicians with a passion for bone health and osteoporosis. She has an outpatient based practice at The Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre with a special interest in bone health, women’s health and disease prevention. Hayley is an execo member of NOFSA (National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa) and is currently heading up and implementing Fracture Liaison Services in South Africa as part of secondary fracture prevention along with fracture prevention research.

Dr Claudia Do Vale

Claudia Do Vale is a specialist physician and a nephrologist who combines an interest in kidneys with a love of diving and underwater photography. She graduated with a MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a fellow of the Colleges of Physicians of South Africa and has her subspeciality in Nephrology. Dr Do Vale has her Masters in Medicine from Wits University. In addition, this highly respected, and published specialist has a keen interest in sports medicine and the treatment of athletes who have kidney problems.

Dr Do Vale is currently doing the International Olympic Committee’s diploma in sports medicine.

Dr Do Vale’s most recent publications include:
1. Acute Interstitial Nephritis in Tuberculosis Associated Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome
2. Acute kidney injury and dialysis during the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
3. Factors associated with graft survival in South African adolescent renal transplant patients at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, over a 20year period.

Dr Do Vale’s professional memberships include her being a member of the South African, American and European Nephrology Societies, as well as the International Society of Nephrology. When she is not caring for her patients or doing research, Dr Do Vale enjoys both diving and rescue diving and lists travel as something she loves.

Parys Edwards

Parys graduated at Wits University in 2000, her extensive CV includes work in Trauma & Orthopaedics, A&E and Private Practice, plus further experience in the area of sports injuries working with athletes from weekend warriors to Olympians plus 5 years as Physio to the England u19 Women’s Football team. Her interest in sports follows her own successful career playing hockey in the English Premiere League and to SA provincial and national level. Followed by 5years competing as a professional Triathlete for Great Britain after winning the World Championships twice as an amateur.

Lorraine Jacobs

Lorraine Jacobs is a musculo-skeletal physiotherapist in private practice and is currently an associate in a large multidisciplinary rehabilitation practice in Johannesburg. She is passionate about person-centred care, developing resilience, evidence-based practice, reflective practice and critical thinking skills. She has completed the Certificate in Pain Management through the Pain Management Physiotherapy group. She teaches at a post-graduate level. Her practice encompasses the management of musculoskeletal disorders, especially persistent pain disorders in adults and children, as well as the management of cancer survivors. She compiled and presented training webinars on high value care for spinal pain to physiotherapists in collaboration with the South African Society of Physiotherapy and several medical funders. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Stellenbosch, and has a MSc (Physio) and an MBA from Wits. She has a Post-Graduate diploma in Leadership Coaching and is a member of the College of Coaches at the Wits Business School. She served as a member of the Professional Board for Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Biokinetics of the HPCSA 2015-2020.

Bongani Khumalo

- Professional Footballer for 15years
- 3Time back to back league champions with Supersport United
- Youngest PSL Captain to lift the league trophy
- Bafana Bafana Captain
- World Cup goal scorer
- Signed for Tottenham Hotspurs in the English Premier league
- Winner of the Playoffs in Greece with PAOK Thessaloniki
- Played 9 PSL seasons in SA and won 7 Trophies, 4 being the league, Telkom cup, MTN 8 *2

Jannie Klingbiel

Completed B.Sc. Hons (Biokinetics) in 1992 at North West University. Started private practice within the Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in 1996 with special interest in sports related injuries. Was the senior Biokineticist to the Lions rugby teams from 2011-2021. Rehabilitation consultant to NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. Certified FMS expert. Presented at various national and international symposiums on post-op hip and groin rehabilitation, prevention of injuries and EMG analysis and rehabilitation. Presented courses on isokinetic testing and rehabilitation, EMG analysis and rehabilitation, prevention of rugby injuries. Jannie specializes in the screening and prevention of sports injuries as well as the rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Dr Siyabonga Henry Kunene

Dr Siyabonga Henry Kunene is the husband of one wife, and a father of two children. He was born and raised in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal province. He completed both his BSc Physiotherapy degree (2006) and MSc Sports Physiotherapy degree (2014) at Medunsa (currently known as Sefako Makgatho Health Science University). He completed his PhD in Physiotherapy (sports & exercise) in October 2020 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Kunene worked full-time as a physiotherapist in the public sector for 5 years (2007 – 2011). In 2012, he joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a full-time physiotherapy lecturer. He later joined Wits University in July 2016, where he is currently employed as a senior sports physiotherapy lecturer and emerging researcher, specializing in sports and exercise physiotherapy. He is responsible for teaching and coordinating both undergraduate and postgraduate sports and exercise academic and clinical programmes in the physiotherapy department. Dr Kunene’s current area of research is sports and disability. Dr Kunene occupies various positions within his department, school, and faculty. Dr Kunene is making a meaningful contribution to the sporting community through his research and clinical work. He currently serves as the chairperson of the SASCOC High-Performance Physiotherapy Working Group and has been working and traveling with South African athletes as an appointed physiotherapist for over 7 years.

Dr Helen Millson

I am currently an Independent Sports Physiotherapist who consults to UK Insurers for the Premier League, PSG, Bayer Leverkusen as well as all Elite Sports – Team and Individual (2006 – to date (2021). Also dealing with Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of sportsmen and women. I give many Medical and Motivational Presentations and Workshops in UK, SA and Internationally. I did my Master’s Degree (2004) at UCT / SSISA and my stud y - “Stress Fractures in the Cricket bowler’s back” was published in the BJSM (2004). I have just completed a Professional Doctorate on Groins/Hips through Kent University, UK (2020). I have written a number of Handbooks, the latest being on Groin and Hips specifically for the Premier League. Also published a number of studies in journals including 2 on Rugby Union Injuries (2004 and 2009) as well as Cricket. In 2018 I received an Honorary Award “in recognition of my achievement and dedication to SA Sports Physiotherapy at the highest level”. In 2019 at the SASMA Congress, I received an Award of Merit for my “invaluable contribution to Sports Medicine in SA”. Previously I was the Physiotherapist for South African Rugby, SA Hockey, SA Cricket and SA Surf Lifesaving and Physiotherapist for the Stormers Rugby from 2000 –2005. I provided physiotherapy cover for two All Africa Games, Maccabi Games and two Commonwealth Games (1992 to 2006). I am currently the Physio / Classifier for SA Adaptive Surfing. I am currently in South Africa and working in the community (Groote Schuur Hospital, Khayelitsha, Langa etc)

Prof Hellen Myezwa

Hellen Myezwa is a qualified physiotherapist with over 35 years of experience in health care delivery. She has worked in many communities at grassroots level and has been instrumental in setting up rehabilitation services in response to community needs. Currently she is a professor and the Head, School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has held several leadership positions in both the clinical, practice and academic setting. Hellen Myezwa is an expert in HIV and disability, and she conducted one of the first studies to define the extent of HIV disability in the African setting. Subsequently, she has been involved in research to understand the scope and impact of disability in people living with HIV and has conducted one of the first population-based studies that has informed and ensured the inclusion of HIV rehabilitation in policy. Additional research projects include understanding the impact of HIV on the risk of ischaemic heart disease and community-based intervention to minimize this risk. The effect of exercise programmes on peripheral neuropathy in HIV and several projects exploring the musculoskeletal function in HIV. In addition to this, Hellen has expertise in the epidemiology of disability. Professor Myezwa has a keen understanding of the interface between the needs of people with HIV and other chronic conditions and service delivery needs, and which is augmented by her expertise in rehabilitation service delivery as before joining the University of the Witwatersrand, she managed and developed rehabilitation services in a public health sector for 15 years.

Dr Thamsanqa Mweli

Dr Thamsanqa Mweli is a diagnostic radiologist with work experience spanning almost two decades spent in both public and private practice. Thami has special interest in Pain Management. He spent time as a visiting resident in MSK (Musculo-Skeletal) and Pain Management in Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard) at the Yorkee Centre for Pain Management (2006). It is here that Dr. Mweli learned the fine skill in interventional pain management, the minimally invasive technics in the management of neuropathic and somatic pain such as:

• Selective Peri-neural nerve-root block
• Epidural nerve-root block
• Facet joint block
• General Arthroscopic diagnostic and pain management technics
• Radio frequency Ablation (RFA) technics

Thami has been an interventional radiologist and pain management practitioner at Rosebank Clinic for the last 17 years. To date he attended and participated in various local and international workshops in Pain Management:

• American Society of Interventional Pain Physician (ASIPP)- Memphis (Tennessee, USA) 2009
• World Institute of Pain (Africa section)- Cape Town (SA) 2011
• World Institute of Pain (WIP)- Budapest (Hungary) 2012
• World Institute of Pain (WIP)- Maastricht (Netherlands) 2014
• South African Sports Medicine Association Conference (2015)- Presenter
• World Institute of Pain (WIP)- Cape Town (SA) 2018

Thami combines his general diagnostic radiology and pain management skills with the clinical expertise of the referring physicians as well as the other allied professionals for the benefit of patient care.

Dr Mérchen Naudé

Dr Mérchen Naudé is qualified as a sports doctor with a MsC Sports Medicine degree from the University of Pretoria. With a keen interest in orthopaedics and injuries, she obtained a Higher Diploma in Orthopaedics from the College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of South Africa. Dr Naudé has more than 20 years’ experience working as a sports doctor in private practise, specialising in the treatment of sports injuries, sport specific screening and treating athlete specific conditions like exercised- induced asthma, overtraining syndrome, and chronic fatigue. Dr Naudé is qualified as an Advanced Team doctor and toured with the Protea and SA 0/21 netball teams overseas. She contributes regularly to magazines in the field of sports medicine and lectures at the University of Pretoria. With a keen interest in hormonal imbalances, Dr Naudé obtained further qualifications in Integrative Medicine. This enables her to implement a combination of natural and alternative treatment options with conventional pharmacological treatment. With her Integrative Medicine background, Dr Naudé has extensive knowledge of alternative therapies, supplementation, and natural medicine. This place her in the unique position to treat hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, metabolic conditions, and immune deficiencies naturally. She is an avid athlete herself, competing in triathlon and mountain bike races. As a mother to teenage and primary school children, young athletes lie close to her heart.

Prof Jon Patricios

Prof Patricios (MBBCh MMedSci FACSM FFSEM (UK) FFIMS) has been in sports medicine practice for over 25 years. He is currently Director of Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery in Johannesburg and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he leads the Wits Sport and Health (WiSH) Research Group. Jon is founder and Director of Sports Concussion South Africa, sports concussion consultant to World Rugby, a board member of the international Concussion in Sports Group and on the scientific committee for the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (UK) and the International Sports Medicine Federation. He is an editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and served 2 terms as President of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA). Jon has been team physician to school, club, provincial and international sports teams in rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics and basketball, has been member of the Cricket South Africa and SA Rugby medical committees, the Discovery Rockies Comrades Marathon Panel of experts and has served on tribunals for the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport.

Dr Ferande Peters

Ferande Peters is a cardiologist who is an associate Professor and co director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. He trained in internal medicine and Cardiology at Chris Hani Bardgwanath Hospital. He subsequently underwent advanced echocardiography training overseas, in myocardial mechanics and three dimensional echocardiography prior to becoming the director of the Echocardiography unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital between 2009 to 2017.During this time ,he established and ran several key specialist clinics which included the cardiomyopathy clinic, adult congenital heart disease clinic, valvular heart disease and pericardial clinics.He has authored more than 60 peer reviewed papers , authored 18 international textbook chapters and has been an examiner in the National cardiology examination since 2013.He has given several invited international lectures and grand rounds and has been an invited visiting professor at Boston University(2013) and the Mayo clinic ,Rochester Minnesota (2015). He is currently a co director of New Horizons in Echocardiography , which is Africas largest echocardiograph course since its inception in 2009. Since 2018 he has been involved with the cardiac evaluation of professional sportsmen and women in South Africa at a national level which includes the disciplines of soccer, cricket and rugby.

Dr Lervasen Pillay

Dr Pillay has been involved in the Sports Medicine industry for over 18 years. He did his undergrad medical degree at the University of Pretoria and his Sports Medicine Specialisation at the University of Witwatersrand. His involvement is from a clinical, teaching and academic perspective. He is involved in Football, Cricket, Athletics, Rugby. Presently he has many roles. Clinically, he has 4 practices around Johannesburg – in the South, Sandton, Illovo and the West Rand. He is the Premier Soccer League COVID-19 Chief Medical Officer, the Central Gauteng Lions Cricket head of medical, does various matches as a match doctor for Varsity Cup and other international matches/games. Academically he is involved with the University of Witwatersrand Wits institute of Sports Health (WiSH) and the University of Pretoria where he is a lecturer, internal/external examiner and researcher and is presently a PhD candidate with a University of Pretoria/University of Amsterdam. He is also the Therapeutic Use of Exemption Committee Chairperson for SAIDS (South African Institute for Drugfree Sport). He is a SASCOC accredited provider. Apart from his sport medicine involvement, he also is an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner consultant, a certified AMA permanent impairment evaluator and the Chief Medical Officer for a paramedic company who services hospitals and events. He has travelled as CMO to World Champs in 2011, Africa Champs in 2012, AUSC games in 2016. He was also the head of medical for Bidvestwits FC for 10 years. He was the Doping Control Officer for the 2009 Confederations Cup at Loftus Versfeld stadium. He has a special interest in long term athletic development to ensure developing athletes are looked after properly from a medical perspective to improve their chances of sporting success as they move through their career.

Dr Daniella Pinkus

Dr Pinkus was born 28th October 1987 in Johannesburg and grew up there. She completed her MBBCH at the university of Witswatersrand. She completed her internship and community service at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,where a keen interest in Orthopaedic Surgery blossomed into her endeavours to make Orthopaedic Surgery her career choice. She remained on the Johannesburg circuit and completed medical officer time and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery,rotating through Chris Hani Baragwanath , Helen Joseph, Sebokeng ,NatalSpruit and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. She obtained her FCS(Ortho) in 2021 and has a special interest in knees and sports. Is currently doing a Knee fellowship with Dr Glen Vardi at Rosebank Hospital.

Dr Christos Profyris

Dr. Profyris completed his medical degree at the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. He undertook his Neurosurgical training at the University of the Witwatersrand and achieved his Neurosurgery Fellowship qualification from the College of Medicine of South Africa. Dr Profyris completed his Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Fellowship under Professor Charles Teo in Sydney, Australia. During this time, he also undertook advanced training in brain mapping techniques and their application to TMS, under Professor Mike Sughrue. Dr Profyris is a super-specialist in brain tumour and vascular neurosurgery and has extensive experience in applying keyhole techniques to Neurosurgical procedures. He heads the Department of Neurosurgery at Helen Joseph Hospital and also works at Netcare Milpark Hospital. Dr Profyris is founder of the Connectomix TMS Clinics in South Africa

Dr Amaresh I Ranchod

Dr Ranchod is a radiologist based at Waterfall Hospital (National Radiology Services). He has sub-specialty interests in musculoskeletal (MSK) radiology, non-vascular interventional radiology including MSK intervention and prostate MRI. After obtaining his specialist degree in 2008, FCRad (SA), he spent 3 years as a consultant at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Prior to joining private practice he did a MSK imaging observership at Guy’s and St Thom as’ Hospital in London, UK. Dr Ranchod has pursued his sub-specialty interest in MSK by attending various international and local congresses some of which include: Stoller MSK MRI, ESSR Annual Scientific Meetings, St Luke’s MSK Intervention, SAMSIG courses and Erasmus MSK MRI. He is a member of the European Society of Skeletal Radiology (ESSR) and is currently enrolled in the ESSR Diploma in MSK imaging. Furthermore, he is a member of the WISH Imaging subgroup.

Megyn Robertson

Megyn completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at University of Cape Town and her Physiotherapy Coursework Masters degree in the field of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch, graduating cum laude. Megyn has been privileged to work as Team Physiotherapist with both the SA National Swimming team (FINA World Champs in Shanghai, 2011) and the SA National Men’s hockey team (2012-2015) and the Hockey World Cup in Holland in 2014. She has also worked with various sporting codes (Cricket World Cup Qualifiers as Canadian team physio, and provincial teams in Gaelic Hurling and Gaelic Football in Ireland). Megyn developed a protocol for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of concussion in 2016 and has since started working in collaboration with various Sports Physicians, running concussion clinics. Megyn enjoys sharing her knowledge with other physiotherapists teaching weekend courses to develop their clinical reasoning and management of concussion in private practices and in professional sporting franchises. In 2019, she developed an internationally accredited, online Concussion Course for Physiopedia. Megyn is a senior lecturer on the postgraduate OMT and SPT courses. Megyn also enjoys working with moms and moms-to-be as she has a special interest in pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and works closely with Obstetricians in Johannesburg.

Suzanne Rogers

Suzanne graduated with a BSc Physio degree from UCT in 1990. Her initial work experience was at the Conradie Spinal Injury Unit in Cape Town. Since 1993, she has been working at BRH (Bell & Rogers) Physiotherapy in Johannesburg. She became a Director there in 1995. Their work is mainly focused on neuro musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a special interest in sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation. In 1994 she successfully completed her Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy 1 post-graduate training. Earlier in her career, Suzanne was the team physio with the SA Under 21 and Southern Gauteng Women's hockey teams on various tours and in 1996 she was part of the SA medical team to the Atlanta Paralympics. Suzanne has a special interest in knee rehabilitation, especially ACL reconstruction, following her own such injury. More recently she has gained experience in treating complex spinal and back pain patients. Aqua therapy has also become a significant part of her management of all these groups.

Prof Nivesh Sewlall

  • Graduated University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Post graduate training Internal Medicine; WITS
  • Fellowship in Pulmonology and Critical Care; Johannesburg Hospital.
  • Currently: Honorary Professor, University of Pretoria.
  • Private Practise: Morningside Medi-Clinic, Johannesburg. Multi-disciplinary Intensive Care Unit and all aspects of Pulmonology.

Lance Stevens

Lance Stevens is a Registered Biokineticist and the owner of Mi:rehab and performance. He has been in practice for 10 years, and currently works out of Golds gym in Sandton. After graduating from the University of Johannesburg with a Bcom in Sports management and BA Hons in Biokinetics, he worked in Morningside Sports Centre, under the guidance of Riaan Van Der Merwe and Jon Patricios. This where he developed his interest in sports related injuries and returning athletes back to their peak sporting performance whilst improving general movement and function. This further progressed to a special interest in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. It is through working with various multi-disciplinary teams, he has learnt the value of this approach, which affords the patient the possibility of full and wholistic recovery and return to activity.

He has assisted with field side management and rehabilitation programming with Nedbank Keyona (soccer), Marist Brothers Linmeyer (school rugby) and Eastern Gauteng Touch Rugby as well as having travelled to Malaysia with the South African Touch Rugby Association for the Junior World Cup in 2018, managing injuries and conducting field side assistance during the tournament.Having been through the rehab process himself, with both shoulder and knee injuries, including ACL tears, it affords him the opportunity to understand the rehabilitation process from the patient perspective.

In his spare time, he enjoys running and golf. He has competed in provincial touch rugby tournaments as both a player and a referee. As well as completing Ironman 70.3 in 2018 (in the top 100 males for age category) and 2019 (top 50 males for age category).

“I love rehabilitation and the opportunity to help and educate my patients and getting them back on track not only post injury or surgery, but back to peak performance and beyond.”

Prof Kebashni Thandrayen

Kebashni Thandrayen is an Adjunct Professor and Divisional Head of Paediatric Endocrinology at the University of the Witwa tersrand (WITs), Faculty of Health Sciences. She obtained her PhD in 2014 on “Bone mass and fractures in South African children” and has first authored and co-authored 19 peer-reviewed articles mainly on metabolic bone disorders. In addition, she has presented talks or papers at national and international conferences in this field. Her current research interests pertain mainly to bone health, metabolic bone disorders and paediatric endocrinology including diabetes.

Dr Georgia Torres

Georgia completed her B Phys Ed degree at University of the Witwatersrand and then went on to do honors in Sport Science at the University of Pretoria. She then completed a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in the field of Metabolic Syndrome and Exercise Programming at Wits Medical School. Georgia also holds a Conditioning and Strength Specialist (CSCS); a Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) and a Health Coaching qualification (ACE). Georgia has implemented exercise-based interventions for chronic disease management, using technology to assign, track and coach exercise prescription for all diseases of lifestyle, and has also been the Strength and Conditioning Specialist for national and provincial field hockey teams. In addition, Georgia is involved in physical activity education within the undergraduate medical curriculum at the University of the Witwatersrand. Currently, Georgia is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand and the chair of the Exercise is Medicine initiative in South Africa.

Dr Ross Tucker

Dr Ross Tucker is a sports scientist and high performance sports consultant, who specialises in sports science strategy and injury prevention in elite and community sport. He currently consults to World Rugby, heading up efforts to improve concussion prevention, diagnosis and management strategies. His other interests include Talent Identification and Development, the application of sports science to elite team environments, and the translation of sports science to coaches, players and other stakeholders in elite sport. Widely published in both peer-reviewed journals and lay media publications, he has a passion for science translation, and co-hosts The Real Science of Sport Podcast.

Dr Glen Vardi

Knee surgeon working in provate practice at the rosebank clinic, where he hasbeen for the last 17 years. Qualified undergraduate at pretoria university, popst graduate orthopaedics at UCT. Spent 10 years in the UK working on the NHS for the first 2 years where he did fellowships in knee surgery at Nottingham university and the London and droitwich knee clinics. Dr Vardi then joined the latter group and worked in London for 8 years until he came back to Johannesburg.

Dr Bretton Woods

Dr Woods is a diagnostic radiologist and director at Sandton Radiology (Drs. Bloch and partners) which operates private sector radiology practices in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. He is a Fellow of the College of Diagnostic Radiologists of South Africa, the Royal College of Radiologists (London) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. He practises general radiology with an interest in sports and orthopaedic imaging. He has presented at local sports medicine conferences and participated in several international sports imaging congresses.

Dr Phathokuhle Celiwe Zondi

Dr Phathokuhle Zondi is a Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physician experienced in clinical sports medicine, executive management, and leadership. In 2021, Dr Zondi established PCZ Consulting (Pty) ltd, which offers advisory services in clinical sports medicine as well as business development and strategy implementation in the sports sector. She is Chairperson of the Medical Advisory Commission for the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), a Director at the Sharks Rugby Union and the South African Institute for Drug Free Sports (SAIDS), an expert medical advisor for Virgin Active Africa, a Trustee for the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Fund and past President of the South African Sports Medicine Association (2015 - 2017).

Dr Zondi has clinical expertise in the management and prevention of injury and illness in athletes. In 2021, she served as Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Previous clinical highlights include serving as Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa at the 2017 World Games, 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and being a Medical Officer for Team South Africa at the 2019 Africa Games, 2012 London. Olympic Games and 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Dr Zondi is experienced in high performance strategy execution in sport, and serves on a number of advisory committees responsible for establishing and implementing medical policy, including event-based protocols. She is involved with World Rugby at various levels, notably as a Senior Medical Trainer, Tournament Team Physician, and Match Doctor at various World Rugby Tournaments. She consults for SA

Rugby as a Sports Physician for national teams and local tournaments and has also worked for the South African Football Association as Team Doctor for the female national teams. Dr Zondi has a love for teaching and is involved in corporate training and postgraduate academic training. She contributes to sports medicine columns in various magazines and has co-authored several academic publications in local and international peer-reviewed journals. She is passionate about developing and mentoring young women and future leaders of South Africa and frequently contributes to forums that enable this. Her mission is to use sport and physical activity as a tool for socio-economic development and as a platform for transformation.

In August 2017, Dr Zondi was conferred a Ministerial Recognition Award in acknowledgement of her contribution to sport in South Africa.

Dr Jarrad Van Zuydam

Jarrad is a Sport and Exercise Medicine physician in private practice in Johannesburg with a special interest in the medicine of cycling and digital health. He spent 7 years as team physician to various World Tour cycling events such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Paris-Roubaix and many others. He is co-founder at LetMeIn.to, a local COVID compliance solution, and Chief Medical and Innovation Officer at Strove, a health-tech startup turning workplaces into wellbeing spaces. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jarrad-van-zuydam/