MEET THE TEAM - PREMIER SPORTS PRACTITIONER
Premier Health Centre offers a variety of sports practitioners that are just waiting to help you bounce back after an injury, increase performance or overall health. To make a booking with any of the below team members, give us a call on 010 591 2223.
BIOKINETICIST - STUART MCDADE
Stuart obtained his BA Human Movement Sciences degree from the Rand Afrikaans University in 2004 before completing an honours degree in Sport Science from the University of Johannesburg in 2005. He then further completed his studies with an honours degree in Biokinetics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2006.
After completing his internship in 2007 at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Johannesburg, as well as the NMMU Biokinetics and High Performance Centre in Port Elizabeth, he travelled to Switzerland and the United Kingdom to pursue his goal of playing top level sport while at the same time working as a biokineticist and sport scientist at various health studios and high performance centres in both Geneva and London between 2008-2010. Stuart McDade Biokineticists was officially opened on 1st August 2010 and currently operates out of the Premier Health Centre in Blairgowrie as well as the Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand.
In 2011, Stuart accompanied the South African Women’s hockey team as the biokineticist on their tours to Europe in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games. His numerous years of experience in the field of biokinetics has also lead him to working with Supersport United Football Club, SA hockey men’s and women’s players, SA ultimate Frisbee squads, elite triathletes and ironmen, numerous Comrades and ultra-marathon runners and professional cyclists. He also has a keen interest in disabled athletes and has worked with various Paralympic competitors over the years, some of whom were gold medalists at various Paralympic Games.
Apart from sports rehabilitation and athlete performance enhancement, Stuart also has a passion for various other forms of rehabilitation including orthopaedics, post-operative rehab, chronic disease management, neurological rehab, children’s biokinetics, lower back rehabilitation and postural correction. He also has a particular interest in knee injuries.
Stuart is a very keen sportsman himself and has represented Gauteng, Eastern Province as well as various national league teams overseas in hockey. He also represented the South African students team in 2006 and is currently a member of the SA masters over 35’s team which finished 5th at the world cup in Barcelona in 2018. Although his primary interest is in ball sports, he has also completed the Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon as well as the 94.7 cycle challenge. Other sporting interests include football, squash, cricket, tennis and rugby.
In 2017, Stuart shifted the focus of his practice towards isokinetic testing and evaluation using very advanced and highly technical equipment which, to this day, is still the leading muscle/joint testing and training equipment around the world. After investing in two of these top of the range machines, the Cybex Humac Norm and the Biodex System 3, he has seen the results of his rehabilitation improve dramatically through the objective and scientific feedback which these assessments can achieve. This has allowed patients to return to activity a lot quicker than the more common subjective testing protocols which are often used but which are not nearly as accurate or effective in achieving results and returning patients to full activity.
To book an appointment with Stuart, contact him using the details below:
Tel: 076 311 2344
BIOKINETICIST - CHARDONE ZWART
A biokineticist is an exercise specialist who increases a person’s physical condition and quality of life by doing a physical assessment and prescribing a health exercise program according to their specific needs. Biokineticists specialise in correcting muscle imbalances, improving ROM, maintaining physical wellbeing, rehabilitation of clinical issues and sports injuries, body type analysis and fitness assessments.
Chardone’ graduated from NWU Potchefstroom in 2017 with a degree in BSC HMS and Physiology and completed an honours degree in Biokinetics in 2018. In 2019 she did her internship at Netcare Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics and the Lions Rugby Union. With this internship she developed an interest in both the orthopaedic and clinical aspect of the biokinetic field. In 2020 she worked at Anel Odendaal Biokinetics as a registered biokineticist, where she did extra courses to become more specialized in different joints of the body.
Chardone’ has a passion for working with people and believe a difference can be made. Research and practical experience are important aspects in her rehabilitation process. Give her a shout if any of the below mentioned are required.
Services provided by Chardone’:
· Evaluation (orthopaedic/clinical)
· Rehabilitation sessions
· High performance training
· Fitness assessments (vitality/multiply)
· Body composition (fat%)
· Weight loss management
· Strapping & Taping
Cell number: 083 609 8222
BIOKINETICIST - CJ BARNARD
Biokineticists are human movement specialists who prescribe exercise programs either as a preventative measure for injury or illness, or to correct a health issue such as an injury, recovery from a disease, illness, or operation. The 3 main pillars consist of orthopedic rehabilitation (strengthening of muscles to protect joints during sport activities and everyday living, improving range of motion, muscle and joint pain etc.), chronic rehabilitation (cardiovascular, arthritis, diabetes etc. disease management) and wellness (weight loss, lifestyle, and stress management).
CJ completed his studies at the North West University (NWU Pothcefstroom) in 2018. He then completed his internship at the Blue Bulls Company in 2019 where he was fortunate enough to learn a great deal about high performance orthopedic rehab and sports injuries. He also part time worked at Tirsa Pittaway Biokineticist as intern where he saw a wide variety of patients and took in as much knowledge as possible. In 2020 CJ started as an independent practitioner where he lived out his passion and never stopped learning.
He believes that experience and research are two fundamental aspects of his rehab. He wants to keep his rehab evidence based and unique to every individual. Helping people is his passion. He won’t rest until he has done his best!
Services provided by CJ:
· Assessment (orthopedic, clinical or wellness)
· Rehabilitation (orthopedic, clinical, wellness or high performance)
· Conditioning and high-performance training
· Fitness assessments (Vitality)
· Body composition (Body fat %)
· Weight management
· Strapping and taping
Cell: 072 495 1636
PHYSIOTHERAPIST - ANDREW JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
Bsc Physiotherapy (Hons), Internationally Certified Competitive Triathlon Coach (ITU), Pilates Conditioning (Pretoria).
Andrew was the consultant Physiotherapist for the South African National Triathlon Team from 2008 to 2012, and consults for other professional sporting teams in a rehabilitation and performance enhancement role. He is internationally published on articles regarding core strength and overuse injuries. He has been a Clinical Pilates instructor since 2001 and has modified his approach to great effect in the rehabilitation and performance fields.
He has been instrumental in advancing the Clinical Pilates field by using Real Time Ultrasound to assess the efficacy of Transversus Abdominis and Multifidus contractions. The modification of core strength programs by making the programs more functional, and clinically objectively measurable has shown a significant improvement in the long-term rehabilitation rates of his patients.
Areas of interest include sporting injuries, overuse injuries, back and neck pain and Sacro-iliac joint alignment issues. Andrew is also an experienced Trauma ICU Physiotherapist and treats related chest conditions.
Andrew is an ITU (International Triathlon Union) Level 2 certified competitive Triathlon Coach and Running Coach, coaching and guiding athletes to all distances of races from Sprint distance Triathlons to Ironman, and From 10km Roads running races up to Comrades and Ultra distance Trail runs.
Andrew was the head of the Triathlon South Africa Medical Commission from 2006 to 2016, and ran Triathlon/Duathlon clinics for underprivileged children affected by HIV/Aids at Noahs Ark in Diepsloot, Soweto.
As an athlete Andrew is a sub 3hr marathon runner and avid Mountainbiker. He has completed 4 Full Ironman and 20+ Half Ironman races, Back to back Comrades Marathons and Ultra distance Trail Running races including The Otter Trail, Skyrun, The X-Berg 160km, Fish River Canyon, Ultra Trail Cape Town as well as top 10 finishes in the Ultra Trail Drakensberg and the Cederberg Traverse.
Active and Balanced lifestyles are what Andrew promotes and uses as a Mantra to get people to achieve their goals and maintain their bodies to be able to achieve what they set out to do.
For more information on Physiotherapy and Our Practice please visit www.sportandwellness.co.za
Contact us on 0117878244, 010 5912223 or 0795823522
PHYSIOTHERAPIST - SAM KIRBY SMITH
Sam Kirby Smith
BSc Physiotherapy and SPT1 (Sport Physiotherapy) Post-graduate.
Sam graduated from The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2016. She then went on to complete her community service year in 2017 at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital on the south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. During this time Sam completed the following courses: Douglas Heel's 'Be Activated' muscle activation course, Optimal Dry Needling Solutions Level 1, and Neurodevelopmental Therapy. During this time Sam developed a keen interest in Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapy.
Following her community service year, Sam was employed at a health and wellness centre and completed her Sport Physiotherapy 1 (SPT1) in 2018. This course prides itself on the training of Physiotherapists in accurate diagnosis of injuries and musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain as well as effective and efficient treatment approaches. During this course, emphasis is placed on the implementation of evidence-based skills and techniques to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction as well as post-operative orthopaedic protocols. This course further sparked Sam's keen interest in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and she then applied and was accepted for a Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy at Wits University in 2021. This will be a two-year part-time degree.
CHIROPRACTOR - CELIA MELDRUM
Chiropractic means "done by hand" and as such it is a natural and complementary approach to healthcare.
When you seek chiropractic treatment you will receive hands-on, expert care that aims to bring your whole body back to an optimal level of functioning. Chiropractic is a non-invasive, conservative form of treatment. Anyone can benefit from chiropractic treatment: Babies and children, pregnant women, athletes, the elderly, the over-worked and stressed. Chiropractic can help the whole family. Chiropractic care has been known to treat and help almost any condition that is nerve, muscle and joint related. Such conditions can range from neck pain, headaches including migraines, whiplash, shoulder pain, arm and elbow pain, tingling in the arms and hands, all the way to back pain, leg pain, knee and even foot pain. Therefore, any condition that is related to any joint in the body can potentially be helped through Chiropractic care.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please do not hesitate to contact us on:
• (011)787-8244 • firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIALIST MASSAGE THERAPIST - LORNA SENIOR
A deep massage, especially beneficial for both amateur and professional athletes. Focus on specific muscle groups helps flush out lactic acid and alleviate stiffness. A good ‘ironing out’ improves blood flow and aids recovery before and after your training and prepares you for the next event.
Indian Head Massage
This is an extremely relaxing therapy and includes head, neck and shoulders. Aromatherapy Massage Lighter than the sports massage, this is holistic massage using blends of pure plant essential oils, promoting physical and psychological well-being.
Hot Stone Massage Massage incorporating hot basalt stones.
The heat of the stones aids muscles relaxation and detoxes the body.
Pressure on specific reflex points on the feet which helps to unblock the meridians, allowing energy to flow freely.
Light and medium pressure is applied to the positive, negative and neutral wiring in the body, increasing the flow of energy, dispersing tension and creating well-being.
Address emotional and physical challenges by balancing the energy in the body through this very gentle Tibetan healing method. Feel relaxed and revitalized. Reiki can also be performed long-distance in the comfort of your own home. Bio-Genetics Old patterns, both physical and emotional, which no longer serve us, are released on a cellular level through the introduction of a high frequency of natural energy to the body i.e. no electronic machines are used. This treatment can also be performed long-distance.
Visit arjuna.co.za for more information or call Lorna on 082 454 8649 to chat.
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PHYSIOTHERAPIST - ELANA BIERMAN
Elana graduated from the University of the Free State with a degree in BSc. Physiotherapy in 2013. In 2014 she completed her community service in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, during which she also obtained her qualification as a certified Pilates instructor.
Elana worked in private practice since 2015. She started off at the Linksfield Clinic where she gained vast experience in the medical, surgical, orthopaedic and ICU fields of physiotherapy. Thereafter she moved on to treating outpatients mainly as this is where her passion lies. Elana treats a wide variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal, sports, orthopaedic and respiratory conditions.
She has her certification in dry needling and a special interest in TMJ syndrome and the treatment of headaches.