About Claire

Qualifications and Experience

Physio Pretoria East

I graduated with distinction (B.Sc Physiotherapy) from the University of Cape Town in 2007. After completing my community at a rural hospital in Piet Retief, I worked at the High Performance Center (HPC) at the University of Pretoria. I worked with an excellent team of physios, sports doctors, biokineticists, sports scientists, psychologists and dietitians. Working with a team taught me the importance of having a network of trusted colleagues who I can refer patients to. My time at the HPC gave me invaluable experience and I was lucky enough to work with numerous Olympic athletes and international sports teams such as the Wallabies and All Blacks and even the cast of Riverdance.

I have been accredited by the Sports Medicine Association of South Africa (SASMA). I currently serve as the Chairperson of the Gauteng North Region of SASMA and am a member of the organisation's Management Committee.

What makes me different?

I am a physio because it's what I love to do - I am part of a fortunate minority who can honestly say they love their job. I don't treat problems; I treat people. I like to get to know each of my patients so that we can work together. Your goals are more easily achieved if we work as a team.

My sessions are un-rushed and personal and I never treat more than one person at a time. You won't be left with a machine on while I rush next-door to see someone else. I like to leave a gap between my appointments so that you don't have to wait if I'm running late and to avoid rushing from one person to the next. I also find that seeing too many people in a day isn't good for me or my patients. An exhausted physio can't be an effective physio.

Rather than just treating the symptoms of the problem, I always to try find and address the cause. My aim is to get you better, do all I can to ensure the problem doesn't reoccur and equip you with ways to deal with it if it does. Education is always a big part of my treatment strategy. Nobody wants to be on the physio's bed every week!

If I am unable to help you, e.g. if you need to see a specialist or be sent for x-rays before I treat you, I will gladly refer you on to the appropriate person and won't charge you for the session.

I have been involved in sport all my life. I was a competitive rhythmic gymnast until a knee injury forced me into "retirement" at the end of Matric. I currently compete in CrossFit so have to carefully balance the demands of work and training. I train with Mark Lubbe at Red X CrossFit

I know what it feels like to be injured - not just the physical discomfort but the mental and emotional toll it can take. I've been on the receiving end of physio more times than I'd like to admit and know how frustrating it can be to be a patient, especially when you're told to "just rest". I know that fitting physio homework into your day can seem impossible - there just isn't enough time. This is where working together becomes vital in order to modify or substitute your activities and to develop practical and time-efficient home exercise programs that you will actually have time to do.

I'm trying to make life easier by making technology work for me (and you). Online booking means you can book anytime (not just during office hours) without even picking up the phone. Email and sms mean you can always get in touch even when I'm unable to answer my phone.