We are a dynamic team of physiotherapists, whose aim is to improve each clients’ quality of life. We value people and love to make a difference in their lives.
- Wessel de Kock
- Melissa Kruger
- Peter Austin
- Marli du Plessis
- Monique Koopman
Wessel de Kock
Wessel graduated from the University of Stellenbosch (US) in 2000 and went on to work at the practice of Benita de Witt in Stellenbosch. During this period he gained valuable experience in sports physiotherapy, working with national and international elite athletes.
He had the opportunity to work as an alignment physiotherapist for the Boland provincial rugby team and was the physiotherapist for the South African Rugby Institute (SARI) in Stellenbosch. In 2003 he established Wessel de Kock Physiotherapists and has been committed to growing the practice ever since.
He served as the official physiotherapist for the Western Province Athletics Team for several years. He has a special interest in treating athletes, alignment, overuse injuries, fascial release and dry needling. Wessel is married to Anneke and they have four beautiful children. In his spare time Wessel enjoys surfing and swimming and being actively involved at Oak Hill Church.
Melissa qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of Stellenbosch in 2009. Since then she has done a number of post graduate courses to further expand her knowledge. In 2014 she completed her post graduate Orthopedic Manual Therapy Diploma at the University Stellenbosch. She has a keen interest in Orthopaedic rehabilitation, specifically spinal conditions, headaches and sports related injuries. Her own passion for sport fuels her interest in these particular fields and this enables her to share the experiences and challenges that patients face. She enjoys trail running, cycling and surfing..
Peter graduated from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2012 and went on to do his community service year in a small rural hospital by the name of Dr. JS Moroka Hospital situated in Thaba’Nchu . His interest in sport and musculoskeletal injuries was sparked by his own success in Korean Martial Arts, where he excelled and was crowned World Champion in 2005 and 2007 in the junior and senior black belt divisions respectively.
During his years at UFS he gained experience in sports physiotherapy as a junior physiotherapist for the Shimlah’s Varsity Cup rugby team. Since joining the Physiolife team, he has continued to gain experience in musculoskeletal injuries completing post graduate dry needling, kinesiology taping and neural dynamics courses.
Peter is a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and enjoys staying active on a daily basis. He believes that a positive attitude is the difference between achieving the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Marli du Plessis
Marli graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Stellenbosch in 2009 and has since gained valuable experience, both locally and abroad. She had the opportunity to work as a physiotherapist in Vancouver, Canada for two years where she treated patients with sports injuries, neck and back pain and other joint and muscle related problems. Marli has been with Wessel de Kock Physiotherapists on a part time basis since 2011 and joined our time full time in 2016. Marli has a special interest in post orthopaedic surgical rehabilitation e.g. hip, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder and hand surgeries. She is a certified dry needling practitioner and recently qualified as a Pilates Mat Work instructor. She enjoys working at sporting events and has been on the physio teams at the annual Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race, Argus Cycle Tour, Two Oceans Marathon, Comrades Marathon and Craven Week Rugby. Marli loves hiking ever since she had a taste of the Rocky Mountains in Canada. She enjoys running and plays action netball in her free time. Marli has compassion for people, which is very evident in her work. She finds it very rewarding to be able to help patients get back to a pain free and independent life with optimal function.
Monique has a passion for Women’s Health physiotherapy. Her interest in Women’s health started during her 3rd year clinical placement at Mowbray Maternity. Her final year thesis researched how urinary incontinence affected the quality of life of women. It was during this period that she realized what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Monique graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2011. She then went on to do her community service at a TB hospital in a small township in Port Elizabeth called New Brighton. Monique thoroughly enjoyed her time there and spent hours in the paediatric ward. It was there where her passion for children flourished and she started realising the importance of maternal health and the impact this could have on a child.
In 2015 she started a sessional post at the Tygerberg Urogyneacology clinic and her Masters degree focusing on Women's Health. She has completed most of the SASP Women’s Health courses and is in the process of completing her Woman’s Health Diploma. She is also enrolled for monthly breastfeeding and lactation courses.
Cape Town is and has always been her first love and after working away she has grown more in love with the beautiful city. In her free time she enjoys long drives and nature photography. She also loves baking and cooking and spending time with her family.