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
- Monique Koopman
- Marli du Plessis
- Claire Barnes
- Tara Tobin
- Larissa Venter
- Maxine Clark
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.
In 2003 he established Wessel de Kock Physiotherapists and has been committed to growing the practice ever since.
Wessel 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. He served as the official physiotherapist for the Western Province Athletics Team for several years and enjoyed travelling with the team.
Wessel has a special interest in assisting athletes with body alignment and treating overuse injuries. He incorporates myofascial release into his treatments and is a certified Dry Needling practitioner. Wessel completed the post graduate Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy qualification in 2018 as the overall top student in his class. This intensive course helped him to refine his assessment, clinical reasoning and manual therapy treatment skills.
Wessel is married to Anneke and they have five beautiful children. He is a keen trail runner and enjoys exploring the amazing trails our country has to offer. He enjoys the challenge of occasional trail races and recently completed the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge, Otter African Trail Run and Cederberg Night Marathon.
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.
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 team full time in 2016. She 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 trained in Pilates mat work and the treatment of chronic pain.
Marli loves hiking ever since she had a taste of the Rocky Mountains in Canada. She enjoys jogging and spending time in nature in her free time. Marli has compassion for people, which is 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.
Claire graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. She then completed her community service year at the Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg. Following this, she worked in private practice in Rustenburg and gained valuable experience in physical rehabilitation. She has been working for Wessel De Kock Physiotherapists since 2017.
In 2018, she completed the Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (OMT) post-graduate course. This course refined her skills in assessing and treating patients with spinal and peripheral joint (e.g. shoulder, hip and knee) disorders, using manual therapy and exercise. This was when she developed a special interest in treating patients with neck pain and associated headaches.
Claire has also done dry needling post-graduate courses and is an APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) certified mat work Pilates instructor. Teaching Pilates is another special interest of hers and she incorporates the exercises in her treatments when possible.
She chose physiotherapy as a profession because she has a passion for helping people. She believes that the physiotherapist and the patient are a team in the rehabilitation process when overcoming an injury or a condition.
Tara qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of the Western Cape in 2016 and went on to do her community service year in a rural hospital Moses Kotane situated in a village called Ledig. She has completed her post graduate Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy Diploma through the South African Association of Physiotherapy at the University of Stellenbosch in 2018 and is a qualified Dry Needling practitioner.
She has a keen interest in orthopedic rehabilitation, spinal conditions and sports related injuries. Being a passionate and dedicated long distance runner herself has encouraged this particular interest in these fields, enabling her to share the experiences and challenges that her patients face.
Tara is a positive person who brings a lot of energy into her treatments. Tara believes in a holistic approach to treatments and exercise based recovery in which her patients can return back to a life of optimal function.
In her spare time, she enjoys, training for upcoming running events as well as cycling, swimming, spending time with her family and taking her dogs on long walks.
Larissa graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Pretoria in 2016. She completed her community service in Belfast in rural Mpumalanga.
Larissa is a qualified Pilates Mat instructor and loves teaching Pilates to her clients. She has a passion for rehabilitation aimed at getting every patient to reach their full potential, regardless of their condition. She completed the International McKenzie course focusing on back and neck pain and gained valuable experience in the treatment of chronic pain.
Larissa is married to Hanno and together they enjoy exploring the world through hiking, mountain biking and camping.
Maxine has a passion for Paediatric Physiotherapy and has completed various paediatric courses through the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP), including the PhysiFun course, and the Introduction to Neurodevelopmental Therapy Course through the South African Neurodevelopmental Therapy Association (SANDTA). She has also completed her dry needling qualification, has trained in Pilates matwork, and is an external clinical supervisor for the physiotherapy students at the University of Stellenbosch.
Maxine graduated from the University of Stellenbosch (US) in 2014. She has always had a keen interest in paediatrics; and after her community service, went on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2017 also at the University of Stellenbosch. She completed her post-graduate qualification in paediatric respiratory physiotherapy; her research study on diaphragmatic function in mechanically ventilated babies and children lead her to locum at various hospitals to increase her paediatric clinical experience.
In 2018 Maxine permanently joined a private practice to further her knowledge and experience in other areas of paediatrics.
Maxine is an enthusiastic physiotherapist who loves making exercise fun and exciting for children. She treats each child as an individual with their own personality, interests and needs. She enjoys seeing her patients making progress, building their confidence, reaching their goals and having fun!
Maxine has always loved being active and enjoys aerobic exercise classes, Pilates and loves to dance.
She is married to Dane, and together they enjoy socialising with friends and spending quality time with family.