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Mariska Odendaal

Mariska went to Hoërskool Linden and then graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012. In 2013 she completed her Community service year at Helen Joseph hospital, thereafter she moved to Pretoria to work in private hospitals there. She worked with a wide variety of patients, majority being in the Cardiothoracic ICU.

She decided to move back to Linden and worked at another practice for a while. She then had the opportunity to become a practice owner early in her career and seized the opportunity in 2015. Since 2015 she has been at her practice in Linden, where she loves to be part of the community and treat young and old.

She aims to continuously obtain more skills and knowledge and therefore attends courses on a regular basis, some of the courses that she has attended:

  • Dry Needling
  • Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT)
  • Certificate of Pain Management – consisting of various modules including an international module PGAP – Progressive Goal Attaining Programme.
  • Kinesio-taping
  • Management of posture, biomechanics and movement patterns
  • Management of various conditions such as Vertigo; headaches; TMJ (Jaw) disorders
  • Sport specific injuries
  • Basic Life support
  • Implementing a Risk Stratification Model for Low Back pain:  Pilot Project – OMSMAF and Medscheme
  • Treating the Pelvis

Her passion as a Physiotherapist is to build a relationship with her patients and to have a positive impact on everyone that she encounters, while helping and serving.

Rebekah Hobbs

Rebekah was born and raised in Pinelands in Cape Town, a very similar suburb to Linden. She graduated from the University of the Western Cape in 2014 and completed her community service in Musina at Messina Hospital in Limpopo. Thereafter, she moved to Johannesburg where she began work at a large practice in Randburg for 3 years. She joined Mariska in the beginning of 2019.

She has a special interest in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and Visceral Manipulation and is also particularly interested in scoliosis and Persistent Pain Management.

Some of the courses Rebekah has done to date are:

  • OMT
  • Visceral Manipulation
  • Dry Needling
  • Understanding Lymphoedema and the Management Strategies of Lymphoedema
  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Dynamic Taping
  • First Aid Level One and Two
  • Implementing a Risk Stratification Model for Low Back Pain: Pilot Project – OMSMAF and Medscheme
  • Treating the Pelvis

Rebekah has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for physiotherapy. She is passionate about helping patients improve their health-related quality of life while building good relationships.

Elisma Conradie

Elisma first obtained a degree in B.Comm Marketing Management (University of Pretoria), but after years of working with people in different business settings, realized that “something was just missing”.

Becoming a Physiotherapist was not a career change, but a calling that was conceptualized whilst working as a part-time volunteer in a Spinal Cord unit in Johannesburg for ten months.  Elisma qualified through the University of Witwatersrand in 2013 and graduated as the top academic student of her class.  She completed her community service year at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg, where she had the opportunity to work in the outpatient Pain Management department, forming part of a multi-disciplinary team in the management of chronic pain patients. This not only sparked her interest, but also a devotion for the treatment of complex and persistent pain conditions.

Elisma had the privilege in 2015 to join, and in 2016 became a partner, in a Physiotherapy Pain Management Practice in Johannesburg where she gained extensive knowledge and experience in managing chronic and complex pain conditions, such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), peripheral neuropathic conditions, auto immune and inflammatory pain conditions, etc.

Elisma is passionate about holistic wellness and uses evidence-based and non-conventional, individualised treatment approaches to facilitate pain relief and functional return to day-to-day activities.

Some courses that Elisma has done to date include:

  • Dry Needling
  • Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach
  • Physical Treatment of Headaches
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome –
  • Physiotherapy Management for Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Pain: OA
  • Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation for Vertebral Conditions, Parts 1 & 2
  • The Sacro-Iliac Joint, Parts 1 & 2

Nina Mc Carthy

Nina went to Hoërskool Strand and studied BSc. Physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University. During her studies she volunteered at various sports events (like the Junior Touch Rugby Championships and the Cape Cycle Tour) and worked as a physiotherapist for the Durbell rugby club in Durbanville.

She completed her community service year at the 300 bed Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Regional Hospital in Phuthaditjhaba near Harrismith in the Free State. There she gained experience in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, overuse injuries, neurological disorders, orthopaedic conditions, respiratory conditions, ICU-patients, postpartum conditions and paediatric patients. She worked with patients in and out of hospital. Additionally, she learned conversational Sesotho.

Thereafter, drawn by the small-town feel, trees and friendly people, she moved to Linden and started to work at Mariska Odendaal Physiotherapy. Her passion for movement is clear in her love for running (trail and road) and hiking in the mountains

She believes in practicing evidence based physiotherapy in order to achieve the best results. Her courses up to date are:

  • Dry Needling
  • The Complete Elbow

When leaving Nina’s sessions, she aims that you understand your condition, that your pain improved and that you are equipped with what you need to manage your condition in order to live a quality and pain-free life.

All our therapists are registered at the Health Professions council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP).