I have worked as a clinical physiotherapist for 24 years and have consolidated my learning through post graduate study and lecturing. A broad base of experience has focused my interest on understanding how to manage pain conditions and assist individuals with regaining a quality of life, primarily through the use of exercise and cognitive behavioural approaches. I find the work compelling, challenging and humbling. 



  • 1991: Bsc Physio (University of Cape Town)

          Distinctions in Techniques and Applications

          Degree with distinction

  • 2013: Msc in Pain Management (Edinburgh University)

          Degree with distinction


Employment History

1999 to Present

Private practise: Self employed

                       : Special Interests – Pain management; Rehabilitation

1992 to 1999

Red Cross Childrens Hospital

Conradie Hospital Spinal Injuries Unit

National Health Service : United Kingdom : Orthopaedics; Outpatients

Christiaan Barnard Hospital: Cardiac Unit


Recent Lecturing Experience

Post Graduate Lecturer

  • Pain Management Physiotherapy Group (PMPG) 2014/2015
    • Pain Interventions
    • Pain and Exercise
  • Sports Physiotherapy Course (SPT1) 2013/2015
    • Pain Concepts
    • Pain Physiology
  • University of Stellenbosch 2008- 2015
  • Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy MSc

      : Rehabilitation Principals

 Undergraduate Sessional Lecturer 2012/ 2015

  • University of Stellenbosch

       : Pain Physiology

       : Pain Management in a community setting


Recent Learning Experience

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Conference 2014

PainSa Conference 2013

Self Psychology Focusing Course 2012

PGAP (Progressive Goal Attainment Program) training

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 2011

Kinetic Control Rehabilitation Courses 2005- 2007

Life Line counselling training and volunteering 2004- 2006

Multi disciplinary study group 2000 – 2012

Hobbies & Interests

Exploring South Africa doing multi day trail running and mountain bike events. Enjoying the beauty of Cape Town sea kayaking and finding fossilised shark teeth on specific beaches. Deep sea diving but only in warm water destinations!

Next Event

Principles of Pain (Module 1)

Presented by: Romy Parker & Bev Bolton

22 & 23 November 2019

Pretoria, South Africa

About Us

Train Pain is a non-profit organisation that provides innovative pain education for transforming health practice.


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