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Lecturers

Fiona Lamberti


My career started working for Sklaar and Laidler, in the South of JHB.  This was a huge learning experience for me and I was fortunate enough to be tutored by amazing physiotherapists.  During this time I completed my OMT1, which was another huge learning curve.

I started my own practice in 2004, and in the past 12 years have grown the Lamberti Group to 5 branches in the Northern Suburbs of JHB, and 2 branches in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.  Our practice was accredited by the SASP in 2016. 

I have a firm belief that we are all able to teach each other something, and this is the reason I play a small part in lecturing and assisting on both OMT and SPT.  Not only can I hopefully teach others something, but by doing so I continue to learn from others.

Since 2011 I have focused on the many Fascial Techniques being presented and have found that Anatomy Trains together with Stecco’s Fascial Manipulation has proven to have excellent benefits in all spheres of treatment.  I continue to grow my knowledge in this very extensive and diverse method of treatment.

On SPT, I lecture on Cervicogenic headaches and the assessment of the cervical and lumbar spines.

Gareth Devine
MSc (Wits) Med Biokinetics; BAHons (Wits) Phys Ed; Sport Science and Biokinetics (UJ); PGCE (Wits)


Gareth completed a Bachelor of Physical Education at Wits University, he then subsequently completed his honors in Sports Science and Biokinetics at the University of Johannesburg, as well as a Medical Masters in Biokinetics at Wits University.

He is currently the owner of a Biokinetics Practice situated in the Linksfield Clinic Sports and Rehabilitation Centre. As a biokineticist he assesses, treats and prescribes exercises and rehabilitation programs that aim to improve the individual’s flexibility, strength and running/sport performance. He treats a number of athletes and has a keen interest in tendinopathies – injuries, treatment and rehabilitation. He has attended numerous courses in Tendinopathies, the most recent one being an international course in Cape Town run by Jill Cook and Chris Purden. 

Caren Fleishman


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Physiotherapy 1988
Master of Science (M.Sc) Physiotherapy (Orthopaedics) 1998
Post-graduate Diploma in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy 1996

Caren has travelled extensively internationally & nationally with various sporting codes & multi-coded events over the years.  She was a physiotherapist at 3 Olympic Games - Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 & Beijing 2008,  Commonwealth Games, Melbourne 2006, All Africa Games - Johannesburg 1999,  Nigeria 2003 & Algeria 2007, Maccabiah Games 2001 & 2005 in Israel, SA Women’s Soccer team (Banyana Banyana), SA men’s baseball team, referees, Rugby World Cup 1995, baseball Spring Training with the Atlanta Braves & Chicago White Sox 1997.  Caren also lectures to post-graduate physiotherapists on Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy course (OMT) in Johannesburg & KwaZulu Natal, & on Sports Physiotherapy course.

She presented a taping workshop on “Proprioceptive Neuromuscular taping at the South African Society of Physiotherapy Congress, Sept 2007.  She is a guest lecturer on various other courses. She was a contributor & presenter on the Discovery Acute Low Back Pain programme.  When not travelling and lecturing Caren works in private practice in Johannesburg.

Stefano Casadei


Stefano Casadei received his degree in physiotherapy from the University of Bologna, "Alma Mater Studiorum," in 2008 and is currently in private practice in Cesena, Italy. He attended the first course in Fascial Manipulation, taught by Luigi Stecco, PT and Carla Stecco, MD, in 2005. He also studied Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions in 2008 with Luigi Stecco, PT, Carla Stecco, MD and Antonio Stecco, MD. Since then, he has
used FM as the only treatment for his patients and is a certified by the L'Associazione Manipolazione Fasciale to teach Fascial Manipulation©.

He has taught FM in Italy, Israel and South Africa and looks forward to teaching in the U.S. He has lectured at the International Fascia Congress in 2009 and 2012 and the National Fascial Manipulation Conference in 2011.

He also has conducted research in the"Treatment of Phantom-limb Pain According to the Fascial Manipulation Technique." (INAIL - Centro Protesi Vigorso Institute, Bologna-Italy).

Prior to starting his practice, Stefano was a physiotherapist for the Medoc: Sport and Work Medicine Institute in
Italy and for the Savignanese soccer team.

Dr Dimitrios Kostopoulos
DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS


Dr. Kostopoulos is a Board Certified Clinical Electrophysiology Specialist with over 29 years of clinical experience and over 20 years experience in electrophysiology testing.  He is one of very few Electrophysiology Specialists who have achieved a Doctorate of Science (DSc) in Clinical Electrophysiology Testing.

He is a member of SACE (Specialization Academy of Content Experts) for the electrophysiology board exam of ABPTS and serves as an elected member of the Nominating Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology (ACEWM) of the APTA.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty of Springfield College teaching the Clinical Electrophysilogy module.

A world renowned, leading expert and best selling author in Myofascial Pain and co-founder of the Hands-On Companies (Est. 1992 in New York). Dr. Kostopoulos has extensive training and teaching experience in different areas of manual therapy with emphasis in Trigger Point, MyoFascial, NeuroFascial Therapy and Manipulation.

He earned his Doctorate (PhD) and Master’s degrees at New York University and his second Doctorate of Science (DSc) degree at Rocky Mountain University (Clinical Electrophysiology). Dr. Kostopoulos has obtained his MD degree as a medical graduate from UHSA School of Medicine.

He has numerous publications; he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies published by Elsevier and has taught thousands of students worldwide through Hands-On Seminars.

Dr. Kostopoulos is the recipient of a multitude of business and humanitarian awards. 

Dr. Kostopoulos & Dr. Rizopoulos are the owners of Hands-On Companies; a consortium of companies that span from the areas of Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Testing and Education.

  • Established in 1992
  • Treated over 100,000 patients
  • Performed over 70,000 diagnostic tests
  • Educated over 100,000 healthcare professionals worldwide

For more information please visit:  /http://www.handsonseminars.com/

Arie Michaeli
MSc PT, MCMT, Certified Instructor McConnell PF Treatment Plan


Arie graduated as a physiotherapist from the world renowned Wingate Institute in Israel where he completed a one-year post-graduate diploma in Manual Therapy before emigrating to South Africa in 1985. In 1992, he obtained his Masters Degree in Physiotherapy from Wits University majoring in Orthopaedics.

Arie is currently in private practice in Johannesburg. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal disorders and is the official instructor for the McConnell Patellofemoral Treatment Plan in Southern Africa.

Arie established Clinical Solutions in 1996 to provide post-graduate continuing education to physiotherapists and other health care providers. He is currently actively researching the interaction between joint, muscle and nerve. Arie is the developer of the concept, Exercise and Function without Pain, which focuses on the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions – giving patients the freedom to exercise. His presentation of the EFWP workshop was presented at the Sport Congress – Pretoria September 2013 and SASMA International Conference in October 2013.  The workshop was presented to HCP country wide for the past 6 years.

His article entitled "Dynamic Oscillatory Stretching Efficacy on Hamstring Extensibility and Stretch Tolerance:  A Randomized Controlled Trial" was published in The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in June 2017.         

 

Dr Konstantine Rizopoulos
PT, DPT, MCMT, FABS


Dr. Konstantine Rizopoulos is world renowned, leading expert and best selling author in Myofascial Pain with over 29 years of experience in the field. Co-founder of the Hands-On Companies (Est. 1992 in New York).

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Athens, Greece and has completed extensive post-graduate courses in manual therapy. He has earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Evidence in Motion.

Dr. Rizopoulos has extensive experience in the area of manual therapy, particularly in MyoFascial and Trigger Point Therapies, neuromobilization, strain and counterstrain and muscle energy technique approaches. He is a Master Practitioner of Neurolonguistic Programming and specializes in consulting individuals and businesses to identify and unleash their true potential.

Dr. Rizopoulos is an active member of the APTA, Fellow member of the American Back Society and a member of the Hellenic Medical Society. He lectures internationally in conferences and continuing education courses through Hands-On Seminars and has published numerous studies. He is a Contributing Editor for the Indian Journal of Physical Therapy.

Konstantine Rizopoulos and Dimitrios Kostopoulos are the authors of the Book, the Video and the Posters in “Trigger Point & MyoFascial Therapy” and a Video Series in Manual Therapy.

Dr. Kostopoulos & Dr. Rizopoulos are the owners of Hands-On Companies; a consortium of companies that span from the areas of Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Testing and Education.

  • Established in 1992
  • Treated over 100,000 patients
  • Performed over 70,000 diagnostic tests
  • Educated over 100,000 healthcare professionals worldwide

For more information please visit:  http://www.handsonseminars.com/

Dr Chris Yelverton
M.Tech (Chiro) MCASA


Dr Chris Yelverton is a dynamic and knowledgeable lecturer, and one of the few certified instructors in Dry Needling in South Africa. His vast experience in the field has won him the respect of both students and colleagues.  We are delighted to present Chris to you, and it is a privilege to have him as a faculty member of Clinical Solutions.

Qualifications:

M Tech Chiropractic (TWR) 2000;

Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Finance for Medical Professionals

Registered for post graduate diploma in sport chiropractic, FICS

Commitees & Membership:

Chairperson of the Allied Health Professions Council, 2016 to present

TWR Faculty Board Member, 2000-2004

TWR Ethics and Research Committee member, 2000-2004

University of Johannesburg Faculty Research Committee, 2005-present


University of Johannesburg Faculty Ethics Committee, 2005 – present


University of Johannesburg Faculty Higher Degrees Committee, 2005 - present


University of Johannesburg Faculty Academic Promotions Committee, 2005 – present


University of Johannesburg SENATE Member, 2005 – present

University of Johannesburg Faculty Quality Assurance Committee, 2006 – present

University of Johannesburg Faculty Management Committee, 2005 – present


Internship Committee for Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa 
Gauteng Co-ordinator, 2000 - 2001

UJ representative, 2001 – present

Standards Generating Body for Chiropractic, 2001-2006


Academic Advisory Committee Chairman for Chiropractic Programme UJ C
ouncil Education Committee Member for Allied Health Professions
Council of South Africa, 2008 - present