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Lecturers


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.

Dr Ian Robert Weinberg
M.B., B.Ch., F.C.S.(S.A.)


Dr Ian Weinberg is a practising neurosurgeon, author of Quantum Leap and a pioneer in the application of psychoneuro-immunology, PNI, the scientific study of the influences of mind states on immune function.  Passionate about human consciousness and its enhancement, Ian developed a comprehensive coaching programme in 1992 which has evolved to the present time. 

Based on the integration of the neurosciences with PNI, the program is designed to enhance wellness, performance and leadership in the personal, clinical and corporate environments.  A further unique component is the online diagnostic (psychometric) which provides an accurate quantification of the user. 

He continues to practise neurosurgery in his private practice as well as providing personal neuro-coaching (neuromodulation) in the clinical and corporate environments.  Additionally, Ian facilitates corporate-based workshops as well as workshops for the training of coaches seeking accreditation in the use of the programme.

Jodi Wolmer
BSc (Phys), Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist


Jodi Wolmer is a qualified physiotherapist with 15 years of experience exclusively in respiratory care. After 8 years of working in the UK, both in the public and private setting as a lead Respiratory physiotherapist, she has extensive experience in both respiratory and critical care. Jodi has run advanced respiratory training programmes in the UK and SA, teaching the latest evidence-based practice and the role of physiotherapy in the critical care setting. 

Her recent post graduate training has included certification as a Buteyko practitioner. Jodi currently runs a respiratory outpatient clinic in Bryanston, working with chronic respiratory disease with a special interest in asthma and breathing pattern disorders. She also runs pulmonary rehabilitation programmes.  

Jodi also has been lecturing for Clinical Solutions, CPRG and South African Thoracic congress since 2013. 


Kholofelo Mashola
BSc (Physio), MPhysT (SCI)


Kholofelo Mashola is an early career researcher in the field of adult neurology, particularly spinal cord injury. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Limpopo, Medunsa campus; and her Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Pretoria. She is in her final year of her doctorate degree in Physiotherapy, with focus on pain after spinal cord injury.

She is currently the neurology coordinator at the University of Witwatersrand and lectures both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of neurology. She is a peer reviewer for journals published by AOSIS and has been invited to give lectures at local conferences. She is also one of two vice-chairpersons for the South African Spinal Cord Association (SASCA). She has presented her research both locally and internationally at SASCA, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).

Dr Leon Chaitow
ND, DO (UK)


Dr. Chaitow is a world-renowned practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience. 

Dr. Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He regularly lectures in the United States as well as Europe where he instructs physiotherapists (Holland and USA), osteopaths (Spain and UK), chiropractors (Denmark, USA and UK)as well as massage therapists (Ireland, Sweden, USA).

He is a senior lecturer by London’s University of Westminster on under and postgraduate courses in therapeutic bodywork and naturopathy. In 1993, he became the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed as consultant to a UK government-funded conventional medical practice. A prolific author, Chaitow has written over 60 books on natural health and alternative medicine. 

Wilma Erasmus


Wilma Erasmus is a physiotherapist who qualified from Pretoria University in 1982.  She is in private practice in Witbank. In 1998 she completed the Advance Certificate in Business Management from the Business School of Manchester University.

For the past 8 years she has been an expert witness for the HPCSA and involved in tariff and ethical related matters for the SASP.  Wilma is a part time lecturer at Wits University where she lectures in Practice Management and ethical matters.  Wilma also gives lectures in Practice Management for health care workers throughout South Africa for the last 10 years.  Business ethics is one of her passions and firmly entrenched in the value and mission statement of her private practice. 

Qualifications:

Physiotherapist University of Pretoria.
Enrolled as a student at WITS for Masters in Physiotherapy (ICU) through dissertation.
Successfully completed the Advance Management Program from Manchester Business School in 1999.

Committees & Membership:

Actively involved in the affairs of the SASP since 1995 up to 2010 and hold the following portfolio’s:
SASP Tariff Committee Chairman
SASP Tariff Consultant
PhysioFocus Chairman. (Twice)
SASP Vice President
SASP President
Act as an expert witness for the HPCSA since 2000 on ethical and tariff related issues.
External examiner WITS for final year physiotherapy students for their practice management block 2007 and 2008.
Part time lecturer WITS final year physiotherapy students: Practice management and ethical issues.

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
MSc PT, MCMT, Certified Instructor McConnell PF Treatment Plan


Renowned South African physiotherapist, Arie Michaeli, has developed a Revolutionary, Clinically Proven, Active, manual therapy approach to enhance regulation of the Endocannabinoid System for Pain Modulation.

Arie graduated as a physiotherapist from the world-renowned Wingate Institute in Israel where he also completed a one-year post-graduate diploma in Manual Therapy.  He emigrated to South Africa in 1985, and in 1992 he obtained a master's degree in Physical Therapy majoring in Orthopaedics, from the University of the Witwatersrand.

With over 30 years of clinical experience and research, Arie has developed the Exercise and Function without Pain (EFWP) concept, a dynamic manual therapy approach that utilises a combination of isometric exercise, active physiological oscillatory mobilisation, and end-of-range passive stretching.  In July 2019, Arie was invited to the United States to present the Exercise and Function without Pain concept at well-attended workshops in Florida and New York.  The workshop has also been presented over 30 times in Southern Africa. 

Dr Konstantine Rizopoulos
PT, DPT, MCMT, FABS, RMSK


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