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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

We are passionate about what we do.
Our professional and friendly staff will take good care of you. This is the team that makes it all happen…

Tanya Bell Jenje

BSc Physio (UCT), MSc Physio (Wits)

Founding partner of BRH Physiotherapy in 1989 (formerly known as Bell & Harvey), Northern Irish born Tanya takes her heritage seriously and enjoys injecting humour, tradition and warmth into the daily running of what has become one of Johannesburg’s most respected Physiotherapy practices.

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Tanya is a Manual Therapist (OMT), international lecturer and developer of the Groovi Movements Physio Software. She is a founder of BRH Physiotherapy and a Director of ‘Off Nicol Health Wellness & Rehab’ in Johannesburg, South Africa. Earlier career and life experience revolved around her position as physiotherapist for the SA Ladies Hockey Team and the South African Cricket Academy where she served as team physio at both the Commonwealth Games and the Sydney Olympics.

Tanya has served as an honorary lecturer at Wits University and has lectured and presented at orthopaedic congresses and physiotherapy workshops throughout South Africa, the Middle East, the United States, Holland, India and the UK. She has authored a number of online courses with an Advanced Professional Development Level 2 rating. 

When asked about the future of physiotherapy, Tanya shares, “I see an exciting move away from surgery as a first-line management in patient care, with a move toward conservative management as the primary care pathway.”

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Suzanne Rogers

BSc Physio (UCT)

Suzanne is the “Rogers” of the dynamic BRH team and is one of those responsible for the smooth running of the ship! She qualified as a physiotherapist at UCT in 1990 and started her journey into rehabilitation working at the Conradie Spinal Injury Unit in Cape Town.

Since graduating from UCT, Suzanne has witnessed advancements in the field of physiotherapy over the past decade. She is excited by the vital role therapists play as part of a multi-disciplinary team and as first-line practitioners.

“Physiotherapists have a privilege in diagnosing and managing conditions that your average general practitioner cannot diagnose within their scope of practice.”

Suzanne feels passionate about the many areas of ongoing specialisation physiotherapy offers — from cardio-pulmonary and neuro-musculoskeletal to sports and education, calling attention to the many therapists who work hand-in-hand with neurologists, neuro-surgeons, orthopedists and other experts within the medical profession.

Nicky Deenik

Nicky is young and energetic with a passion for seeing others thrive in their environments.

She played varsity hockey whilst studying at the University of Pretoria and understands how important sport is in one’s life.

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Nicky is always intrigued to see the numerous ways the body can move and perform. Movement can affect mood, concentration and stress levels. A moving body is a happy body, and that is what Nicky strives for with her patients. She has completed her dry-needling course, mat training in Pilates and is constantly willing to learn

Ushala Misra

Ushala is eager to see the public’s growing awareness of the role of physiotherapy in advancing patient-specific treatment — and how exercise prescription can identify the root cause of so many problems.

In addition to receiving the Good Fellowship Aware Gold Medal, Usala enjoys sports like netball and is actively involved in charitable, cultural and religious organisations.

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Now as full-time physio, Ushala assists both children and adults on their road to recovery and continues to marvel at the ability of the body, under the right protocols, to function and improve itself in the face of severe injuries and disease.

Ushala was compelled to begin a career in physiotherapy after visiting a children’s home and witnessing how physios helped children with cerebral palsy become more ambulant and filled with joy.

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Zukisa Mqikela

Zukisa’s passion for physiotherapy stems from an active sporting career, specifically netball whilst at school. “I have always wanted to be in the health care profession” and when she learnt about physiotherapy, she found it fascinating and dynamic and has not looked back since. She graduated from the University of Cape Town and has been practicing for 9 years. 

She describes physiotherapy as constantly evolving and advancing. She notes, “physiotherapists are becoming an important and vital part of a multi-disciplinary team and as first line practitioners, physiotherapists have a privilege in diagnosing and managing conditions”.

Zukisa’s love and passion for physiotherapy extends to her patients and seeing them recover. Her problem solving approach entails looking at the situation from each angle and then take action ensuring that the result is a positive one. 

“Physiotherapists are becoming an important and vital part of a multi-disciplinary team and as first line practitioners, physiotherapists have a privilege in diagnosing and managing conditions”.

She states that paying attention to things that are critical to your own happiness is very important. When she is not helping those around her, she enjoys socialising with friends, going to the gym and trying out different food recipes.

Allyson Smith

Allyson Smith was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where she completed her schooling at Redhill School and University studies.

She graduated with BSc Physiotherapy from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2018, thereafter went on to complete her Community Service year at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in KwaZulu Natal.

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She has since worked at Sports and Outpatient Practices, following her love for aiding Rehabilitation and promotion of health and wellness. 

With a love for sports and movement, Allyson has participated in many sports and has achieved her second Dan Black belt in Karate. Allyson is a qualified BASI Pilates Instructor and has a passion for Pilates.

She has also completed courses in Dry Needling, Introduction to Sports and Infant Development.
Allyson is a passionate Physiotherapist; dedicated to assisting her clients achieve their highest level of functioning and training.

Gillian Robertson

Gillian’s enthusiasm for physiotherapy stems from the fact that she loves working with people and is fascinated by how the body works.

“I think the different systems that are at play in tasks that can be as mundane as walking is very underrated and how our bodies work and what they are able to do for us is so interesting.

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Gillian matriculated from Parktown High School for Girls in 2014 and completed her BSc physiotherapy course in 2018. 

During this time she received numerous awards including:

  • Best student in Clinical Physiotherapy I
  • Best overall mark in all third-year subjects and best 4th year student in clinical practice for 2018. 

Physiotherapy along with her participation in sports has taught her the importance of correct training methods in injury prevention.

“I am a firm believer that prevention is always better than cure and so correct training and body biomechanics in sport and activities is paramount. I enjoy that physio can address biomechanical factors that may cause or be the cause of any injuries and works to correct them.” 

After University she completed her community service at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. It was here that she realised that she enjoys the multiple avenues of intervention that physiotherapy offers both in the acute and rehabilitation settings.

“I enjoy that physiotherapy is involved in so many stages of patient care and that we always approach patients in a holistic manner.”

Angela Kuriakose

Angela was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa.  She graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch.

During her community service year she completed multiple courses and achieved her Dry Needling certification.

One of her goals is to improve physical functioning and healthcare through exercise in her patients.

She thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and is always keen for a new challenge.

Angela is a hardworking and diligent Physiotherapist who strives to achieve the best functional outcome thrugh exercise based practice.

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Tumi Letsoalo

Meet Tumi, the face of and first ambassador of BRH. She is well prepared to welcome and tend to every patients need at the front line and does so with finesse and grace.

Tumi is focused on embracing cultural diversity and adapting to any environment she finds herself in.

She understands that each patient has their own set of challenges and rises to the occasion to meet them where they are. Tumi is a team player, a multi-tasker and will laugh at any joke you throw at her.

She notes how her grandmother is her ultimate role model being a living example of compassion and strength.

Dalene de Koker

For Dalene, punctuality is key. She is the first friendly face you will see when entering our Wilgeheuwel practice.

Preparation is important to her and she believes in getting to work early to set up and prepare for the day ahead. With her strong organizational skills, she aids the smooth running of the Wilgeheuwel practice whilst making patient appointments to ensure that the physiotherapists do not run behind schedule. 

 

Dalene embraces the diverse range of people she meets on a daily basis and never backs down from any challenge, provided that she has enough coffee!

When she is not at the practice, you will find her outdoors, embracing her love for gardening. 

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