As physiotherapists we aim to create an environment for healing that is not just the final-straw’ but rather a holistic approach including lifestyle changes undertaken by the client and therapist.

We, at Alphen House, focus on the “whole individual”, and therefore we offer a wide range of activities and therapies. From Physiotherapy and other health professions, to Pilates, Aquatic Therapy, and Yoga, there is something for everyone.

Emma Johnston

I am passionate about my chosen profession, Physiotherapy.

Coming from a medical family I have always been interested in the human body and how it works. Sporting and outdoor activities are a significant part of my life, including tennis, hockey, swimming, cycling and golf. I am also an avid spectator of rugby and cricket.

In 2003 I enrolled at UCT for Physiotherapy and that’s when I fell in love with Cape Town and all it has to offer.

I completed my Community Service in 2008 in Durban and then headed off to the UK to broaden my experience. I spent a year working in various NHS hospitals in London and then moved into private practice there for 2.5 years where I focused on Musculoskeletal injuries and Orthopaedics.

On returning to South Africa in 2012, I completed my OMT Course (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy) and worked in Sea Point and Constantia practices, again dealing with Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic patients. At this time, I also completed training in Aqua-therapy and started working with patients in the pool. I soon appreciated how the benefits of Aqua-therapy compliment hands-on physiotherapy, in areas of strengthening, co-ordination and balance.

In 2013 Angela and I opened Alphen House. It had always been my goal to open my own practice one day, and to do this with a colleague and good friend has been a great experience.

We offer Physiotherapy, Aqua-therapy and Pilates.


  • 2007 Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy UCT

Career History

  • 2013 to Present: Johnston-Boers Physiotheray, Alphen House
  • 2010 – April 2012:  Physiotherapy Private Practice in London, UK (caseload incl. sports injuries, back and neck patients, post-surgery Lumbar Disectomies, Achilles Tendon repairs, ACL reconstructions etc.)
  • 2009 London NHS: Hospital in-patients; Musculoskeletal out-patients.
  • 2008 Community Service: St Aidans Hospital, KZN

Courses Attended


  • STA Baby Swimming course
  • Watsu 1 Aqua therapy course


  • Pilates Reformer course
  • Kinesio Taping course


  • Dry Needling
  • Pregnancy Pilates


  • Orthopaedic Aqua Therapy Course
  • Designing the Best Aquatic Exercise Programme


  • Aquatic Therapy Gerontology course
  • Aquatic Foundation Phase course


  • International Aquatics Foundation Course and Watsu
  • Pilates


  • Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT)


  • APPI MET of the Lumbar and Pelvis (UK)


  • Mulligans NAGS and SNAGS (UK)


  • ALLIED Acupuncture Foundation (incl. follow-up course) (UK)
  • APPI Matwork Pilates (UK)

Michaela Mohr

I am a passionate horse-rider, and I have been competing since I was 6 years old. I have represented Western Province multiple times and I have won South African Championship three times, in different disciplines. My love of horse riding guided me into studying physiotherapy.

I graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bsc (Honours) in Physiotherapy. In 2017, I worked at Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where I completed four rotations and gained invaluable experience in many areas of physiotherapy. I treated a wide range of patients, ranging from hip and knee replacements to traumatic brain injuries. I enjoy working in all corners of physiotherapy, treating patients of all ages.

At Alphen House, in addition to physiotherapy , I offer Pilates and aqua-therapy classes, as well as individual sessions.


  • International Paediatric Aquatic Techniques For Healthcare Professionals
  • Dry needling level 1 and 2
  • APPI Matwork Pilates level 1