Thania’s relationship with movement and sport commenced at the early age of two. It began with swimming and expanded to encompass performing arts. Throughout primary school, she actively participated in music, recorder, choir, piano, team swimming, tennis, cross country, and volleyball.
In 2009, she delved into tap dance, modern dance, musical theatre, and drama, and continued ballet at the Waterfront Theatre School.
During Grade 11, a job-shadowing opportunity at the Sports Science Institute provided her with the chance to serve as a test subject for a 4th-year Physiotherapy student, under the supervision of a permanent staff member. As she was treated as a “patient” and observed treatment sessions with other clients, she gained first-hand insight into the assessment and treatment process. The care and compassion displayed towards her and other clients were contagious, resonating with her passion for helping others.
Consequently, she decided that Physiotherapy was the career path she wanted to pursue. She believed that Physiotherapy would allow her to fulfil her passion for helping others while maintaining a connection to sport and dance.
Throughout her university clinical experiences, she developed a fondness for rehabilitating stroke patients and working with children with cerebral palsy. Her community service year, completed at Tayler Bequest Hospital, Matatiele in 2022, provided an opportunity to enhance her experience with orthopaedic cases, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, stroke patients, and the treatment of patients at the Maluti Community Clinic.
In the past year, she gained further experience in musculoskeletal injuries through Workability, where she treated patients with back and neck injuries, along with various other conditions.
She is trained in dry needling, strapping and taping and as a mat and reformer Pilates instructor. Going forward, she is keen on incorporating Pilates and aquatherapy into her treatment and rehabilitation of her clients.
She is currently also working at a spinal cord and neurological physiotherapist at Vincent Pallotti rehabilitation.
Bsc Physiotherapy (Hons) Witwatersrand 2020
Dry needling course
Pilates instructor course