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, there is something for everyone.

Emma Johnston Cape Town

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
  • 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
Aqpg refresher course
Core Connections Cranio sacral applications
Facial Pains and Migraines

APDL2 Aquatic Physiotherapy

Aquatic Physiotherapy Pediatric Course


  • 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

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.


  • Dry Needling Level 1
  • APPI Matwork Pilates level 1
  • International Paediatric Aquatic Techniques For Healthcare Professionals
  • Dry Needling Level 2
  • AQPG Aquatic Foundation Course
  • AQPG Aquatic Paediatric Course
  • Aquatic high intensity interval training for cardiometabolic health
  • Water immersion on heart rate variability
  • “Hydrotherapy: The Power of Gentle”
  • Aquatics and Sensory Integration
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy in the Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury
  • Scientific developments in children & teens with persistent pain
  • Overview of Hand Function in Infants
  • Ankle Sprain 2020
  • Introduction to Neurological Pelvic Health
  • Introduction to Paediatric Pelvic Health
  • Painful Hemiplegic Shoulder in Stroke Patients
  • Long Covid-19
  • Neurological Manifestations of Covid-19
  • Physio in Covid
  • Nerve-related musculoskeletal disorders and neurodynamics
  • Swimming for the Disabled
  • The effects of warm water immersion with people with chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Prognosis of children with Cerebral Palsy
  • The Ankle: management and rehabilitation
  • Training clinicians to enhance placebo responses
  • Red flags in clinical practice
  • Hip Micro-Instability
  • Persistent NMS Pain Bootcamp
  • Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
  • Mental Health: Adolescents
  • Let’s measure outcomes to prove our value
  • The effects of exercise on pain tolerance
  • Paediatric Rheumatology
Jayde Cooper

Jayde Cooper

I am an enthusiastic and active qualified physiotherapist. I have been interested in the human body and how it moves ever since I started dancing at the age of five.

I studied Cecchetti style ballet until advanced 2 and Horton and Graham based contemporary dance through my mentor. When faced with the decision to either dance for the rest of my life or study, physiotherapy seemed like an appropriate combination of both options.

I am passionate about Pilates and yoga as they are the perfect combination of movement and therapy. I completed my clinical hours at a specialised hospital in Pretoria, which greatly extended my knowledge in spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions, pediatrics and pain management in patients.

I am currently also working part time as a spinal cord and neurological physiotherapist at Vincent Pallotti rehabilitation.


  • Bsc Physiotherapy (Hons) Witwatersrand 2020


  • Dry needling course
  • Pilates instructor course