Certified Orthotist & Prosthetist
Course: Posture and Lower Limb Biomechanics
Charl is a South African Orthotist Prosthetist registered with the South African Health Professionals Council (since 1998), the National Health Authority in Qatar (since 2002), the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (since 2004), the Dubai Health Authority (since 2011) and the Dubai Healthcare City Licensing Board (since 2012). He has been working and lecturing in both government and private health care in the Middle East for ten years. His experience in the Middle East has included the renovation and modernization of Orthotics and Prosthetics Services for the Saudi Military, and developing Orthotics and Prosthetics Services for Saad Specialist Hospital in Al Khobar. This service became the largest supplier of Orthotics and Prosthetics services in the region. While managing these responsibilities he has travelled throughout the GCC providing consultation and private Orthotic & Prosthetic services. Charl joined Mediclinic Middle East in November 2012, and introduced Mediclinic Orthotic Prosthetic Services as part of the group’s goal to all round care. Charl has a keen interest in active rehabilitation with a patient-centered approach, and thrives on working in a multi-disciplinary setting.
Dr. Chong Ching Ng
Specialist Physiotherapist and Osteopath, DMT, MSc. PT & DO
Course: Certification in Clinical Manual Therapy with Osteopathy Techniques
Dr. Chong Ching Ng graduated as a physiotherapist in Australia in 1999 and has been working in different settings mostly with clients with neuro-musculoskeletal pain and dysfunctions. Having a strong interest in manual therapy has led him to continually study different schools of manual therapy and he is the first manual physiotherapist with osteopathic qualification in Singapore. The application of osteopathic physiotherapy has allowed him to help sufferers with complex conditions, of which neither physiotherapy nor osteopathy alone can treat as effectively. Dr. Chong Ching Ng has since then completed his postgraduate degree in Doctor of Manual Therapy in The Ola Grimsby Institute in USA. Dr. Chong Ching has a huge passion for his work and reckons that his existence as a clinician is solely for patients, believing in his motto “the hands that serve the sufferers”. Dr. Chong Ching brings with him a very unique combination of knowledge and teaching skills that provides participants a well rounded learning experience.
Joanne Enslin De Wet
Specialist Physiotherapist, MSc. PT
Course: Certification in Visceral Manipulation
Joanne Enslin-de Wet graduated with a physiotherapy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1981 followed by a postgraduate degree in Boston University in America in 1985. Joanne spent five years working at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in America and her time in America inspired her to direct her skills towards osteopathy – treating the person as a whole – assessing each patient from a mechanical, functional and postural perspective. Her area of interest started with looking at the effect the sacroiliac joint (pelvis) has on sports injuries and lower back pain. Joanne started presenting courses on this subject in 1996 and went on to pursue teaching in other topics, lecturing and presenting at congresses locally and abroad. Joanne’s strong approach to holistic health and wellbeing will guarantee you a learning experience not only on visceral manipulation but also on restoring movement, creating joy and enhancing health and quality of life.
Specialist Physiotherapist, PT
Course: Schroth Best Practice Program® Module A+B
Fariba Taheri received her bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from the Institut Superieur des Carrieres Auxilliaires de la Medecine (I.S.C.A.M) in Brussels, Beligum in 1987. She has since taken several post graduate courses in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran and University of Toronto and is a certified Bobath therapist both for adults and children with cerebral palsy. In 2012, she organized the first Best Practice Schroth course in North America being taught directly under Dr. Hans Weiss, to become a certified instructor for the Schroth Best-Practice Program®. She has been a recipient of several teaching awards, a recognition award for inter-professional education and has been nominated for the Patient Centered Care award at Toronto General Hospital. Fariba has been part of a focus group at University of Toronto to improve the PT curriculum and has been collaborating to establish and implement a new curriculum for conservative management of scoliosis. With a span of 30 years professional work and teaching experience, you will gain not only the expert knowledge but direct and practical advice in providing best scoliosis management care.
Marc J.H. Schmitz
Founder & CEO, Specialist Physiotherapist, MSc. PT
Course: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
During his MSc. at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Marc’s interest in functional human anatomy grew tremendously while dissecting and studying cadavers. It was here that his interest in observing functional human anatomy in “real time” peaked, which led to the start of embracing musculoskeletal ultrasound. After completing numerous courses and attending conferences on the topic, he started developing his own course and SonoSkills was formed in 2010. Since then SonoSkills has taught its courses all over the European continent, as well as in Africa and the Middle East. The team consists out of 20 expert trainers that speak over nine languages in total.
Corrianne van Velze
Course: Hand Therapy Intermediate Level and Hand Therapy Workshop
Corrianne is a South African hand therapist in private practice with over 35 years of experience in the treatment of upper limb injuries and conditions. She treats patients of all ages and enjoys the challenges of treating all types of injuries. Her mission is to make a positive difference to all of her patients, no matter what their condition. Corrianne is well-known internationally and has served on the executive committee of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) for 15 years. She was President of this Federation for three years from 1998 to 2001. She is a Past President of the South African Society of Hand Therapists and continues to serve the organisation in a consultative capacity.
DO, CST-D, BI-D
Course: Visceral Manipulation
She holds a BS in Osteopathy from Oxford Brookes University and has been practicing in Lisbon since 2002, integrating osteopathy with visceral, neural and articular manipulation. She is a professor of Visceral Manipulation levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 by the Barral Institute and a professor of Cranial Sacral Therapy 1 at the Upledger Institute. She was a professor of Anatomophysiology and Sacral Cranial Osteopathy in the Osteopathy course at IMT, Institute of Traditional Medicine between 2011 and 2014, in Lisbon. Since 2016 he has been the director of Barral Institute Portugal. She teaches in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French in more than 20 countries.