Front row: Left to right: Amy Belbin (Physiotherapist); Right: Christy Wolhuter (Biokineticist);2nd Row: Left to right: Li Jean Kingsley (Chiropractor); Sonia Howard (Practice Manager); Claudia Lepera (Physiotherapist)Back row: Left to right: Laura Wolhuter (Biokineticist); Helen Schlebusch (Chiropractor); Nicky Irvine (Biokineticist); Melody Fitch (Physiotherapist)
Nicky Irvine - Biokineticist
B(HMS)(HONS)Biokinetics (2006)After growing up in PMB, Nicky went to university in PE at NMMU and qualified as a biokinetist. After finishing her internship at the Sharks with Jimmy Wright, she stayed on there for 2 more years before starting up her private practice in PMB, and now is one of the 3 partners that started the multidisciplinary practice, Balance Sport and Wellness.Being surrounded with a sporting family, Nicky is involved more in the cycling, running and paddling world now days. As a mother of 2 girls, a partner to a busy trail builder and a running partner to 2 energetic dogs, life is always interesting. With weekends spent outdoors, Nix is never bored!From comrades to sani2c as well as over 18 fish river canoe marathons Nix understands what it takes to do most of our races. Her main passion lies with helping those get back to their passion in sport. With most of the rehabilitation based around functional movement and the use of one’s own body weight, the Biokinetic sessions are there to assess the injury and focus on correcting compensation patterns, reduce pain and increase strength to the injury.
Christie Wolhuter - Biokineticist
B(HMS)(HONS)Biokinetics (2013)After growing up on a farm in New Hanover Christie completed her undergraduate at the University of Pretoria. She then moved to Durban to complete her Honours and Internship at Sharks Rugby under Jimmy Wright. In her internship year she also worked at the Prime Human Performance Institute with AmaZulu and the Dolphins.Christie is passionate about teaching people how to use movement to correct imbalances and treat pain with a special interest in sporting injuries and correcting developmental imbalances in children.
Dr Helen Schlebusch - Chiropractor
M. Tech : Chiropractic (SA) 2007Dr Helen Schlebusch obtained her Masters Degree in Chiropractic , from the Durban University of Technology in Durban, following completing a thesis on muscle stretching, and then completing a period of community service in Kimberley hospital.Dr Helen has been in private practice in Pietermaritzburg since 2007, and working in a multidisciplinary setting since 2010. In 2016 Dr Helen joined in partnership with her colleagues to form Balance Sport & Wellness.Dr Helen has worked with patients across the board from elite sports men and women to scholars. Helen feels that the multidisciplinary approach to patient care is vital, as the patient can be managed correctly for their pain / injury under one roof with all the therapists needed, working as a team to get the patient back to their optimum.Dr Helen, being a mom of 2 gorgeous children, loves treating babies and children, and she has special interests in treating Headaches and Sports injuries in all ages. Dr Helen believes that conservative care, health and wellness are definitely the building blocks to a healthier lifestyle.Dr Helen loves the outdoors and spending quality time with her family and those close to her.
Dr Li-Jean Kingsley - Chiropractor
M Tech Chiropractic (SA) (2015)Dr Li-Jean Kingsley completed her Master’s degree, and graduated from the University of Johannesburg in March 2015. As part of completing her degree, it was required that she fulfill 2 years community service at the Chiropractic clinic on UJ’s Doornfontein campus.Between 2015 and 2016, Dr Li-Jean opened her own practice in an existing multidisciplinary practice in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. As a family Chiropractor, Dr Li-Jean enjoys treating patients of all ages, with a special interest in pediatrics.Dr Li-Jean moved to Kwa-Zulu Natal in January 2017, and joined Dr Schlebusch and team at Balance Sport and Wellness.Dr Li-Jean has a passion for Chiropractic, as it compliments a natural approach to a healthy functioning spine and nervous system.
Claudia Lepera - Physiotherapist
MSC Physio (Wits; 2010); BSC Physio (UCT; 2002)Claudia is a Physiotherapist with special interests in Sports and Orthopaedic rehab, and more recently in Vestibular rehab (assessment and rehabilitation of the dizzy patient). She has a Masters degree with research in Shoulder pain in Wheelchair basketball players.Claudia has worked in a multitude of settings around the world and travelled extensively with local and international sportsmen and women in a number of different sporting codes; including Hockey, Wheelchair basketball, Shooting, Boxing, Rugby and Polo. Such events included the London Olympics in 2012; where she worked with India’s only Olympic gold medalist. As well as owning her own private practice in DBN, Claudia is one of the 3 partners that started the multidisciplinary practice, Balance Sport and Wellness.Claudia is recently married and has been blessed with 2 gorgeous stepdaughters. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys a wide variety of sports and has competed at local and international level over the years in many of these, including Basketball, Netball, Gymnastics, Kickboxing, Board Diving and more recently Ultimate Frisbee and road running. Claudia is a hands-on physio who loves to learn and to work closely with her clients to solve their injuries from the root cause with a fully integrative approach.
Amy Belbin - Physiotherapist
BSc Physio (2008) MSc Paediatric Physio (2013)After completing her studies at UCT in 2008 Amy moved to KZN to do her community service at Rietvlei hospital. This is where the passion for paediatrics began. She started at Harding special school in January 2010 working with various levels of CP and other physical disabilities. Completing her Masters at WITS in 2013 in paediatric neurology.After working in an adult neurological rehab unit in Durban fulfilled her interest in Stroke and spinal rehabilitation; Amy, more recently, decided to take a new path in musculoskeletal injuries. Her background in neurology and Pilates training complements therapy in this field.Currently she assists in Classification for disability sports and classifying for KZN focusing on athletics - (working towards national classifier)
Melody Fitch - Physiotherapist
BSC Physiotherapy (UKZN;2015)
After growing up in the Drakensberg Melody studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UKZN and graduated in 2015. During her studies she worked with the collegians rugby team and was involved with many sporting events.
Melody completed her community service year at Montebello Hospital, which allowed her to see a wide variety of conditions ranging from paediatric to orthopaedic and neurology.
After graduating she returned to her home town and worked as a Private Physiotherapist in an outpatients practice as well as at the Kokstad Private Hospital.
Melody enjoys a wide range of sports including hockey, running and polocrosse. This has grown her interest and thus focus in sports and musculoskeletal injuries.
She is very excited to be a part of the Balance family and to be working in a multidiciplinary practice.
Sonia Howard - Practice ManagerSonia grew up in Pietermaritzburg and has continued to make it her home since leaving school. She has completed numerus computer courses over the years and has extensive office admin and bookkeeping experience. Sonia joined Balance Sport & Wellness as Practice Manager in September 2018.
Sonia got married in 2004 to the love of her life and has a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. She loves spending her free time with her family, and enjoys the outdoors, especially camping and going to the beach.
Meet the team