Front row: Left to right: Laura Wolhuter (Biokineticist); Melody Fitch (Physiotherapist);2nd Row: Left to right: Claudia Lepera (Physiotherapist); Merushka Chetty (Practice Manager); Helen Schlebusch (Chiropractor);Back row: Left to right: Nicky Irvine (Biokineticist); Caitlyn Keokemoer (Chiropractor)
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.
Claudia Lepera - Physiotherapist
MSC Physio (Wits; 2010); BSC Physio (UCT; 2002)
Claudia is a physiotherapist with 20 years of experience in multiple settings including local and international platforms. Her early career was spent in London in a cutting edge Orthopaedic hospital where a solid foundation of education and experience was laid before her return to set up in Johannesburg. Here she worked in a Lions Rugby affiliated practice gaining further experience in the area of sports injury and especially rugby.
Claudia completed her Masters degree while living in JHB in shoulder pain in Elite Wheelchair Basketball Players. Following many years of travelling the world with various sporting codes including World cup Hockey, The London Olympics, Air rifle shooting, Wrestling, Wheelchair Basketball and Pre Paralympics she returned to KZN where she set up a practice in Durban.
She met and married her now husband in 2014 following which, she started the move to Pietermaritzburg. It was in 2018 when she finally closed her Durban practice choosing to focus on her Martizburg clients and be closer to home. She is a step-mom to two lovely girls and the mother of a little boy. She loves sport and has competed in multiple sports at national and international level. These include Netball, Basketball, Ultimate frisbee, Rowing, Kickboxing, road and trail running; Gymnastics as well as Crossfit.
She loves what she does and is a hands-on physio with a unique approach to injury through her invaluable first-hand experiences of multiple sporting codes. She is qualified in Vestibular rehab therapy and has added this to her repertoire of treatment tools to help those with vertigo and imbalance due to conditions including Menierre’s, Post-concussion syndrome and movement sensitivity.
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.
Merushka Chetty - Practice Manager
Diploma: Sports & Health Club Management (1999)
Certificate: Graphic Design (2011)
Diploma : Social Media Marketing (2018)
After growing up in Pietermaritzburg, Merushka completed her Diploma in Sports & Health Club Management at Varsity College in 1999.
An exciting opportunity was presented to her in 2000 to move to Dubai and work as a lifeguard at the exciting and new Wild Wadi Water Park that is apart of the Jumeriah Beach Resort. After spending almost 3 years there, of which she was promoted to Lifeguard Supervisor, Merushka returned to Pietermaritzburg. She wasn’t home for very long when another opportunity came up to work at Camp Pecometh in Maryland, USA as an Aquatics Manager as part of the Summer Camp program in 2003.
Upon returning home, Merushka joined the Photoworld team at the newly opened Liberty Midlands Mall in September 2003 where she worked as a DTP Operator and later as a Graphic Designer. She moved to Arrow Print in April 2011 as a Sales & Marketing Assistant. After returning from maternity leave in December 2018, she moved into the Administrator role at Arrow Print and her responsibilities changed to more of a management role.
Merushka is an avid sports fan and loves playing and watching sports especially football, cricket, swimming, volleyball, tennis and squash. She has a young son who loves the outdoors as much as she does and loves the challenges of being a new mum. She is also currently studying towards her BBA in Marketing Management.
Merushka is excited about joining the Balance team as the Practice Manager.
Meet the team