At JAC we are excited about investing in quality care for our students in many areas. We aim to provide nutritional guidance, anatomical assessment and careful attention to each individuals needs as they develop strength and stamina for their career ahead. Sam and Holly work together to manage the students with their combined experience in physiotherapy and movement specialization. Along with attention to physical well-being JAC is purposeful in healthy communication and positive thinking through providing soul care through bible study as an option for students to connect and discuss the many trials and celebrations of life. Together the combination of these health and wellness areas creates a solid springboard for students to launch into the world of dance or wherever their path leads.
About Samantha Kirby-Smith
Sam is a qualified Physiotherapist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP). She completed her BSc Physiotherapy Honours degree at WITS University in 2016 and finalised her community service year at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She has focussed on sports Physiotherapy due to her keen interest in the treatment of patients with sporting injuries as well as post-operative patients following orthopaedic surgery. She also possesses an enthusiastic interest in Paediatric Physiotherapy.
Sam completed the following courses in 2017, Dry Needling (ODNS level 1), a Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) course for the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy, and the ‘Be Activated’ muscle activation course. In an effort to further her experience and effectiveness in the treatment of sports patients, Sam completed her Sports Physiotherapy (SPT1) course which took place in Johannesburg in 2018. This was a year-long course run by the SASP.
Apart from enjoying her career as a Physiotherapist, Sam also enjoys recreational sports such as running and has recently completed her first half marathon.
Sam strives to treat all her patients as effectively as possible in order to assist them in returning to their previous level of function and assisting them in reaching their personal physical goals.