Samantha Kirby-Smith 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 focused 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. During the course of 2019 Sam focused on applying the skills acquired from SPT1 as the practice grew.
Plans for 2020: Sam has registered for a peripheral and spinal manipulation course to further improve her manual therapy techniques. On a personal level, Sam plans to focus on improving her own strength and fitness through a focused program in order to start running again.
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.