Poulter-Simon Physiotherapy

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A Legacy of Excellence in Physiotherapy Care Since 1990

Poulter-Simon Physiotherapy was established in 1990 and underwent a name change in 2014 when Michela Poulter bought the practice.

Poulter-Simon Physiotherapy employs multiple skilled and talented physiotherapists and administrative staff committed to delivering exceptional service to our patients. All our physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). In addition, they have done postgraduate courses and most have completed the orthopaedic and manipulative therapy (OMT) course currently known as the advance neuromuscular skeletal course

“I have been with Poulter-Simon since my surgery last year September (broken fibula and torn ligaments which needed a plate and screws put in). The staff at PS physio make you feel so welcome and cheer you on with every step you take.

Britny Roux

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About The Team

Meet the Poulter-Simon Physio Team

Practice Owner and Physiotherapist

Michela Poulter

Michela graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc Physiotherapy cum laude in 2008. While completing community service at Kalafong in Atteridgeville, her passion for orthopaedic rehabilitation grew.

Physiotherapist

Taylor Franz (Golach)

Taylor graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013. She completed her community service in Chiawelo Clinic with the Johannesburg metro rehabilitation team.

Physiotherapist

Lauren Burrows

Lauren graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2020 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She completed her community service year at South Rand Hospital, where she gained experience in the different areas of physiotherapy.

Our Practices

  • Our primary practice is located in Wilgeheuwel Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, near our referral base.

  • We have recently opened a temporary practice in Northcliff until our rooms at the new Johannesburg Surgical Hospital become operational. This practice is also near our referral base.

  • We provide in-hospital and outpatient care through holistic and comprehensive rehabilitation services for various conditions, working closely with several orthopaedic and neurosurgeons.

Practice Manager and Physiotherapist

Meggan Dresselhaus

Meggan graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 2008. She completed her community service year at a clinic in Midrand and decided to stay in the government sector, where she was promoted to senior physiotherapist at Hillbrow Clinic.

Physiotherapist

Leanne Wilson

Leanne graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2018. She returned to Johannesburg to complete her community service at Helen Joseph Hospital, where she found her passion for orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Physiotherapist

Kelly Twine

Kelly graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2021. She completed her community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath and gained experience treating different conditions. 

Physiotherapist

Suzette Crause

Suzette graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2022 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She completed her community service year at Tshwane District Hospital, where she gained experience in different areas of physiotherapy.

Our Services

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Our Services

Browse the services we offer and our equipment

Our ServicesWe offer a comprehensive range of physiotherapy services with a special interest in:

Our Equipment

Our state-of-the-art equipment includes:

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Discover expert physiotherapy and personalised care at Poulter-Simon.

Our team of experienced physiotherapists is dedicated to helping you regain your mobility, alleviate pain, and improve your overall quality of life.

Practice Owner and Physiotherapist

Michela Poulter

Michela graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc Physiotherapy cum laude in 2008. While completing community service at Kalafong in Atteridgeville, her passion for orthopaedic rehabilitation grew.

She joined the previous practice in 2010 and, in 2011, completed an intensive specialisation course in orthopaedic and manipulative therapy. She has completed numerous postgraduate courses to maintain current knowledge of the latest treatments, including dry needling and hydrotherapy.

In 2014 Michela purchased the practice from the previous owner and has since endeavoured to provide a modern, fresh approach to managing the practice while maintaining excellent patient service.

Furthermore, she accompanied the Toyota South Africa team to the DAKAR rally as the team’s physiotherapist and co-ordinator in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In her free time, Michela is an avid cyclist who has competed in numerous mountain bike stage races countrywide.

Physiotherapist

Taylor Franz (Golach)

Taylor joined the Poulter-Simon physiotherapy team in 2015, where her passion and love for orthopaedics grew.

Taylor graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013. She completed her community service in Chiawelo Clinic with the Johannesburg metro rehabilitation team. During her community service year, she worked across several aspects of physiotherapy, with a significant focus on neuromusculoskeletal therapy, hydrotherapy, and hippotherapy.

In 2016 she completed an intensive specialisation course in orthopaedic and manipulative therapy. Her love for learning continues, and she has since completed multiple postgraduate courses, including dry needling and Kinesio taping. In addition, she’s a registered yoga teacher.

Her passion for sharing her knowledge extended to being an assistant on the South Gauteng OMT course in 2019. She has also completed multiple courses in chronic pain.

She enjoys Barre, Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Hockey and reading in her free time.

Physiotherapist

Lauren Burrows

Lauren graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2020 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She completed her community service year at South Rand Hospital, where she gained experience in the different areas of physiotherapy.

She has an interest in hospital-based care and neuromuscular and orthopaedic rehabilitation. In 2021 she completed postgraduate courses in dry needling and strapping techniques.

As an avid sports lover, Lauren enjoys playing action netball and watching football, rugby, F1, and cricket in her free time.

Practice Manager and Physiotherapist

Meggan Dresselhaus

Meggan graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 2008. She completed her community service year at a clinic in Midrand and decided to stay in the government sector, where she was promoted to senior physiotherapist at Hillbrow Clinic.

She has always been interested in teaching and took the opportunity to become involved in part-time lecturing at the University of Witwatersrand and assisting with student examinations. While working at Hillbrow Clinic, Meggan also worked at Parklane Hospital, treating female surgical, ICU, and maternity ward patients.

Meggan developed a keen interest in orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation and decided to move into private practice in 2011, where she managed a practice in Woodmead. She finally joined Poulter-Simon Physiotherapy in 2013 and was promoted to practice manager in 2016. 

Meggan has completed many postgraduate courses to develop her skills further and stay current with the latest treatments, including dry needling and an intensive one-year specialisation in orthopaedic and manipulative therapy. 

Meggan enjoys staying active in the gym, social mountain bike riding, or playing ball with her son in her free time.

Physiotherapist

Leanne Wilson

Leanne graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2018. She returned to Johannesburg to complete her community service at Helen Joseph Hospital, where she found her passion for orthopaedic rehabilitation.

In 2019, she completed postgraduate courses in dry needling and taping techniques, and in 2020, she completed an advanced neuromuscular skeletal course.

Leanne is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise with UCT, with a particular interest in running and researching the Comrades Marathon.

In her free time, Leanne enjoys running, hockey, and cycling.

Physiotherapist

Kelly Twine

Kelly graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2021. She completed her community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath and gained experience treating different conditions. Her passion for treating musculoskeletal conditions continues to be nurtured at Poulter-Simon Physiotherapy.

She has completed various postgraduate courses, including dry needling, strapping, modern-day Pilates, and a lower limb course.

Kelly takes time to paint, draw, run, and go rock climbing in her free time.

Physiotherapist

Suzette Crause

Suzette graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2022 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She completed her community service year at Tshwane District Hospital, where she gained experience in different areas of physiotherapy.

She has an intrest in hospital-based care and neuromuscular and orthopaedic rehabilitation. In 2023 she completed her postgraduate courses in dry needling, spinal cord injuries and Urinary incontinence. In 2024 she further improved her knowledge by attending an Upperlimb course and strapping techniques.

Suzette enjoys mountain biking, staying active in the gym and spending time with family and friends