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Meet Candice

It is possible you may never meet someone more enthusiastic about the outdoors, sports and exercise, healing and treatment, and the power of laughter than Candice. Everything Candice does is at 200% - with her skill equal to her passion.

Candice graduated with honours from UCT in 2002. After completing a year of community service in Namaqualand, she moved across the border to Namibia to work in private practice treating amateur and professional sports people. Here, she completed her postgraduate qualification in sports physiotherapy.

After Namibia, Candice travelled even further afield and gained valuable practical experience in London (UK) working in professional football, as well as at various private practices. Her main focus was sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation, as well as pilates. During this time, Candice gained invaluable experience working with and attending courses by leading international physiotherapists and sports medicine practitioners. This was a great opportunity for increased knowledge, acquiring new skills and making key connections that equipped Candice for her next move back to her beloved Mother City, Cape Town in 2011, where she started Candice Sumner Physiotherapy in March 2012.

Candice is driven by a passion for seeing people living an abundant life, one free from injury and pain. She enjoys helping people achieve their sporting goals and working with them to improve their performance. As a sufferer from chronic pain herself, following a spinal fracture, Candice knows how debilitating such pain and injuries can be; but she also believes that through the right treatment and exercise we should all be able to enjoy a high quality of life - 100% pain-free - where possible.

When not working, Candice will most likely be found climbing, hiking, jogging or attempting to surf. She also enjoys camping, travelling and being involved in community outreaches through her church.

Meet Ashleigh

Ashleigh is a woman of many talents, always striving to learn more in her field and growing in skill and expertise. She is equally as passionate about seeing her patients move from a place of injury to living a full and active life.

Ashleigh graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 2013 and obtained her BSc Physiotherapy Degree with Honours, gaining valuable experience during this time in various hospitals such as Chris Hani Baragwanath (the third largest hospital in the world) and Charlotte Maxexe Academic Hospital. After qualifying, she went on to practice as a physiotherapist at Hillbrow Community Health Centre, a clinic in Central Johannesburg, for her community service year. Following this, Ashleigh worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and General Wards at Linksfield Hospital, and at a private sports physiotherapy practice in Honeydew.

Ashleigh is busy completing her postgraduate course in sports physiotherapy and has extended her knowledge base and skills to include: clinical pilates, dry needling, taping, manipulation, and spinal treatment.

A lover of the outdoors, Ashleigh enjoys keeping active. If she is not at the practice, you can be sure to find her on the mountain or in the waves. She takes part in a number of sports such as running, surfing, climbing, mountain biking, sailing and hiking.

Meet Jackie

Jackie is a multi-faceted physio with a great love for people and her patients. She enjoys foot/ankle physio and is interested in TMJ (jaw) pain and dysfunction. Her passion lies not only in problem-solving and helping her patients manage their pain or conditions better but also in empowering them to lead a fuller life.

Jackie graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 2007 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She then completed her community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, where she worked in both medical and surgical wards and Intensive Care Units (ICU) and burns units. Her time there was followed by two years in private practice as a post-op in-patient physiotherapist. In 2011, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where she gained further experience working in some outpatient, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMS) and sport-based practices.

In 2017, Jackie was offered the position of SPT Course Convenor (post-graduate sports physiotherapy course). She thoroughly enjoyed organising the course and appreciated the opportunity to continue learning even more. Jackie is now chair of the Western Cape Sports Special Interest Group that organises courses, talks and events relating to the various sports events in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Jackie is happily married and the proud mom of three beautiful children. This means she spends a lot of time on weekends at the aquarium and with her family. And when she’s not cooking and baking, Jackie enjoys running and keeping fit.

Meet Linda

In case you do not notice the resemblance on entering the practice, Linda is none other than Candice's mother! Equally as passionate about what she does and always giving her best, Linda is the friendly face you will meet at Reception in the afternoons and is always willing to assist and help you with the information you need.

Linda joined the team in December 2017 and has many years of admin experience from a 16-year career at Pinelands North Primary school, where she got to know most of the families living in the area. Upon leaving the school in 2008, Linda started her own audiovisual company and manages the finances and administration. She is a keen cyclist and has completed 24 Argus Cycle Tours – starting back when less than 5000 cyclists entered. To top it all off, Linda is a member of the esteemed 21 Club - with the blue jersey to prove it!

In her spare time, you are most likely to find Linda pacing the canal in Pinelands or patrolling with the neighbourhood watch. Having lived in Pinelands for almost 40 years, she is a well-known member of the community and is always eager to have a chat with you while you wait for your appointment.

Meet Jo

Jo is our friendly receptionist, administrator, and an all around wonderful person! As a patient at our practice, you will find every interaction with Jo to be one of much efficiency and life-saving admin skills.

Jo is a qualified Nursing Sister with many years of medical reception experience. Thankfully, she saw the light and moved from Johannesburg to the Mother City, Cape Town, in 2012. Previous to this, she worked at a very busy dental practice and even ran her own school. After a short stint working in the rehabilitation unit at Vincent Pallotti, she joined Candice Sumner Physiotherapy and has fast become a valuable member of our team.

When not working at admin tasks or greeting you at reception, Jo enjoys card making, is a lover of the outdoors and in particular is an avid walker. She has a heart for helping people and will enjoy a chat with anyone she comes across.