Dr Glen Hagemann

Dr Glen Hagemann is a practicing sports physician with particular interests in concussion management, chronic disease management, preventative health, nutrition, corporate health (executive wellness assessments), adolescent health and supplement/ steroid abuse. After completing his MBChB degree at UCT in 1988 he subsequently attained a Diploma in Anesthetics and a Master's Degree in Sports Medicine. He has been formally involved with The Sharks since 1998, first as team doctor and then as the franchise's medical advisor. He is a member of the SA Rugby Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, is a past president and honorary life member of the South African Sports Medicine Association and currently sits on the Association's executive committee. He is a member of the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport's Tribunal for doping offences and was previously a member of the SAIDS Appeals Committee. He has published original research in local and international journals and is a reviewer for the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He has completed numerous ultra-marathons and MTB stage races including the Comrades, Two Oceans, Sani2C, Berg 'n Bush, Imana Wild Ride, Isimangaliso, Lesotho Ultra Trail Run and North Island Coast to Coast (New Zealand).


Monique Hurter

Monique Hurter works with Dr Glen Hagemann at Asset Health and Activate Health. She is a registered biokineticist with Honours Degrees in Biokinetics and Human Movement Sciences. She is currently studying for a Master's Degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She has also completed Diplomas in Sports Massage Therapy, Exercise Science and Marketing and lectures at the Health and Fitness Professionals Association part-time. She was previously captain of the National Ladies Karate team from 2012 - 2015, and was a World Championship Medallist (2000-2015). She has national / provincial colours for Karate, Swimming, Hockey and Squash.


Jimmy Wright

Jimmy completed his Bachelor's degree in Human Movement Science (1988-1991), with Honours in Biokinetics, at Potchefstroom University (now North West University). Following the mandatory two year internship period he joined SAMS (South African Medical Services) - the medical arm of the South African National Defence Force to assist with the establishment and management of a rehabilitation facility at Addington Hospital, and servicing all outlying military units. Jimmy also assisted with the selection and training of the Special Forces unit in Durban, as well as members of the Reaction Force unit of the SAPS. Over this period, he started working after hours in a private practice and at the end of 1995, Jimmy left the SAMS and committed fulltime to private practice. Jimmy enjoyed being part of a group of like-minded medical professionals that established Durban's first multi-faceted sports medicine programme at the Kings Park Sports Medicine Centre. This provided an opportunity to service athletes from all over KZN, however Jimmy became increasingly more involved in Sharks Rugby, through Greg McKenzie- The Sharks' team Physiotherapist at the time, noticing the benefit of specialised rehabilitation offered through the field of Biokinetics.

In 1999 The Sharks had the vision to erect a facility, which would be home to Kings Park Health & Racket Club (now Kings Park Virgin Active). This saw the establishment of the first dedicated sports injury rehabilitation unit for a professional sports franchise in South Africa, at which time Jimmy joined The Sharks in a part-time capacity. The newly formed Sharks Medical Team, led by Dr. Glen Hagemann, operated out of this facility until 2005, when the medical facility was relocated to larger premises inside the stadium complex. The Sharks Medical Centre was split into two arms where the professional rugby arm was relocated to a new facility inside the stadium complex (The Sharks Performance Centre) with Jimmy joining in a full time capacity. The public arm of The Sharks Medical Centre was also relocated to larger premises adjacent to The Sharks Ticket office at The Shark Cage, and was rebranded as Sharks Medical. The public facility exists as a multi-disciplinary sports medicine and wellness practice, servicing the people from all walks of life.

The Biokinetic practice based at Sharks Medical has a strong and passionate team on the ground, with Larize Blaauw having joined him as business partner and practicing Biokineticist, operating from both Virgin Active Kings Park, as well as Sharks Medical. Another team member is James Gallagher who also supports The Sharks junior teams on a part-time basis whilst consulting private patients at Sharks Medical. Another team member is Biokineticist Josh Rencken who services both venues and lastly but not least, Amanda Wright, who keeps it all together through her caring and colourful personality, as well as her experience in medical practice administration. Jimmy serves as Head of Rehabilitation at The Sharks working as a Biokineticist and overseas the administration of medical and performance services.

Jimmy's personal philosophy doesn't see work as work and play as play, but rather that it all makes up the gift that is life. Beyond the practice and The Sharks Performance Centre, Jimmy enjoys keeping himself fit through running, lifting weights, and basically ensuring that he practices what preaches every day. His lessons learnt in 20 years of experience in the highly demanding world of professional sports forms the foundation of his practice, and are also the reason for sharing the view of legendary US middle-distance coach and co-founder of Nike, Bill Bowerman, that "If you breathe, you're an athlete". The principles that drive physical performance in elite athletes are the same principles that drive optimum health and improved physical capacity in people who have never seen themselves as "athletes".

Ultimately, Jimmy's passion is to help every human walking through his practice's doors become a better version of themselves and, together with the practices of Dr. Glen Hagemann, Physiotherapist Callie Hugo and Dietician Danielle Roberts, Jimmy and his team aim to change the world around them, one special human at a time!


Larize Blaauw

Larize has a Bachelor of Human Movement Science Degree as well as an Honours Degree in Biokinetics. She completed her practical internship at Jimmy Wright & Associates in 2012.

Larize's current focus areas are chronic disease management and orthopaedic rehabilitation. She is also responsible for the management of wellness events and is part of the health provider network for the different medical aid benefit programmes (including Vitality). Larize also completed a pre-and post- natal (pregnancy) programme to assist with rehabilitation programmes.


James Gallagher

James has Bachelor of Sport Science degree and an Honours degree in Biokinetics. James completed his internship under Jimmy Wright, the current Sharks Lead Biokineticist in 2016, and has been the Sharks Academy Biokineticist since 2017. James is also responsible for the junior Sharks contracted players, and consults outpatients at the Sharks Medical Centre on a daily basis.

James's focus areas are Orthopaedic, chronic disease management and cardiac rehabilitation. He has a particular interest in concussion management, and is part of the match day panel as a concussion video analyst.


Josh Rencken

Josh has a Bachelor of sport and exercise science and an honours degree in Biokinetics. He studied down in Cape Town at the University of the Western Cape. He then moved back to his hometown of Durban last year (2017), where he completed his internship with Jackson & Wright Associates. Josh himself still plays competitive team sport and has always seen exercise as the best form of medicine.

Josh has a passion for orthopaedic rehabilitation, chronic disease management and strength & conditioning. He has also spent some time doing health checks and fitness tests for Discovery and Momentum (Vitality & Multiply). Through this experience Josh has gained a lot of knowledge on how each of these programmes can benefit you.


Callie Hugo

Callie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of the Free State. After completing his undergraduate studies Callie has worked in various professional sports environments from consultation roles to the national field hockey teams to currently holding the position of senior team physiotherapist to the Cell C Sharks Super Rugby and Currie Cup rugby union teams. He is also currently furthering his tertiary education in doing a master's program in Sports Physiotherapy through the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Callie has a keen interest in diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating sports injuries and musculoskeletal dysfunction. He is really passionate about helping and guiding people back to optimal functional health.


Paula Pieres

Paula has worked in a variety of areas of physiotherapy. These include working in one of the most prestigious Neurological Rehabilitation Medical Centres in South America. (www.fleni.org.ar). In addition to this she has completed sports taping courses, dry needling modules, courses in advanced gait disorders, spasticity and neurodynamics.

Paula also has experience in aesthetic treatments and manual lymphatic drainage.

Paula and her husband are keen surfers.


Kath Fennemore

Kath Fennemore has worked as a Physiotherapist for 5 and a half years in and around the Durban area. She has a special interest in neck and back pain, and running injuries. She has completed the various marathons and ultra-marathons including the Sky Run Lite and Comrades Marathon herself, and enjoys playing touch rugby. She has also studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University.


Joanne Payn

Jo has been passionate about helping people from a young age. She qualified in 2015 from the University of Stellenbosch with a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy. She went on to do her community service on the south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Once completed she went on to work for a year at Entabeni Hospital in Durban, where she gained a broad range of exposure to many conditions. From there she developed a passion for orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions and now enjoys helping anyone with painful joints or movement dysfunction, especially lower back or neck pain.


Danielle Roberts

Danielle has a BSc Honours degree in Dietetics from UKZN, and is registered with the HPCSA. She is also a qualified Chef having completed an International City & Guilds Diploma. Her passion for cooking and healthy food lead her to Dietetics & Nutrition. After working as a Dietician in the food industry, Danielle started a private practice in 2009, consulting to the public on weight loss and chronic diseases of lifestyle, as well as being a speaker at many events (East Coast Radio, Comrades Seminar, Schools in KZN, Nestlé & Pfizer Conferences). Her practice also runs out of Entabeni Hospital where she is involved in the clinical nutrition of patients.

Being a very active person, and with a keen interest in sports nutrition, she started working with the Sharks Rugby team in 2010 guiding them with their nutritional needs. Danielle continues to consult with the Sharks Team, and in various other sporting fields. Danielle aims to provide individualised, easy-to-follow lifestyle programmes to help her clients meet their health and performance goals.

Cathy Watkin-Jones

Cathy is passionate about sports massage, as it reduces the risk of injury through the maintenance of the soft tissue within the body. Her career in Sports massage began in Cape Town five years ago, when she began studying through The Health and Fitness Professionals Association. She provided services to The Ajax Football club as well as working at many stage races, including Wine to Whales.

Based in Durban for 4 years now, she is currently involved providing sports massage services to The Sharks Rugby team as well as individual private clients.

Although Cathy sees many sports men and woman, many of her clients are individuals who require massage as to treat tight muscles due to travel, deskwork, post op/injury tightness and tension.

Sandi Hagemann
Practice Administrator
Mandi Wright
Practice Administrator
Kim Clark
Practice Administrator & Receptionist
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