Karen graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia (USA) in 1993 with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. Being a four time ALL AMERICAN tennis player she joined the WTA tennis tour. Following a career ending injury, Karen decided to follow her dream and become a physiotherapist. In 1999 she graduated with a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy from Stellenbosch University.

Since then Karen has been in private practice focusing on sports and musculoskeletal injuries and has treated national and international athletes from a wide range of sports including tennis, golf, squash, athletics, cycling, running, rugby and endurance events. Karen has been one of two physios who has been managing the Physiotherapy Unit on the Sunshine Tour since 2009.  She is currently the physio for the SA Davis Cup and Fed Cup Tennis Teams and has traveled with them extensively.

Karen has a keen interest in injury prevention and “body balancing / alignment correction” in order to sustain and enhance performance.  In April 2018 she had the privilege to spend a week training and observing the management of shoulders, elbows and hands in a specialized Upperlimb Unit in Manchester with world renowned Prof Leonard Funk and Tanya Mackenzie.  


  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy (Stellenbosch)
  • B.Sc. Clinical Kinesiology (College of William & Mary, USA)

Post-graduated courses completed

  • Management of Common Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Clinical Approach to Shoulder Injuries - Joanne Sklaar
  • Lynn Watson Shoulder Course Level 1 - Lynn Watson
  • Upperlimb (shoulder, elbows & hands) training in Manchester with Prof Leonard Funk & Tanya Mckenzie
  • Going Global: Ultimate Upper Quarter Course (Neck & Shoulder) - Tanya Bell
  • The Mulligan Concept Upper Quarter - Geoff Foat
  • Diane Lee Concept of the SIJ - Diane Lee
  • Headache Course - Ina Diener
  • Ethical Professional Practice
  • Ethics in Sport Physio
  • Idiots Guide to Cycling Injuries
  • IFOMT - International Physiotherapy Congress
  • Sports Physiotherapy: Research to Clinical Practice
  • SPT (Sports Physiotherapy)
  • Myofascial Integration - Marius Strydom
  • Lyno Therapy 1 & 2 - Benita de Witt
  • The Amazing Nervous System - Treatment of Chronic Pain - Duffy Sweatman
  • Swiss Ball Training for Rehab & Athletic Conditioning - Richard Sutton
  • Power Plate
  • Dry Needling Modules 1-4 - Claire Waumsley
  • Charles Liggins Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Build the Complete Athlete - Richard Sutton
  • Strapping Course
  • Understanding the Knee - Anthony Kaplan
  • Spinal and Peripheral Manipulation - Dave Lintonborn
  • Golf Mechanics - Dave Bensted Smith
  • Headsmart Concussion Management - Ryan Kohler
  • Tackling Concussion Head On - Megyn Robertson
  • Utilizing nutrition to get the best out of life - Emile Weitz
  • The Dizzy Patient - Athene Irving & Christene Rogers
  • The Mulligan Concept: Upper Quadrant - Geoff Foat
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Multidisciplinary Applications and Scientific Review - Prof Karsten Knoblock, Mr. Paul Horbough and Prof Wayne Derman
  • Non-Surgical strategies to manage knee OA - Prof Wayne Derman, Mr. Cobus Breytenbach, Dr. Richard von Bormann
  • Hot Topics International Shoulder Rehab - Goldstein, McCord-Uys, Fleishman, Smith, Putting, Pandey


  • Davis Cup Tennis 2014 - 2019
  • Fed Cup Tennis 2017 - 2019
  • Absa Cape Epic  2006 - 2017
  • Cape Town Cycle Tour 2017 - 2019
  • ITF Digicall / Curro Tennis Tournaments  2015 - 2019
  • Sunshine Golf Tour events; including Nedbank Golf Challenge, SA Open, Alfred Dunhill 2008 - 2019
  • SA Baseball Interpro 2017
  • World Junior Baseball Champs 
  • KOED Athletics
  • MTBS
  • Trans Cape Cycle Race
  • Ride the Rhino
  • Cape Town 12 Run
  • Stellenberg vs Durbanville Interschools
  • Double Century Cycle Tour 
  • ATP Tennis tour; including Australian Open, US Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open 

About us

Since inception in 2005, we have strived to provide excellent services to the greater Durbanville area where our founding member, Karen Frye, was born and raised. Our vision is to create a centre of excellence where people feel welcome and relaxed while their injuries and conditions are treated by capable people who care.

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021 007 0007
After hours emergency: 083 262 6489 

Durbanville Wellness Centre is a registered physiotherapy (PR 0030589) and biokinetics (PR 0268429) practice. Patients are advised to contact their insurer prior to treatment.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 07:30-19:00

Saturday: 8h00 - 13h00
Sunday: CLOSED
Public Holidays: CLOSED

For out of office hours emergencies:  Send a WhatsApp to 0832626489

Any patient may self-refer. General Practitioner and Consultant referrals are also welcome