Wessel Oosthuizen

Wessel Oosthuizen has Bachelor of Science degrees in Human Kinetics and Education as well as in Physical Therapy from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He received a postgraduate certification in orthopedic manual therapy from the Maitland Institute of America and has done a wide variety of postgraduate training courses in advanced treatment methods such as the McKenzie and Mulligan concepts, dry needling and advanced myofascial release techniques.

Wessel has extensive work experience in orthopedics and sports-injuries, having worked in these fields in South Africa, Namibia, Great Britain and New York City, before moving to Honolulu. He has worked with competitive athletes in a variety of sports including gymnastics, marathon running, swimming and golf, besides being the team physical therapist for rugby teams in South Africa. In Manhattan, Wessel managed a busy and successful physical therapy clinic from 1998 to 2003, during which time he was also a clinical instructor for manual therapy courses.

Wessel frequently incorporates video biofeedback into his treatments. He finds this helpful as an educational tool for patients, in addition to being useful for running and sports-motion analysis. He feels strongly about a multi-disciplinary team approach in patient care. Therefore, as a founding member of Hands-On Physical Therapy, Wessel believes that building strong relationships with medical professionals who share the core values of Hands-On, is essential in a challenging medical care system.

He enjoys surfing, distance running, photography and fishing.