The Team

Stuart McDade

Stuart obtained his BA Human Movement Sciences degree from the Rand Afrikaans University in 2004 before completing an honours degree in Sport Science from the University of Johannesburg in 2005. He then completed his studies with an honours degree in Biokinetics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2006.

After completing his internship in 2007 at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Johannesburg, as well as the NMMU Biokinetics and High Performance Centre in Port Elizabeth, he travelled to Switzerland and the United Kingdom to pursue his goal of playing top level sport while at the same time working as a biokineticist and sport scientist at various health studios and high performance centres in both Geneva and London between 2008-2010. Stuart McDade Biokineticists was officially opened on 1st August 2010 and currently operates out of the Premier Health Centre in Blairgowrie as well as the Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand.

In 2011, Stuart accompanied the South African women’s hockey team as the biokineticist on their tours to Europe in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games. His numerous years of experience in the field of biokinetics has also lead him to working with Supersport United Football Club, SA hockey men’s and women’s players, SA ultimate frisbee squads, elite triathletes and Ironman competitors, numerous Comrades and ultra-marathon runners and professional cyclists. He also has a keen interest in disabled athletes and has worked with various Paralympic competitors over the years, some of whom were gold medalists at various Paralympic Games.

Apart from sports rehabilitation and athlete performance enhancement, Stuart also has a passion for various other forms of rehabilitation including orthopaedics, post-operative rehab, chronic disease management, neurological rehab, children’s biokinetics, lower back rehabilitation and postural correction. He also has a particular interest in knee injuries.

Stuart is a very keen sportsman himself and has represented Gauteng, Eastern Province as well as various national league teams overseas in hockey. He also represented the South African students team in 2006 and is currently a member of the South African masters squad representing SA at the various masters world cups. Although his primary interest is in ball sports, he has also completed the Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon as well as the 94.7 cycle challenge. Other sporting interests include football, golf, squash, cricket, tennis and rugby.

In 2017, Stuart shifted the focus of his practice towards isokinetic testing and evaluation using very advanced and highly technical equipment which, to this day, is still the leading muscle/joint testing and training equipment around the world. After investing in two of these top of the range machines, the Cybex Humac Norm and the Biodex System 3, he has seen the results of his rehabilitation improve dramatically through the objective and scientific feedback which these assessments can achieve. This has allowed patients to return to activity a lot quicker than the more common subjective testing protocols which are often used but which are not nearly as accurate or effective in achieving results and returning patients to full activity.

In 2022, Stuart was registered as an Honorary Associate Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in the division of Sports and Exercise Medicine within the School of Clinical Medicine

Areas of Speciality:  

Stuart’s other qualifications:  
First Aid qualified

Sports/full body Massage

Sports Strapping

Advanced course in Diabetes Health Care

Spinning Instructor

Register of Exercise Professionals level 3 advanced instructor (UK)

Member of Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) – Independent Practice (since 2007)

Melissa Williams

Melissa obtained her BA Human Movement Science degree from the University of Potchefstroom in 2009. She then furthered her studies with a BsC honours degree in Biokinetics at the University of Witwatersrand in 2011 after which she completed her internship in 2012 at Danie Linde Biokinetics in Johannesburg. She went on to open her own practice which was based at Hoerskool Kempton Park. During her tenure at the school, she mainly focused on injury prevention programs as well as sport specific conditioning and injury rehabilitation for the various sports.

During 2017 Melissa decided to focus more on the clinical side of biokinetics and joined Stuart McDade Biokineticsists at the various practices around Johannesburg. She feels she has grown significantly in her field as a biokineticist and has worked with numerous high profiled sports men and women across the different sporting codes since joining the practice.

Melissa is a very keen golfer and is a member at Centurion Golf Club. In 2019 she combined her passion for golf and biokinetics and was accredited as a medical practitioner for the South African Professional Golf Association where she offers specialized biomechanical and rehabilitative advice on golf specific injuries as well as performance enhancement.

Apart from her golfing exploits, Melissa recently decided to follow a new interest in her own endurance sports and is aiming to complete her first half ironman event in 2022.

Areas of specialty:

  • Sports injury rehabilitation
  • Golf conditioning and injury rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • Sport specific assessment and training
  • Isokinetic testing and training
  • Correction of muscle imbalances
  • Chronic disease management
  • Management of cardiac conditions
  • Neurological rehabilitation (brain injury, paralysis, stroke etc.)

Melissa’s other qualifications:

First Aid Qualified Level 1 and 2 (AED and Oxygen)

Member of Health Professional Council of SA (HPCSA) – Independent Practise

Accredited Medical Practitioner for the Professional Golfers Association of South-Africa