Bernardine earned her B.Sc. in Physiology and Human Movement Science in 1993 from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She continued her studies there to complete her Physiotherapy degree in 1997. Since graduation, Bernie has followed her passion working in a variety of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy settings both in South Africa and the United States.
Bernardine has attended numerous post-graduate courses including several year long Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Pain Science courses with an emphasis in the Australian Approach. In 2005, Bernie was awarded her certification as an Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2015, she recertified as a clinical specialist in orthopaedics. She graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Evidence in Motion in August of 2016 as well as graduating from the Executive Program in Private Practice Management Program at the same time. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).
Bernie is a firm believer in practicing what she preaches by maintaining a very active lifestyle. Some of her current activities include running, stand up paddle boarding and mountain biking. When not at the clinic, or working out she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.