Welcome To Donavan Pillai Biokineticist

Your Health Matters

A Biokineticist is a specialised exercise therapist that functions in professional alliance to health and medicine, and is recognised by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. A Biokineticist specialises in preventive medicine and final phase rehabilitation and improves a person’s physical status and quality of life through individualised assessment and exercise prescription.


Meet Our Biokineticists


Donavan Pillai

Donavan Pillai qualified with a degree in Sport Science (Hons) Biokinetics at the University of Durban Westville, South Africa. He then went on to serve his internship at the University of Port Elizabeth where he also served as the Biokineticist for the UPE International Cricket Academy. Donavan also received a bursary from the United Cricket Board of South Africa where he presented a conference paper at the 2nd World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket (2003).

He has previously served as the Biokineticist for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Dolphins Cricket Union. Donavan Pillai has over 15 years experience in the Sport Science and Biokinetics field having worked amongst various sporting codes and populations.

He served as the Chairperson for the Biokinetics Association of South Africa – KZN region as well as Director of Marketing and later the Director of Public Sector for the Biokinetics Association of South Africa. Donavan also served on the organising committee of the Life Through Movement International Conference 2014. He served as a part –time lecturer and external examiner at the Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences Department, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.

He worked as the Head of Sport Science and Medicine for JSW Sport (India), The Inspire Institute of Sport (India) and Bengaluru FC (India)

Jeanne Grace  

Dr. Jeanne Grace holds a doctorate postgraduate qualification specializing in Biokinetics with 15 years’ experience practicing as a Biokineticst and was the director of three Biokinetics practices. She is currently an Associate Professor at an academic institution and is actively involved in teaching and learning of Biokinetics students since 2009. Her responsibilities within the Biokinetics private practice and as an academic forms part of her expertise within these two fields. 

As a past director of three Biokinetics practices, her responsibilities entailed the general management of these practices, legal compliance, financial management, HR and marketing. As Biokineticist, she prescribed safe and effective therapeutic exercise programs to individuals with medical disorders related to inadequate or absence of physical activity.  She was also involved in sports performance/conditioning & rehabilitation of high-risk populations and sportsmen/women. In a multi-discipline team setting, she developed and implemented incapacity management and functional training programs for BHP Billiton.

She was also involved in physical health & employment screening of various departments of Eskom generation employees as well as developing and implementing worksite health promotion programs. She developed, implemented and presented various health promotion- and wellness talks & workshops. She managed contracts with multiple companies (British America tobacco, Eskom, OCSA, BHP Billiton, ABSA, Medscheme, Discovery, Momentum, Proffice, Anglo America Collieries). She rendered an executive health management screening/program at various companies.


She is still involved with the supervision of PhD and Master students with 7 Masters and 4 PhD students graduating under her guidance. She has 28 publications in national and international Scientific Journals and presented at several National and International Biokinetic scientific conferences. Her involvement in National and International Associations and committees like the HPCSA (Biokinetics), Biokinetics Association of South Africa (BASA – Director of Health Promotion) and International Institute for Health Promotion provide a good foundation within the field of Biokinetics. As the BASA Director of Health Promotion, her role was to promote health promotion amongst its members, medical aids, and various corporate and public stakeholders.


As a South African citizen and dually registered member of the HPCSA (Professional Board for Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Biokinetics), she is an experienced Biokineticst for over 24 years. Her area of specialisation as a practicing Biokineticist is consulting patients diagnosed with chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart diseases etc. and special populations like those who are pregnant, suffering from depression, children and the elderly.


                                                         Illonka Eayrs

Originally from Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape,, Illonka graduated with a BHSc Biokinetics from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. She completed her two years internship at the University's Centre at Du Randt and Grenfel Biokineticist Inc.  Illonka worked as a Biokineticist at the Sports Academy and at The Back Clinic in Port Elizabeth. She works with a range of patients from chronic disease patients to orthopedics, rehabilitating injuries and maintenance. She is an enthusiastic individual that loves giving back and helping people in their daily lives with her profession. Her hobbies are reading, hockey and hiking.


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Our Mission

Donavan Pillai and Associates are a team of experienced, skilled Biokineticists who genuinely care about helping each patient return to the highest level of function. Our mission is to provide our patients with superior and accurate individualised biomechanical analysis and expert advice. We strive to provide the highest quality rehabilitation and individualised exercise prescription in order to enhance quality of life and optimise performance.


Who Can Benefit

  • Inactive people who wish to manage their risk for hypokinetic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Those in need of physical rehabilitation for any injury, condition or disability.

  • The corporate and industrial sector: by improving health, wellness and ultimately productivity.

  • Active people who wish to assess, monitor and improve their fitness.

  • Sports performers to optimize current performance and implement pre, mid, and post season training through scientific and support

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Corporate Wellness

The Harvard Business Review defines employee wellness as, “An organised employer-sponsored programme that is designed to support employees as they adopt and sustain behaviours that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organisation’s bottom line.”

Donavan Pillai and Associates is a group of biokineticists in and around the greater Durban area

We are able to test small and large groups at a time

We provide the opportunity to test health parameters and ensure the path to employee wellness

The practice is concerned with:

  • Promotion and maintenance of physical abilities

  • Prevention of risk factors

  • Education towards a healthier lifestyle


Chronic Disease Reduction and Reversal Programme

Including an initial assessment and supervised Biokinetic group exercise sessions helping patients to manage their chronic condition.


Medical Reward Schemes

Donavan Pillai Biokineticists are accredited as a wellness network partner to conduct health and fitness assessments for Discovery Vitality and Momentum Multiply reward schemes. Members of these schemes can undergo a health and fitness assessment and earn points.

Scope Of Practice


  • Medical History & Previous Injury

  • Previous Exercise Intolerance

  • Anthropometry

  • Flexibility & Range of Motion

  • Posture screening

  • Muscle strength, function & activation 

  • Slow-motion Biomechanical analysis

Acute Conditions

  • Rehabilitation of Pre-surgical orthopaedic & Cardiac Impairments

  • Rehabilitation of non- and post-surgical orthopaedic, cardiac and cerebro-vascular Impairments 

Musculoskeletal Status

  • Isometric & Isotonic Muscle Strength,
    Power & endurance

  • Proprioception

  • Postural Alignment 

Chronic Conditions

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Metabolic Disease & Disorders

  • Stress-Related disorders

  • Hypertension

  • Hyperlipidemia

  • Coronary Artery Disease

  • Stroke

  • Cancer

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Hypercholesterolemia 


  • Cholesterol & Glucose Tests

  • Blood Pressure

  • Body Composition

  • Weight Loss & Wellness Exercise Programmes 

Sports Science And Conditioning

  • Sports Specific Assessment

  • Exercise & Training Programme Prescription & Conditioning

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Contact Us

GetFit Fitness Centre

20 Buckingham Tce.

Westville, Durban, 3629

South Africa

1 Tetford Circle 
Millenium Home Centre 
Umhlanga 4021

Telephone:083 784 3971

083 784 3971

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