Our Team

Neuro Therapists

Neuro Physiotherapist

Leigh graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Witswatersrand (WITS) in 2012.

She completed her Community Service Year in 2013 at Edenvale Hospital where she treated a variety of conditions on both an in-patient and out-patient level and worked for two-thirds of the year in the rehabilitation ward of Edenvale Hospital.

Leigh chose to focus on neurological rehabilitation and so completed her Basic Bobath (Neurological rehabilitation) course early in 2014 and has since completed other courses to  broaden her knowledge. 

She is passionate about rehabilitation and about the progress her patients make and believes in working with her patients to achieve the best possible results.

Physiotherapist

Durrah Ganief completed her Bsc Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town in 2010. 

She started her career at a government secondary hospital within a rural setting, and this allowed her to work independently and creatively with limited resources. 

After a few years, she then moved to Johannesburg, and started working at a private acute rehabilitation hospital. A special interest in adult neurological conditions was developed, and a Bobath course was completed in 2015. 

Since then, Durrah has worked in different settings, seeing both acute and long term chronic neurological clients , as well as being exposed to ICU, orthopedic cases and musculoskeletal injuries.

Neuro Occupational Therapist

Liezl qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Stellenbosch in 2008, where after she completed her community service in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.  The following year, she worked in the P.E. Hospital Complex where she gained experience in treating patients with a range of physical and neurological conditions.

With exposure to interesting neurology cases, she soon developed a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation.  She completed her Basic NDT (Bobath) training in 2010, as well as the Advanced NDT course with a focus on the treatment of adults with Traumatic Brain Injury in 2011.  Liezl continued to attend various other rehabilitation-focused courses to further her knowledge and skill set.  She is also ErgoScience trained and regularly conducts functional capacity evaluations.

Liezl went on to establish her private practice in 2013 and currently works predominantly along the West Coast of Cape Town, treating patients at various stages of their condition.  Her field of interest comprises of the management of stroke, traumatic brain injury and neuro-cognitive rehabilitation.

She is passionate about helping people recover and develop skills necessary to lead meaningful lives, and loves to see her clients reach their full potential.  Liezl advocates for a multi-disciplinary team approach and endeavours to provide a quality service at all times.

 

Occupational Therapist 
Anita graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2015 with a degree in Occupational Therapy, after which she completed her year of community service at Cecilia Makiwane Regional Hospital in the Eastern Cape.

Anita then went on to work in the Neurosurgery Unit at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town where she gained specialized skills by treating patients with a wide range of functional and physical abilities, including exposure to neurosurgical, neuro-oncology and neurology cases as well as weekly seating clinics. She broadened her field of expertise by completing the Basic, Intermediate (2016) and Advanced (2017) Seating Courses; an Acute Stroke Management Symposium (2015); and the Bobath Course (2017). Anita moved into the private sector in 2018, treating adults in both the acute and rehabilitation phase.

Anita has a special interest in acute intervention for adults with traumatic brain injuries, neuro-oncology and strokes. She is passionate about the unique role that Occupational Therapists get to play in the recovery of patients from the acute phase of illness through to the final stages of re-integration back into their community.

Neuro Speech Therapist

Carianne qualified cum laude as a Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005. She completed her community service at Witrand Care and Rehabilitation Centre in Potchefstroom where she gained experience in treating patients with a range of congenital and acquired neurological communication disorders and dysphagia. 

With a passion for neurological rehabilitation, she completed her master’s degree cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch in 2010, as well as her basic neuro-developmental (NDT) training, while establishing her private practice part time. In 2011 Carianne went into private practice full-time, working at various hospitals and private rehabilitation centers in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. With a keen interest in further expanding her knowledge and skills, she went on to complete various post graduate certifications in the treatment of neurological conditions, including Introduction to Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets [PROMPT Therapy] (2015), VitalStim: Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Dysphagia (2016) and Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention (2016). Carianne has also attended various courses in the treatment of adults with neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia, and continues to do so. 

Carianne has been in private practice on a full-time basis since 2011 and currently works in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, treating patients at various stages of their recovery and rehabilitation. She continues to have a special interest working to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders/dysphagia in adults.

Her practice works at various private hospitals and institutions in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. She goes by the philosophy of working in a team in order to treat all patients holistically. She also strives to treat each patient with her utmost effort and to the best of her ability, using evidence-based research

 

Teresa graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2013 with a degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy. Thereafter she completed her community service year at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital in Bloemfontein. Subsequently Teresa spent 3 years in the educational setting focusing on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. During this period she continued to assist adults with acquired neurological communication disorders and dysphagia on a part-time basis in order to gain further experience in treating individuals with speech, language and swallowing difficulties following stroke and head injury. In order to further expand her knowledge, Teresa and continued to attend additional courses including Fibre-optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (2014) and Vital Stim: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for the treatment of Dysphagia (2017). In 2018, Teresa left the educational setting to work full-time with adults in private practice, assessing and treating individuals in the acute setting, as well as on an out-patient basis. She has a keen interest in acquired neurological communication disorders and dysphagia, with a special interest in assisting persons with Dementia and their families.

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