Before university, I lived and worked in France as an au pair for children and attended a language school with women refugees. This year was instrumental in helping me understand the importance of being able to communicate and how this affects your quality of life and mental health. I personally experienced how not being fluent and having an accent greatly affects your confidence, and this is where I realised my passion for Speech and Language Therapy.
I then graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2019 with distinction and completed my community service year in Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2020. Here, I assisted a wide range of patients, from newborns to elderly patients with dementia. I worked both in the hospital as well as in the rural clinics. I have then spent the past year working in Canada for an NGO that assists adults with disabilities, such as Austim, Cerebral Palsy and Intellectual Disability.
I have a big passion for helping others be understood and feel valued, seen and heard. I thoroughly enjoy seeing how the confidence of both my patients and their parents grows as we work on improving their Speech and Language abilities or as we explore alternative ways to communicate.
I was raised in Cape Town and graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2019. I completed my community service in Mpumalanga in 2020 and in that year, I grew tremendously – not only professionally, but personally as well.
I strive to complete tasks to the best of my ability and always try to go above and beyond for my patients. I have a passion for helping others, which is why I feel as though my profession as a Speech Therapist fits me perfectly. I enjoy working with both the adult and paediatric populations. However, I do have special interests – in the adult population I enjoy working with adult neuro patients and in the paediatric population I enjoy working with school-age children who have speech or language difficulties.
Seeing how I can help patients serves as a motivation to me and when a patient is happy and satisfied, so am I. I aim to remain an empathic and determined Speech Therapist who always listens to her patients, empowers them and positively impacts their lives.
I am very satisfied with the results my son has shown. We have been bringing Zachariah for a while and am amazed at the progress he has made. One never realises the importance of spoken language until you have a child that is unable to communicate with you.