Gillian AdonisABOUT GILLIAN ADONIS 

I was born and raised in the beautiful Western Cape. The people and children of Cape Town have always been my passion, ever since I can remember.

It is little wonder I was drawn into this field of work. I graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2002. After completing my degree I worked at Bloemfontein Hospital as part of my community service.  Working there affirmed my calling into this field of helping people. It was probably one of my most humbling experiences, but imparted me with humility and an unreserved heart of compassion.

There after, I spent some time at a special needs school in Johannesburg. The school focused on children with Learning Difficulties primarily Dyslexia. These kids crept into my heart and I just knew I wanted to continue working with children, specifically, those who had reading difficulties.

Cape Town was calling and it was time to head back.  I started my private practice in 2006. There have been many challenges that came along with it. However, I have learnt that the best way to overcome obstacles is one step at a time. I have thus far accrued fourteen years of experience as a Speech Therapist and over 1000 hands on clinical hours.

I am a mother of two amazing young boys. Their joy is my joy and their sadness is my sadness. So I fully understand and relate to parents’ plight when they enter my office with concern, anxiety and distress. I currently focus on all disciplines within Speech Therapy. View our range of services here. 

The Gillian Adonis Approach 

These are the key pillars that I have built the success of my practice on.

Trust: This is built up over time, but it is crucial that my patients trust me.

Authenticity: I am open and honest, holding my patients best interest at heart.

Perseverance: I don’t give up on my patients, and I expect the same from them.

Supportive: I am able to empathise and sympathise with my patients.

Attentiveness: When my patients speak, I listen!

Respect: I believe that respect is a fundamental element, in growing an on-going relationship, such as this.

Confidentiality: My patients can confide in me and be assured that it remains private.

Lisa Horn

Speech Therapist

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.

Zahraa Badat

Speech Therapist

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.

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