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About 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.

Our Team

Meet the team that makes our patients happy

Stacey Brummer

Speech Therapist

I was born and raised in a small town in Johannesburg and would always enjoy the feeling gained from helping others. After matriculating in Johannesburg, I knew speech therapy was the career I wanted to follow, as I previously saw great outcomes from friends that had made use of the service. I went on to complete my degree at Stellenbosch University and became the passionate, loving and determined speech therapist that I am today.

Having completed my community service year at a hospital in Soweto, I came to realize what a great need there is for speech therapy across all populations. The need to ensure that every person has optimal communication and feeding skills in order to have the best quality of life.

I feel proud to be part of this profession and will always strive to ensure that each client receives the best service possible.

Shannon Florence

Speech Therapist

I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2018 as a Speech and Language Therapist, and completed my community service in Vosloorus, Johannesburg.

I have always had a passion for helping others, which led me to study this very special degree. I thoroughly enjoy working with the adult neuro population, with a special interest in acquired communication disorders and dysphagia. My second area of interest lies within the school-age population, specifically assisting children with literacy, articulation and fluency difficulties.

Whilst studying and during my community service year, I helped children and adults find alternative ways to engage with their family and friends, and rehabilitated a man’s swallow so that he would be able to join his family during meal times. I strive to empower individuals by assisting them in their recovery to achieve their full potential.

Melissa Pretorius

Speech Therapist

I grew up in Centurion and went to study at the University of Pretoria after having carefully investigated several career avenues and possibilities. During High School, I spent a week shadowing a Speech Therapist in a hospital and knew that this career is what I was meant to do.

I whole-heartedly pursued my passion for five years, and graduated in 2019 with my Master’s degree. My career officially began when I left my home town to complete my community service in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Although it was a unique and challenging year, I experienced the true impact and value of our profession, and my decision to become a Speech Therapist was reinforced and my passion amplified.

This career is as rewarding as it is dynamic and challenging, and I find great joy in making a difference in a persons’ life, through my unique skills and abilities. I enjoy all aspects of my profession; however my special interests include stroke rehabilitation, stuttering in adults and children, and early communication intervention for young children. Every person has a right to communication and my goal is to continue using my knowledge and skills to help give voice to the voiceless.

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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