Nadia opened her own practice in the beginning of 2007. She has extensive experience in Sensory Integration, special needs and early intervention and is involved in the local Neonatal ICU. Nadia has a passion for the development of therapists, parent support and providing therapy of a high quality, where both the child’s and parent’s needs are meet in an emphatic and effective manner. She is a parent of 3 boys and therefore divides her time between H.O.P.E Studio and her children.
Eleanor is a passionate and driven Occupational Therapist who received the INSTOPP award for the best final year student in Practice Management in the context of private practice in Occupational Therapy. She has a special interest in the field of Sensory Integration, Praxis, Vision and Learning Disabilities. She has been with H.O.P.E Studio since 2013 and joined the management team in 2018 by founding the West Rand practice together with Nadia. Eleanor feels it is important for each child to achieve success in every therapy session.
Meghan worked for a one and half years at Heidelberg Hospital before joining the H.O.P.E Studio team in July 2016. She is passionate about working with children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological conditions. She annually attends the Low Vision Conference and feels it is important to provide therapy to children who have poor vision. She also has a special interest in treating children with sensory integrative difficulties, learning difficulties and developmental delays. Meghan has had further training in AAC, seating of Cerebral Palsy children and the screening of preschool children.
Cathryn worked for 6 years at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) where she gained extensive paediatric experience in burns, oncology, neurological conditions, neonates, splinting and many other areas. Cathryn has been part of the H.O.P.E Studio team for 5 years and loves working with families and in particular those with babies and young children. She is passionate about her work, and the difference that she is able to make in the lives of many families. Cathryn is the loving mother of 2 young daughters and shares her time between H.O.P.E Studio and her family.
Tenille has always had a dream of one day having the privilege of working with children, which sparked her decision to study and qualify as an Occupational Therapist. She is currently furthering her skills by completing her Ayres Sensory Integration training. She enjoys working with children of all ages and has a special interest in working with sensory processing difficulties, developmental delays as well as learning difficulties. Tenille’s loving and gentle nature allows her to easily connect with her clients. She is driven by her love for children and she feels honoured to witness each child grow and develop to their full potential.
During her community service year, Danielle was provided with the opportunity to work with children living with many types of impairments and this is where she found that her passion is paediatrics. She has a special interest in working with children living with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism. She brings a positive attitude into her therapy sessions and she strives to connect with every child that she treats. Danielle feels it’s important to continue to develop professionally and she enjoys noting improvement in each child’s development, no matter how small.
Dimitra completed her community service year in the Sedibeng District office as head of the OT Department, where she had to coordinate and provide services to 14 clinics within the district. Within this year she completed the Malamulele Onwards Cerebral Palsy course in order to further her knowledge. Dimitra is passionate about working with children with Learning Difficulties, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome as well as hands therapy. She has a special interest in Ayres Sensory Integration and is starting the process to begin this post-graduate course. Dimitra feels that her greatest joy is being able to help children and their parents to excel in the best way possible.
Madison has experience working in the field of paediatrics and adult rehabilitation. Madison is passionate about working with children and has a special interest in the field of Sensory Integration and will begin her training this year. She has training in infants with developmental delay, basic sign language, play therapy, premature infant care, cerebral palsy, infant sensory integration, anxiety in children as well as an introduction into therapeutic riding.
Jessica completed her community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in 2019, where she gained experience in paediatrics, psychiatry and neurology. She is passionate about working with children with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Jessica is currently completing her training in Ayres Sensory Integration and has completed training in the treatment of preterm infants, children with cerebral palsy and autism, as well as the management of hand conditions. Jessica loves helping all children to live as joyfully, independently and playfully as possible.
Robyn learnt early on the importance of communicating appropriately with and upskilling her patients and their families in order to get the best carry over from therapy. She has extensive experience working with children with special needs, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Robyn has an additional interest and experience in Medicolegal Practice and hopes to make a lasting difference in this sector. She has a passion for working with babies, in the NICU and with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Both Nadia and Robyn have a strong sense of duty to the community, providing therapy and support within their practices for orphaned children and families that cannot afford intervention.
Storme has always had a passion for children and having the opportunity to work in paediatrics in her community service year reaffirmed her desire to work with children. Storme’s special interests are children with disabilities as well as Respiratory Muscle Training, and she is driven by the smiles she is greeted with, regardless of the kind of day they may be having. Storme feels that her greatest reward as a paediatric physiotherapist is seeing the children’s excitement and joy in completing, sometimes, the simplest task.
Gabi’s initial experience taught her the importance of patient education, time management and record keeping. In 2017, Gabriella moved to Johannesburg to join H.O.P.E Studio and to pursue a career in Paediatric Physiotherapy, with a special interest in Neurology and Sports. Gabriella continues to show a keen interest in infant care and appropriate musculoskeletal development in children of all ages. She also enjoys working with children of all levels of abilities or disabilities.
During Nandi’s time in community service there, she was exposed to many children with cerebral palsy and other conditions which motivated her to complete various courses related to paediatrics. These included the Malamulele Onward Course for Cerebral Palsy and the Ponsetti Method Training for Club Foot. Nandi has always had a passion for children and wants to dedicate her life to seeing every child enjoy their childhood and have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
While completing her community service, Jatan developed a passion and skill for treating paediatric clients and finds great joy in helping children improve their abilities. She believes strongly in helping those less fortunate than herself and this fuelled further after-hours work and going out of her way to assist those in the rural community. Jatan looks forward to learning and enhancing her abilities in the field of paediatrics and continuing to make a difference in every little one’s life with whom she is privileged to work.
Ashley strives to empower parents and caregivers. Ashley has experience and a special interest in autism. She hopes to reach out and open the world of communication to non- verbal children and aid in providing them with their unique voice. Ashley has a passion to grow and learn in the extensive field of paediatrics, and to work closely with children and their caregivers. Ashley is a mother of three children and has been with Hope Studio since 2018.
Ashleigh has experience with both adults and children of various ages and difficulties. Early Childhood Intervention and paediatric feeding difficulties are her noted interests and she is currently doing her Masters in Early Intervention. She is passionate about personal and societal progression and aims to make a difference in the lives of the children she provides therapy to.
While in her community service, Lauren gained experience working with English second language children and children with special needs. As part of her masters, Lauren researched new ways to assess the articulation of English Second Language learners in the South African context’. In 2020 she moved to Johannesburg and started at H.O.P.E Studio. She is passionate about working with children with special needs, articulation disorders and language delays
Kayli has a passion for paediatrics, specifically Early Communication Intervention (ECI) and feeding. She received the SASLHA prize for the best final year student Speech Pathology Clinical, as well as the Pierre De Villiers Pienaar prize for the best student in speech and language pathology (clinical). Over the past year, Kayli has gained critical people skills in patient engagement, compassion, empathy, integrity and encouragement. Kayli looks forward to growing her knowledge and skills within the private setting.
Educational Psychologists & Play Therapists
Jennifer has an interest in learning and development and offers play therapy for children as well as talk therapy for adolescents. She has a special interest in helping children and adolescents’ process anxiety and trauma. In addition, she offers psycho-educational assessments for children of all ages. Jennifer has a special interest in parenting and offers parent guidance and support for parents and families. Jennifer is also trained to work with adults and has an interest in supporting adults with unprocessed childhood difficulties. She offers forensic assessments for child custody matters.
Dominique has a special interest working with children on the Autism Spectrum and is passionate about helping children with barriers to learning not only reach their potential, but thrive academically. In addition to psychoeducational assessments and assessments for academic concessions, Dominique also offers subject-choice and career assessments, psychotherapy and play therapy and study-skills and other school-based workshops.
Marenel has various special interests in paediatric and adult nutrition related to gut health, food allergies or intolerances, rheumatology, hormonal health (both male & female) and autoimmune conditions. Marenel helps her clients implement practical and holistic dietary and lifestyle behaviours to improve their cardio-metabolic profile or risks for chronic diseases of lifestyle. Marenel is also familiar with nutrition protocols as developed by the Institute of Functional Nutrition. These include Auto-immune protocol (AIP), Ketogenic diets, vegan or vegetarian diets, specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), ReNew diet, Mito diet.
Marenel challenges herself constantly with different theoretical paradigms and then attempts to put it into practice. She has completed various specialized courses for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal disorders (EatFit accredited) and SOS approach to Feeding (trans disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties)