Meet The Team

Therapist:

Linda Hiemstra

Occupational Therapist, Practice Owner

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Dip Voc Rehab (University of Pretoria)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in interdisciplinary pain management (University of Cape Town)

Linda has been working as an Occupational Therapist for the last 18 years and has experience in the public and private sector in a wide variety of disciplines, including orthopaedics, general medicine, geriatrics, neurology, spinal and vocational rehabilitation. She has worked both internationally and locally and completed the post-graduate diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation at the University of Pretoria in 2008, and the post-graduate diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management at the University of Cape Town in 2018.
Her current practice has been in existence for 10 and continues to grow. She is passionate about providing quality, holistic service which is in the best interest of the patient.

As practice owner, she is a firm believer in value-based leadership, and has a keen interest in education, and promoting the value of Occupational Therapy.

Memberships
HPCSA
OTASA
PainSA
OT Pain Management Group
Honorary lecturer UCT

Dr A Blight, Specialist physician
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"I have found Linda to be an outstanding colleague. She is thorough and very capable in her assessment of patients and I greatly value her clinical judgement. She has a great amount of common sense which is particularly useful when arranging discharge from hospital for challenging patients with complex needs. She has a delightful manner and she works extremely well within a multi-disciplinary team. She has been one of the best Occupational Therapists I have ever worked with…"
Prof D du Toit
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"Outstanding report"
DB, Patient
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"Thank you for your help and professional service, it is greatly appreciated!"
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Therapist:

Tamryn Olivier

Occupational Therapist, Practice Owner

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of the Free State)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (University of Pretoria)

Tamryn completed her B.OT degree at University of the Free State and worked for a private practice in Mpumalanga after Community Service year. She completed the National Post Graduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation at University of Pretoria, and started her own practice in Oudtshoorn. She joined the Back2Work team in 2017, after some corporate industry work. She has a passion for upper limb and physical rehabilitation, chronic pain management and intervention following injury or illness, and is enthusiastic to find new alternatives to assist persons to return to work and fulfill their life goals and passions. Tammy is also well equipped to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations and design rehabilitation programs for clients. She performs many management tasks within the practice.

She works across all our branches as needed.

Therapist:

Stefani Pienaar

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of the Free State)

Stefani qualified from the University of the Free State in 2012. She started her career in psychiatry and neuro-rehabilitation and joined the Back2Work team in 2018 and is based at the Paarl branch, working at the Spescare sub-acute hospital.
Stefani has a special interest in neuro-rehabilitation, general adult physical rehabilitation and geriatric care. She is passionate about providing ethical, client-centred care.

Therapist:

Candice Meyer

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of the Western Cape)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (University of Pretoria)  

Candice qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of the Western Cape in 2008 and completed her community service in the Northern Cape. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in vocation rehabilitation from the University of Pretoria. She has been a part of the Back2Work team for 4 years and has a special interest in physical rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation. She currently heads up the Bloubergstrand branch of the practice, which is based at Spescare Subacute Hospital.
Candice loves the versatility of Occupational Therapy and is passionate about how the profession can improve the quality of life for her patients.

Therapist:

Ashleigh Streak

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc.OT (University of Cape Town)

Ashleigh joined the team at the beginning of 2020. She graduated with a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town in 2010 and has a special interest in vocational assessment and rehabilitation of patients with physical conditions, especially spinal cord injuries. She is currently employed as a Senior Occupational Therapist and Clinical Manager at our Bellville outpatient offices.

Therapist:

Anneke Venter

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of Stellenbosch)

Anneke studied at Stellenbosch University and has a special interest in vocational rehabilitation in mental health. With 11 years of experience in the holistic rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals with various psychiatric pathology, she has developed an eclectic therapeutic style, shaping intervention to meet each client at their point of need and working at the client’s pace.
She is a firm believer in neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to reshape, relearn and heal. As she treats her patients holistically, she values the power of an interdisciplinary team approach, with the client is a valuable member of the team.
John F. Kenndey said, “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” So bring along the maximum effort and courage you can muster, and join her as you journey together towards an alternative future.

Therapist:

Annelize Kruger

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of the Free State)
  • M.OT (University of Free State)

Annelize Kruger qualified in 2015 from the University of the Free State, and joined the Back2Work team at the start of 2020. She is based at the Paarl branch situated at the Spescare sub-acute hospital.
She has 5 years of clinical experience and completed her Master’s degree from the University of the Free State. Her focus is on the physical rehabilitation of both in-patients and out-patients. With passion and patience, she provides the therapeutic intervention required that will enable her patients to re-engage in their activities of daily living and functional mobility after an injury or illness.

Therapist:

Caitlyn Lewis

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of the Free State)

Caitlyn qualified in 2017 from the University of the Free State and joined the practice during the middle of 2020. She is currently performing vocational assessment and rehabilitation for clients with mental health conditions. She has a special interest in vocational assessment and rehabilitation of physical and mental health conditions, pain management, and upper limbs conditions. She is also further pursuing her interests in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and pain management.

Therapist:

Annalie Skein

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of the Free State)
  • Sensory integration certificate (SAISI)

Annalie graduated from the University of the Free State in 1991.  She worked in the UK and USA in various disciplines before returning to South Africa to open a private practice in Johannesburg.  She specialized in Pediatrics and specifically Sensory Integration difficulties and continued her work in private practice in Stellenbosch in 1999.  A career change in 2012 lead her to Clinical Research in Auto-immune diseases.  She found her way back to OT in 2019 and joined the B2W team.  She has a special interest in geriatrics, general rehab and adult neuro.   She believes in holistic patient care and is passionate about improving quality of life and helping people to help themselves.  

Therapist:

Mia Bester

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.OT (University of Stellenbosch)

 

Mia graduated from the University of Stellenbosch. She is particularly fascinated by adult neuro rehabilitation and has a passion to restore purpose to the lives of her patients, enabling them to do things they never thought would be possible again. She joined Back2Work in 2021 and works at the Stellenbosch branch at Spescare Stellenbosch.

Therapist:

Claire James

Occupational Therapist

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc.OT (University of Cape Town)
  • B.A. Languages (University of Cape Town)

Claire holds a B.A. as well as a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town. She completed her community service in 2019 and began working at Back2Work in 2020. She believes that all humans are innate problem solvers and she loves partnering with clients to reach their goals. She has a particular interest in pain management.

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