About Us

Tamsyn is passionate about the field of neurorehabilitation, particularly in the adult population. Her fields of interest include stroke, traumatic brain injury and dementia. She has dedicated her training and career to this field of practice, traveling locally and internationally to extend her knowledge and keep abreast of current research and developments.

Tamsyn adopts an holistic approach to care, working closely with the multi-disciplinary professional team and the patient’s family and caregivers. She believes in optimising care by connecting the patient to all available resources, such as other individual therapies, group therapy, education and counselling.

Our Therapists

Tamsyn Bernath

Speech Therapist

BA Speech and Hearing Therapy (2002) University of the Witwatersrand
MA Speech Pathology (2005) University of the Witwatersrand

Tamsyn graduated in 2002 from the University of the Witwatersrand, completed her community service in 2003 and her Masters in Speech Pathology in 2005.

She began her career in private acute rehabilitation and then moved into the NGO sector as the therapy manager of Headway Gauteng (The Brain Injury Association). Following that, she lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand for 3 years, which included clinical and research supervision. She was also as a clinical supervisor for final year Wits speech therapy students from 2005 – 2013 and resumed this clinical supervision in 2016.

Tamsyn is a regular presenter at conferences, journal clubs and support group meetings. She is a certified trainer in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia™, having completed the full course at the Aphasia Centre in Toronto, Canada in 2010. In addition, she has attended, and continues to attend, many conferences, workshops and professional events within the field of neurorehabilitation. Tamsyn served on the Southern African Neurological Rehabilitation Association (SANRA) committee from 2007-2013 and was the chairperson from 2011-2013. She is now a director.

Tamsyn went into full time private practice in 2011. Her practice includes outpatients at the Wanderers Wellness Centre (Illovo, Johannesburg) and acute hospital work at the Netcare Milpark Hospital (Milpark, Johannesburg). Tamsyn conducts group sessions at Headway Gauteng three times a week and supervises the Wits 4th Year Speech Therapy Students on their placement at Headway. She also conducts home-visits at private residences and residential care facilities within a certain radius from the practice.

Thiani Pillay

Speech Therapist

B.Sc. Speech-Language Pathology (2017) University of Cape Town

Thiani graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. In 2018, she completed her community service year at Albert Nzula District Hospital in the Free State.

Thiani completed her Masters’ degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal entitled “The Role of Clinical Reasoning in the Clinical Swallow Evaluation: A Scoping Review”.  She presented her research at the SASLHA conference in 2019. Thiani is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal as an extension of her masters’ research project.

Thiani is passionate about adult rehabilitation in both in- and outpatient settings. She has a special interest in dysphagia therapy, particularly within the acute setting. Thiani is currently based full-time at Netcare Milpark Hospital seeing acute patients for dysphagia and communication therapy. She is an active member of the multidisciplinary team through management meetings and clinical rounds. Further, she is a VitalStim trained therapist and provides NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) to patients at Milpark. She also consults on an ad-hoc basis at Life New Kensington Clinic (outpatient department), Headway Hyde Park and the Wanderers Wellness Centre for communication therapy.