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.

Calli Ostrofsky

Speech Therapist

BA Speech and Hearing Therapy (2012) University of the Witwatersrand

After completing her B.A Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Witwatersrand in 2012, Calli did her community service at Tambo Memorial Hospital. It was there that she worked as a Speech therapist and Audiologist with both the paediatric and adult populations and that her passion for working in the field of adult neurological rehabilitation developed. Following her community service, Calli worked at a private rehabilitation centre for adults with acquired neurological disorders.

Having a love for also working in the government sector, Calli then spent some time working at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

Calli has focused on speech, language, and feeding and swallowing difficulties in the adult population and is currently working with in-patients at Milpark hospital.

 

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. During her undergraduate training she was privileged to work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centres and care facilities.

In 2018, she began her community service year as a speech therapist at the newly opened Albert Nzula District Hospital in the Xhariep district, Free State. Her role included working within the district hospital setting as well as outreach to the 14 surrounding primary healthcare clinics. She played an integral part in starting up speech therapy services both at the hospital and within the district as the first and only ever appointed speech therapist in the district. This has helped her to learn skills such as: effective structures for service delivery, appropriate interaction with leadership structures and the importance of patient advocation. Thiani is passionate about working in adult rehabilitation in both in- and out-patient setting. The culmination of this passion and her experience in rural healthcare inspired her to enrol for her Masters in Speech-Language Therapy at the University of KwaZulu Natal which she will be pursuing part-time in 2019.

Thiani will be working for the practice by assisting at Milpark hospital, Headway and other home and facility visits.