I am a gynaecologist in private practice in Johannesburg, South Africa. I practice from a beautifully renovated Sir Herbert Baker building in Houghton.I admit patients and perform gynaecological surgery at The Netcare Parklane Hospital. This happens to be the oldest and most established women’s health clinic in this part of the world. I qualified as a medical doctor in 1993, graduating from the University of Witswatersrand (WITS). I completed my specialised studies in 1999, after training at Baragwanath, Coronation and Charlotte Maxeke (Johannesburg) Hospitals respectively. I was then admitted to the South African College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology at the end of 1999. The early years of my practice was dedicated to working in Public Medicine, and teaching students and registrars at my alma mata. I then slowly moved over completely into private practice by establishing and championing safe midwife run obstetric practice at Linkwood Clinic, Johannesburg. After committing 10 years to this endeavour, health and family dynamics motivated a change of course.I switched over into gynaecological practice only. Currently my focus is on general gynaecology with a special interest in endoscopic surgery and urogynaecology. In 2012 I spent 5 weeks abroad obtaining a fellowship and diploma in advanced gynaecological endoscopic surgery.
I am passionate about educating women about making appropriate health and reproductive choices. With this in mind, I have appeared on radio, television and print media highlighting a variety of health related issues. I enjoy public speaking and have addressed groups as large as 500 people at a time. I have served on the editorial board of a peer review journal called “New Beginnings”. Sadly this is no longer in print. Currently I write quarterly for “Buddies for Life” a magazine of the Breast Health Foundation aimed at breast cancer survivors, their families and caregivers. Every day I am privileged to speak to so many women in my practice. Some have become like old friends and often seek both health and non-health related advice. My blog aims to extend the consultation beyond the consulting room. Here I deal with problems and events that may come up on a daily basis. The idea is to provide well researched, informed opinion. Empowerment through education is my aim. Encouraging healthy debate and discussion is an added bonus. I pride myself on keeping abreast of developments in the field of women’s health and strive towards continuous self-education and improvement. I am an avid hiker. Some of my exploits have involved successfully summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, hiking in the Peruvian Andes, climbing an active volcano in the Congo and trekking to find the endangered mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.I have recently taken up Tai Chi. I am the wife of a wonderful man who is a Cardiologist and an entrepreneur. I am also a mum to 2 teenaged children, who challenge and delight me in ways that are too numerous to highlight.