For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for helping others in their time of need. Medicine affords this like no other profession and thus it was an easy decision to follow a career as a medical practitioner.

I Graduated from Wits medical school in 2006 and went on to complete my internship and community service years at hospitals in Johannesburg and Klerksdorp respectively. During these practical training years I was exposed to a wide variety of medical conditions and this is where I developed my passion for mental health care.

What I loved and still love most about psychiatry is that it offers me the opportunity to truly get to know and understand my patients. This in turn enables me to develop meaningful therapeutic relationships with my patients and their families and thus have a meaningful impact on their mental wellbeing.

I specialised in Psychiatry at The University of the Witwatersrand. During this time I rotated through adult, child, adolescent, forensic, psychotherapeutic and neuropsychiatric units across the greater Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

On completion of my specialist training I was admitted as a fellow to The South African college of Psychiatrists in May 2015. I also completed my Master of Medicine degree in psychiatry that year.

My Masters research focused on the topic of stigma towards mental illness. This is a cause that I am extremely passionate about and I use every opportunity to create awareness and actively challenge such stigma.  My research specifically investigated the attitudes of doctors in South African teaching hospitals towards mental illness and psychiatry. I was asked to present my research findings at the SASOP Congress in 2014 and the WITS annual psychiatry research day, where I received the award for best oral presentation on both occasions, as well as the MS Bell award.

On completion of my Masters degree, I was awarded the Louis Franklin Freed Prize for psychiatry in recognition of my research work.

After qualifying, I worked as a consultant psychiatrist at Tara Hospital for 2 years, where I was in charge of running the adult outpatient department. For a period of that time I also ran the psychotherapy unit.

I have been in private practice since May 2017 and continue to be invested in the long term mental well-being of all my patients.