Meet our Team
Cheryl Fisher – Practice Owner and Supervisory Occupational Therapist.
I am an occupational therapist who qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002 and subsequently achieved a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, from the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in sensory integration and child development in 2011. In addition I completed the DIR:FCD Professional Certification in 2016 and the Fellows Certification in 2017.
I have over 15 years experience working with children in both the public and private sector in South Africa and internationally. I have been running my own practice in South Africa since 2007 and have worked with a number of highly experienced therapists. I have worked as a clinical tutor for the University of the Witwatersrand providing clinical supervision of 3rd and 4th year students. I am involved in running and lecturing for an NPO (Spotlight Trust) which is aimed at providing training and support for children, who have relating and engaging, and their parents/therapist through DIR:Floortime training and mentoring around the country.
I am enthusiastic about developing my skills as an occupational therapist through working in a variety of environments and with a variety of people. My practice is one in which children are enabled to reach their full potential, further I have a desire to use my skills to the benefit of disadvantaged children. I have an interest in working with children with physical or learning difficulties who are under the age of 10 and to develop my skills in working with children with mild to moderate difficulties, focusing on early intervention. I enjoy working closely with parents to provide the best intervention for the child to allow for carry over in the home and school environments.
I have recently taken an opportunity to work in a private clinic in London to expand my knowledge and experience and as such have left the day to day management and therapy to my capable team. I remain involved in the day to day running of the practice as well as supervising and consulting with the team and clients online as needed.
Laura Serman – Occupational Therapist
I am an occupational therapist who qualified with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002. I have completed my Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) training through the South African Institute for Sensory Integration. I have a vast range of experience as an occupational therapy ranging from working in mainstream primary schools to preschoolers with special needs. I spent 10 years on the University of the Witwatersrand Clinical Tutoring staff supervising third and final year students. I currently run a private practice at the Children’s Communication Centre and am involved in Cheryl Fisher’s Practice on a part time management, supervisory and therapist role.
Kadaisha Maharaj – Occupational Therapist
I am an occupational therapist who qualified with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2019. I am currently completing my Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) training through the South African Institute for Sensory Integration. Additionally, I am DIR Floortime informed, having completed the introductory course hosted by Spotlight Trust South Africa.
I completed my community service year at Lydenburg Hospital, a small town in Mpumalanga, where my passion for paediatric OT started. The benefit of working at a rural hospital is the opportunity to engage in numerous outreach programmes, specifically early intervention initiatives in the town and surrounding areas. My goal has always been to help people and be able to make a positive difference in their lives. By working as an occupational therapist, I have the opportunity to help others work through their difficulties and assist in making a stressful period more enjoyable and manageable by providing support to both the child and their family.
After my community service year, I spent 5 months working at an children’s non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg. The five months working at the organisation confirmed my love for occupational therapy and my passion to work with children. Being able to assist children relate to their environment, help them understand what they are feeling and overcome their difficulties has motivated me to follow my passion and work in paediatrics.
I have been fortunate to work with several experienced paediatric practitioners and receive invaluable experience and mentorship working within a variety of contexts, which includes mainstream, remedial and special need schools. This has provided me with the opportunity to work with diverse group of children (including ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and developmental delays). My goal is to continuously grow as a therapist so that I can provide the best therapy possible for my clients while working in the profession that I am passionate about.
Micah-Lee James – Speech Therapist
I graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville campus) in 2006, as one of the top in my class, with a bachelor’s degree in communication pathology: speech-language pathology. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I annually partake in various courses/workshops to learn and acquire new skills, deepen my current knowledge/expertise, and keep abreast of the continually growing professional service.
I have gained extensive working experience in a government hospital and clinics, special needs schools, a private paediatric practice, and a private adult rehabilitation center. Following my passion in paediatrics I have been running my own practice since 2012, serving children in mainstream and special needs schooling (mainly Autism and Downs Syndrome, but not excluding other syndromes and barriers to learning); gaining experience and building skills in many childhood communication difficulties. My practice is currently based in two special needs schools and one mainstream pre-school. To your benefit, my practice has also stepped into the Norwood Sports Medicine and Exercise Institute alongside Cheryl Fisher’s Occupational Therapy practice, with whom a good working relationship has already developed at a school we both serve.