Meet our Team
Cheryl Fisher – Principal 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.
Alicia Myburgh – Occupational Therapist
I am an OT who qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016 and a Masters of Science in Occupational therapy, from the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in sensory integration and paediatric OT, in 2021. In addition, I also completed the DIR:FCD Professional Certification in 2020.
Children are so resilient, there is no way not to want to be involved! As such I have a special interest in all children, not dependent on their condition.
I have 5 years’ experience in a variety of paediatric fields including burns, orthopaedics and hands, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder within the South African setting and have had special experiences within government hospitals, community clinics, the Children of Fire Rehabilitation centre and child homes. I have had further experience in forensic psychiatry with adolescents and as such have a special interest in both paediatric and adolescent therapy.
My philosophy is that children need a little support to improve their motivation to engage in task and independently develop their skills. My goal is to constantly be working towards working myself out of a job.
I am enthusiastic about creating independence and a quality of life for children and further focus on improving my skills by attending regular courses related to paediatric rehabilitation. I believe in working closely with parents and caregivers to allow for carry over in the home and school environments.
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 centre. 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.