Vicky Downing
Educational Psychologist



HPCSA Reg: PS 0124109

I have over twenty years' experience working with children of all ages. As a mother of two, I understand the pressures that children and parents face. I believe that all people have potential; sometimes they just need some assistance in realising this.

I work with children, teenagers, adults and families and have special interests in working with children with ADHD and separated families. I am currently reading towards my PhD through UCT.

             Direct email:      

Cell: 084 474 7744


Shirley Andrade
Reception and
You are always welcomed with my smile at Guiding Hands. I manage the day-to-day business of the centre and take care of all administration matters.
Direct email:

Tara Wellmann

Occupational Therapist

Bsc (OT) WITS, Sensory Integration (SAISI)

I have worked in Paediatrics since 2012 both in the private and
public sector, with a variety of paediatric conditions ranging from sensory
processing disorder and progressive developmental disorders to mild,
moderate and sever learning difficulties, as well as cerebral palsy and other
neurodevelopmental conditions. Currently I am completing my Master’s
Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand,
part time. Hands on Therapy was established in 2016 and currently
consists of 4 therapists with a passion for paediatrics.

Direct email:

Cell: 0748234321

Sharl Venter

Certified Life Coach


BAA Emerg.Med, ATLS Emerg.Med, AHCP Emerg.Med, ACLS Emerg.Med

I qualified as an EMT in 2000 and continued to do add-on courses while working on the road and as a Flight EMT in East London for a while. This is where I discovered my passion for people. I realized that sometimes people just want to be heard, have someone to listen to them which often makes a world of difference. Life Coaching fits in perfectly with this but has the main focus of improving life ahead, helping people achieve their goals and assisting them to flourish in life.

As a husband of 16 years and a father of 2, I understand that life has its many challenges, ups and downs, but it's how we take the positives in life and how the negatives turn us into better people.

Direct email:

Cell: 078 734 6797

Dr Yeshantha Padayachee

Homeopathic Doctor

M-Tech Hom (UJ)

Practice no.0543039

My passion for health and natural medicine was sparked from childhood and this led me to study a Master’s degree in Homeopathy through the University of Johannesburg. I have always preferred a natural treatment for illness, and truly trust that in changing one’s lifestyle, one can greatly improve quality of life.  I believe the human body is capable of healing itself, and with the right nutrition and supplementation, any of your personal wellness goals can be achieved! I have a special interest in children, stress management and thyroid disorders.

Direct email:


Sian Sampson
Senior Tutor and Remedial Therapist
With over ten years' experience working with children of different ages and abilities, I am currently studying and working towards my Bachelors of Education degree. My passion is working with children of all abilities.
Direct mail:
Cell:064 655 2973 

Danielle Williams

Tutor Assistant

I am passionate about children of all ages. My biggest ambition is to contribute to sending out well-rounded and confident young people into the world.

Melissa Symons


B.PhysT, SPT1 

I graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2016 and completed my Community Service year at Shongwe District Hospital in Mpumalanga where I spent a lot of time working with paediatrics with neurological conditions as well as patients with orthopaedic injuries.  

In 2018 I completed my SPT1 (post-graduate course in Sports Physiotherapy).

​I am passionate about living an active life. I enjoy CrossFit, hockey and indoor netball. My special interests are in sports injuries as well as non-sport related musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain conditions. These include post-operative orthopaedic conditions. I do, however, enjoy seeing a variety of patient conditions in my practice. ​

I am certified in dry needling and enjoy keeping up to date with the latest research and treatment modalities.


Direct email: 

Cell: 083 603 2742

Sonia Smuts



I graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2017. In 2018 I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and gain experience, my Community Service year was completed at Tambo Memorial Hospital. I’ve worked in the private and public sector. I worked with a variety of paediatric conditions this included all ages ranging from neonates to primary school. Educating parents and family members is a huge part of my approach. I love working with children and I have a special interest in sports and orthopaedic injuries.

Direct email:

Cell: 076 398 5947


Did you know?
Watch Dr Padayachee on Real Health (channel 176 DSTV) as she appears as a special guest on various episodes. See our Facebook page for details. 



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