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ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Dr Cameron Bruce

Dr Cameron Bruce

Founder & General Practitioner
MBChB UCT 1997
LMCC Canada 2002
PG Dip Pall Med UCT 2007 (Post Grad diploma in Palliative Care)

Area of speciality
General Practitioner with an interest in Geriatric Care and Palliative
Coordinated teamwork to take care of vulnerable patients at home

Experience
After completing university degree at UCT and internship at Victoria Hospital, Cameron did community service at False Bay Hospital in 1999.
He worked as a GP in rural areas of Eastern Canada from 2000-2004 and then returned to Cape Town to be in GP practice from 2005-2010 at Brampton Surgery in Claremont, Cape Town. Dr Bruce completed the UCT Palliative Care diploma 2006-2007 and increased his home visit palliative work as the years went by. Cameron founded Chariot Health in 2010 as a home-visit service focusing on geriatrics and palliative work. Chariot Health has grown steadily over the years to its current capacity in providing coordinated care to patients across the Cape Peninsula and up the West Coast.

‘I have a passionate relationship with music and have been a singer-songwriter-guitarist since the late eighties. I enjoy writing songs and playing in a band with my daughter and other talented musicians.
I have also had a passion for windsurfing since my childhood and have competed at the sports highest levels but now just enjoy being out in the wind and the waves.’

Toni Tickton

Toni Tickton

Case-Coordinator
Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA)
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA. 1980.
BSocSci (Hons)(Social Work) University of Natal, Durban. 1976.

Area of speciality
Case Co-ordinator

Experience
Toni has many years under the belt working in community development and project management in the NGO sector. Her interest in palliative care arose from a fulfilling time working in a hospice which provided her with unique insights into what is required to coordinate and communicate with a bespoke team treating vulnerable patients in the comfort of their homes.

‘I love gardening, reading and movies. I have a young adult son who lives overseas and really enjoy the infrequent opportunities that we get to spend together’

Cathryn Biggs

Cathryn Biggs

Credit Controller

Qualifications
BA Sports Science – Stellenbosch University 1999-2002

Area of speciality
Credit Control

Experience
Cathyryn worked as a Credit Controller at City Practitioners, a consulting company in London and also in the settlements department at Deutsche Bank in London. She is now the credit controller for Chariot Health.

‘I spend as much of my free time running – I love it!’

Senzeni Chisi

Senzeni Chisi

Driver and office support
Sales and Marketing Diploma – Malawi College

Area of speciality
Driver
Delivering of scripts to Pharmacies and delivers and collects medical equipment for Chariot Health
Office Cleaner and general handyman

Experience
Senzeni has been a personal Driver to Dr Cameron Bruce on patient appointments for the last 4 years in additional to maintaining the Chariot Health offices to an exceptionally high standard. Prior to joining us Senzini was a Driver for World Vision in Malawi for 2 years

‘I enjoy walking, all types of outdoor adventures, am an avid Church goer, and love spending time with family and working hard’

Ronelle Flude

Ronelle Flude

Receptionist

Area of speciality
Reception, Admin and Support

Experience
Ronelle held the Administrative Secretary position at SACS High School for 20 years followed by a similar position at Wynberg Boys’ Junior School for 2.5 years
Her admin and support experience has been further enhanced through her managing a few Bed and Breakfasts and having a stint as the Manager at The Gardener’s Restaurant

‘I really enjoy walking, reading, cooking and music and especially love spending precious times with friends’

Marsha van Den Berg

Marsha van Den Berg

Professional Assistant
PRISA certificate
Damelin journalism Diploma
Technikon Secretarial Certificate

Area of speciality
Administration, Secretarial and Support
NGO – Fundraising and Coordination
Microsoft Office
People Service and Telephonic communication

Experience
Marsha started her working career as a Marketing and Operations Assistant at Pleasure Foods and as a secretary to the Client Service Directors at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. She then held a Divisional Public Relations Officer position at Shoprite Checkers for 5 years supporting the National Marketing and Social Resonsibility divisions. Before moving to Chariot Health, in her key support role, she worked at The Friends of Valkenberg Trust for a period of 13 years, initially as a Programme coordinator and then as an Events Fundraiser, focusing on hospital staff and fundraising events.

‘I love to spend time with family and friends, swimming, reading, nature, adventure, and try my best to focus on health and wellbeing.’

INDEPENDANT PRACTITIONERS

Dr Cameron Bruce

Dr Cameron Bruce

General Practitioner
MBChB UCT 1997
LMCC Canada 2002
PG Dip Pall Med UCT 2007 (Post Grad diploma in Palliative Care)

Area of speciality
General Practitioner with an interest in Geriatric Care and Palliative
Coordinated teamwork to take care of vulnerable patients at home

Experience
After completing university degree at UCT and internship at Victoria Hospital, Cameron did community service at False Bay Hospital in 1999.
He worked as a GP in rural areas of Eastern Canada from 2000-2004 and then returned to Cape Town to be in GP practice from 2005-2010 at Brampton Surgery in Claremont, Cape Town. Dr Bruce completed the UCT Palliative Care diploma 2006-2007 and increased his home visit palliative work as the years went by. Cameron founded Chariot Health in 2010 as a home-visit service focusing on geriatrics and palliative work. Chariot Health has grown steadily over the years to its current capacity in providing coordinated care to patients across the Cape Peninsula and up the West Coast.

‘I have a passionate relationship with music and have been a singer-songwriter-guitarist since the late eighties. I enjoy writing songs and playing in a band with my daughter and other talented musicians.
I have also had a passion for windsurfing since my childhood and have competed at the sports highest levels but now just enjoy being out in the wind and the waves.’

Dr Belinda Cohen

Dr Belinda Cohen

General Practitioner
BSc (Stell) 1981
MbChb (UCT) 1986
Post Grad Dipl 7 Palliative Care (UCT) 2016
 
Area of speciality
Palliative Care
 
Experience
Dr Cohen spent the first 5-6 years after qualifying obtaining experience in a variety of different disciplines namely; Clinical haematology, paediatrics, accident and emergency, and internal medicine. At one stage she started to specialize in anaesthetics (spent 2 years as a reg), with the aim to enter Intensive care medicine. However when she started a family she didn’t pursue this and has practiced family medicine for the past 20 years, intermingled with part time Palliative care at St Luke’s Hospice for 15 of those years. 
 

‘The great joy in my life is spending time with my family. We have 2 children, now aged 23 and 21; and have had wonderful family holidays whilst they were growing up – mainly in the bush and traveling to remote places in South and Southern Africa. I continue to love the outdoors and hike in the mountains around Cape Town most weekends.’

Dr David Cameron

Dr David Cameron

General Practitioner
M.B.Ch.B. UCT 1973
M.Prax.Med (Family Medicine), Medunsa 1983
M Phil (Palliative Medicine) UCT 2002
Fellow of the College Family Physicians, SA, 2008
Advanced Certificate in Health Management, FPD, 2014

Area of speciality
Family Medicine and Palliative Care

Experience
Dr Cameron is a Family Physician with >40 years of experience in clinical and academic primary care with special interests in medical education, palliative care, HIV/AIDS, programme evaluation and research. He is a former Associate Professor, Department Family Medicine, University of Pretoria. Dr Cameron currently provides palliative care to people with advanced illnesses along Cape Town’s West Coast from Milnerton to Melkbosstrand.

‘I have a passion for oil painting – mainly portraits’

Alison Main

Alison Main

Community Nursing Sister
Carinus Nursing College Diploma in Nursing ( General, Psychiatric, Community ) and Midwifery 1992-1995 Cum Laude
Short Course in Palliative Care at St Luke’s Hospice 2015 – Cum Laude

Area of speciality
Intensive Care
Palliative Care/ Geriatric care and community nursing.

Experience
Alison worked in an Intensive Care Unit for 19 years at a private hospital and has been working at Chariot Health for 3 ½ years in palliative and geriatric care.

‘I have 2 grown up children who I love spending time with. I enjoy cooking and entertaining and being with family and friends. I always have a knitting or crocheting project on the go as I find using my hands very therapeutic. I am passionate about long distance running and have completed 5 Two Oceans Ultra Marathons and 2 Comrades Marathons.’

Dr Shelley Kibel

Dr Shelley Kibel

General Practitioner
MBChB with honours UCT (1981)
DCH SA) (1983)
DPM UCT (2009)

Area of speciality
Palliative Care

Experience
Dr Shelley Kibel is a consultant palliative care practitioner working in Cape Town. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1981 and holds a Diploma in Palliative Medicine from UCT. She has had many years of experience working at St Luke’s Hospice and in the private sector.
She has a special interest in complementary therapy, art and music and how the creative arts can facilitate healing.

‘I am married and blessed with 2 wonderful, adult daughters. I love art, music, walking in nature and chi gung.

Fiona Moore

Fiona Moore

Psychologist
DipCounsPsychol (British Psychological Society, 2004)
MA Counselling Psychology (University of Pretoria, 2002)
Honours Psychology (RAU, 1999)

Area of speciality
Counselling and psychotherapy
EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing)
Mindfulness practice

Experience
Fiona trained and qualified as a Counselling Psychologist in South Africa and the United Kingdom and has worked in the public and private health sectors for over 16 years. She has developed a private practice in Cape Town offering both short term and longer term therapy to individuals in crisis, experiencing anxiety and depression, adjustment difficulties, traumatic life events and other emotionally based difficulties. Fiona is based at the Newlands Therapy Centre and whilst patients are invited to attend sessions there, it may be that patients are admitted to hospital or become too incapacitated at home where Fiona will visit them. Fiona works with individuals and families.

‘I love and look forward to my forest walks, enjoy being an aquarist, seek out live music, spend the rest of my spare time reading and relish travel’

Catherine Colman

Catherine Colman

Registered Nursing Sister
Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg 1984-1987
Dip. Couns. (SACAP ) 2011

Area of speciality
Grief and loss counselling
Individual, couple, addiction, grief, trauma and general counselling 
General nursing


Experience
Catherine has been counselling both in private practice and as a volunteer at an NGO for several years. Her experience as a nurse has been an invaluable asset and feels that it is a privilege to help patients at their most vulnerable.

‘I’m married with 2 daughters and 2 fur babies. My simple pleasures are hiking, the outdoors, gardening and photography 

Rose Jooste

Rose Jooste

Community nursing sister
Diploma Nursing, Carinus College, 1974
Diploma Midwifery, Mowbray maternity, 1976
Int Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course, Univ Stellenbosch/Toronto, 2012
Palliative Medicine Diploma, Univ Cape Town 2013

Area of speciality
The soft skills of nursing – care and compassion for patients.

Experience
Rose has had several years working in midwifery and as a research nursing sister and is currently a nurse mentor at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

Noreen Grispos

Noreen Grispos

Community Nursing Sister
State Registered Nurse (Mid) Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, 1984

Area of speciality
Dementia Care

Experience
Noreen has worked with the elderly for 14 years, mainly been involved with organising and overseeing home-based care, as well as in an advisory capacity surrounding retirement/frail care options. She is now a valuable member of the Chariot Health team.

‘I really enjoy hiking where I often get a chance to feed my other passion, which is photography.’

Dr Johanna Hughes

Dr Johanna Hughes

General Practitioner
MBChB (UFS) 2005
Dip Pall Med (UCT) 2017

Area of specialty
General Practitioner with an interest in Geriatric Care and Palliative

Experience
Dr Hughes has always had a special interest in palliative care and has gained valuable experience working in various sectors- this includes family medicine in the public sector, rural GP practice, step-down and geriatric care, community based palliative care as well as oncology.
She formalised her palliative care training through the University of Cape Town and is excited to be a part of the budding and fast-developing palliative care community in South Africa, where an interdisciplinary and integrated approach is making very real everyday differences in how supported patients and families feel during their toughest times.

‘Apart from loving the work I do, I am a mother to a lively three-year old. (Who is teaching me to love superheroes and jungle gyms). I am a keen reader and supporter of the arts. My love for music forms the score to most of my days.’

Dashini Moodley

Dashini Moodley

Physiotherapist
BSc (Physiology and Psychology) Univ Durban-Westville 1995
BSc (Physiotherapy) WITS 1998

Area of speciality
Dashini has a special interest in neurological and elderly rehabilitation and Palliative Care. She has completed intensive Bobath training at both Basic and Advanced levels . She has worked extensively within the Geriatric community, looking at Falls Assessment, Prevention and Balance Re-education (Otago) as well as Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Dashini is deeply passionate about the optimisation of function and quality of life of palliative patients.

Experience
After briefly working in private practice she left SA to work as a locum physiotherapist in the United Kingdom. She gained her vast knowledge and skill in the fields of neurology and rehabilitation having worked on hospital wards, community stroke teams and in outpatient departments.

In 2004 she joined a leading NHS trust as a Senior Physiotherapist, coordinating two physiotherapy rehabilitative services which provided assessment, diagnosis and treatment to clients with complex needs in community settings (home, step down facilities and residential homes). She developed these services over the next 8 years and cemented her position as Band 7 Physiotherapist –Specialist in Intermediate Care. Her work necessitated collaborating closely with other disciplines, family and careers and has allowed her to develop specialised clinical and communication skills.

Dashini returned to SA in 2011 and settled in Cape Town. Her firm belief in the need for functional rehabilitation and palliation in ones own environment and the importance of individualised management led to the establishment of Physio@home, an ideal platform for efficient, accessible, convenient and cost effective physiotherapy care.

‘I am a busy Mum to 2 children (ages 9 and 14), enjoy walking in my free time, I love travel, food and film and have a passion for fashion and interior design.’

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Social Worker
B Social Work – Stellenbosch University
Numerous short course and continuing education programmes, particularly in the areas of pain, trauma, dementia and bereavement.

Area of speciality
Palliative, Oncology and trauma intervention.

Experience
Lauren started her career as a Social Development Manager working in the non-profit world. Here she focused on trauma interventions, substance abuse, intensive counselling and family therapy. Her responsibilities extended to fund raising and the management of the Non-Profit Company.

She then moved into the medical field with the start up of a private practice after a few years in counselling. She helped with the development of an Oncology Unit and the psychosocial support team with in the unit. Their focus was on palliative medicine and home based palliative care, including bereavement counselling and working with children. Various other case referrals included trauma counselling, substance abuse referrals and psychiatric referrals.

Lauren is currently practicing in the Winelands, Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital and is part of the Chariot health West Coast team.

‘I enjoy the outdoors, jogging and spontaneous trips away. Anything by the ocean or out on a farm is my soul food.’

Dr Danielle Klemp

Dr Danielle Klemp

General Practitioner
MBChB UCT 1999
Dip HIV Management 2006
Dip Palliative Medicine UCT 2016
Certification in Mindfulness Based Interventions SU 2015
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer Facilitator Training 2018

Area of speciality
General Practitioner with an interest Palliative care and Mindfulness Based Interventions

Experience
Dr Klemp has run Palliative care home visit private practice since 2016, and provides relief work at Living Hope and St Luke’s Hospice. She spent many years as a GP, in HIV and ARV clinical care and research, was very active in community and public health work in general medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry and women’s health prior to focus on palliative care.

‘I love to live my life connected to what lifts my heart and turning towards what is difficult when that presents itself.’

Frances Ellis

Frances Ellis

Physiotherapist

Qualification
UCT Physiotherapy 1997

Area of speciality
Pain management physiotherapy

Experience
In her hometown, Port Elizabeth, Frances had her own practice doing hospital and outpatient work. She moved to Cape Town in 2013 and has been working more and more with people who suffer from chronic pain. Frances loves the opportunity to educate patients about how pain works and to help them manage it better. She has the special ability to partner with them to take steps in improving small and big things in their daily life.

‘I enjoy running park runs with my husband and 3 kids and love taking walks on the beach. I’m also passionate about reading, doing suduko’s and gardening.’

Wendy Gibb

Wendy Gibb

Community Nursing Sister
Registered Nurse (Community, General, Psychiatry) and Midwifery – BG Alexander Nursing College completed 1995
Diploma in Nursing Education – North West University 2004
Diploma in Nursing Administration – North West University 2008
BLS Instructor – Professional Emergency Care updated 2017
HIV/AIDS Training and counselling – ATTIC PE 2003
Hospice training on Pain control and symptom relief

Area of speciality
Psychiatry and Physical Rehabilitation, Elderly Care and Palliative Care

Experience
Wendy holds an extensive career in nursing, training and hospital management. The initial period as a carer saw her spend 4 years at Hunterscraig Psychiatric Hospital (1996 – 1999) as a Registered Nurse, then on to Aurora Hospital (1999 – 2004) as the Nursing Services Manager,
Injury on Duty Centre (2005 – 2006) as Practice Manager in charge of Trauma Unit, Education and Training Academy, and Ambulance Service, and
Kenilworth Clinic (2006 – 2011) as Nursing Services Manager. For the period between 2012 and 2014 Wendy went into private practice (self employed) focusing on Training provision, assistance with licensing of private facilities, writing of policies and protocols, and the placement of 140 carers at Helderberg Retirement Village.
From 2015 until September 2017 she joined Nuture Health as the Hospital Manager of two Physical Rehabilitation hospitals. Since then she is self employed in private practice, providing elderly care and Psychiatric care in the community and is an invaluable member of the Chariot Health team.

‘I really enjoy reading, writing and learning’

Jean Stavridis

Jean Stavridis

Community Nursing Sister
Registered nurse and midwife- Victoria hospital and Carinus nursing college 1976-1979
Palliative care course at St Luke’s hospice 2009

Area of speciality
Palliative care nursing

Experience
After working at Peers village and Alphenvale retirement village Jean joined St Luke’s hospice and provided nursing care at the hospice from 2008-2015. She then completed 2 research projects at UCT and joined Chariot Health in 2017.

‘I am an avid reader, love birdwatching, and relish the time I spend playing with my grand daughter! Family breakfasts are best!’