It is all about our Brave Patients

About Us

Every webpage of a company has an about us page telling potential customers or in our case potential patients about the practice. If you want to read up on the qualifications and experience of our team members or the history of the practice you are welcome to scroll down. But if you want to read about us, it is better to explain who our patients are.
In this practice it really is not about us, it is about our patients.

If we could summarise our patients in one word it would be BRAVE.

Let me tell you why…

Our adult patients are just as brave. These are the people that face their communication problems head on. They are not afraid of change and is not intimidated by technology. They want to stay connected to the people in their lives, both professionally and personally. Whether their communication problems have been caused by a hearing loss or a neurological reason such as a stroke, our patients are focused on maintaining and improving their quality of life. They are people who do not live in denial, they want to know the facts, do the research and with professional guidance make informed decisions and take action on how to stay connected to the world around them.

If you can associate yourself with our patients and want to make an appointment, the next step is to contact us. If you do not associate with our patients then it is also simple, we are not the right practice for you. You are still welcome to contact us and we will assist you with numbers of other practices that might cater to your specific needs.

With our paediatric case load it should be clarified that the word patient is not just referred to as the child coming to therapy but includes the parent (children rarely phone us to book their appointments). It is the brave parent that seeks help for their child struggling with a communication difficulty.

No parent dreams about taking their child to therapy during their pregnancy. It is hard to admit that there might be an obstacle for your child that might need to be overcome with professional help. These brave parents are not the parent that drops their child of at therapy or reads in the reception area while their child is in a session.

Our parents at the practice are right there with their child in the session and are not afraid to get their hands dirty doing the hard work to make change happen. They know that once a week at therapy is not going to make a difference. But receiving professional guidance on a weekly basis on how they can help their children in their everyday routines and how to create learning opportunities for their children will be the difference. These are the brave parents who knows the power they have and don’t shy away from their responsibility. At the end of the day the success of our paediatric patients is not due to our skills set, but that of the active, involved and brave parent.

Our Team

Ilouise le Roux

Principal

Ilouise graduated as a speech language pathologist and audiologist in 2005 at the University of Pretoria. After completion of her community service year at Kalafong hospital she worked till 2009 at Universitas Tertiary hospital.

Ilouise le Roux graduated as a speech language pathologist and audiologist in 2005 at the University of Pretoria. After completion of her community service year at Kalafong hospital she worked till 2009 at Universitas Tertiary hospital. She established Ilouise le Roux private practice in 2009. In 2010 she completed her masters degree with a research study that developed an evaluation tool to identify parents need for information and emotional support before a cochlear implant for their child. She was selected as one of 10 therapists in South Africa to receive a bursary in Auditory Verbal therapy presented by Warren Estrabooks for a year. This opportunity lead to development of The Listening and Spoken Language South Africa training programme where she has been a mentor in the program since 2011.  She has recently started with preparation to become AVT certified under the mentorship of Karen McIver Lux. Although her passion lies with children with hearing loss she is passionate about the profession of audiology and speech therapy especially the paediatric population.  She believes that the practice is based on delivering a service to parents and their children and to adults where everybody is treated with professionalism, kindness, empathy and respect.

Christine Schoonraad

Audiologist

Christine obtained her degree in Audiology (B. Communication Pathology – Audiology) in 2016 from the University of Pretoria.

Christine Schoonraad completed her community service year at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital in Bloemfontein. During her community service year, she worked with paediatric and adult patients providing a variety of hearing healthcare services.

Working in private practice she has gained experience especially in neonatal hearing screening, conducting audiological evaluations and case management on a diverse set of audiological cases and the fitting of hearing aids to patients of different peer groups. Working side by side to Ear, Nose and Throat specialists has been providing a significant learning curve.

Christine is especially passionate about working with the geriatric population and being part of the process to help them maintain or regain their communication skills through the use of hearing aids.

Christine joined the practice in 2018.

Chelsea-Ann Dunn

Speech Therapist

Chelsea obtained her degree in Speech-Language Therapy (Bsc Speech-Language Pathology) in 2018 at the University of Cape Town

Chelsea Dunn completed her community service year at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in Kwa-Zulu Natal. During her community service year she worked in a multidisciplinary team in helping peadiatric and adult populations. A large scope of different speech therapy cases were seen amongst in and out patients.

Chelsea is passionate about paediatric and adult dysphagia to ensure safe swallowing and feeding. She is also passionate about language difficulties in helping those who have barriers to their communicative skills.

Working in private practice has allowed her to expand her knowledge in neonatal hearing screening, working with various voice patients and helping school aged children to improve in their reading and spelling skills. Having access to many resources and gaining knowledge through working alongside supportive colleagues has ensured that continuous learning has been taken place.

Chelsea joined the practice in 2020.

Jani Visser

Speech Therapist

Jani Visser obtained her speech and language degree at the University of Pretoria. She completed her community service in Kimberly where she saw a variety of speech and language disorders and worked with children and adults. Thereafter Jani worked in Johannesburg at a centre for children with autism for 2 years. She has experience working with children of a variety of ages from pre-school through primary school and into adolescence. She specialises and am particularly passionate about treating children on the autism spectrum, children with hearing loss and literacy/language disorders. She assesses and treats all areas of language development in children. Jani has experience working in schools and with the Department of Education which has given her the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams of other allied health professionals. She has a broad knowledge of language, speech, literacy and social skills. Jani is an energetic and ambitious person with a practical approach to problem solving and goal setting.

“Communication is the essence of human life” – Janice Light

Angela Abreu Rodrigues

Speech Therapist

Angela Abreu Rodrigues graduated as a speech language pathologist in 2015 from the University of Pretoria. She completed her community service year at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital. She spent a few months after that in private practice in Pretoria where she got plenty of valuable experience in adult dysphagia especially in head and neck cancer patients. Thereafter she was offered a post at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital which brought her back to Bloemfontein.

Angela’s biggest passion remains with special needs children, with her main interest in children with Autism and Cerebral Palsy. She enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team with other allied health professionals to ensure optimal outcomes for her patients.

Angela endeavours to do the best that she can for her patients.

Riki Rossouw

Receptionist

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