Heidi Janit is a teacher, child and youth practitioner and freelance writer based in Johannesburg. She recently studied interior decorating and currently teaches Grade 1. She is the proud new owner of SA Moms .
Ronel Jardine is 43 years old and lives in Wellington in the Western Cape. She has been married for 20 years and has a daughter of 13 years old. Ronel runs a little tuck shop at her husband’s work and recently started doing the admin for a sportswear supplier. She loves catering, planning events and has loads of hobbies like beading!
Zayne Khan is 41 years old, raising her niece Kashmira who is six years old. They live in Phoenix, Durban.
Sheree Epstein qualified as a Skincare and Body Therapist in 2008 at the Hydro International College in Johannesburg. She also obtained her ITEC qualification – International Beauty qualifications for beauty specialists and body treatments. Sheree has worked in the beauty industry for 3 and a half years previously at a salon and thereafter opened her own salon – “Sheree’s Beauty Boutique” which is based in Norwood, Johannesburg.
Dr. Darren Stoler is an Ophthalmologist / Ophthalmic Surgeon, practicing at the Morningside Eye Centre in Sandton. Dr. Stoler is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed his specialist training in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery also at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists of South Africa, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Dr. Stoler’s interests lie in the treatment of vision-threatening disorders, and the improvement of vision in patients with cataracts and other sight-limiting conditions. Dr. Stoler is the first ophthalmic surgeon in South Africa to perform the new bladeless laser cataract surgery.
Mia Von Scha is a Life and Parenting Coach based in Johannesburg. She is trained both in traditional therapy, with a BA in Psychology and a certification in Trauma Counselling, and in various alternative therapies including Neuro Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Stress Biofeedback and Time Paradigm Techniques. Her passion is helping people to transform their lives so that they can become living inspirations for those around them – for their partners, children, friends, family and co-workers. Mia is also an inspirational speaker, a children’s author, a mother of two beautiful girls, and a lover of life.
Dr Janet Gritzman is a dental surgeon based in Johannesburg. She obtained her dental degree from Wits in 1986. She obtained a postgraduate diploma in Endodontics Cum Laude through the University of Pretoria in 2007 and in 2009 she completed a postgraduate diploma in Conscious Sedation and Pain Control through the University of the Western Cape. Janet has been actively involved with the Paedodontic Society of South Africa since 1995 and i’s president from 2003. She served on SADA (the South African Dental Association) as a National Councilor from 2004-2009. She is an active member of the Endodontic Society of South Africa, the Endodontic Study group and the Alpha Omega Society.
Lauri Isserow is a paediatric dietician and deals with the nutritional needs of infants and children. She is able to assist in formulating healthy eating plans as well as addressing the needs of premature babies. Her other areas of expertise include the introduction of solids, toddler feeding, fussy eaters, allergies,weight gain/loss, kidney disease, chronic illnesses and ADHD. Lauri is based in Johannesburg.
Megan Thole is a qualified biokineticist. She completed a BSc in Human Physiology at the University of Pretoria and thereafter an Honours degree in Biokinetics. She works at a well established practice based in the Cresta Virgin Active Gym in Johannesburg. Her passion is orthopaedic rehabilitation as well as optimising the quality of life for all individuals. Megan is a proud mom of 2 little boys which makes pre and post natal rehabilitation a special interest that is close to her heart.
Ashley Jay is an educational psychologist and is currently studying towards a diploma in Gifted Child Education. Ashley runs a private practice in Johannesburg and works part time as the consulting psychologist at a pre-primary school. Particular areas of interest include; play therapy, individual adolescent and young adult therapy, assessment, parental counselling, trauma and behavioral difficulties, learning, mood and anxiety difficulties in children.
Naomi Gurney has been a beauty therapist for over 14 years. She studied International Spa management at the University of Derby in the UK. Since leaving university she has travelled the UK training with different beauty brands and salons. She has worked in London, Dubai, Australia, Greece and arrived on South African sands in 2010. After working for Sorbet she opened her own company, Mint Beauty. Now a working mom, she works part-time from her home in Cape Town.
Heidi Meyer is a professional organiser and owner of Cloud9organised, based in Centurion, Gauteng. She assists businesses and individuals to clear clutter and implement simple lifestyle and paper management systems with the focus on reducing stress, creating time and saving money.
Robyn Borowsky is the owner and founder of Core Fit Pilates Studio in Cape Town. Her love for anatomy and body movement led her to study sport psychology, exercise science, group fitness, dance and pilates. It was always her dream to pursue a career that would involve working with the body, delving into pain and stress management, as well as toning and shaping. Robyn lives and breathes this Core Fit Concept and through her work she has realized that the activation of great posture, correct breath and complete physical core truly allows for a sound mind and balanced soul.
Talia Aronowitz is a speech-therapist and audiologist at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital, Midrand. She graduated with a B.A. Speech and Hearing (Cum Laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009. She did her community service at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in 2010 and started working in private practice in 2011. Talia currently provides hearing tests and audiology services for children and adults.
Dr Jacquelyn Schultz has been running a thriving homoeopathic and functional medicine practice in Johannesburg for 14 years. The practice consists of a 50% split between paediatrics and then the rest of the family. Dr Schultz has focused particularly on chronic dysfunction and disease and the maintenance of good health. Dr Schultz also consults for various companies such as Boiron, Nu Med and Amipro as well as lectures Clinical Homoeopathy and Diagnostics at the University of Johannesburg.
Erika Coetzee is a certified EQ Practitioner, educator and assessor. Her passion has always been people and helping them grow, which is why she trained and qualified as a counsellor with Life Line Durban, and volunteered as a crisis line counsellor. After 20 years Erika left the corporate world and now assists individuals and organisations in reaching their full potential by utilising the emotional intelligence framework to unlock value and performance. She is affiliated to the global organisation Six Seconds, a leading organisation in emotional intelligence (EQ). Erika is a certified SEI Assessor of adults and children (aged 8 to 18).
Vicky Pollock is the owner of Fluffalicious in Midrand. She has always loved cooking and baking. In her words: “There is nothing better than the smell of something freshly baked wafting through the house.” After years of baking cakes for her children and family she made the choice to study part time and received her pastry certificate from City and Guilds through the FBI School of Pastry. Vicky started Fluffalicious in 2012 part time and loves every project that she tackles.
Romy Kruger is an occupational therapist with a special interest in early intervention. Her areas of expertise are autistism and sensory integration. Romy graduated from the UCT in 2007 on the Dean’s Merit List and did her community service in Johannesburg at Tara Psychiatric Hospital in the children’s ward. For two years she lived in Sydney, Australia where she worked at two paediatric private practices and worked at the renowned Children’s Hospital at Westmead, specialising in autism. She returned to Cape Town in 2011 and opened a private practice alongside speech therapist Tania Botoulas.
Counselling psychologist Claudette Jordan completed her training at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2000 and has been in practice for the last fourteen years. Her practice expertise are in the fields of educational and counselling psychology and neuropsychology. She works with children and adults offering psychotherapy to address a wide range of emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, stress, sleep difficulties, giftedness, learning difficulties and problems with concentration; as well as career guidance and counselling. Currently she is the only Cogmed qualified coach in Durban.
Catherine Clark is a wife, mother of two and a qualified chartered accountant who is passionate about seeing people invest in their health as fervently as they invest into their retirements. As a cancer survivor she has learned first-hand how precious life is and how it should be cherished. Her goal is to make living and eating healthily as simple as possible, in order that busy mums can concentrate on the important things in life. She has studied the Mary-Ann Shearer nutrition course and reads copious books on health and nutrition. She has a particular interest in empowering moms with the information they need in order to raise healthy kids.
Talya Ressel is a Clincial Social Worker who runs an independent therapeutic private practice in Cape Town. She offers therapy with both children and adults, particularly specialising in working with the whole family. Talya also consults with various schools, runs therapeautic groups with children and parents and provides workshops for parents and educators on a variety of child-focused topics. Talya also juggles the demands of being a working mother, with two children. Being a mother has added to her insight into the challenges of parenting and the rollercoaster of the highs and lows that go with it.
Yolandi Du Toit ,mother of 2 young children, is the owner of LandiSmile Creative Workshop for kids based in Centurion.Together with her dynamic team, they entertain kids all over Gauteng- at festivals and public or corporate events. From big groups to small parties at home or smaller venues, they provide décor, ideas and awesome entertainment.They know her as aunty Landi with blue hair and she makes kids smile!
Ruth Kloppers is a mother of three to a 10yr old daughter (Emma), and 7yr old pigeon pair twins (Christopher and Rachel). She previously worked as a Strategy Consultant for a leading South African bank, until her eldest daughter was born with congenital pneumonia, and motherhood become her primary occupation, as her baby was ill frequently. Two years later, Ruth was expecting twins and decided that getting a nanny was a necessity. However, it was crucial to find someone that was trained and competent to care for the twins if Ruth was occupied with a sick 2 yr old. It was this dilemma, and battling to find someone competent, that sparked the idea for Help at Home. From 2007, Help At Home was created to train and place competent, caring and capable nannies and domestics to mothers in Johannesburg. All the nannies are trained comprehensively in Childcare, fully reference checked and interviewed before being placed. Help at Home was also the first agency to introduce fingerprint-based criminal checks – and each lady placed undergoes this check. A second course in Mental Stimulation has since been developed and is presented by a pre-school teacher. Help at Home also offers medical insurance for nannies, and small business staff – giving domestic workers the ability to have private healthcare. The business has two offices in Johannesburg, and serves the greater Johannesburg area.