According to my mother, I was a natural-born doctor! She bases her conclusion on the fact that I “diagnosed” her, at the tender age of 2 years, with fatigue and headache during the third trimester of her pregnancy with my younger brother. I promptly ordered her to go to bed and rest, taking her by the hand and leading her to the bedroom to sleep.
Although it takes more than a young child’s intuition to become a doctor, I feel that compassion and insight into your patients’ needs, plays a large role in being a successful doctor.
I obtained my MBChB in 2004 at UFS. After qualifying, I worked for 4 years in the Government Sector, two of which as Senior Medical Officer at Botshabelo Hospital in the Free State. During my tenure there, I learnt how to think independently and act quickly and decisively on my feet, utilizing the limited resources and guidance at our disposal.
In 2008 I joined the family known as Wilgers Trauma. From the very beginning, I knew I had found my home. I gained experience and proficiency in the Emergency Medical field, and built relationships of mutual respect and trust with my colleagues. This is the same wonderful group of people, I am now forming a partnership with at the new MedAhead practice.
2012 was my year of taking chances, where I took a brief break from the Emergency Medicine life. During this year I went to work two stints in Sierra Leone at an iron ore mine, as their on-site company doctor. We treated anything from work-related injuries, to the endemic diseases of Malaria and Typhoid. This was also where I met my husband Jose, and later his daughter Jessie-Lee.
Today I am happily married, and due to the fact that Jose still works abroad, I have learnt how to value the precious commodity of time and cherish the moments spent together with loved ones. We enjoy the outdoors and hiking and take pleasure in experiencing all that life and nature offers us together. We strive to maintain a delicate balance between work and family, and never taking anything, including our health, for granted.