The Hand Rehabilitation Unit 
   Associate of Cape Town Sports & Orthopaedic Clinic         

The Team


Trish (Pletzer) Griffiths qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003. She completed her Community Service in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal in a rural hospital and then moved to London to pursue further work and travel opportunities. She has been specialising in hand therapy for the past 15+ years commencing in London Hospitals including King's College Hospital, St George's Hospital, University College of London Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital. As a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists, she completed her level II accreditation with courses on hand trauma, the wrist, and the proximal interphalangeal joint.

Since returning to Cape Town, she has worked at Groote Schuur Hospital and started her private practice in Cape Town City bowl in 2011. She has been involved in the South African Society for Hand Therapists as the President and is doing research in the field of hands.


Ilande Vorster qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in 2007. She worked in the UK in physical rehabilitation and community discharge planning for two years before returning to South Africa where she then completed her community service in the south of Johannesburg. She returned to Pretoria and worked at Kalafong and Steve Biko Hospital where she gained experience in neurology and orthopaedics. It was here that her interest in hand therapy ignited and she completed her Diploma in Hand Therapy in 2011 through the University of Pretoria. 

In 2013 she relocated to Cape Town and started working in private practice. She is a member of the South African Society for Hand Therapists and has presented several courses in hand therapy in Cape Town. Ilande completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Cape Town in 2019. She also works as an ad-hoc lecturer at the University of Cape Town.


Elaine Jordaan qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Stellenbosch in 2017. She completed her community service in the Eastern Cape in a rural hospital, after which she stayed in the rural Eastern Cape for another two years to serve the communities there. She relocated to Cape Town at the end of 2020 and commenced her career in private practice. It is around this time that she developed a special interest in hand therapy and have been pursuing a full time career in hand therapy ever since. 

She has completed various CPD accredited short courses and webinars in hand therapy, and is also a member of the South African Society for Hand Therapists.