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 10+ 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. She is involved in the South African Society for Hand Therapists as the President Elect and is doing research in the field of hand injuries.

Mia McKellar-Basset qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Cape Town in 2012. She completed her Community Service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto where her passion for hand therapy was ignited.

Since her return to Cape Town she has been working in private practice specialising in hand therapy and joined the Hand Rehabilitation Unit in 2015. She has been involved in hand therapy education both in the private and public sector, and formed part of a medical outreach team who traveled to Madagascar in September 2015 to support the development of Occupational Therapy. Mia is currently involved in the Western Cape branch of the South African Society for Hand Therapists.

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 has since presented a course in hand therapy in East London, as well as at the South African Society of Hand Surgery National Congress in 2015. Ilande is currently busy completing her master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Cape Town.