Practitioners

Nicole Van Wyk

Nicole Van Wyk
Clinical Psychologist
HPCSA Reg. PS0131482
Pr. No. 0686859

Nicole Van Wyk is a clinical psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), with a special interest in psycho-legal cases. She is also registered with the South African Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA).

She has worked within different sectors of the Department of Health, including the KZN District Office, Forensic Pathology Services, Emergency Medical Rescue Services, and various local clinics, community health centres, and district, regional, and tertiary hospitals. She has also worked within the private sector and has been a lecturer at a prestigious private college in Durban. She currently works within the Department of Health, assessing and managing a broad range of psychological conditions, some of which include: mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, autism spectrum disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, cognitive impairments, adjustment disorders, and grief, amongst a range of other conditions. I also work closely with the Department of Justice in providing assessment and expert opinion on forensic cases.

Due to the diverse range of psychological conditions and individuals she deal with, her approach is eclectic, with an emphasis on a person-centered approach. Her therapeutic area of interest is psychodynamic; however, the treatment provided is always based on the client’s presenting problem, personality, preference, and is always guided by best practice. She respects that everyone is an expert in their own life and thus should participate equally in the decision-making process regarding their healing.

She believes that we heal in relation to one another and the therapy room is the setting for this healing. She is grateful to be able to work within a field that She is passionate about and is humbled by the position of being able to walk through your journey of healing. The most courageous step one can take is the step to healing, which starts with the decision to see a psychologist. As Sigmund Freud said, “out of your vulnerabilities, will come your strength”.

Leola Chetty

Speech and Language Therapist

‘Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.’

Leola Chetty qualified with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Speech Language Pathology). Leola is a compassionate speech & language therapist with 14 years clinical experience who loves working with children and thrives on seeing results in her clients. She takes great pride in providing the best possible care in a supporting and positive environment, to the children that need speech therapy. It is important to Leola to develop inter-personal relationships with her clients, their parents as well as other professionals with whom she closely works with.

Leola’s field of expertise and comfort is derived from improving the skills in children who have receptive, expressive language difficulties, articulation difficulties, phonological delays, auditory perceptual and processing difficulties. Leola also enjoys working with children who have, language-based learning difficulties, autism, stuttering and cleft palate.

Saras Naidu

Oral Hygienist

“It is in giving that you receive. Also, if you treat people with humility the response you will get will be amazing!”

Saras Naidoo qualified from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a Bachelor of Oral Health Degree. She has been working with Dr. Sikki Singh for 30 years and during this time she has gained a tremendous amount of experience in Orthodontics, Cleft lip & Palate and has further qualified to practice Oral Hygiene as an independent practitioner.

Having been part of the Wentworth foundation for more than 20 years, she says,” working with the underprivileged has taught me humility and gratitude.” Described as approachable and humble she gives her best to every patient, gaining their trust in the process.

When she’s not improving the lives of her patients, Saras loves scouting secondhand shops for old or antique furniture for her to restore, giving her a great sense of achievement once completed.

Kathy Dolloway

Oral Hygienist, Chairperson of OHASA (Oral Hygiene Association of South Africa) KZN

“She who walks with integrity, walks securely”. (Proverbs 10:9)

Kathy Dolloway qualified as a registered Dental Hygienist at Glasgow Dental Hospital in 1985 after which she practiced Oral Hygiene in three large Dental Practices until moving to Durban in March 2000. Kathy furthered her studies at the University of Durban – Westville in 2001 to include expanded functions in Orthodontics, Radiography, local Anesthetics, Emergency and traumatic restorative techniques. She opened her own practice in June 2015. Further courses in Expanded Function were completed in 2018 at the University of the Western Cape and she has been the Oral Hygienist Association KZN Chairperson since January 2018.

She believes that Oral health is essential to your overall wellness, not just acute health issues but also making a big difference to your image and confidence. Kathy’s approach to patient care is to assess your oral health type and needs, thereafter developing a program of preventive care including both self-health habits and regular preventative treatments. An ‘afterhours’ landscape designer and avid reader, Kathy’s overall wellness approach resonates with all her patients.

Elaine Johnson

Elaine is and Oral Hygienist graduated from Bristol University in England and completed a bridging course at UKZN. Elaine is an active member of OHASA – Oral Hygienist Association of South Africa, representing KZN. She is also on the board of IFDH – International Federation of Dental Hygienists. Elaine is passionate about her profession and has many years of experience in all aspects of Oral Health.

She has a special interest in the link of oral health with overall health. Elaine enjoys providing patients of all ages the experience of education and encouragement, whilst promoting systemic health through proper oral care. Outside of the office Elaine keeps busy doing yoga, reading and making jewelry.