Who are we?
Our pillar of investment is reproduction
StepMed is not just celebrating the gift of an individual, but focusing on the developing of a next generation. True greatness is not just being successful ourselves, but producing other therapists who are also just as, or even more successful. Producing a next generation of leaders to multiply our influence, securing that our dream will be achieved and that our patients will excel.
The vision at StepMed is to assist all patients to reach their optimal function levels (physically and emotionally), to enable optimal independence and access to activities of daily living.
In short, we would like to facilitate your rehabilitation journey to achieve the best quality of life possible, making the best use of the resources available to you and to us.
All the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists working at the StepMed Centre have completed an additional qualification in the treatment of adult patients with neurological (brain) injuries, based on the BOBATH holistic treatment concept. Various team members have also completed an 8-week Neuro Developmental Training (NDT) qualification.
Team Member Training
All the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists working at the Stepmed Centre have completed an additional qualification in the treatment of adult patients with neurological (brain) injuries, based on the BOBATH holistic treatment concept. Various team members have also completed an 8-week Neuro Developmental Training (NDT) qualification.
As far back as I can remember from childhood, I have always wanted to help people. I was for ever “doctoring” my dolls and my cooperative little sister, so it came as no surprise that I became a Physiotherapist.
My dream for the future is to see many people (cerebral palsy children included) who’ve been stigmatised by culture and community and who are house bound, be set free and helped to live with their disability with heads held high.
I am Lindelani Mandiwana, A qualified physiotherapist. I have passion for my job and it fascinates because I am working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and I get to learn a lot, build trust, and help them discover their potential in their functional level. Growing up in a family with a disabled member remained a motivation to seek answers on what can be done to maximize people’s physical abilities and lessen ‘disability stigma’ in the communities. Being with STEPMED rehab team has been a great honor because I am now part of making it possible and make people believe in their abilities.
In my matric year, I went to a physio for the first time. I loved the environment and the combination of science and compassion. When a man in our church with back pain was healed when I prayed and laid hands on him, I knew this is what God wanted me to study. While studying, I developed a passion for rehab and kids. I love the relationship one is able to build up with “long-term” patients. It is the greatest privilege to play a part in God’s healing. In the future, I hope to provide quality rehabilitation to the masses of people who have no chance of accessing it.
Richa van Eck
At first I decided to study Physiotherapy to become a sport physiotherapist, but during my studies I discovered that my real passion is to help people with neurological conditions / impairments. I completed my studies at the University of the Western Cape. I decided to complete my community service in a rural environment (Tonga Hospital) as I always wanted to assist people that have a big need for medical treatment, but do not have funds to travel to a nearby hospital or clinic.
Currently I’m able to fulfil my passion at STEPMED and work with a wonderful and passionate team.
“We rise by lifting others”- Robert Ingersoll
I’m Maeve Mamba and I was born on the 14th of December 1992. I graduated with my BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy in 2015 from the University of the Western Cape.
I am an outgoing, determined and hard working individual who has a great passion for helping the needy. Being an Occupational Therapist at Stepmed has enabled me to rehabilitate individuals with mental health disabilities such as Depression. Stepmed has expanded my love for mental health and empowered me to create awareness and the importance to seek professional help on mental health disabilities.
My name is Roxanne, I was born and raised in Cape Town where I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. As an OT; my area of interest is right where I find myself, in neurorehabilitation. Often, as humans we perceive independence within daily living as a “norm” and overlook the importance of quality of life. Therefore, I encourage myself and those whom cross my path; to always remain humble, listen and appreciate what life has to offer. Quality of life is what brings us to a place of contentment; expressed through independence, joy and happiness; which enables us to flourish beyond expectation. I can truly state that I am blessed to be a part of this team and an aid in facilitating quality of life with those whom I serve with great passion and fascination.
I was born in Nelspruit and grew up in the lowveld area on a farm. Everyone deserves a full life and someone who believes in them enough to walk a journey of collaborative learning and equip them with the necessary tools to live their life to the fullest. This inspired me to find a carrier where I can do just that, and to my surprise, do so much more.
I obtained my Occupational Therapy degree from the University of the Free State in 2015. I completed my Community Service year at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital, Bloemfontein in 2016. There after I was blessed to join Mariaan Teubes Occupational Therapist at Stepmed to live my passion every day. What the future holds; the Lord determines my future, I can only live for this precious moment.
“You find yourself truly blessed, when all-but-a-dream turns out to be your daily modus operande…”
It all started at a daily casual treadmill run.
I immediately noticed a group of people with different limitations ready for a session of Aqua therapy…
Immediately one could see the “liberation”:
The possibility for someone to be released beyond any limitations.
My heart melted, and my “career” was inevitable- I needed to contribute to this.
Being able to show people that there is more than “THIS”.
Being able to plant the seed of “HOPE”.
THIS IS… OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY!
Working with the Lord as my foundation, I truly understand the blessing of being able to invest in relationships, growth, and moving forward with patients.
My hopes, dreams, and personal-targets includes truly hearing and understanding every patient’s call at heart.
To recognize the “end goal” – especially in times that “they” are not motivated enough to think of hope.
To be the best advocate for them; whether physical, mental or emotional.
I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2014 and spent the following three years working in an acute hospital setting. I gained priceless experience and found my passion in working with neurogenic language disorders and dysphagia. StepMed’s approach to wholistic neuro rehabilitation stole my heart. I appreciate every individual’s journey and feel privileged when I have the opportunity to walk with a person on their road to achieving functional communication and safe swallowing.
The StepMed mission is best illustrated in the below image.
StepMed functions within an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) context. This means that we base our treatment of patients on a combination of the following principles:
- Feelings and goals into account); and
- Clinical experience and expertise.
By taking these factors into consideration during planning and decision-making, we have the best chance of delivering treatment and assistance that reflect the interests, values, needs and choices of the individuals we serve.
We believe that EBP planning and decision-making are grounded in the foundational platforms of Professionalism and Ethics. Professionalism encompassing
- Knowledge (our clinical tools and techniques obtained through training)
- Elucidation (the ability to understand our available clinical tools to enable the selection of the right tool for the right task)
- Service (Our goal in collecting knowledge is not for our own sakes, but to serve others)
Ethics referring to:
- Autonomy (to respect and protect the patient’s right to make their own decisions)
- Non-maleficence (to not purposely do anything that will harm a patient or put a patient at risk)
- Benificence (to always act in the best interest and to the benefit of the patient)
- Justice (to treat all patients with equality and fairness; to make the best use of available resources)