About the Rehab Hands team

We are a team of dedicated, passionate Occupational Therapists. Our aim is to improve our patients’ quality of life through specialised therapeutic intervention.  The Rehab Hands team focus is on facilitating the return to full and meaningful participation in all activities of life – through rehabilitation, assistive devices, adaptations or modifications to the tools or environment encountered by our patients on a daily basis.

Therapists

Sancha Eliot-Righele

Managing Therapist and Director

BSc (Occupational Therapy, Wits); MSc (Occupational Therapy, Wits)

Professional Affiliations: Health Professions Council of South Africa (HSPCA), Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA), South African Association of Hand Therapists (SASHT), South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH)

Background: Sancha has been working in the field of Upper Limb Rehabilitation since 2000. She started her career in the government sector where she gained invaluable experience. Part of her development has included the role of treasurer on the Gauteng branch of SASHT and later as the president of the National Executive Committee of SASHT. She has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (dissertation on the prevalence of upper extremity RSI in computer users and the effect of an education based ergonomic intervention programme).

Lucinda Munro

Director

BSc (Occupational Therapy, Wits)

Professional Affiliations: Health Professions Council of South Africa (HSPCA), Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA), South African Association of Hand Therapists (SASHT), Fellowship in Hand Therapy (USA), South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH)

Background: Lucinda has been working in the field of Upper Limb Rehabilitation since 2004. Her career started in the government sector where she gained experience in hand therapy. Lucinda took part in an American Fellowship programme in Philadelphia under the Philadelphia Hand and Shoulder Centre, where she worked and studied under very experienced hand therapists and surgeons. This experience has stood her steadfast in the world of hand therapy and given her invaluable experience. Lucinda then worked in the National Health System in the UK for two years. Through this she gained great insight into the international field of Upper Limb Therapy protocols and processes. She has also served on the Gauteng regional South African Association of Hand Therapists (SASHT) Committee.

Michelle A. Couto

Partner and Therapist

BSc (Occupational Therapy, Wits)

Professional Affiliations: Health Professions Council of South Africa (HSPCA), Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA), South African Association of Hand Therapists (SASHT)

Background: Michelle has been working in the field of Upper Limb Rehabilitation since 2016. Her career started in the government sector where she gained invaluable experience in hand therapy. Michelle then went on to join our team in 2017 where she has shown herself to be a valuable clinician and team member.

Yentl Viljoen

Therapist

B (Occupational Therapy, Stellenbosch)

Professional Affiliations: Health Professions Council of South Africa (HSPCA), Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA), South African Association of Hand Therapists (SASHT).

Background: Yentl began her Occupational Therapy career in the government sector in 2018 and joined the team in 2019. Yentl has been an asset in the in-patient and out-patient areas and is continuing her development as an OT and hand therapist through her work in this setting.

Admin Staff

Nombulelo (Buli) Ndlovu and Rezane Dercksen.

Admin staff are the backbone of every practice and this is no different with the Rehab Hands team. They assist in all aspects of the therapeutic experience from appointments, billing and assisting with medical aids or IOD claims. In addition, they are able to help with all booking, invoicing and general practice information.

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