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PASA Leadership

Nadia Dembskey, National Chairperson

Nadia obtained both her B. Tech. Podiatry and M. Tech. Podiatry Degrees at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. With her private practice situated in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, she has a passion for all aspects of pain management and is a Member of Pain SA. Other passions include trauma, surgery, wound healing, laser therapy and Diabetology.

She is a published author in the Podiatry field and has been part of the Podiatry Association of South Africa National Executive Committee from 2011 – current. She served first as Northern Branch Chairperson and later as National Executive Secretary; now newly elected as the Chairperson for the upcoming term. In 2017, she was one of the first Podiatrists to receive recognition from her peers and obtained Level 3A PASA Accreditation.

Future aspirations include starting her PhD in 2019, pursuing Post Doctorate studies as well as further development of Podiatry in the trauma and surgical fields.

Stuart Alexander, Vice Chairperson

Stuart J Alexander obtained his Podiatry degree in 1998 and has run a successful private practice in Port Elizabeth for 21 years, with special interest in the diabetic foot, podiatric biomechanics and nail surgery. His passion for podiatry led him to study further and complete his Master’s of Science in Medicine degree in Sports Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013. In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine. An interest in sports medicine drew him into becoming a fully accredited Sports Podiatrist by the South African Sports Medicine Association.

His portfolio on this committee has included the implementation and maintenance of social media forums for PASA, including representing podiatry on the public forum, Health 24. An avid podiatry fan, Stuart loves sharing his knowledge and experience by mentoring newly graduated podiatrists and encouraging them to be excited about their chosen profession.

Erin Dayaram, National Treasurer

Erin Dayaram graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors degree of Technology in Podiatry from the University of Johannesburg. She subsequently opened a successful private practice in the south of Gauteng, where she continues to pursue her special interests in biomechanics of the foot and ankle, and children’s walking abnormalities. In 2011, she was elected National Treasurer of PASA. She was re-elected in 2013 and has agreed to continue in this position for a further term.

During Erin’s terms of office, PASA has undergone a name change, re-branding and taken legal steps to protect the association’s new logo. Her fascination with the business aspect of podiatry has enabled her to successfully drive the documentation needed to retain PASA status as a NPO, while managing to support branch initiatives on public presentations and branch meetings.

Lucas Breedt, National Secretary

lucas breedtLucas completed his Bachelor's Degree in Podiatry at the University of Johannesburg in 2016. He currently practices in Centurion Gauteng within a multidisciplinary team at the W Sport and Wellness Centre.

Lucas is passionate about biomechanics, sports medicine, clinical diagnostics and pain management. Lucas is a passionate and vibrant podiatrist who has completed multiple short courses in Musculoskeletal imaging, Bio-puncture and Needles injection therapy.

Lucas aims to develop and improve the profession through clinical research, clinical governance and crucial skills development.

Lauren Brown, Branch Chairperson, Gauteng

Lauren Brown completed a B Tech in podiatry at the University of Johannesburg in 2011 and a holistic wound management course through Eloquent Learning Health in 2012. She has been a member of the Podiatry Association of South Africa since 2007.

Lauren specialises in sports injury diagnosis and management through biomechanical assessment and custom made digital foot orthosis. She also consults on and treats nail pathologies, skin pathologies, lower limb pain syndromes and diabetic foot management, and does shoe prescriptions.

Lauren has been in private practice since 2011 at the Netcare Waterfall city hospital and became part of the team at the Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic surgery with Prof Jon Patricios in 2016. As a podiatrist she strives to further the understanding of a podiatrist in a multidisciplinary environment that ensures best practice for all patients who suffer from any lower limb pathology. It is her mission to encompass everything a podiatrist can offer, complimented with the latest technology, thus promoting the profession and providing much needed care for so many patients.

Dr Brian Brown, Branch Chairperson, Eastern Cape

I obtained my undergraduate/pre-registration training at the Manchester Foot Hospital in UK before engaging in a wide variety of general and specialised podiatry, in community and hospital services in both private and National Health Service (NHS) sectors, undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and lecturing.

Following a podiatric surgical fellowship programme in UK and a short surgical residency programme in Atlanta USA, I completed surgical fellowship examinations and obtained the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) of the College of Podiatrists. These qualifications are recognised by the UK Health Professions Council (HPC) as denoting training and competency in the practice of podiatric foot surgery.

I became a UK National Health Service (NHS) consultant in 1991 as the clinical lead of a foot surgery service initiative in North Derbyshire, later moving to become the consultant and clinical lead in podiatric surgery at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, until my retirement from the NHS, prior to which I was a surgical tutor, examiner and peer-reviewer for the College of Podiatrists, Faculty of Surgery and a member of it’s Faculty Board

I developed a special interest in the surgical management of chronic ulceration and deep infection in the diabetic foot. I have presented numerous lectures and workshops at local, national and international podiatric medical conferences and seminars.

Since relocating to South Africa, I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in independent practice in partnership with my podiatrist wife. In the years leading up to this I focussed increasingly on the non-surgical management of common musculo-skeletal (MSK) problems of the foot and ankle, including the use of diagnostic ultrasound imaging and ultrasound guided (USG) percutaneous (‘through the skin’) procedures. I hold a masters degree in medical ultrasound from the University of Bournemouth, School of Medical Ultrasound.

My guiding philosophy is that where foot and ankle pain may be effectively managed by ultrasound-guided minimal interventions and other conservative means, this is often preferable before considering open surgery with its known potential complications and limitations. Some of the limited-intervention procedures I offer are not widely available in Southern Africa for a range of frequently disabling and frustrating foot & ankle conditions for which surgery can sometimes be unpredictable and unrewarding.

In recent years I have recently become involved in the field of Regenerative Medicine (RM) using autologous platelet-rich plasma (A-PRP) and autologous fibrin-rich plasma (A-FRP) for sonar-guided therapeutic injections, largely as an alternative to hydrocortisone or surgery.

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Serisha Neerachand, Branch Chairperson, Kwa Zulu-Natal

serishaSerisha Neerachand is a qualified podiatrist since graduating from the University of Johannesburg in 2007. Having practised in Johannesburg for the past ten years, she is now expanding her practice to Kwa Zulu Natal.

The reason behind her move is the opportunity to serve a larger community in Kwa Zulu Natal, where there is a lack of podiatry services.

But why do you need to see a podiatrist, some may ask? Well, a podiatrist is an Allied Healthcare professional registered with the health professions council of South Africa. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose, prevent and rehabiliate by medical and surgical means conditions of the foot and lower limbs.

Serisha specialises in treating patients with diabetes, children, biomechanics as well as patients who require specific footwear and socks.

Using her state of the art computerised Gait Analysis System, Serisha identifies and corrects gait problems thus ensuring proper offloading in diabetic patients and relief from painful heels and spurs.

Christian Olivier, Branch Chairperson, Western Cape

I am a registered podiatrist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (CH0004006) and the South African Podiatry Association and obtained my Bachelor's degree in 2002. Seven years ago I sold two practices in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town.

I have established three practices which sees a diversity of patients with interesting cases across the full scope of Podiatry. My special interests however are paediatric podiatry, sports injuries and nail surgery. I enjoy doing presentations and have done talks for medical professionals and the general public on a variety of relevant Podiatry related subjects.

I have recently offered my services and assistance in setting up a medical branch with a N.P.O. called Siyakhula within the Vrygrond community.

Tommeli Venter, Branch Chairperson, Central Branch

Tommeli J Venter graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Podiatry. She always knew that she wanted to help people and found a home in this profession. Tommeli has a practice in Bethlehem, in the beautiful Eastern Free State and assists her patients in the on-going management, diagnosis and treatment with various Podiatric pathologies.

One of her special interests is promoting and educating the public in what Podiatry can do for them. This includes an outreach program – teaching grade 1-3 learners about foot health in and around the Eastern Free State.