Dr Ryan Fuller
MB ChB (UCT), RCPsych (Imperial College, London), Cert. Specialist Training (Imperial College, London)
Dr Ryan Fuller completed undergraduate medical training at UCT and Baragwanath Hospital before specializing in psychiatry in London with dual accreditation in general adult and old age psychiatry. During this time he helped develop a memory clinic with a functional split model and wrote the operational plan for a dementia care ward. He is an accredited assessor under the Mental Capacity Act and was a part-time lecturer and Clinical Research Fellow at the Division of Neuroscience, Imperial College, where he worked on endocrine dysregulation and depression.
He returned to South Africa in 2010 and completed public service at Sterkfontein Hospital where he was responsible for forensic rehabilitation. He is currently in private practice as one of Johannesburg’s few Psychogeriatricians at Life New Kensington Clinic. His special interests are cognitive disorders, related mental health problems, evidence-based treatment and safeguarding the elderly. He also consults at Discovery Health where he helped develop an innovative Senior Care Coordination Program. He is passionate about integrated clinical governance and fostering public – private partnerships.
Dr Lolita Mostert
MB ChB (US), FCPsych (SA)
Dr Lolita Mostert graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 (MBChb)
completing her intership and community service years in the Eastern and Western
Cape. She then practiced in emergency and aesthetic medicine before specializing in Psychiatry through WITS. During her specialization, she worked at Sterkfontein Psychiatric hospital in forensic psychiatry as well as Tara’s psychotherapy unit where she gained valuable experience in treating personality disorders, patients with poor coping skills, depression, anxiety and self-harming behavior. She also worked at the Dual Diagnosis clinic at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital where she was involved in treating and managing the complexities of substance abuse, rehabilitation and co-morbidity of psychiatric disorders. She graduated with her FCPsych degree from WITS in 2014. Dr Mostert then went on to work as a consultant psychiatrist for two more years at Tara’s acute biological unit where she gained experience in treating bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-partum psychopathology, depression and dementia. She joined Memorycare on a full-time basis in 2016.
BSc. OT (WITS)
After graduating in 2003 from the University of Witwatersrand with a BSc OT, Jackie worked for the Department of Health at Discovery CHC for three years. Her position involved completing a public health care management course, managing the rehab department and the regional multi-disciplinary team as a senior therapist.
In 2007 Jackie entered private practice and has worked with various organisations such as Alzheimers SA, Flower Foundation, OTASA and Headway in a clinical, committee and management capacity. Jackie has also done part time lecturing and practical supervision for 3rd and 4th year OT students at Wits.
After completing an NDT course , Jackie actively pursed her interest in working with geriatric patients or those experiencing neurological related conditions. She sees patients, and their families and care givers within the hospital, out patient or community setting.
MA Clinical Psychology (UKZN), MBA (MBS)
Samantha is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 15 years in practice. She currently operates her private practice/hospital based practice from Akeso, Parktown. Her corporate career began at ICAS where an EWP focus grew into Talent Management and Assessment, Training and facilitation, Coaching for performance, on site Clinical Psychotherapy, Executive Coaching and Corporate Wellness Consulting. She obtained her MBA from Milpark Business School. She is an educator at SACAP, a private tertiary college focusing on psychology.
Samantha has written numerous articles and has made numerous appearances on television and radio on her professional capacity.
She has a special interest in working with psychiatric inpatients in a multidisciplinary setting with a focus on individuals, couples and families from a systemic framework. She also works with Memorycare with a focus on the psychosocial assessment and treatment of the elderly and their caregiver support system.
Riette du Preez
BSc Psychology & Physiology, BSc Psych (Hons) (NWU), MA Clinical Psychology (UNISA)
Riette du Preez is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with a solid background in systemic approaches. She completed her training and community service gaining valuable experience in managing difficult patients and families in forensics at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital and Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital. Prior to practicing as a psychologist, Riette spent 5 years consulting as a trainer and course developer for an Industrial Psychology consultancy and the University of Johannesburg. She gained valuable experience in both government and private settings as a Clinical Psychologist, working predominantly with adult and geriatric patients. She continues to be involved in both government and private settings as a regular speaker at conferences and workshops, mainly on the topic of dementia care and geriatric psychiatry. She currently runs a private practice in Linden and has been consulting as a therapist for Memorycare for the past 3 years. Her areas of interest are anxiety disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, depression, adjustment disorders and postpartum depression.
BSc (Chem), PDMM (UNISA), BA Psych (Hons), MA Neuropsychology (WITS)
Urvashi is a qualified as a Clinical Psychologist with an MA in Clinical Neuropsychology from Wits. She completed her internship and community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Johannesburg Academic Hospital, although some of this time was also spent within the community clinics in and around the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan region. She joined the Memory Care team in January 2015 – where her focus remains Neuropsychology. She also has a private practice based in Norwood and also consults to other psychiatric facilities as needed.
A large part of her work detail involves Neuropsychology assessments. The assessments are structured to identify deficits after the onset of a neurological event (before and after surgery/pharmacological intervention) or as a result of neurodegenerative conditions; to measure the improvement or changes in functioning; to determine competence to manage finances, live independently, drive or manage medication; and/or detect learning difficulties. She also looks at developing a plan to optimize learning potential; to investigate the ability to return to work (describe limitations & recommend accommodations); to design cognitive training, stimulation and/or cognitive rehabilitation needs based on assessed neuropsychological profiles. A systemic approach to psychotherapy is also offered to support the family in coping with the consequent changes following compromised brain functioning. Urvashi’s approach to therapy in the case of neuropsychological interventions is integrative and at the same time pragmatic.
BA Soc Sc (SW) (UNISA)
In his 40’s Hylton decided to pursue a new field of interest and qualified as a social worker at UNISA in 1998. He gained valuable experience in marriage and family counselling, working with children in a place of safety and with older persons in retirement homes and in the community. The main focus of Hylton’s work now is helping the elderly and their families.
Hylton worked as a social worker and then general manger at a retirement home for older persons. He spent several years in community social services where much of his work involved helping older persons and their families adjust to the changes associated with the process of ageing. A significant part of his work involves assisting the families of older persons to cope with the burden of caring for an ageing family member. Hylton is well placed to assist the elderly and their families in navigating the challenges associated with increasing frailty and the risks and unique challenges associated with ageing
Most of Hylton’s work involves individual and family counselling although he also has extensive experience in facilitating many therapeutic and educational groups. He is trained and experienced in bereavement counseling and trauma debriefing.
Michael Mozomera has several years of experience in caring for elderly individuals. His natural, gentle and kind-hearted approach which allows him to be an effective Community Care Manager. Michael plays a crucial role in the Memorycare MDT in that he is able to befriend individuals easily and earn their trust. He listens to the individuals concerns whilst observing their environment and noticing things about their care that could be enhanced. His formal education includes the First Aid Course and Caring for the Elderly through the Alzheimer’s Association of South Africa. Michael has his driver’s license and has been a safe driver for 13 years. Michael provides a driving service to patient’s who are not mobile and assists in getting them to and from their appointments.