I have been pondering on the idea of a blog for a while now, and here I am, writing the first blog entry.
So, the appropriate thing to do is probably to start off with a bit of background on myself and our practices… Here goes:
My name, as you probably have deciphered by now, is Yolandé van der Westhuizen, I grew up on a farm in the Limpopo province, in a lovely small town, Vaalwater. I attended the local primary school and thereafter went to boarding school in Pretoria where I attended the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool (AHMP). I completed my matric with 8 distinctions and went on to the University of Pretoria to study Communication Pathology (Speech Therapy and Audiology). It was during my 3rd year that I discovered Audiology is my passion and endeavoured to enroll for my Master’s Degree during 2008. (You can read the published article of my research here). It was also in this year that I served as president of the student representative council (SRC) of the University of Pretoria. This was a tremendous honour, firstly because I was the fifth female SRC president in the history of the University of Pretoria, and secondly because it was the Universities 100th year of existence. I obtained my Masters degree (Cum Laude) in 2011.
I think back to my high school and University years with tremendous nostalgia and appreciation for 2 great institutions and wonderful people that crossed my path and shaped the person I am today.
After my community service year at 1 Military Hospital in 2009, I bought a small practice in Centurion and slowly started building this practice. During 2012, We opened another practice in Northmead Benoni.
The idea of this blog originated from me wanting to share my experiences as an audiologist, and this is the perfect platform. As time goes by, the structure of this blog will take shape. I have decided to keep it simple, informal and patient orientated and to not use too much technical jargon. Some entries will simply reflect my experiences as an audiologist*, perhaps sharing some emotional high or low moments, and some will be more educational in nature.
I would like to invite you to send requests on topics you want me to address; I would be more than happy to!
Until next time!
*I feel that I need to mention that if I do share any experiences I will never mention a patients name as I am obliged to obey our professions ethical conduct.