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PASA Leadership

Brandon Maggen, National Chairperson

brandonBrandon Maggen graduated from Technikon Witwatersrand in 1997 with a National Higher Diploma in Podiatry. His interest in podiatry was sparked when, as an adolescent plagued with knee problems that various practitioners failed to fix, a podiatrist correctly diagnosed that his feet were causing the knee pains. Once his gait was treated, the problem was resolved and a career in podiatry became inevitable. Brandon now runs a successful private practice in Cape Town that offers a variety of treatments and state-of-the-art equipment.

While his primary interest is clinical biomechanics, he also focuses on diabetes and its manifestation in feet, and completed a Masters in Diabetes at the University of South Wales. Brandon is currently pursuing a postgraduate certificate in gait-analysis at the University of Dundee. Over the years he has developed a special interest in the conditions and treatment of children’s feet. Brandon is the National Chairperson of PASA, an associate member of the Sports Medicine Association of South Africa, a member of the Wound Healing Association of South Africa, as well as numerous other bodies involved in clinical podiatric medicine. He has spoken at international conferences and authored a number of articles for various magazines. 

Stuart Alexander, Vice Chairperson

Stuart J Alexander obtained his Podiatry degree in 1998 and has run a successful private practice in Port Elizabeth for 17 years. His passion for podiatry led him to study further and complete his Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013. An interest in sports medicine drew him into becoming an active member of the South African Sports Medicine Association in the Eastern Cape. For more than 14 years, Stuart has been Eastern Cape Representative of the PASA Executive.

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.

Louise Stirk, National Secretary

Louise Stirk qualified from the University of Johannesburg in 2010 with a B.Tech degree in Podiatry. In 2011 she relocated to Durban and worked for Anette Thompson and Associates until 2013. During that time she completed a Master of Medical Science degree in Sports Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In June 2013, Louise moved to Johannesburg and opened a private practice in its northern suburb of Woodmead.

A second practice followed in 2015, at Arwyp Medical Centre, Kempton Park. Louise also practises as a consultant podiatrist for three major mining houses. She is the PASA National Secretary and her main interests include the management of diabetes and foot-related complications, chronic sports injuries and non-specific biomechanical conditions. Louise is CDE-registered and has had the opportunity to work with Specialist Physician, Dr Roodt, in a CDE-centred clinic. In her practice she has the latest biomechanical assessment tools, which include force plate measurements and video-gait analysis, and she also regularly takes part in corporate wellness days for leading companies.

Lucas Breedt, Branch Chairperson Gauteng

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.

Maxine Winfield, Branch Chairperson Eastern Cape

Maxine Winfield obtained her Podiatry degree in 2014. Due to her outstanding academic achievements she was selected, during her third year of study, to take part in an academic and leadership exchange programme with Appalachian State University of North Carolina.

After graduation, Maxine was invited to join the busy and successful podiatry practice of Stuart Alexander, in Port Elizabeth: she is happy to be based in her home town and enjoys the opportunities afforded by working in a private practice.

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.

Sean Pincus, Branch Chairperson, Western Cape

Sean J Pincus qualified with a National Higher Diploma in Podiatry in 1990 and obtained a BSc Hons in Podiatric Studies from Brighton University in 1991. He has run private podiatric practices for 26 years, both in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and currently works at the Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Centre in Greenpoint, Cape Town.

Sean enjoys assisting colleagues upgrade their knowledge in clinical biomechanics and orthotic design, as well as influencing other disciplines at postgraduate level at their congresses. A seasoned lecturer, he has also presented workshops on podiatry and related topics to students, colleagues and specialist medical groups within the podiatric, sports medicine, orthopaedics, biokinetics, physiotherapy and industrial health communities, and was published in the SA Journal of Diabetes in August 2014.

An Executive Committee member of PASA for 19 years, he was also a member and Chairman of the Advisory Board on Podiatry at Technikon Witwatersrand, moderated the Sports Podiatry final exam in 2008 and 2009, and is currently the Convener and Chairman of the 10th Biennial Congress of the Podiatry Association Of South Africa.

Anette Thompson, Chairperson Footwear Committee

Anette Thompson graduated cum laude with a Masters Degree of Technology in Podiatry from the University of Johannesburg. A dedicated advocate for podiatry, many of her articles have been published in peer-review journals. She has received numerous awards – including the Galderma Award for research - and her research into foot axial alignment for footwear manufacture has been included in a textbook on ergonomic design.

Another personal achievement was compiling the first morphometric database of women’s feet in South Africa by means of 3-D scanning. Anette has a special interest in shoe-fit and comfort, the diabetic foot and paediatric foot development. An accredited service provider for Diabetes SA Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, she’s also a member of the Wound Healing Association of South Africa and the Sports Medicine Association of South Africa, as well as Chairperson of the Footwear Committee of the SA Podiatry Association.

Anette works as a consultant to the footwear industry and is a SAPA-accredited last designer: she is also proactive in education and entrepreneurial podiatry-related projects. She is the clinical lead in a specialist podiatry practice of multiple-associate podiatrists that was formed to expand the reach of podiatric care to patients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Michael Els, Footwear Committee

Michael Els qualified as a Podiatrist in 1989, after which he continued his education and went on to obtain an Honours degree and a BSc Hons. Due to his specific interest in academia he took up a post at the University of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand, where he worked fulltime for ten years and currently serves on a part-time basis. His main focus of practise is foot function, and he consults in the Morningside and Alberton areas of Gauteng.

Since 1989, Michael has held numerous positions on the PASA Committee and he also served on the HPCSA for six years. He has had articles published in numerous journals and has also been involved in many congress presentations, both locally and abroad. 

Cherie Viljoen, Footwear Committee

Cherie Viljoen graduated in Podiatry from the University of Johannesburg in 2008. Her passion to create an awareness of podiatry and correct footwear initially directed her to design custom-made footwear and lower-limb orthoses, and she earned the Galderma Award for researching foot pressures during running. She moved to Chicago to study pedorthics at the Northwestern Medical School.

After this she practised for three years as a pedorthist in Florida and Oklahoma: in the latter she worked as part of a team which treated the American Indian community at a diabetic clinic in Tulsa. A member of PASA, the South Africa Sports Medicine Association and the Pedorthic Footwear Association, Cherie’s main interests are sports podiatry, diabetics and custom foot orthotics. She has a practice in Norwood, Johannesburg, and consults in Rivonia, Sandton.