Professional Minds started in December 2009 by two paediatric Occupational Therapists who saw the need for upmarket, high quality Education and Training opportunities. Their aim was to inspire and enable Allied HealthCare Practitioners (physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Doctors, Psychologists, and Councillors) to develop themselves professionally and keep abreast of world trends and standards. The first course was run in Johannesburg in March 2010, and due to an increasing demand for Professional Minds events in other provinces, Professional Minds has since run many conferences across South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. As all the conference topics are Paediatric related, the Professional Minds conference base has extended to include many committed and dedicated Social Workers, Educators and Special Needs Co-coordinators.

The following are just a few of the Professional Minds conferences that have run to date: Concentration Clinic, Stumbling Senses, Anxiety Exposed, Controversial Classics, Answers to Autism, Discovering Development, Practical Strategies, Exploring Emotions, How to REACH & TEACH 21st Century children, Spotlight on Self–Regulation, Ethics & Elegance.

Professional Minds has built a reputation, synonymous with excellence and quality, and we are known for offering events and conferences which are upmarket and professional from start to finish. As a result, our conferences are more than just an academic learning experience. Whilst we host our events at 5* conference venues and source well respected expert presenters from around SA, and even abroad, we go the extra mile to ensure that the whole conference experience, is uplifting, inspiring and reflective of the value, appreciation and respect that we have for all Paediatric Professionals.

Founders

Haley is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, who is passionate about helping others to be the best that they can be.

She has always loved working with children and over the past 18 years has developed her expertise in understanding and working with children with Special Educational Needs and in helping them to find and reach their true potential.

Haley has worked abroad in London and locally in South Africa.  In addition to her work as a Private Practitioner, Haley was the co-founder of Cognitive Learning and Support Services (CLASS), a company developed to offer support, guidance and input to Educators, Parents and Children who learn differently. Between 2003 and 2012, Haley ran 4 Private Paediatric OT practices, at Schools around Cape Town.

In 2010, Gabi and Haley founded Professional Minds. Haley has loved the opportunity to combine her clinical experience and passion, with professional training and development and she is passionate and committed to going the extra mile to ensure that Paediatric Professionals are offered the highest quality, valued and most up- to-date Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

Haley lives in Cape Town with her husband and 2 beautiful children, and thinks that being a mum is by far the most demanding, challenging, rewarding and  wonderful full-time job of all.

Gabi is a qualified occupational therapist. After completing her Bsc (OT) at the University of Cape Town in 2005, she relocated to JHB to complete her community service, after which she began her career in Paediatric Occupational Therapy.

Gabi worked in private practice, following her passion to help children with barriers to learning. Gabi loved her work with children, particularly the more challenging children, and believes that the key to her success with helping children, was to begin by helping them to develop their self-esteem so that they had the confidence to challenge themselves, grow and improve their skills.

Gabi’s passion for children and those working with children,  together with her entrepreneurial charge and desire for high standards, lead her to follow her next dream in founding Professional Minds, together with her sister and partner Haley Rogoff.

Gabi’s goal is to provide top quality opportunities for paediatric professionals to develop themselves professionally and take their stand as world class professionals. Her goal is for society to acknowledge and appreciate the crucial role that paediatric professionals play in shaping our society and that they will continue to invest in, acknowledge and develop this wonderful group of people!

Gabi is married to Joshua and they have two gorgeous daughters, Kayla and Micah.

Administration

Cornelia Liebentritt obtained a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Stellenbosch in 2002.  She has 14 years clinical experience working with children, adults and their families in a private and community setting. She has a special interest in sensory integration with adults and children from diverse populations including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. She is also qualified in using a variety of other therapeutic interventions, including DIR® Floortime and Therapeutic Listening.

Cornelia joined the dynamic Professional Minds team in 2016 as Course Content Developer. She is passionate about uplifting Medical Professionals and Educators by providing them with world class information and relevant research on topics of interest.

Cornelia is fortunate to be married to her supportive Austrian husband, Gernot. They live on the face of Table Mountain in Cape Town where they enjoy going for walks with the family dog. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking.

Joseph is an Educator who holds a BA Education with majors in Education and Psychology. He also has a post graduate diploma in Counselling specialising in Family and Relationship Therapy and Trauma Counselling.

Joseph has a real love for children and has worked in both government and private schools for the past 30 years, 10.5 years of which he was the Principal of a private Primary School in Johannesburg. Joseph is especially passionate about inclusive education and looking at the whole child. As a father of 4, he understands the enormous role of parenting and is therefore empathetic and sensitive to individual personal needs.

Joseph has joined the Professional Minds team, and is fulfilling his dream to combine his knowledge and love for education and children, his people skills and creativity and his willingness to reach out to the community at large.

Joseph lives In Johannesburg with his family and in his spare time, he enjoys family time, artistic creativity, cooking and reading.