I have just arrived back in Durban after a wonderful 3 years of living and practising in the Vaal and, at this point, I cannot help but reminisce over my experience as a Chiropractor serving the Vaal community.
I have learnt an enormous amount and I’m so grateful to everyone who has contributed in my growth as a person and a professional.
When I started my sport and family Chiropractic practice in the Vaal, I thought I would mainly enjoy treating athletes, as sport originally drew me to the profession. This has changed somewhat over the last three years. Although my passion for treating athletes is still there, I have realised that family care is so close to my heart. I have seen the benefit of treating the whole family from the mom-to-be to the grandpa; helping families thrive. If you feel good physically you can be the best version of yourself; if you are pain free you can be present in your own life and make a difference in someone else’s. So when I help my patients or athletes move better, pain free, I know I’m making an impact in their lives and the people around them; enabling them to build strong relationships which leads to developing strong healthy communities. It is this philosophy that has become central to my approach as a practitioner with the goal of enabling my patients to lead fuller lives, uninhibited by any pain or restrictions as far as possible.
When it comes to community building I would like to thank Parkrun Heron Banks. This initiative has helped so many people to get active in the community and motivated families to get active on the weekend. I have personally seen how this has changed peoples lives in the Vaal community. From not being able to walk, to doing the park run every Saturday. It is such a great motivational tool that I utilize to help people get active. Well done Parkrun, keep up the amazing work!
Before looking forward, I would like to thank Dr Roger van der Veen for his support, mentorship and friendship, Dr Deon Teixerra and Mrs Caroline Scheepers for their excellent work in the community and their willingness to work together and build a strong practitioner referral network, making sure their patients always come first and referring to the appropriate professional. I will always be grateful for your support and wish you everything of the best in the future.
My husband and I are very excited to be working in our favourite city, Durban. Cris will be joining the awesome educational company Advantage Learn to help school kids reach their full potential and I will open a new practice in Glenwood by joining Health at 202; a wonderful multidisciplinary wellness center. I’m really looking forward to serving my new community and linking up with like minded professionals in Durban.
I will focus my learning on nutrition and family care this year and use my blog to connect with my community in these areas.
Thank you again to my wonderful Vaal family and hello to my new home, Durban. I looking forward to helping you.
Dr. Anneke Lees
Ps. Always remember to be kind to your spine.