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About Powell & Dent

Natalie Powell


Natalie qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2001. She spent 2 years working at Baragwanath Hospital in Plastic Surgery, Burns and the Hand Unit. She completed her Hand Therapy Diploma in 2003. Natalie opened her private practice in Alberton in 2005 and has been in practice since. She completed her Lymphoedema certification in 2017, and completed her cancer rehabilitation certification through Pinc&Steel in 2019.


Natalie’s passion lies in lymphoedema management, splinting, scar management and pressure garments. She has served the Alberton community for 14 years and will be running the Craighall branch of the practice, closer to home.

Jessica Dent


Jessica qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014. She completed her community service year at Estcourt Hospital and joined the practice on completion. She enrolled in her Hand therapy diploma in 2017 and completed it with distinction. Jessica is also certified in the management of Lymphoedema.


Jessica is a dynamic therapist who shows passion for splinting, the management of the stiff hand and scar management. Jessica will continue to run the Alberton branch.


What have we been up to?


Check out some of the exciting things we've been up to in 2020!

2020 has been all about creating awareness of the various roles we play as OTs.


Educating our communities and other health care professionals about the services we offer is important to ensure that our patients get the best possible outcomes!

World Lymphoedema Day - 6 March


This year we spent World Lymphoedema Day creating awareness about lymphoedema and the role of an OT in the treatment of it!

We were out and about spreading the word about lymphoedema at the Oncology Centre at the Netcare Clinton Hospital, as well as to various Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists and our very own teammates at Rehab First.


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2020 has had a number of challenges, with the COVID-19 National Lockdown being one of the biggest! 

Strict policies have been put into place to ensure safety for our patients and staff! Many online webinars have been completed, many bottles refilled with sanitiser, and many patients attended to safely!

We are open and seeing patients!

However please be respectful of our safety measures. Please take note of our new terms and conditions policy regarding COVID-19 safety within the practice. 

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OT Week - 14 - 18 September


During OT Week 2020 we were loud and proud about occupational therapy!

This time we were educating our ICU nurses and physiotherapists at the Netcare Union Hospital about the role of an OT within the ICU setting.

Did you know that OTs play arole in the recovery of ICU patients?

We provide:

  • Sensory stimulation

  • Early cognitive rehabilitation 

  • Splinting and positioning

  • Prevention of joint contracture and soft tissue deformity

  • Oedema (swelling) management 

  • Active functional rehabilitation

  • Improving ADL (activities of daily living) participation

  • Coping with trauma and injury

  • Family education 


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I Love Boobies Virtual Event
10 October


October is breast cancer awareness month, and so we decided to gather a group of amazing people to participate in the I Love Boobies virtual 5km event. 

We sponsored shirts for all of our runners/walkers/crawlers, and organised everyone a pair of "I Love Boobies" socks! All proceeds and donations were given to the I Love Boobies organisation to assist in educating and performing clinical screenings for South African women who have limited funds and access to medical facilities. 

We had tons of fun, and raised over R8000 for this amazing cause!

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