Psychiatrists

at Oxford Healthcare Centre
Dr Jow’hara Chundra

Dr Jow’hara Chundra

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Tel: 010 350 0075
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MBChB (Natal), DMH (SA), FCPsych (SA)
HPCSA reg. no. MP0555746

Dr Jow’hara Chundra is a specialist psychiatrist in private practice at Oxford Healthcare Centre, and the consultant psychiatrist for adult services at The Day Clinic. She sees adults requiring psychiatric assessment and treatment. She also sees clients for individual psychotherapy. She has worked in mental health for well over a decade, heading the Specialized Psychotherapy Unit at Tara Hospital for 7 years. Her psychiatric training was at the University of the Witwatersrand where later, as a joint appointee, she was involved with the training of undergraduate doctors and trainee psychiatrists, psychologists and occupational therapists. She has also worked in London, spending 2 years working in Addiction and Acute Mental Health Services. Jow’hara has extensive experience in treating depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She is an expert in treating personality difficulties and disorders, including issues with suicidal thoughts and behaviours, impulsivity, dependence on harmful substances or behaviours, interpersonal difficulties and issues around identity, sexuality and gender. She has a special interest in maternal – as well as parental – mental and emotional wellness. Jow’hara is a director at The Day Clinic and is proficient in long- and short-term individual therapy, as well as group work, especially Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Dr Laila Paruk

Dr Laila Paruk

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Tel: 010 350 0355 / 011 447 8208
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Qualifications
MBBCh (Wits), DMH (SA), FCPsych (SA), MMed (Wits)
BHF practice no. 0485721

Dr Laila Paruk is a psychiatrist who does psychiatric consultations and assessments, and medico-legal assessments, from her practice in Saxonwold. While she diagnoses and treats all aspects of adult psychiatry, her special interests include the diagnosis and management of anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, pain and women’s mental health. She is interested in the impact of exercise and meditation on psychiatric disorders, as well as the topic of stigma in psychiatry. She also works at a weekly dual diagnosis clinic at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Laila currently supervises masters candidates, and is involved in the teaching and examining of undergraduates and postgraduates in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists, the SASOP Pain Special Interest Group and the Functional Neurological Disorders Group.

Dr Joanna Taylor

Dr Joanna Taylor

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Tel: 010 350 0355 / 011 447 8208
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BA (UCT), MBBCh (Wits), FCPsych (SA), MMed Psychiatry (Wits)
BHF practice no. 0488518

Dr Joanna Taylor is a specialist psychiatrist interested in all areas of adult psychiatry. She studied political philosophy and english literature before studying medicine. She has a particular interest in bipolar mood disorder, schizophrenia and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.

Dr Wendy Duncan

Dr Wendy Duncan

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Tel: 010 350 0355/6
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Qualifications 
MBBCh (Wits), FCPsych (SA), Cert Child Psych (SA)

Dr Wendy Duncan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Her practice intends to address the needs of children and adolescents with emotional, scholastic and behavioral difficulties, and psychiatric disorders while supporting and guiding parents and families in the process. Dr Duncan is president-elect of the South African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP) and was the National Convener for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) between 2010 and 2015. She remains an active member of the local subgroup of SASOP and is a member of the Gauteng Association of Infant Mental Health (GAIMH). She is registered as a sub-specialist child psychiatrist with the HPCSA. Dr Duncan’s experience in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry is broad. She has worked in both outpatient and high-care inpatient settings, with involvement in child and family-centred work as well as rehabilitation psychiatry in mentally disabled children and youth. As part of her current practice, Dr Duncan is involved in the inpatient treatment of adolescents with emotional difficulties. She is a co-director of Adolescent Services at The Day Clinic.
Dr Duncan has a special interest in infant mental health, complex trauma and its clinical presentation, early-onset anxiety disorders and affect regulation difficulties; and has presented clinical talks and conference papers on these topics, as well as other topics in child and adolescent psychiatry. She recently contributed a chapter to a reference book on mental health matters in children who have suffered maltreatment.

Professor Rita Thom

Professor Rita Thom

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Qualifications
MBChB (UCT), DCH (CMSA), FCPsych (CMSA), PhD (Wits)
HPCSA reg. no. MP0233455

Dr Rita Thom is a general psychiatrist with diverse interests and work experience. She has experience in the assessment and management of adults, adolescents and children with a range of mental disorders. She holds an academic position in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand, as an honorary Adjunct Professor, and is involved in teaching and training, research, voluntary work and advocacy. She is an active member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists.

Dr Antoinette Miric

Dr Antoinette Miric

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Tel: 010 350 0351
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Qualifications
MBChB (Wits), FCPysch (SA), Mmed Psych (Wits)
HPCSA reg. no. MP0552038

Dr Antoinette Miric qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Witwatersrand in 2001 and worked in general practice. It was while she was working as a GP that her passion for working in the mental health field grew. She then returned to her studies and completed an intensive psychiatry-training program at the University of the Witwatersrand. She graduated from the College of Psychiatrists of South African in 2014 and completed her Master of Medicine degree in Psychiatry in the same year. Antoinette is a specialist psychiatrist who sees adults for psychiatric assessment and care. She has a special interest in the management of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Women’s Mental Health is a particular passion of hers and she enjoys working with patients at all stages of their life cycle (pre-pregnancy, infertility, post-pregnancy, breastfeeding moms, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and menopausal difficulties). She also offers individual psychotherapy and group therapy to her patients and treats individuals holistically combining both pharmacological and psychological aspects of treatment. She runs a ten-session therapy group on ‘Living with Bipolar’ which focuses on all aspects of bipolar disorder. She is actively involved with the South African Anxiety and Depression group (SADAG) and has done various media appearances and training for the group.