MEET DR THERDEN VAN HEERDEN
I am originally from Bloemfontein, where I studied, but fell in love with Worcester during my internship and always wanted to come back to Worcester. Life took a few turns, and I spent a year in England and then 13 years in Canada which is where my interest in pain medicine began. I have a lot of background in anaesthesia, where I learnt how to do nerve blocks and needle guided procedures. That grew into an interest in chronic pain management combined with a GP practice where I would see a lot of people with persistent pain. Now I am back in South Africa and the opportunity arose to form part of the Pain Collective, where I now practice as a pain practitioner in the Breede Valley Clinic. The pain landscape in South Africa is still fairly unexplored and I think the Pain Collective has a bright future with lots of new technology and innovative ways of treating pain.