About Us

Richter Occupational Therapy Inc. delivers a service of Occupational Therapy in Richards Bay and Empangeni. The owner Leandi Daling opened up a satellite practice in Pretoria in 2024. Both branches provide specialised treatment in Hand Therapy, Physical Rehabilitation, Work Assessments, Lymphoedema Management and Medico-legal Assessments.

The practice services the Bay Hospital in Richards Bay, The Life Empangeni Private Hospital in Empangeni, and the Melomed Richards Bay Private Hospital. Outpatient therapy is provided from the practice in Richards Bay.

The Pretoria branch operates from the esteemed Colab Health in Lynnwood.

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Leandi Daling (Richter) B.OccTher (Pret); Dip Hand Therapy (Pret)


  • B.Occupational Therapy (Honours), 2009 – University of Pretoria
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Hand Therapy, 2011 – University of Pretoria
  • WorkWell Functional Capacity Evaluation accredited
  • WorkWell Job Analysis accredited
  • Certified in the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment through the American Medical Association (ABIME). (CAMAG certified)
  • Management of pain, Module 1-5 through the Train Pain Academy
  • Certified in The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • Presented at the International Society of Burn Injuries (2018): Occupational Therapist’s management of the burned hand
  • Sensory Intelligence Practitioner (Sensory Intelligence Consulting)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – Level 1, Foundations and Skills Training in DBT (The South African DBT institute).


  • 2017 International Burns Congress: Andre Zigame Rehabiliation Specialist Prize. “In recognition of significant contributions to the rehabilitation of patients with burn injuries through clinical practice, clinical teaching, and community service.”

Leandi is the founder of Richter Therapy Inc., an Occupational Therapy practice that was started in Richards Bay. She relocated to Pretoria in 2024 and opened a satellite branch in Pretoria. Leandi continues to service both practices and trains and oversees her team that manages Richards Bay.

She has a special interest in hand therapy and directs most coursework towards assessing and treating conditions affecting the hand and upper extremities. Apart from the qualifications listed below, she completed all the modules regarding the assessment and treatment of pain through the Train Pain Academy. She regularly attends the National Hand Surgery and Therapy Congress and the International Hand Surgery and Therapy Congress, which is held tri-annually. As Occupational Therapy does not end at acute clinical management, she furthered her studies to address psychosocial barriers to return to work through case management. She was voted Director of Workshops for the Institute of Private Practitioners (INSTOPP) in 2022. Leandi also served on the South African Society of Hand Therapists (SASHT) board as the KZN Exco member and on the Compensation of Injury on Duty (COID) task team for the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA).

Nadé Adonis B.OccTher (UKZN)


Nade’ is the managing Occupational Therapist at Richter Therapy. She maintains an interest in Neurological conditions, burns, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Robyn Leigh B.OccTher (UFS)


  • B.Occupational Therapy (Honours), 2017- University of the Free State
  • Neuro- Developmental Supportive Care of the preterm Infant (2019)
  • Management of pain module 1, through the Pain Train Academy
  • Lymphoedema Management Certified
  • Certified Fitter of Lymphoedema Compression Garments.

Robyn is a senior therapist at Richter Occupational Therapy Inc. Her interests are directed to patient assessment and treatment of individuals with hand injuries, burns, lymphoedema, wounds and supportive care of the preterm infant. She maintains an interest in wounds, lymphoedema and developmental delays.

Nerisha Maghoo B.OccTher (UKZN)


  • B.Occupational Therapy (Honours), 2021 – University of KwaZulu Natal.

Nerisha joined Richter Occupational Therapy Inc. in 2023. She maintains a special interest in burns, hand and orthopedic conditions. She is also passionate about wound care and developmental delays and strives to develop her skills to provide superior quality service to her patients.

Phindile Mokomane B.OccTher (Pret)


  • B. Occupational Therapy (Honours) – 2021
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality qualifications – 2013
  • Train assistant certificate – 2014.

Phindile joined Richter Therapy in 2023. Her interests are in hand therapy, vocational rehabilitation and rehabilitating physical conditions. She has 6 years’ experience in the chrome underground mining and smelters.

Natalia Smit

Natalia is one of our practice administrators. She has more than 15 years of administration and front-line experience. Natalia is our all-rounder and problem solver!

Roché Neethling

Roché is one of our practice administrators often helping in greeting patients in reception. She is familiar with the medical industry. She joined us in 2022 with 6 years of medical administrative and frontline experience. She assists with bookings, reception queries and various other administrative duties. She enjoys interacting with the patients and advocating for their needs with the medical aids.

Zama Mthethwa


  • B.Ed Unisa
  • HR Management – 2016
  • Archives & Filing Management – 2019
  • Level 1 First aid course – 2022.

Zama is the practice receptionist. She is fluent in English, Afrikaans and Zulu. She welcomes patients, assists with bookings, and she is also part of the telecommunications system. She loves working with people and strives to improve the practice with a smile.

Mavis Cele

Mavis is the office assistant and helps to translate when needed. She assists with transporting patients to and from the Bay Hospital if needed and attends to the general up keeping of the practice. She loves interacting with the patients, making them coffee and mothering the staff.
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