Meet the Team

Vista Academy is an accredited service provider for the Psychology Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and applies on an individual basis for all other continuing professional development (CPD) training to the relevant councils, for example, the South African Council for Social Service Professionals (SACSSP) and the Medical Board of the HPCSA.

Vista Academy presents regular CPD seminars, workshops and short courses in Centurion and is available to present additional training on request in other areas of South Africa. 

In partnership with Vista Clinic, Vista Academy also offers a variety of mental wellness presentations to the general public, corporate entities and community-based organisations.

Our Mission

CPD Training

Providing training on relevant topics and latest developments in the field of mental health.

Professionalism

Maintaining exceptional professional service and support.

Technology Integration

Reaching more professionals through the use of technology.

Serviceability

Broadening our scope of services to include training for individuals working within fellow helping professions.

Our Values

Vision

The following values were adopted by Vista Academy:

To maintain unconditional Christian love and care for all people;

To ensure a professional code of ethics and conduct is maintained;

Respect for human rights and dignity;

Enabling professionals through empowerment, training and development; and;

Building and optimising human potential to achieve their full capacity.

Vista Academy strives to remain the leader in continuing professional development through enhancing the skills of individuals in such a dynamic way that we become Africa’s industry benchmark for CPD training in the helping professions.

Hannetjie Buitendag

Administrative Manager

I am a “retired” social worker and now actively involved in the administration of Vista Clinic. I previously worked as the clinical coordinator and later the registrar of the CPD programme.

There are a few mottoes that I have implemented as part of my life directors, and recently this one became a valuable one for me: “Sometimes we just have to stop being scared and go for it. Either it will work or it won’t. That’s life” (DestinyAchievement)

I enjoy nature, and as life in the city does not often provide much of that: I appreciate nature photography: colour combinations, play of shadows, clouds, sunrises and sunsets…. We can still find beauty if we look for it!
If I was an animal, I would be a kiewiet (crowned lapwing).

Tamryn Schmahl

Senior CPD Administrator

I am a linguistics and psychology graduate, currently managing the activities of Vista Academy. This role brings with it tasks such as selecting the training topics on offer and applying for accreditation at the various councils, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the academy. I have been with Vista for 5 awesome years.

A quote that really resonates with me is this one, by Viktor E. Frankl: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

I am a complete bookworm! A few of my other favourite pastimes include travelling to unique places where I can learn from other cultures, hiking in nature, and sampling flavoursome foods.

The animal I most identify with is an owl.

Gerlu van der Merwe

CPD Administrator

I am a drama graduate, currently working towards completing a National Diploma in PR. I am tasked with carrying out the various administrative and day-to-day duties at Vista Academy, including tending to queries received from delegates and service providers, and carrying out coordination duties. My role will soon be expanding to include marketing.

A quote that has continuously spoken to me during the various seasons of my life is this one, by C.S. Lewis: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

I am a complete lover of the entertainment industry – my colleagues refer to me as the “pop culture expert” of the team! Some of my hobbies include exercising and learning about the USA and their politics.

The animal I most identify with is a dolphin.

Yolanda Rootman

Clinical Coordinator

My dream job would be to travel the world, however my current job is that of clinical coordinator at Vista Clinic. This role requires me to be a bit of a “Jack of all trades” to be able to effectively marry the clinical world with its administrative tasks. I hold a master’s degree in social work healthcare and have a passion for creating structures and content in the mental health industry. Other responsibilities include assisting Vista Academy with the running of their CPD seminars, and presenting psycho-educational groups and community groups.

My favourite quote is by Albert Einstein: “Do not judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, or it will spend its entire life believing that it is stupid.” 

I am an avid animal lover, so I find it hard to identify with just one animal, but if I have to choose it will be a dog.      

Juan Royffe

Group Facilitator & EAP Counsellor

I present psycho-educational groups at Vista Clinic, provide employee wellness support, and form part of the Vista Academy team, in which I assist with community groups and CPD seminars.  I hold a BSc Traumatology and Adv Dip Traum. I have 15 years emotional trauma intervention experience, 4 years lecturing experience and 5 years psycho-educational experience.

I love everything about motorcycles, Harley in particular. My favourite quote would thus have to be: “If they stand behind you protect them, if they stand beside you, respect them, if they stand against you, defeat them.”

My hobbies include riding bike and “club stuff”.
If I was an animal, I would definitely be a wolf.

Inge Müller

Group Facilitator & Coordinator

I am a psychology honours graduate from the University of the Free State. I present psycho-educational groups at Vista Clinic and am also responsible for the therapeutic programme. In addition to this, I form part of the Vista Academy team, in which I assist with community groups and CPD seminars. 

I have a great appreciation for arts and music, so one would often find me at some type of arts, music or crafts market. As I am from the Free State, nature has always been a big part of my life. A sunset is the event in the day that creates a feeling of peace within me. That is also why one of the mottoes that I live by is; “Keep your face always towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman.

The animal I most identify with is an elephant.

Roelani van Heerden

Group Facilitator

I am a psychology graduate, member of the Council for Councillors of South Africa, experienced educator in the fields of pedagogy and andragogy, and a total criminology aficionado! At Vista Clinic, I present psycho-educational groups and form part of the Vista Academy team, in which I assist with community groups and CPD seminars.  I am passionate about human behavioural sciences and enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds.

My favourite quote is by Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling; “It is our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities.” 

I am a cat enthusiast who fosters and rescues cats, therefore the animal that I identify with most would be a cat.